2. Muscle Cramps
Do you find that you’re experiencing muscle cramps more often than usual? It could be due to low potassium levels. Prevention explains that muscle spasms in the legs that occur frequently and often during a workout could be due to not consuming enough potassium. This happens because when our body is expelling energy, like during a workout, it’s also using up electrolytes. “For athletes, a lack of potassium can lead to muscular complications, including problems contracting and reduced blood flow, which can lead to dangerous rhabdomyolysis,” says Ginger Hultin, MS, RDN, CSO, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics when talking to Prevention. Rhabdomyolysis is a serious condition where muscle tissue breaks down at a rapid rate. “Low potassium in athletes can lead to muscle weakness, fatigue, and cramping.”
To combat these muscle cramps, Prevention recommends drinking some kind of sports drink that contains lots of electrolytes. Typically we suggest drinking water, but in this case the electrolytes are important.