We see quite a few students and seasoned divers suffering with muscle cramps and thought maybe we could inform our followers about prevention. The summer is here and many of us spend hours in the water exerting ourselves without drinking.
Most muscle cramps are caused by dehydration (lack of water). Your body is good at keeping things in balance as long as you get enough water. But sometimes you need more than h2o.
Stretching before a dive is always recommend but you can start preparing for your dive in other ways, like eating foods rich in Potassium. High Potassium (non-dairy) items include – just to name a few:
Mangos, Oranges, Papaya, Pears. Prune juice
Your muscles need calcium in order to relax. So here’s a few high calcium (non-dairy) foods divers can use to help prevent muscle cramps.
Almonds, Oranges, Figs, Edamame, Broccoli
Let’s dive Smarter and Safer!
Disclaimer: Some people are superstitious about Bananas on a boat - a myth that sources it’s roots back to the age of slavery - so Eat your banana before you get on the Boat… You’ve been warned!