Who hasn’t had at least once in life a kink? Most often this problem is not overlooked in, but if it occurs often it could be a signal of diet deficiencies or even serious illnesses.
Kinks can be caused by intense physical activity, improper position of the limbs, stress, fatigue, or dehydration or diuretic administration. When located in the feet is a signal of the lack of potassium, calcium or magnesium.
The heat, good friend
The heat helps to get rid of pain. When you feel that you have a cramp, put a heating pad on the painful area or a hot water bottle and keep it there for 20 minutes. The muscle relaxes and the pain disappears. If you feel the need to apply it again, do that only after 20 minutes of rest. One solution is a shower or a warm bath where you can add bath salts with magnesium. If you cannot implement any solutions above, then press the painful area for 10 seconds with your fingers. After a few repetitions of the process, the pain will diminish.
It would be good to supplement the dietary intake of magnesium and potassium. Good sources are bread and whole grains, nuts, beans, vegetables and fruits (especially bananas and oranges). Do not omit dairy products which will provide you the calcium you need. If you happen to have kinks when you do exercise, drink at least two glasses of water two hours before exercise to do and nothing after. Then, drink 125 ml portions to 250 ml of water every 15 minutes during the session. You could use special, athletes drinks which are in trade. Even if you do not exercise, in general, drink more water. If you suffer from kinks at night, take vitamin E supplements. Studies show that it improves blood pressure.
You can also use natural remedies you prepare at home. Mix one part essential oil of wintergreen (wintergreen procumbulus) with four parts vegetable oil (olive or sunflower). Rub the painful area with this mixture which reduces kinks, and stimulates circulation. You can use it several times a day. You can also prepare a mixture of rose hips (50 g), sea buckthorn fruit (50 g) leaves cowslip (25 g) and lemon balm (25g). Infuse two spoons of this mixture for 10 minutes in one liter of water. Drink the tea all day long. It can be sweeten with honey.
Remedies for muscle cramps
Garlic reduces vascular spasms, helping to circulatory disorders (varicose veins and hemorrhoids) and reduces the risk of thrombosis. Consume two to three cloves a day. Externally, you can be used chili. Due to its properties, it is indicated for muscle cramps, sprains and rheumatic problems. Dilute the pepper tincture with water and apply it as compresses. Ginko biloba extracts are also helpful in blood circulation deficiencies and has special effects in painful cramps that affects particularly the calf muscle. It is recommended in products containing the plant extract in an amount of 120-240 mg per day.