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6 surprising causes of muscle cramps!

Did you know that muscle cramps could be due to vitamin B 12 deficiency or anti-hypertensive medications?

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti | Updated : July 28, 2016 1:10 PM IST

Muscle Cramps

Suffering sudden cramps in the leg while running or just after you are done with your workout is quite common. We tend to ignore muscle cramps until they bother us frequently. However, knowing about the triggers of muscle cramps beforehand can help you prevent it or deal with it correctly. Here are some common reasons of muscle camps.


Dehydration causes loss of nutrients from the body. And if you fail to replenish the lost minerals and fluids, it can trigger muscle cramps as the electrolyte balance is disturbed. This is particularly common during summer and after or during a strenuous workout, which causes dehydration due to excessive sweating. Also Read - Top 10 Baby Names Inspired By Vedas


Poor posture: In some cases, even improper sitting or poor posture can cause trouble. This is because it exerts pressure on a specific part of the body, thereby triggering muscle cramps. It is mainly due to insufficient nutrient and oxygen supply to the body.


Vitamin B 12 deficiency can lead to anemia and lack of red blood cells (RBCs) that supply oxygen to various parts of the body. This triggers recurrent muscle cramps. Loading up your intake of foods rich in vitamin B12 is the key to deal with it.


Did you know that lack of potassium can trigger muscle cramps? The lack of potassium in the body causes changes in the electrolyte balance, thereby increasing your risk of muscle cramps. Increase your intake of potassium-rich foods like bananas, dry fruits and leafy vegetables.  Also Read - Top 10 Summer Food And Drink Options for Dogs


Medications: Muscles cramps can also be caused if you are suffer from hypertension and take diuretics to control your blood pressure. This is because these medications can alter the electrolyte balance and lead to improper muscle coordination and control. Check with your doctor if you experience frequent cramps.