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leg cramps

  • Every once in a while you run into a product that solves a personal health issue so radically you want to shout it to the world. Well, this is my story...and I'm shouting. With this Covid-19 situation we are spending a lot of time social distancing. It means limiting your exposure to other people which really curtails your outside activities. I have been lucky enough to be able to ride my bike, a lot. I have traded in my car for a bicycle that I use daily for store trips but mostly just because I desperately need my outside time getting fresh air and exercise. But a problem arose over the last few weeks. I started cramping in my legs. Especially at night. 4 nights ago it was so bad I couldn't get back to sleep after waking up at 3 in the morning to relieve the cramping that just wouldn't stop.

    There are a number of reasons why this condition developed. Not the least of which, I am sure, is because I spend a lot more time sitting working from home, not hydrating enough, and not eating as varied a diet as I would normally, and riding my bike a lot.

    That morning I whipped into my local health food store to find a mineral combination that I felt my body must be lacking. I walked up to the counter in Beyond Nutrition * (shout out to Jonny) and told him I needed the best product to help me beat back my leg cramps. As it turns out there was a bottle of Whole Earth & Sea - Deep Ocean Minerals sitting right there on the middle of the sales counter. I took one look at the ingredients (Contains over 70 naturally occurring trace minerals from a nature reserve such as:chloride, iodine, barium, chromium, copper, iron, lanthanum, lithium, manganese, phosphorus, rubidium, selenium, silicon, silver, strontium, sulfur, thorium, titanium, tungsten, vanadium, yttrium, and zinc.) and said perfect, just what I was looking for. Deep Ocean Minerals is sustainably extracted from deep ocean water protected by a nature reserve. Deep Ocean Minerals contains over 70 essential minerals and trace elements, including magnesium, which catalyzes over 300 enzyme and hormone reactions. These macrominerals and trace elements give structure to our organs, tissues, and bones, and help maintain fluid balance, pH balance, and membrane permeability.

    I took a teaspoon in water as soon as I got home. I woke up that night with leg cramps but nowhere near as severe as the night before. I got up for a 20oz cup of filtered water where I added another teaspoon of the Deep Ocean Minerals. That day I did a long bike ride with the minerals in my water and after the ride I drank another 48oz of water in the next two hours, 24oz at a time. That night I had no leg cramps. First night with no leg cramps in weeks. Next night same. Last night same. No more leg cramps. Thank you Whole Earth & Sea. I'm taking you daily now.

    Here is one of the better articles on Nocturnal Leg Cramps published in Prevention magazine:

    What Causes Leg Cramps at Night

    About Deep Ocean Minerals

    Whole Earth & Sea Pure Food Deep Ocean Minerals (DOM) is an all-natural mineral concentrate in a balance that is natural to the body. It contains over 70 essential minerals and trace elements, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, boron, and iodine, that give structure to our organs, tissues, and bones, and help maintain fluid balance, pH balance, and membrane permeability.

    DOM is a 100% natural and sustainable product harvested from deep ocean water that is drawn from a depth of 662 m in a pristine location protected by steep mountains. Minerals and trace elements are extracted using a patented production process and fortified with fresh kelp extract to raise the iodine level to 75 mcg per ½ teaspoon. The natural liquid and ionized form increases absorption and bioavailability to the body’s cells.

    This patented production process uses sustainable and environmentally friendly techniques that ensure direct access to deep ocean water that is free from particles. Kelp is also sustainably harvested from the coastal waters of British Columbia and rigorously tested to ensure that it is contaminant free. Deep ocean water is characterized by its cleanliness and mineral density. It is a safe, pure, and infinite resource for replenishing the body’s soluble minerals and electrolytes.

    Recommended use: Source of electrolytes. A factor in the maintenance of good health. Helps the body metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Helps in the development and maintenance of bones and teeth, in the maintenance of proper muscle function, and in the function of the thyroid gland.

    Recommended adult dose: Mix ½ tsp to 1 tsp (2.5 mL to 5 mL) daily with water or other beverages (e.g., milk, soya, tea, coffee, juice, etc.) or use as directed by a health care practitioner.

    Cautions: Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Keep out of the reach of children.


  • Do you know...

    • American households on average purchase pickles every 53 days;
    • More than 67 percent of all households eat pickles;
    • Americans consume more than nine pounds of pickles per person annually?

    That's a whole lot of pickles…and pickle JUICE! But what to do with the juice once the pickles are gone? Most individuals just pour it down the drain! *GASP* I bet you won't be doing that once you learn how many different ways there are to "recycle" pickle juice! SO...OKAY, what are the benefits of pickle juice?

    Pickle juice contains sodium and vinegar—both necessary in aiding athletes and those who sweat heavily to avoid or overcome cramps (aka Charlie Horses). Researchers credit the vinegar for this benefit; others say it's the magnesium. Whichever ingredient is credited, it works!

    Use Pickle Juice To Pickle Cucumbers
    When there's no more pickles in the pickle jar, possibly the most interesting use is pickling veggies that are beginning to pass their prime in your fridge.

    Empty whatever leftovers you have in your vegetable drawer into a jar of leftover pickle juice. Let them sit for a few days and you have NEW PICKLES! Place shredded or cut carrots into a jar of pickle juice for a tangy snack. Slice some red onion very thinly and throw it in the pickle juice for perfect pickled onions!

    Transforming pickle juice into pickled cucumbers To make refrigerator dill pickles, mix sliced cucumbers into the pickle vinegar. You can add additional dill, garlic and onion to taste. Keep them in a jar with a tight lid. Shake the jar a couple of times a day for five days. The pickles will be ready to eat in a week to ten days.

    Meat and Poultry Tenderizer/Marinade

    • The acid in pickle juice acts as a tenderizer, resulting in super-succulent meats. Use it as a marinade for pork chops or steak. It will add abundant flavor to your meats, without the extra calories in heavy sauces or marinades. Recipe: Pickle juice, garlic, salt/pepper, grainy mustard and mix to a thin paste, brush on meat. Leave for an hour, up to overnight. BBQ, or broil. Works well for tougher cuts or wild game meat.
    • You can also use pickle juice as a delicious marinade for chicken. Soak the chicken overnight in a resealable plastic bag and then cook on the grill. If the marinade seems a little too strong, try adding a little coconut milk to the marinade. Discard pickle juice when done.
    • Add garlic and your favorite spices to the pickle juice and use it to baste ribs on the grill.

    Potato Booster

    • Add pickle juice to a pot of boiled white sweet potatoes or parsnips (NOT Nightshades) to give them a nice little zing. The flavors absorb so perfectly you won't feel the need to add as much salt, butter, sour cream, etc.
    • Soak sweet potatoes or parsnips in brine for 12 to 24 hours before you make French fries, etc. The flavor is mouth watering!
    • Pickle liquid mixed in with mayonnaise can give a new twist to your favorite potato salad recipe.

    Other Uses for Pickle Juice Food Enhancers:

    • Use pickle juice to perk-up boring poached, baked or broiled fish! You'll be amazed.
    • Try adding pickle juice to your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe.
    • Brine hard-boiled eggs with onions and garlic alone or add any other soft veggie.
    • Use it in place of plain vinegar in gazpacho.
    • Elevate ho-hum hummus to a punchy dip with a few dashes.
    • Brine is an easy and flavorful way to poach fish.
    • Marinate soft white cheese in it, like cream cheese or chèvre.
    • Mixed with a little beef broth it makes a great broth for Korean style cold noodles.
    • If you are a juicer, add a bit of brine to your vegetable juice.
    • Throw some pickle juice into your meatloaf, mix along with all the other condiments.
    • Try making pickled watermelon rind. Take off the skin, then drop the pieces into some pickle juice.
    • Like martinis? Try using some pickle juice.

    Pickle Bread
    A close friend used to make Jewish Deli Bread, which quickly became a favorite of mine. Use brine as the liquid portion of your bread to fortify the dough. It also makes a great soaking agent.

    Pickle Soup

    Pickle Soup
    Combine pickle brine, heavy cream, finely sliced carrots and diced pickles. Blend well and serve with a pickle slice for garnish. Surprisingly easy, unique and delicious!

    Sour Libations

    • Bartenders claim pickle juice (referred to as a "pickle-back shot") is the perfect complement to whiskey, instantly soothing the taste buds and aftershock of a rough liquor.
    • Stir 1/8 cup dill pickle liquid into 12 ounces of your favorite beer and garnish with a pickle spear or baby dill; even better with a "red beer."
    • Pickle juice is also a known folk remedy for hangovers; it replenishes your depleted sodium levels and helps to assist in rehydration.

    Cleaning Agent

    • Make blackened copper pans sparkle by cleaning them with pickle juice. It also works well as a grill cleaner, making those charred bits much easier to scrape off in the garden.
    • The high vinegar and salt content of pickle juice makes it a great weed killer. Dump it on dandelions, thistle, pretty much any weeds that crop up around your home. Bonus, it's pet-friendly!
    • Some plants, such as hydrangeas and rhododendrons, need an acidic soil in order to thrive; pickle juice helps acidify the soil. Pour the juice into the soil around the plants, or pour into a compost pile. Pouring it directly on the plants could damage them. Add to the soil around acid-loving plants at least once per season.

    Pickle Juice In The Medicine Cabinet

    • Post-Workout Drink—In a 2010 study, pickle juice halted post-workout muscle cramps in 85 seconds. It is an effective way to replace lost electrolytes and sodium, which can cause serious cramping and dehydration.
    • PMS Remedy—For the same reasons above, pickle juice is a helpful remedy for menstrual pain and cramping.
    • Heartburn Cure—When heartburn strikes, try taking a few sips of pickle juice. Like apple cider vinegar, the juice helps balance the pH in the stomach, calming acid reflux. If heartburn comes back after a while, try drinking a little more.
    • Laxative—Drink a glass of pickle juice as an all-natural laxative.
    • Upset Stomach—Treat digestive troubles with pickle juice; it helps by aiding the digestive process. Save some pickle juice in a small container for "medicinal" purposes. You'll be happy you did!
    • Hiccup Stopper—Many people claim that the number-one cure for hiccups is a small glass of pickle juice.

    Disclaimer: The information references in this article are intended solely for general information for the reader. The contents of this article, or its author, are not intended to offer personal medical advice, diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications.