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Dr. Berg discussed what causes nocturnal leg cramps or leg and feet cramps at night on ketogenic diet. Electrolytes are electrically charged minerals that help the connectivity of certain things in the body specifically muscles and nerves. It also helps to push fluid in and out of the cells. Nocturnal leg cramps is really an electrolyte problem. Potassium and magnesium minerals are both involved in relaxing the body and helping it feel calm and also the ability of the muscle to fully relaxed.
When you are in keto adaptation, the body does require more potassium and magnesium especially if you came off from the high carb diet because it already depletes the minerals. BUT if you are in ketogenic diet and already doing a lot of leafy greens but still getting these cramps, it is because of the salt is too high. It is also possible that the cramps could be because your blood pH is off. If the blood pH is slightly too alkaline one of the symptoms would be twitching and cramping, in which a case you could take apple cider vinegar.
Two Most Common Minerals Involved with Cramps:
• It controls the cell energy
• It is involved in cell pump
• It is involved in Nerve / Muscle
Magnesium – it’s a cofactor or a helper mineral over 300 enzymes.
• It is involved with any nerve and muscular including the heart.
• It generates ATP, an energy of the cells.
Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms:
• Muscle weakness
• Arrhythmia (Abnormal rhythm of the heart)
• Hypokalemia (Low potassium)
• Loss of Appetite
Foods High in Potassium / Magnesium:
• Leafy greens – Chlorophyll
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