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Magic foods to prevent muscle cramps

Earlier this week, we were shocked at the news of Porto goalkeeper, Iker Casillas suffering from a heart attack during training. Luckily the 38-year-old survived the terrifying incident.

Now do you see how important it is to maintain good health? Let’s try to minimize all sports related health issues with a good diet and healthy lifestyle.

One of the most common injuries or illness related to sports is muscle cramps, especially leg cramps during football games. It is pretty common but totally avoidable.

They can hit at the worst moments; either two seconds before you go for goal or right before you’re about to make a pass to your teammates.

Do you know what a muscle cramp really is? (no hard-to-understand medical jargon guaranteed).

A muscle cramp or spasm is an involuntary contraction of your muscles. Even though it is not a serious medical condition, it can cause temporary discomfort to the affected muscle. Sounds scary, right?

Here’s what you can include in your diet to avoid muscle cramps;

  • Water

Well, this one is pretty basic especially if you’re living in a hot climate. Keep your muscle cells hydrated with water and remind yourself to continue drinking water at intervals and after you’re done with physical activities.

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  • Carbohydrates

If you’re not consuming enough carbs in your diet, you are prone to suffer from muscle fatigue, which eventually will lead to a muscle cramp. Foods that contain carbs are whole fruits, pastas, vegetables and grains.

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  • Minerals

Lost or low in certain minerals can contribute to muscle spasms. Try to eat more nuts, spinach, yogurt and bananas to combat this issue.

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If you continue to have muscle cramps, perhaps you may want to look at other factors such as your environment, training intensity and medical conditions.

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