If your child stretches at night (or anytime) and suddenly gets a leg cramp in the calf, you tell your child to pull his or her big toe toward himself/herself. By pulling slightly on the big toe in a forward motion, usually it relieves the muscle cramp caused by stretching the leg or pointing the toe too hard.
If you look through old consumer magazines, you’ll see over the decades numerous food remedies used in folkloric medicine (those old wives’ tales) that seemed to also help leg cramps besides supplements of cod liver oil, magnesium, and a little vitamin E with all the eight parts included, according to old home remedies suggested by moms over the decades. Foods mentioned most often are pickle juice and coconut water in small amounts. Do these work, and have their been actual medical studies on these folkloric or home-based solutions to simple muscle cramps not caused by a blood clot?
About coconut water, see, Coconut water can be used (in emergencies) as a substitute for blood and the uTube video, Was Coconut Water Really Used for Blood Transfusions #723. It’s amazing how many uses foods can be of help in when it comes to folkloric medicine.
Coconut water can be used for a variety of medical purposes, one of which is intravenous rehydration. A 2000 report tells of a stroke patient in the Solomon Islands who was too ill to drink or use a nasal tube but was successfully rehydrated with a coconut-water IV when no other fluids were available.
Emergency coconut IVs were reportedly used by the British and Japanese during World War II, and they’ve been clinically tested on humans several times to see how well they’d be tolerated. See the article, Coconut Transfusions – Washington City Paper.
Football players and other contact sports athletes are drinking pickle juice to relieve cramps and other pains.
Check out the December 1, 2011 article, “Meet The New Sports Drink: Pickle Juice.” Folk remedies are favorites of athletes if they work. One folk remedy is pickle juice for cramps and another is sauerkraut juice for acid reflux.
Drinking fermented (pickled) cucumber brine has been used for centuries. According to the article on the Post Game.com blog, pickle juice received media attention back in 2000 when Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder credited pickle juice as the secret weapon that helped his team stomp the Cowboys in Texas Stadium.
At that time the pickle juice reduced heat cramps as the temperatures on the field soared above 110 degrees. If you look at medical studies of pickle juice, one study done in 2010 at BYU proved the efficacy pickle juice.
Also older people swear by organic sauerkraut juice for acid reflux possibly caused by diminishing digestive enzymes due to age. With young athletes such as football players, cramps happened when athletes exercised to the point of mild dehydration. In the study, those athletes drinking pickle juice felt relief within 85 seconds, almost twice as fast as water or other sports drinks.
The reason why the pickle juice relieved heat-induced cramps for the exercising athletes is because pickle juice is full of salt and various other electrolytes. When you sweat too much you lose salt.
The pickle juice replaces the salt (sodium) along with other electrolytes you need. The electrolytes in the pickle juice come from the cucumber, the salt, and the fermentation process because the pickle also has other minerals such as magnesium and potassium. Cucumbers also help your body retain water.
Did you see the Pickle Juice Sport that was popular in 2006 as a bottled drink? High school athletes are also known to drink pickle juice. Athletes also can get electrolytes from coconut water, especially potassium and magnesium, if you don’t want the salt.
If you’re looking for pickle juice, you also might try the bottled drink, Pickle Juice Sport. The bottled drink is provided to nearly two dozen teams and more than 100 professional athletes and has excellent sales. Try pickle juice if you get a leg cramp at night. Or if you need more magnesium and potassium than salt, try coconut water.