Leg cramps when fasting 2-3 days?

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Leg cramps when fasting 2-3 days?

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  • Hi all, I’ve been using 5:2 for nine months and getting on well with it bar one problem – severe leg cramps at night. There seems to be a consistent pattern of cramps (painful shin, calf and upper foot cramps) if I do back-to-back fasting over 2 – 3 days. I’m trying out zero-caffeine on fast days and plenty of potassium rich foods – but want to isolate the cause so that I can keep back-to-back fasting as an option? Any similar experiences . Any words of advice ? Thanks.

    You are probably low on salt.

    I drink some chicken bouillon each day to stave off the cramps.

    Thanks Amy; will add this to my on-going experimentation…

    Drink a tonic water shortly before you go to bed, the one you would put into a gin and tonic, without the gin though. This really helps!

    Thanks Stef; never heard of this one before. Will try it out.

    Re: tonic water for leg cramps
    Make sure the tonic water contains quinine. That’s what arrests leg cramps. Mustard does, too, for some people. But not so much for me.

    I fast five days and eat two. The nights I eat are when I get the leg cramps. Tonic water helps as preventive and also to stop them once they start. I chug an 8 once tonic water to stop a cramp.

    I can’t tell that magnesium makes a difference.

    There are a lot of unanswered questions–age, medications you’re on, diseases you have, etc. when i fast, i only have water. No electrolytes, which your body should regulate. That said, cramps can be from low oxygen being supplied to those extremities , nerve problems (some nerve diseases, such as disc compression to name one), electrolyte problems (imbalance–this should not happen in a fast unless your kidneys are not working; or you are taking in an unusual balance of sodium, magnesium, potassium, calcium, etc), gland (endocrine) problems (ie, thyroid, adrenal, diabetes, some tumors), unknown; and others .

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