The term "cramp" is a term that was used for the first time in the 1930s by Talbot and that remains today. It’s difficult to define, but it’s understood that it’s a localized, spontaneous, sudden and painful muscle contraction, which can occur in any muscle in the body.
Muscle cramps result from several factors such as: physical exercise, during sleep, voluntary contraction, in the presence of neuromotor diseases or endocrine pathologies. These involuntary contractions are typically short-lived, however, medical intervention may be necessary if they are associated with lasting pain.
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Muscle cramps associated with physical exercise are one of the most common problems, despite their high prevalence, their etiology is still unknown. To reduce the likelihood of “having” a cramp, there are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Food rich in mineral salts;
- Consumption of food with electrolytes during physical exercise;
- Do an appropriate muscle warm-up for each workout;
- Adequate training for the athlete;
- Stretch the muscles after physical exercise;
- Replacement of sugar and mineral salts before and / or during physical exercise.
In addition to the strategies mentioned above, professional athletes, coaches, doctors and other health professionals, indicate a strategy that is already an old trick: pickle juice for cramps, which reduces recovery time.
The pickle juice is technically brine, that is, water with salt. The ingestion of this juice is, theoretically, similar to the ingestion of a drink with mineral salts for that purpose.
Although more studies are still needed, using pickle juice can have a favorable effect in preventing and treating muscle cramps faster, particularly in high-intensity sports.
Those who practice physical activity in a moderate and punctual way don’t need to drink this pickle juice, as it has some contraindications.
In addition to pickle juice, there are other foods, rich in potassium, calcium, sodium and magnesium that prevent the onset or quickly eliminate cramps and should be included in a balanced diet.
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By Adriana Martins, Nutritionist
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