9. Vitamin D
People with low vitamin D levels present many nonspecific symptoms like leg pain, backache, body aches and thigh pain.
In addition, this vitamin helps regulate two minerals – calcium and phosphorus, which are essential for nerve and muscle functioning.
To fight leg pain, expose your body to early morning sunlight for 10 to 15 minutes daily. Sunlight helps your body produce vitamin D.
Also, include vitamin D-rich foods in your diet, such as salmon, sardines, mackerel, fortified milk, orange juice or cereal. You can even take a supplement, after consulting your doctor.
Potassium deficiency can also contribute to leg pain. Potassium is an important nutrient required for muscle and nerve functioning. It also prevents dehydration.
- Eat foods rich in potassium to help fight leg pain. Such foods include baked potatoes and sweet potatoes with the skin, bananas, plums, raisins, prune juice and tomato juice.
- You can also take a supplement, after consulting your doctor.
- You can apply a gel containing 0.0125 percent capsaicin topically to reduce pain.
- Drink 2 to 3 cups of green tea daily.
- Eat 1 teaspoon of yellow mustard with a glass of water twice a day for a few days. It prompts the body to use a neurotransmitter that promotes better muscle functioning.
- Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control.
- Avoid drinking or drink only in moderation.
- Avoid smoking as well as secondhand smoke.
- If you have diabetes, take steps to manage your blood sugar level.
- Reduce stress to help alleviate your symptoms.
- Always take time to stretch before and after exercising to prevent leg pain.
- Do gentle stretching exercises for 10 minutes daily.