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Cramps-Potassium(13 posts)

Cramps-PotassiumRubberbandman
May 13, 2002 6:42 AM
I read a comment last week about taking potassium gluconite for cramps. How safe is this stuff and what is the recommended dosage?
Why not a post-ride Gatorade and a few bananas?Gator
May 13, 2002 7:05 AM
That should be plenty of potassium, no? How much do you need?
Why not a post-ride Gatorade and a few bananas?Rubberbandman
May 13, 2002 7:34 AM
How are post ride Gatorade and bananas going to help with cramps on the bike? I eat several bananas a day and drink plenty of fluid , yet I'm still suffering from cramps (especially in warm weather).

I don't know how much I require, but I'm looking for suggestions.

RBM
Ah, cramps ON the bike, I see...Gator
May 13, 2002 7:56 AM
I just assumed you were cramping up afterward. In that case, I'd avoid bananas; they have a tendency to make your intestines retain water, which can cause some, er... gastric distress, shall we say.

I don't know, it seems to me that a) better preride warm-up/stretching b) eating some easily digested, potassium-rich foods c) re-evaluating your training schedule and d) a good recovery diet would be a better idea that loading up a potassium supplement, especially since you don't know much about it and you don't have any idea what the "appropriate" dosage might be -- it seems an extreme solution to what is probably an easily addressed problem.
Ah, cramps ON the bike, I see...Rubberbandman
May 13, 2002 8:14 AM
You have made some good points. A supplement does seem a bit exteme. Thanks for your input I'll let you know how things work out.

RBM
Why extreme?dzrider
May 13, 2002 9:02 AM
After 2 incidents of cramps I set about to find a dietary solution to the problem. It occurred to me that there was a gradual deterioration in my performance going on rather than my body going abruptly from a.o.k. to cramping. I now take electolytes caps before and during any ride or run longer than 2 hours. They are affordable, keep me drinking and don't strike me as extreme. What's the problem?
Okay, maybe not extreme, but...Gator
May 13, 2002 9:50 AM
hasty. It seems to me that there are probably more "conventional" ways to prevent cramping than to add what is potentially an enormous amount of potassium to your system, and since I'd imagine too much potassium might affect your blood pressure (it might not, I'm not a doctor), it seems like a more mild approach at first might be a good idea.

It'd be like if you take a spill and you injure your shoulder to immediately say, "I need surgery," rather than to first try icing it, stretching it and some massage therapy -- it may not be a bad idea, but there are a lot of things to try first.
Okay, maybe not extreme, but...Rubberbandman
May 13, 2002 9:53 AM
I agree. I'm going to analyze my diet, pre and post ride, to see if I can eat higher potassium rich foods.
It depends on how long you're out there.dzrider
May 13, 2002 10:42 AM
Cramps happen because your body's energy stores are depleted. I'd rather carry a few little capsules in my pockets than broccolli and bananas when I'm running or riding. Energy drinks provide much of the same stuff, but sometimes I can't stomach sweet drinks so I take a capsule with water. We all make our own risk assessments and for me the risk of cramps is greater than the risk from taking electolyte capsules.
It depends on how long you're out there.Rubberbandman
May 13, 2002 1:10 PM
What are electolyte capsules? What is the dosage and when do you ingest them (before, during or after)?
Ah, cramps ON the bike, I see...Rubberbandman
May 13, 2002 9:20 AM
You have made some good points. A supplement does seem a bit exteme. Thanks for your input I'll let you know how things work out.

RBM
If you can't stand bannana's...SnowBlind
May 13, 2002 7:34 AM
Most nuts have far more potassium than a bannana. A cup of almonds has 3 times as much.
Forget the chemicals to maintain balance. You are not a swimming pool.
My receipeliu02bhs
May 13, 2002 10:43 AM
I think this works very well since I have never gotten a cramp on my bike and I live in Texas. I take a multivitamin in the morning and again at night (I don't think one more pill will cause a overdose), eating a banana for breakfast, eat a banana before the ride, and drink Gatorade during the ride.