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    I was listening to People's Pharmacy this morning and they were talking about how pickle juice, yellow mustard, and capsaicin work to relieve leg cramps. The hypothesis is that, rather than working through digestion, certain acids and oils react with nerve receptors in the mouth and throat.

    Anybody carry yellow mustard packets in their med kit? I had never heard of that one.
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    Nope, electrolyte capsules. Has consistently worked for me for years.
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    Hydration and electrolytes. When I get pretty dehydrated hiking, I wake up in the middle of the night with calf cramps. When I stay well hydrated...then no cramps.
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    Alka Seltzer is what I carry.Works quickly to relieve leg cramps and hand /finger cramps.

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    I heard that People's Pharmacy episode and was surprised that they didn't mention metal cofactors. I think that learning about copper and magnesium and even rarer metals and how they are catalysts (though biochemistry calls the same thing cofactors) for metabolic processes was the most useful thing I learned in college biochemistry. Mustard and pickles/pickle juice are both resplendent in these cofactors.

    Taste? Mouth? Nah. It is that your metabolism is missing some key factors and oh, here they are. Alca-Seltzer (spelling?) also has some of them.

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    Nuum electrolyte tabs are easy but not cheap. Poor mans method is Mortons light salt which is blend of sodium and potassium chloride added to water with something to flavor it. Both work

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    Default Relieving leg cramps

    I hope some of this works. I've tried pickle juice and mustard. Didn't work for me. Think I'll try alka seltzer next. I always have leg/toe cramps at night and hand/finger cramps during the day.....

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    magnesium tabs work for me
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    +1 for magnesium. Look for 'Calm', a powdered drink mix that's loaded with it. Be careful, it loosens up EVERY muscle, so if you overdo it you might end up with butt problems.

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    Not trying to be contrary but I added a daily magnesium pill and did not get any relief from my calf/foot cramps. I take calcium too.
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    Default Relieving leg cramps

    yep. I was taking calcium, magnesium and potassium too, and didn't help. But this thread got me looking into electrolytes again. Found several brands , and they recommend about 1 per hour while you're hiking. This might be my problem. I never took more than 1 a day!

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    Electrolyte mix at the end of the day, and a tennis ball to massage my leg muscles.
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    Potato chips and chia seeds, Gatorade and lots of water during the day and after finishing hiking for the day.

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    Default Relieving leg cramps

    I'm on board with staying hydrated and consuming electrolytes. This discussion was about cramps that are not caused by dehydration or a nutritional deficiency.

    What I found fascinating was that these products provided relief within minutes, far too quickly to be absorbed through digestion.
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    I just increase salt intake. Works for me

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    Check out Sports Legs. I've used them in the past when cycling.

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    Pickle juice is basically a brine solution (lots of salt).

    I like corn chips. Lots of salt and fat and a source of Potassium. These have become my primary lunch food. They can also add some crunch to otherwise mushy dinners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slo-go'en View Post
    Pickle juice is basically a brine solution (lots of salt).

    I like corn chips. Lots of salt and fat and a source of Potassium. These have become my primary lunch food. They can also add some crunch to otherwise mushy dinners.

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    Quinine water, available at any package store. A couple of ounces stops the cramps in a few minutes. Also, a good mixer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllDownhillFromHere View Post
    +1 for magnesium. Look for 'Calm', a powdered drink mix that's loaded with it. Be careful, it loosens up EVERY muscle, so if you overdo it you might end up with butt problems.
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