Does Dehydration Cause Muscle Cramps?

Drinking enough water each day plays an important role in the way your body functions. It helps regulate body temperature, keeps joints lubricated, prevents infections, delivers nutrients to cells, and keeps organs functioning properly. It also improves your quality of sleep, cognition, and mood.

To get a better perspective, up to 60% of the human adult body is water. So what happens when you become dehydrated? Apparently as little as 1% of dehydration may affect your cognitive performance. Depending on how dehydrated you are, some symptoms may include headaches, tiredness, loss of strength and stamina (the main cause of heat exhaustion), low level of consciousness, constipation, kidney function, and muscle damage.

Dehydration can also make muscle cramps worse, but it might not necessarily be the cause. Cramps most commonly occur when the muscle cannot relax. This can be caused by a lack of magnesium, potassium, calcium, and/or salt, or by a build-up of lactic acid if you have been exercising. It can also be caused by certain medications and reduced blood flow.

Studies now show that the neuromuscular system’s role in muscle cramps are stronger than those for dehydration. When your muscle cramps, the motor nerves can become hyper excited which causes the muscle to cramp. By drinking a shot of CrampFix, we can activate the sensory nerves in your mouth which can inhibit the signal of the over-firing nerves to the muscle through the spinal cord. This rapidly relieves your muscle cramp naturally.

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