ALL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CREATES stress on the body. Whether it is shovelling in the winter, mowing the lawn in the summer, playing sports or an engaging exercise routine. Everything mentioned creates a physical demand on the body’s muscles and if care is not taken it can cause inflammation and cramping. Proper stretching and nutrients can avoid complications and injury.

Nutrients such as systemic enzymes, electrolytes and magnesium can help remove the inflammation and avoid cramping within the muscles. Other nutrients such as glutamine, Co Q10, and proteins can help to repair any damage that can occur to the muscles.

Magnesium is an important mineral that is in various biochemical pathways in our bodies. In the muscles, it helps to maintain fiber relaxation to prevent cramping. In cases of muscle tightness or lack of flexibility, high doses of magnesium (usually in the glycinate or malic acid bound form) should be administered. If there is a situation with a “Charlie horse”, magnesium creams can be applied topically in the local area, for quicker relief.

Electrolytes are balanced mineral salts such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and chloride. Excessive loss of these electrolytes can cause muscle cramps, nausea, exhaustion and even dizziness or delirium. Patients are most commonly treated for inflammation due to injury, arthritis and over-strain. Common herbal anti-inflammatory remedies include, Bromelain, Boswelia and MSM. However, the proteolytic enzyme Wobenzym N may be the most effective remedy in treating inflammation, improving drainage, and enhancing nutrient flow to the site of injury.

Traumeel comes in a liquid or tablet form for internal use and cream or gel for topical use. Alternatively, Dr. Reckeweg’s R30 – Universal Ointment or Bionica gel provide quick reduction of inflammation and acceleration of the healing process.

With proper warm up and stretching, combined with proper nutrient intake, you can enjoy your physical activities without damaging your muscles. For serious athletes, consult your naturopathic physician for a customized protocol for you specific needs.