LEG AND FOOT CRAMPS
Poor circulation, due to hormonal changes and mineral deﬁciency (usually, calcium and/or magnesium), can cause painful cramps in the leg and the foot. As the baby grows and the pressure on the lower half of your body increases, the cramps may get worse.
Eat sea vegetables, green leafy vegetables (except spinach), soy products, and live unsweetened yogurt for calcium.
Food to Avoid
Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and high-sugar products that deplete the body of minerals.
Super Seven Prescriptions—Leg and Foot Cramps
Super Prescription #1 Calcium and magnesium
Take a complex of these two minerals that contains 500 mg of calcium and 250 mg of magnesium, twice daily. These minerals reduce muscle spasms and cramps.
Super Prescription #2 Homeopathic Magnesia Phosphorica
Take 3 pellets of a 6x potency three times daily. This homeopathic remedy is very helpful and safe in the treatment of cramps and spasms.
Super Prescription #3 Prenatal multivitamin
Take as directed on the container. It provides a base of nutrients involved in relax- ing the muscles.
Super Prescription #4 Super green foods
Take a single super green food, such as chlorella or spirulina, or try a blended mix- ture. These foods provide minerals that prevent cramping and spasms.
Super Prescription #5 B-complex vitamins
Take a 50 mg B-complex to ensure proper nerve and muscle function.
Super Prescription #6 Fish oil
Take 4,000 mg of ﬁsh oil daily, for essential fatty acids that support proper blood ﬂow.
Super Prescription #7 Essential fatty acids
Take 1,000 mg of borage, evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis), or black cur- rant oil for essential fatty acids that support proper blood ﬂow.
Rubbing the legs and the feet will stimulate blood ﬂow and reduce cramping. A reg- ular full-body massage will improve circulation throughout the entire body.
• Exercise daily to keep your blood moving. Walking and water aerobics are good, gentle choices.
• A hot compress on the cramped area will relax the muscles.
• Elevate your legs as often as possible, so that blood can ﬂow back up to the heart.