7. Warm Compress
Applying a warm compress to the area of your leg that is cramping can help a lot.
Heat relaxes muscles and helps reduce the pain, tightness or cramping.
- Place a heating pad over the cramped area. Apply the heat until you feel more comfortable.
- Alternatively, soak a towel in warm water, wring out the excess water and place it on the cramped area until the towel cools. Repeat every few minutes until the pain is gone.
A potassium deficiency in the body can contribute to leg cramps.
Potassium is one of the electrolytes that work with sodium to maintain your cells’ electrical charges. Proper electrical charge in the cells helps control muscle contractions and functioning.
When the body is low in potassium, the cells are not able to control muscle contractions, which leads to legs cramps.
Make sure to get enough potassium in your diet. Good sources of potassium include bananas, dates, apricots, grapes, cabbage, broccoli, oranges, grapefruit, fish, pork, and lamb.