I used to get really hardcore leg cramps at night – the kind where you jump out of bed and start massaging your calves as hard as you can (at 2 in the morning).
Stretching didn’t help.
Better shoes during the day didn’t help.
Drinking more water didn’t help.
But I haven’t been bothered by leg cramps in months.
So, what did it?
Apple cider vinegar drinks. Really.
Here’s an excerpt from Apple Cider Vinegar: Miracle Health System:
“Many people are awakened in the middle of the night with sharp, painful muscle cramps. These often occur in the feet and lower or upper legs. Sometimes they occur in the stomach, intestines, and occasionally in the heart.
These are frightening experiences!
Most people who experience leg cramps are forced to jump out of bed, stomp and firmly massage the area to get relief.
Many people with cramps in other parts of the body have to walk quickly to get relief.
When precipitated acid crystals get into the circulation of legs and other body parts they can cause severe cramps. We recommend taking 2 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar and 1-2 teaspoons of raw honey in a glass of water three times daily to relieve these painful cramps.
This allows the precipitated acid crystals to enter into a solution and pass out of the body, causing cramps to cease.
Calcium and also magnesium orotate taken before bedtime can also help prevent cramping, plus they help promote a sounder sleep.”
The book goes on with:
“To soothe aching muscles, cramps, and joints, there’s nothing like an apple cider vinegar bath combined with self massage.
While soaking in a warm bath with 1 cup apple cider vinegar added, massage entire body, starting at feet.
Gently squeeze and relax each part of the foot, working slowly up the right leg to hip, then left leg. Continue up torso, arms, and neck, always rubbing toward the heart.
For the face, lightly stroke skin in upward direction; avoid pulling facial skin down.
Finish with firm fingertip dry massage in circular motion over the scalp, then finger rub your entire ears.”
I drink the apple cider vinegar in water drink at least three times a day (I skip the honey though), and I take the bath when I’m very sore from working out.
If you’re suffering from painful muscle cramps and want to give apple cider vinegar a try, make sure you get the organic, cloudy, unfiltered kind – the grocery store brands are usually just flavoring and color added to regular vinegar. Check out a health food store or natural supermarket to get the good stuff.
I order Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar from Amazon (it’s way cheaper that way). Here’s the link: Bragg – Apple Cider Vinegar, 32 oz liquid
And here’s the link to the Bragg apple cider vinegar book: Apple Cider Vinegar: Miracle Health System
To your health!