How can I prevent a charley horse?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A charley horse is nothing more than a muscle spasm that, while quick and harmless, can still be very painful. Muscle spasms commonly occur when your electrolytes are imbalanced, you’re dehydrated, or that muscle is overworked. For instance, when muscles suddenly contract, your body’s electrolytes can become imbalanced, causing nerves to fire uncontrollably. This is when charley horses happen.

A knee-jerk reaction is to massage your leg, which does help with the pain from a charley horse. But eating potassium-rich foods and replenishing your electrolytes is a good way to prevent an imbalance.

Try this electrolyte elixir for a delicious and natural way to replenish your body’s calcium, sodium and potassium:

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup tomato juice
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Pinch salt

Mix all the ingredients together and enjoy.
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