Leg Cramps - What to do when you've tried everything?



Not sure if it’s helpful, but along with using Brenda’s Keto-Aide, with added ACV and Lemon Juice for me, she also recommended taking Calcium Tablets each night to help with leg cramps. I think we all go through them from time to time, if not like those who deal with them regularly. But it wouldn’t hurt to try. Might just have to try & see what works best. Sounds like a lot to think about per the responses above.

(traci simpson) #42

The last two nights I’ve had foot cramps. I tried some salt since I’ve been drink vinegar water for about a week at night.

(John) #43

A follow up to this. Turns out it was work stress. She quit her job and the cramps stopped.

We didn’t consider the effects that stress could have had on her body.

So keep that in mind. Not all problems are caused by keto.

(Anna ) #44

I’ve had really bad nocturnal leg cramps for many years now, and they also have gotten more frequent since I started keto 5 months ago. But yet the cramps don’t happen every night. I’ve been keeping a detailed food diary and I can’t see any foods or activities that would cause this. My mom also has nocturnal leg cramps.

I’ve tried taking high magnesium and potassium and that didn’t work. I can’t take high calcium because it makes my migraines worse. I did have a blood test done and I have very high sodium and chloride, my potassium is OK, but my calcium is very low. Magnesium was not tested.

I’ve read that taurine can help balance electrolytes in the body. It’s too early to tell, I just started taking it.

(Kirk Wolak) #45

Okay, I have TRIED EVERYTHING and nothing worked 100% Until I found SNAKE JUICE!

OMG, it’s been WEEKS without a cramp (well, ONE time, when I was too busy to start my day with it).

Honestly, this has been working for me so well… You can find Cole’s (Snake Diet/Snake Juice) online.
But I have it down to: (24 oz of water or homemade seltzer)
1/2 tsp Magnesium (I took epsom salts and ran them through the coffee grinder=>powders them)
1/2 tsp NoSalt (Really Important Potassium Source)
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
Dash of Pink salt, and 3 “00” capsules of Pink salt that I pack myself.

I did NOT like the saltiness with 1/4 tsp of pink salt.

NOTE: this is 1/2 of the 1L recipe Cole Gives. I only drink ONE of these NORMALLY.

I force myself to drink this, the first thing in the morning (not all at once, it is the first drink I must finish before I have my coffee or seltzer or water, etc). Yesterday it was 4:22pm before I had my coffee, LOL.

But the lack of Cramping is AMAZING. And there are times when I do a second glass… I kinda know, or I might have gotten a “warning sign/twinge cramp” (That feeling that you could cramp)… And if I check, it’s after I did a lot of walking while fasting… Today I will walk 10 miles fasted. I will drink TWO of those, my first one is rocking already…

NOTE: I tried other things that SEEMED to work for a day or two. This has been a SOLID 4 weeks of working, since about a day after I started it… Crazy good results. And the taste… Just water it down a bit more, like I did, and it goes down pretty easy!

(Ben ) #46

I’ve started to spray a few pumps into my mouth after I spray it all over me. Real salty but you get used to it. I use a 50/50 ratio of mag flakes and distilled water. It seems to be stronger than the bottled spray. I used to wash it off after 30 min after all the mag was absorbed but have decided to leave it on so the salt stays on my skin. Will also be spraying it on my hands throughout the day.

(Sammy Roth) #47

Same issue…absolutely 100% cured in 2 days when I used the following supplements at night

  1. GABA. 750mg
  2. 5 HTP 100mg
  3. B6 250mg

I still use magnesium and potassium but these 3 right before bed allowed me to actually fall asleep within 1/2 hr of taking them rather than counting sheep for hours AND they also completely solved the leg cramp issue so rapidly I can’t even tell you. I am thrilled beyond belief!! The 5HTP was from Costco and it contains some B6 & B12 as well.
I’m not a Dr. but do try it out. Small price to pay for relief and sleep!

(Kirk Wolak) #48

A Quick Update…
Still not cramping…
I’ve had an INKLING of a morning cramp when I did not do my snake juice for a couple of days…

This is awesome. And because of this, I have reached out and bought LMNT (element) electrolytes, and having those keeps them away as well, but keep in mind, I don’t go many days without snake juice. So I could be confusing them… The snake just is SUPER cheap!

(Bob M) #49

You know, I have occasional lower leg cramps and have yet to figure out why.


ctviggen Bob M. I feel ya! I came here today because since warmer weather I’ve been outside more. Recently temporarily moved to a new place that has front and back steps. Been going up and down those regularly this past week. Had a muscle cramp last night that knocked me out of bed.
I take 100mg of magnesium daily. Don’t use any potassium supplements as I’m on lisinopril BP meds. But I do make a Keto aid type drink with I use a quart jar of well water add 1/2 tsp pink salt and a pinch of Nosalt. Which I know Nosalt is potassium, but that’s what the Keto aid recipe called for(haven’t had any side effects from the Nosalt. I Then add a packet of crystal lite drink mix, just gives it a taste. I try to drink some when I’m in the frig foraging around. But I forget to drink it sometimes. I’ve never really known how much Nosalt to add? I’m afraid of potassium due to my lisinopril?
So I’m wondering today? Was the knock me out of bed cramp from all the new steps or should I drink my Keto aid? More Nosalt in my Keto aid? I’m like 98% carnivore, should I add Vegs.
Sometimes things that suddenly happen on Keto can be so confusing


How MUCH potassium?

(Bob M) #52

I still haven’t figured out leg cramps. Got them the other day, while taking magnesium earlier in the day.

So, I started drinking pickle juice again, as I happened to finish the pickles. I’ve also gone back to using magnesium sprays on my legs.

The cramps have stopped, but the truth is that I have them so infrequently, there’s no pattern. I can’t say, “I took X and the cramps stopped”, because I get them too infrequently.