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Don’t assume you’re safe from muscle cramps just because you don’t do strenuous exercises. You can suffer them even while sleeping.

Luckily, you don’t have to live in fear of muscle cramps all the time. Eating (and drinking) the right nutrients can prevent or reduce the occurrence of muscle cramps. The foods that prevent muscle cramps below are rich in these nutrients.


Eat these foods to prevent muscle cramps. Note that you can also use these foods to prevent cramps during menstruation.

1. Bananas

Bananas are a good pre-workout snack to boost your energy and prevent cramps. They contain potassium, magnesium and calcium, all which help prevent cramps.

2. Water

You’re more likely to get muscle cramps if you do intense workouts without proper hydration. Drink water before and during your workouts. Aim for at least 1.5 to two liters of water a day, depending on how active you are.

Feel free to drink flavored water, since it contains electrolytes. Alternatively, you can drink water infused with fruits such as oranges, watermelon or strawberries.

3. Avocado

Avocado is one of those foods you should eat every day, due to its numerous health benefits. It’s perfect for preventing muscle cramps, since it contains a good amount of potassium.

Add it to your salads, smoothies, or eat it by itself. Remember to eat it in moderation since one large avocado can contain 400 calories.

4. Pickle Juice

Research shows that pickle juice can inhibit electrically-induced muscle cramps. The duration of the cramps was 49 seconds shorter when participants drank pickle juice instead of water.

Researchers don’t seem to agree on why pickle juice eases cramps. Some say it’s due to sodium, while others credit the benefits to the acetic acid in vinegar.

5. Watermelon

Eating watermelon will give you plenty of potassium and keep you hydrated. It may also interest you to know that watermelon is an excellent source of antioxidants that fight inflammation and oxidative stress.

Try this watermelon agua fresca to hydrate and load up on potassium before your next workout.

6. Fortified Orange Juice

Those looking to drop pounds know that juice is high in sugar and calories, but you don’t have to avoid it completely. In fact, drinking fortified orange juice occasionally can prevent cramps, since it contains magnesium and calcium.

7. Sweet Potatoes

There are many ways to cook sweet potatoes, but if you’re trying to lower your calorie intake stick to roasting and boiling. A medium-size sweet potato will give you 12 percent of the potassium you need in a day.

8. Beans

Beans are not exactly the kind of food you want to eat right before a workout, but eating them at any other time will prevent the occurrence of cramps, thanks to their potassium and magnesium content.

9. Spinach

Did you know that spinach is one of the best sources of magnesium? It’s also a good source of calcium. Other dark leafy greens, such as broccoli and kale, may also be beneficial foods for preventing cramps.

10. Celery

Your body needs sodium for the normal flow of fluids and muscle contraction. Not only will celery give you this nutrient, but it’ll also keep you feeling full.

SOURCE: https://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-foods-that-prevent-muscle-cramps.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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