Cramping, but I already drink heaps of water!

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  1. Sando

    Sando New Member

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    I keep getting cramps after riding on hot days. I know it's not dehydration as I drink plenty (yes plenty) of water - usually over 2 liters a day and only ride for an hour. I also drink a bottle of Gatorade each day.

    I don't get them as soon as I finish riding but later at night when I'm stretching.

    I commute to work, about 27km round drip, 5 days a week...

    Any help would be greaty appreciated!:confused:

    Thanks
     
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  2. Eden

    Eden New Member

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    If I'm recalling right Gatorade (especially the original formula) has lots of sodium, but not much else. Try something that has some of the other salts - potassium, magnesium etc. and be careful you are not drinking too much plain water thereby flushing all of your electrolytes right out of your system.

    If you need something with electrolytes, but don't want the carbs or the sugar you can get something like Nuun or Ecaps.
     
  3. DesFlurane

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    Try quinine tablets, worked for me when all else failed.
     
  4. Sillyoldtwit

    Sillyoldtwit New Member

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  5. Sando

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    Great, thank you, I'll have a read...
     
  6. OldGoat

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    Bananas are loaded with potassium; you might try adding one or two to your daily diet.
     
  7. daveryanwyoming

    daveryanwyoming Well-Known Member

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    Bananas are great, but potatoes and even broccoli have more potassium per serving. Check out this link: http://www.everything-science.com/content/view/27/98/

    -Dave
     
  8. e0richt

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    I haven't tried this but others have posted that taking a tums will help because of the magnesium/calcium...
     
  9. garage sale GT

    garage sale GT New Member

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    How much of it comes out in the cooking water?

    Salt substitutes are a source of potassium.
     
  10. daveryanwyoming

    daveryanwyoming Well-Known Member

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    Don't know I usually bake 'em.....
     
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