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cramping and potassium(4 posts)

cramping and potassiumneube
May 6, 2002 5:58 AM
i've heard that potassium plays a large part in cramping. What's the science behind it?

how is it different from sodium related problems? i'm unfortunately familiar with hypotranemia - not enough sodium

I've had some crazy cramps recently and am wondering if they might be potassium related. during these recent rides that i cramped up on i was drinking lots of water and putting down a fair bit of carb, some fat and a little protein, along with a little bit of salt.

My stomach is not banana friendly. consuming bananas on a ride will cause far more problems that they would solve. What are some easily obtained and transported alternatives to bananas for potassium?

thanks guys
crampingSteveO
May 6, 2002 6:12 AM
potassium supplements.

never with cycling, but i used to experience a LOTTTT of cramping while swimming or surfing. I used to try overloading the K to try to alleviate, which never worked all that well.

Later, I started really popping the supplements (antioxidants, mostly. Ironically, no potassium supplements). Though i wasnt doing so for the cramps, i've found the cramps to be prettymuch a thing of the past.

I cant explain it, but it might be worth a try.
Heat stress tabletsDougSloan
May 6, 2002 6:41 AM
I've found some tablets called "heat stress tablets," or something similar, that contain sodium chloride and potassium chloride (salt tablets). They work. Carry them in a small ziplock, pill box, or one of these rubbery coin things. You can find them at drug stores.

Doug
re: cramping and potassiumSnowBlind
May 6, 2002 8:55 AM
Strangely cyclists like bannanas for potassium, but a handful of almonds (or other nuts) is the same amount of K.
'Splains why those damn squirrels move so fast...

You might try Anti-Acids like tums to fight off cramps, Ca works almost as well as K.