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Potassium For Cramping???


#1

OK, so here?s my issue. During the day I?m a computer geek who lift?s weights on my lunch break. I eat pretty well, actually I eat very well during the week and sorta slack a bit on the weekends, but not too bad.

On the weekends I?m a drummer for a band. We play most every weekend, at times both nights, Friday and Saturday. I?ve been having issues the last few weeks with my forearms and calves cramping up, pretty bad too? I almost had to stop a couple weeks ago because it got so bad?

Anyway, a few people I told this to asked if I was hydrated enough. I assume so I drink a bunch of water or green tea, like all the time. Between the 2 I probably get anywhere from 1-2 gallons of liquid each day, so ?I think? I?m good there?

The other thing that was brought up with Potassium, Potassium is in my multi-vitamin that I take every day, I do forget on weekend sometimes : | and there?s a bunch of Potassium in Grow. I normally have 4 scoops of Grow and/or ?M? each day.

I guess should I look into getting more Potassium? How much should I take? If I take too much it shouldn?t harm me anyway will it? How should I get it? Drink a protein shake before I play, or get some Potassium supplements or eat a bunch of bananas??? Thoughts???

Thanks?

LJ


#2

From what I know potassium supplementing can be dangerous. The reason is because too much or too little potassium causes your heart to stop.

Off the cuff, my guess is that at Calcium/Magnesium supplement will be safer and more effective. Vitamin C speeds the uptake of the Cal/Mag if memory serves.

BTW, I am not a liscensed medical doctor or nutritionist and these suggestions are what I have found to be effective for my own cramping and tendonitis. :wink:


#3

If you are thinking your K level is down then I'll reiterate something someone told me:

"Go eat some banannas."

It helps.


#4

Are you periodically drinking water as you play for long periods of time?


#5

In my experience of severe in game cramping, adding extra sodium to a normal electrolyte does the trick.


#6

Hey nice to meet a fellow drummer. I do session work for extreme metal/death metal bands in NY and I just love this forum. From what I know about cramping, it could be lactic acid related but I could be wrong. Sometimes dehydration could cause cramping as well. I don't know if you play with a fan near you but I don't like doing that because it doesn't allow the muscles and ligaments to stay warm. Keep it hot!!! Good luck with your playing and if you have a website with your band, kindly put up a link and I'll check it out.


#7

yes best bet is to get it from food. bananas, cabbage, and many others are high in it. Also like other said hydration and also sodium/salt as well.


#8

Go to GNC and buy some "Potassium & Magnesium Aspartate 250". I take 3 at one time once a day. Watch how much magnesium you take though. There are limits of safety here.

I had terrible foot and occasionally leg cramps. This product took care of it. Inexpensive too. Only thing I buy at GNC cause I get all my other stuff here.

I stay hydrated too. Bananas never did shit for my cramps. I eat them though cause I like em'. Anyways try it out. If it doesn't work for you you are only out about $13.00.


#9

If the potasssium supp doesn't help or eating more bananas / tomatoes, then try some Taurine freeform caps.

Before some luddite flames me, Taurine is well documented in the prevention of painful muscle cramps.