Muscle Soreness

There are many factors to why the muscles become sore the following days after exercise. But one of the primary causes is that the muscles are high in calcium. When overtraining the sarcoplasmic reticulum can become damaged, which leaves calcium floating around the cell with no place to go, since calcium repolarizes in the sarcoplasmic reticulum.

The mineral that helps to clear out calcium is magnesium. When magnesium is low, calcium can stay in the cells or bloodstream. By increasing magnesium intake will take care of the offset of calcium. Magnesium is often referred to as a natural ‘tranquilizer’ because of its relaxing action on nerves and muscles, but it still has an effect on more than 300 functions in your body. Good sources of magnesium come from potatoes, red meat, avocado, and nuts (almonds, walnuts). I recommend taking a magnesium supplement prior to going to bed to help against muscle cramps during the night.