Nutrition And Important Minerals For Preventing Rls And Leg Cramps
Leg cramps and restless leg syndrome are different in terms of diagnosis, however, the same minerals play an important role to prevent both conditions.
Checking in your vitamins:
Checking in your Vitamins/Minerals: Leg cramps and restless leg syndrome are different in terms of diagnosis, however, the same minerals play an important role to prevent both conditions and these are magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. RLS, specifically, is associated with Vit D deficiency. In this case, you definitely need a supplement because it is hard to be sufficient with food sources. Make sure to share your discomfort with your doctors to get a blood work done for your upcoming visit. You might need a supplement depending on your level of deficiency.
Eating Balanced Diet:
You should be eating a variety of healthy foods during pregnancy to make sure you and your little one are getting enough vitamins and minerals. I created a table for the minerals that are associated with leg cramps and RLS, you can find the best sources to incorporate in your daily diet. Nutrition and important minerals for preventing leg cramps:
See Table below for important minerals, DRIs and main food sources.
-Check the label to see the %Daily Value of one serving to determine how much the product contributes to your daily recommended intake.
-If you are vegan, make sure to buy calcium fortified plant-based milk, cheese and yogurt and tofu made with calcium sulfate.
-Some ethnic groups may eat less or more from different food groups. For instance; Asian people are most likely to consume a low-calcium diet. In this case, sardines can be a great option to meet your calcium needs. Make sure to discuss your ethnic background and eating habits with your dietitian for an individualized meal plan that meets your daily needs.
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