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How to avoid muscle cramps from running

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SWords 2011

Oxygen, or the lack of it, often results in leg cramps - a common side-effect of an active lifestyle. Increasing oxygen includes breathing properly, hydrating, stretching and diet.

Breathing

An excellent method of breathing which increases oxygen intake is Oxycise. www.oxycise.com explains that oxygen is the key to metabolism, and how the best way to deliver oxygen to your cells is by breathing properly.

Hydrating

Although many who experience cramps often think of dehydration as the only cause, over-hydration can also deplete the body of oxygen and important electrolytes.

Tap or filtered water can be enhanced to increase oxygen with less water, avoiding over-hydration.

edrinks.net, a consumers guide about water stated “clustered water has actually been proven to promote faster and more effective hydration than other types of water. (i.e. Penta, Crystal Glacier Water or Amway Perfect Water). Other proponents suggest adding oxygen drops or a teaspoon of chlorophyll to 8 oz. of water, or using reverse osmosis water for cooking. All methods of enhancing water aim to improve hydration.

Improved hydration leads to increased oxygen to the cells, increased absorption and utilization of nutrients and better cell replication – which in turn can mean higher energy levels, reduced fatigue, improved performance and increased feeling of well-being and quality of life. Pretty good gains if you’re a competitive athlete and if you have trouble getting an average of 8 cups of water per day.

Stretching

Before and after a workout and before any length of reclining or sleep will also help avoid painful night cramps.

Diet

Foods containing chlorophyll (greens) will increase oxygen. Fried food reduces oxygen. http://www.living-foods.com/articles/rawfreshproduce.html has more information on how eating overheated food can destroy nutrients and deplete oxygen.

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