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Causes of Leg Cramps and How to Prevent It From Happening Again

Give relief to those poor legs.

Aging sucks as far as your body is concerned. Once you turn 30, you start to feel those aches and pains that go full blast when you get to your 40s and 50s. If you start feeling cramps in your legs at night, especially during your sleeping time, this may be a sign of nocturnal leg cramps.

This type of cramps usually happens in your lower legs, but in more intense cases the pain can also affect your thighs and feet. The sharp pain can be so intense it can wake you up and it can last from seconds to minutes. The pain may disappear eventually, but soreness in the morning is the aftermath of the cramps.

Leg cramps are usually mistaken for restless leg syndrome, but they are not the same thing.

Source: NYTimes

Yes, they both happen during sleeping hours, but restless leg syndrome is a neurological disorder. One afflicted by this gets the overwhelming and uncontrollable urge to move the legs. This does not happen with night cramps.

Leg cramps are caused by the usual culprits such as bad posture, exercise, and standing on concrete floors on extended periods of time. But other factors such as medications, pregnancy, and excessive alcohol consumption can also contribute to leg cramps.

If you are suffering from leg cramps, you can do the following to treat it and prevent it from happening again:

1) Place heating pad on affected areas.

Heat relaxes the muscles and therefore can lessen pain. Taking a warm bath before bed is also recommended.

2) Include more potassium and magnesium in your diet.

You can’t go wrong with bananas!

3) Wear proper footwear.

There are ergonomic shoes that are made for support and proper alignment of the spine.

4) Do leg exercises while on a swimming pool.

This can give you the workout you need while lessening the impact on your muscles and joints.

For most of us, leg pain can’t be avoided especially if it comes with aging. But you don’t have to suffer any more than you have. There are remedies and preventive measures for fast and long-term relief.

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Learn How to Do This Simple But Extremely Effective Rolling Log Mouse Trap!

Mess-free way to capture and contain mice!

If you have a mouse problem in your home, you’ve probably tried different ways to capture and eliminate them before you settle for the most effective solution of all. Maybe you prefer to use rat killer feeds or even the traditional mousetrap, which on its own is a pretty effective way to trap the rodents in your home. If it’s already working fine for you, congratulations! But if you are not quite satisfied with the results and you are looking for a better alternative, we may have the solution for you.

Introducing the “rolling logs mousetrap”. It is essentially a metal cylinder that rotates along a center rod. Its width is just right to fit inside a 5-gallon bucket. It’s a great DIY project that you can easily construct using just 2 or 3 materials.

Easy to make, yet very effective!

Fit the cylinder near the mouth of the plastic bucket. On the two sides of the bucket, place two wooden “ramps” that the mice can climb on leading to the metal log. Pour water in the bucket and fill it halfway. Now you need to place bait on the device to attract the mice. The video used peanut butter which coated around the metal log....

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12 Ways That Can Help You Get Pregnant with Twins

Increase your chances of having twins with these tips and tricks.

Children can be a handful but not for those passionate about parenthood. And when it comes to having babies, twins are double the fun (instead of double the trouble) for moms and dads who are just dying to have them.

Although there are no guaranteed strategies to conceive twins, there are things that can help increase a woman's chances of doing so. Heed the tips below if you're hoping to get pregnant with twins.

1. Check your family history.

It's good to start with reviewing your family's history of childbirth since having fraternal twins is believed to run in the family. Check if the women in your family - like your sisters, mother, grandmother, great grandmother - have given birth to fraternal twins. If that's the case, chances are you have a genetic predisposition to give birth to twins, too....

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4 Tips To Help You Raise Fearless Girls

Listen up, moms and dads!

Parenting is no doubt the toughest job in the world. Countless parenting methods claiming to be the best have been written and talked about. But in truth, there is no single way of raising kids. Moms and dads can employ different strategies and hope for the best.

When raising girls, your goal as a parent should be to raise one who can grow up to be a strong, independent, and fearless woman ready to take on the world. To help parents do this, The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure author Caroline Paul shared a few tips during a TEDTalk.

In her talk, Caroine said she had no talent as a child, and so she instead attempted to break the world record in crawling.

"Today, I see it differently, because when I was attempting the world record, I was doing three things: I was getting outside my comfort zone, I was calling upon my resilience, and I was finding confidence in myself and my own decisions. I didn't know it then, but those are not the attributes of failure. Those are the attributes of bravery."...

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