Introduction: Charley Horse Remedy

About: I am married with two children. Spring, summer, and fall are my very favorite times of the year. I enjoy working in the yard, sewing, cooking, quilting, gardening, and creating. I do this to keep my sanity.
How many times have you been working, sleeping, walking, running or just having fun when all the sudden you experience a Charley horse or (painful muscle spasms or cramps in the leg? ) I have been experiencing a few Charley horses lately.  In the past I have not had very many to complain about but after having a few recently I decided to share a home remedy that my sister told me about several years ago.  My husband has always experienced Charley horses over the years,  so it was a great relief to him when I told him about this remedy.  Before I share our families little secret let me tell you what I have learned about them.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or nurse, this instructable is not intended to give you medical advice.  If you have a medical problem please seek a doctor or go to the hospital.  

A few common reasons for Charley horses are dehydration,  magnesium and/or potassium deficiency, over exertion by exercising, and some medications.  I remember when I was pregnant I used to get them and it was because I was low in calcium.  Unfortunately I did not know it at the time.  When we are experiencing a Charley horse we drink more water, less caffeinated drinks, and take some magnesium or potassium.  Well, I take the supplements hubby does not like to take pills. 

The secret is simple.  We take  1 or 2 Tablespoons of vinegar everyday or eat a pickle.  If we are  having a Charley horse we take 1 or 2 Tablespoons at the time it is happening or eat a pickle.  I do not know why it works but people get relief very soon after taking it or within 20 minutes.  I just recently learned that natural vinegar with the mother it;  is loaded with vitamins and minerals which in my opinion are much cheaper than buying vitamins. I will be trying this type of vinegar and will give an update when I do.  

There are a lot of vitamins and minerals available over the counter that can't be digested very well because of the added ingredients.  They just pass through your system.  It is best to read the labels to see what has been added.  I buy mine from a health food store but still read the label.  It makes since to me a natural vinegar being a liquid form;  would digest easily allowing the body to receive the benefits.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you find this instructable beneficial.

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