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Revealed: Hidden cause of night-time leg cramps and how put a stop to it

by , 06 June 2013

According to WebMD, nighttime leg cramps are usually sudden spasms, or tightening of muscles in the calf. These muscle cramps usually occur in the thigh or the foot, just as you're falling asleep. Read on to discover what's causing your leg cramps so you can put an end to them…

If you’re over 40 and frequently wake up at night with leg cramps, even when you haven’t exercised much at all, pay attention: There’s an underlying cause to your condition and it causing your night-time leg cramps.

The real reason behind night-time leg cramps

“Hypochlorhydria is a condition that occurs when your stomach isn’t producing enough acid in order to start the breakdown of foods properly or to keep the absorption of minerals normal,” explains Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing.

It’s this sub-optimal stomach acid production that’s causing you unexplained night-time leg cramps. And the older you are, the more likely you are to experience it.

While sub-optimal stomach acid production can result from many causes like, severe food allergy, viral infection, over indulgence in alcohol and auto-immune disease, it’s also an inevitable result of getting older.

According to Dr Wright, in the 1930s, researchers at the Mayo Clinic did gastric analysis by intubation for individuals at every decade of age (except for children and those over 90).

They reported that, while teenagers rarely, if ever, have sub-optimal stomach acid production, by the time you’re 60, you have a 50/50 chance of having developed this problem.

If you have night-time leg cramps and you’re over 40, it may not seem like a serious problem. But since sub-optimal stomach acid can lead to sub-optimal absorption of over 20 essential nutrients including amino acids, vitamin B12 and folate, it’s best to check with your doctor so he can check your mineral status and do a test for optimal stomach acid production.

If sub-optimal stomach acid is your problem, you could literally add years of better health to your life by solving this problem.

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