Muscle Cramps, spasms, Twitches, and tics are usually caused by vitamin and mineral deficiency or imbalance. Most cramping happens at night as minerals move between the blood, muscles, and bones. Muscle pain however can be caused by muscle strain, nerve compression, aging or injured joints, injuries, or diseases. The sudden or gradual onset of this pain can be distressing, especially if you have things that need to be accomplished or just want to relax. If you don’t want to take pills or more pills there are natural options.
Eat a diet high in Vitamin C foods; leafy greens, citrus fruits, especially kiwi, brown rice, sprouts, broccoli, tomatoes, and bell peppers.
Eat potassium rich foods; bananas, broccoli, sunflower seeds, beans, and legumes, whole grains, and dried fruits.
Magnesium rich foods; lettuce, bell peppers, green leafy vegetables, molasses, nuts, and seafood.
Drink plenty of none caffeine liquids, muscles need fluids to contract and relax.
Avoid refined sugar, processed and preserved foods. Food Allergies or sensitivity to theses foods are often the cause of twitches and spasms.
Heat and/or Ice
Vitamin D supplements are natural muscle relaxants and help with muscle pain thats non-specific. Muscle pain can be caused by a deficiency in vitamin D so make sure that you have your daily dose. Ask your doctor to check your Vitamin D levels, if you live in the northern US it is common to be deficient in Vitamin D.
One of the most effective natural muscle relaxants is cayenne pepper. The capsaicin present in it prevents the activation of the brain’s pain transmitters. You can mix this with olive oil and use it to massage the affected area.
This is one of the most potent natural muscle relaxants and is commonly used as an anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory. This herb is also a natural tranquilizer that can help you with anxiety, sleep disorders, and digestive problems.
These supplements may take a little longer to take effect than pharmaceutical but you can be sure you won’t be victim to the adverse side effects of medications.
Many people report that medical marijuana is a effective muscle relaxer. Medical marijuana may also be effective in alleviating uncontrollable and debilitating muscle spasms. Some people with severe spasms report that medical marijuana is the only thing that allows them to function normally.
Some people with Tourette’s syndrome even report marked improvement treating their symptoms with medical marijuana. Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological disorder that has a spastic-type component.
Researchers believe, there is evidence for medical marijuana as a treatment for muscle spasms. The two most studied cannabinoids in medical marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), have been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of muscle spasms and stiffness.
Best Medical Marijuana Strains for Muscle Spasms
Mendo Purps is a Sativa dominant strain it’s high in THC. This strain is great for several medical conditions including anxiety, PTSD, depression, bipolar and cancer. The high THC levels in this strain have been known to help with pain as it provides a mood stimulation and helps your body relax.
Also high in THC, Redwood Kush is a hybrid strain (50% Sativa/ 50% Indica) that provides patients with a calming effect. It is often used to help those who suffer from depression, anxiety, and/or panic attacks. It is also well known for controlling inflammation and muscle spasms.
Afghan Kush (Afghan OG), is rich in THC and CBD (21%/6%), this strain is known for the typical high that lasts up to 2 hours. This is one of the few strains that also provided significant medicinal values due to its high levels of CBD. Afghan Kush is known for relaxation and insomnia. It is also used for chronic pain, muscle relaxer and for reducing muscle spasms.
This strain is known for providing a cognitive (head) high with a relaxing undertone. It’s the perfect strain to unwind, and if you are looking for a strain that combats stress, anxiety or pain, then White Widow should be on your list. It helps the entire body relax which also helps with muscle spasms.
Blue Dream (BD) is one of those strains that is always evolving. The THC levels can range between (17%-24%), and CBD can go as high as 2%. While Blue Dream won’t directly relax your muscles, it does work on other areas of the body. It is known for helping people with injuries and is great for combating stress and anxiety which often leads to muscle tension, spasms, and cramps.
DISCLAIMER: The information here is NOT medical advice. Do not institute any changes in your current health programs without consulting your Medical provider. For medical advice please consult your private physician or preferred health service provider.
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