Forgotten Prep - Tonic Water - Survivalist Forum
Survivalist Forum

Advertise Here

Go Back   Survivalist Forum > >
Articles Classifieds Donations Gallery Groups Links Store Survival Files


Advertise Here
Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Whistles - A Forgotten Prep Purdy Bear Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 45 05-22-2015 05:32 PM
Forgotten Prep Place - The Toy Store Purdy Bear Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 21 09-22-2014 10:57 AM
Maybe a forgotten prep? shane87 Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 36 12-19-2012 02:10 PM
Stinging Nettles - Spring's Tonic and other uses Morakai Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 0 11-12-2012 01:04 PM
Our Elderberry tonic recipe ForestBeekeeper Health, Fitness and First Aid 1 10-01-2012 03:58 PM
One more reason to prep water merlinfire Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 6 01-13-2012 10:03 AM
A trip to the ER, and an often forgotten prep - medical records ShaynaGirl Health, Fitness and First Aid 0 08-04-2011 08:21 PM
Forgotten Prep - Pond/Pool Heaters Purdy Bear Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 3 12-26-2010 01:24 PM
Forgotten prep - Getting into the 'Zone' Purdy Bear Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 9 12-22-2010 10:13 AM
Patriotism - a forgotten word, even more forgotten meaning Flex Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 1 12-17-2010 09:54 AM

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-21-2012, 02:56 PM
Purdy Bear Purdy Bear is online now
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: SE London
Posts: 8,742
Thanks: 4,806
Thanked 9,519 Times in 3,939 Posts
Default Forgotten Prep - Tonic Water

Advertise Here

I've been having severe cramps in my lower legs and feet at night, so I spoke to the Dr today. The remedy was Quinine and thus Tonic Water. Obviously if the water doesn't work then more tests will follow, but it is suspected that the cramps are caused by a Potassium or Sodium deficiency.

I wonder how many of us have Tonic Water in the house, we didn't but we will from now on. I quite like the taste on its own, but I'm sure there will be some out there that will want to get in Gin/Vodka as well
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Purdy Bear For This Useful Post:
Old 09-21-2012, 04:32 PM
Old dude's Avatar
Old dude Old dude is offline
Stop being on my side!
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: South Mississippi Swamps
Age: 58
Posts: 8,536
Thanks: 39,866
Thanked 25,770 Times in 7,408 Posts

The gin's important -- apparently the G&T was invented as a way to get colonists in India to drink the (anti-malarial) tonic water.

Off to the liquor store -- thanks for the tip!

edited to add: I'm sure you know this, but sodium and/or potassium deficiency is pretty easy to fix dietarily.
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Old dude For This Useful Post:
Old 09-21-2012, 04:39 PM
grandma's Avatar
grandma grandma is offline
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Eastern Canada
Posts: 5,505
Thanks: 11,574
Thanked 7,407 Times in 3,122 Posts

DH has also been told to drink tonic water due to leg cramps.
Old 09-21-2012, 05:27 PM
wheel's Avatar
wheel wheel is offline
goin' round and round
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: NEPA
Posts: 740
Thanks: 1,413
Thanked 831 Times in 418 Posts

Use the tonic to wash down dried banana chips for potassium post SHTF.
Old 09-21-2012, 06:51 PM
Oath Keeper
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: OCCUPIED New York
Posts: 1,614
Thanks: 13,084
Thanked 1,495 Times in 713 Posts

I also use tonic for cramps

but I stock quinine , The shelf life is a hell of a lot longer , and when bought in bulk it's cheaper - alltho it's a pain to get in the states
The Following User Says Thank You to LIBERTYCHICKEN For This Useful Post:
Old 09-22-2012, 02:33 AM
Purdy Bear Purdy Bear is online now
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: SE London
Posts: 8,742
Thanks: 4,806
Thanked 9,519 Times in 3,939 Posts

As the others have said, potassium is in bananas and isn't sodium salt.
Old 09-22-2012, 03:17 AM
PNW*RN's Avatar
PNW*RN PNW*RN is offline self-sustained
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Pacific Northwest
Age: 38
Posts: 123
Thanks: 235
Thanked 215 Times in 78 Posts

BP meds can cause loss of potassium, if that is what is causing your leg cramps. Will be adding G&T to my storage! Thanks for the info.
Old 09-22-2012, 04:21 AM
Single_and_Available's Avatar
Single_and_Available Single_and_Available is offline
post-apocalyptic mutant
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Western Slope
Posts: 716
Thanks: 421
Thanked 767 Times in 366 Posts

FYI: There's a bunch of quinine products on Amazon. Use the search term "cinchona bark".
The Following User Says Thank You to Single_and_Available For This Useful Post:
Old 09-22-2012, 02:10 PM
Jerry D Young's Avatar
Jerry D Young Jerry D Young is offline

Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Reno, NV
Age: 63
Posts: 10,301
Thanks: 11,928
Thanked 54,259 Times in 7,473 Posts
Awards Showcase
Outstanding Thread 
Total Awards: 1

I keep tonic water for the same reason. It really does help leg cramps.
Jerry D Young
Old 09-22-2012, 03:19 PM
HandLoad's Avatar
HandLoad HandLoad is offline
Happy to Be Here!
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Great NorthBest
Posts: 6,868
Thanks: 11,347
Thanked 12,868 Times in 4,732 Posts

My Dr recently took me off of Quinine Pills - seems there is a very small window between Too Little, and Too Much, and folks were getting in trouble with their Health...

The replacement, Potassium Pills are not nearly as good at stopping the cramps.. On Quinine, I had No Cramps, but on Potassium, I have frequent Cramps. FOOEY!
Old 09-22-2012, 04:11 PM
Rutger's Avatar
Rutger Rutger is offline
I drink your milkshake!
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: On top of a mountain
Posts: 1,021
Thanks: 720
Thanked 532 Times in 315 Posts

Tonic Water has one of the highest sugar contents of the carbonated beverages. This is to offset the extreme bitterness of the quinine. I would sooner prep with potassium supplements than suck down all that sugar.
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Rutger For This Useful Post:
Old 12-17-2012, 08:46 AM
Kludo's Avatar
Kludo Kludo is offline
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 25
Thanks: 20
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts

The FDA warns against using quinine for leg cramps
Old 12-17-2012, 08:58 AM
BigJim's Avatar
BigJim BigJim is offline
Master Mason
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: The Repbublic of TEXAS
Posts: 1,900
Thanks: 4,602
Thanked 4,622 Times in 1,382 Posts

Bananas, potato skins and dried fruit like apricots and papaya are good for potassium.
Old 12-17-2012, 09:02 AM
NVRDONE's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Central Jersey
Posts: 705
Thanks: 376
Thanked 786 Times in 376 Posts

I eat a banana every morning in my oatmeal. And 90% of what I drink is plain water.

That being said, my quick remedy for dehydration, eat a banana with some salt on it and drink a liter of water. I keep a banana in my outdoors pack while doing what ever (hunting, fishing, camping, hiking) and my mess kit has salt in it. I will admit though I do have some electrolyte packs as well, but a banana is cheaper than those, and I like really ripe bananas so I usually get them in the reduced produce bin for something like $0.35/pound.
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to NVRDONE For This Useful Post:
Old 12-17-2012, 04:07 PM
bayez bayez is offline
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 2,024
Thanks: 4,763
Thanked 1,419 Times in 823 Posts

I like bananas practically brown, myself,but some like em green...Down CR-Pan I like the h-ll outta the little red ones...Quinine works for leg problems for me too,but too much makes my ears ring really bad...and I don't care what the "fda" says...
Old 12-17-2012, 04:34 PM
ignis fatuus's Avatar
ignis fatuus ignis fatuus is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: 3rd rock past the dawn
Posts: 161
Thanks: 247
Thanked 152 Times in 86 Posts

Yes QUININE and even Bananas work for this..Vodka can kill any pain if you drink enough . And taking Tonic or a bananas or a moderate drink wont hurt you, But be careful with those supplements. Especially if you have any known heart issue, blood pressure issues while required for health too much can be as bad as too little.
If you already take a doctor recommended med with potassium, it may be a good idea to check first. ( that included Blood pressure meds)

Leg pain is usually one of to things restless leg syndrome, (jumpy rubber legs) or it is peripheral arteries disease (PAD) (blocked artery, burning, stabbing pains) Activity makes PAD worse. Potassium salts along with Manganese, Sodium all electrolytes.
RLS can be occasional or chronic, they reason for it cause are still out and range from brain chemical imbalances & kidney issues to herditary.
Old 12-17-2012, 05:40 PM
tkdguy tkdguy is offline
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: West Coast
Posts: 94
Thanks: 3
Thanked 119 Times in 34 Posts
Default Leg pain, try this simple solution.....

Several grams of Vitaman C daily. Try it, it may work. It may work quickly. Remember "Scurvy".
Old 12-17-2012, 08:57 PM
RPh's Avatar
RPh RPh is offline
Enjoying life
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Glendale, AZ
Age: 43
Posts: 96
Thanks: 178
Thanked 107 Times in 57 Posts

There's not a lot of quinine in tonic water. However, if you are drinking a lot of it, you should be aware that it has a ton of serious drug interactions.
The Following User Says Thank You to RPh For This Useful Post:
Old 12-21-2012, 04:48 PM
Prudence Prudence is offline
It's good to be back! :)
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Southern California
Posts: 299
Thanks: 3,943
Thanked 408 Times in 194 Posts
Default Vitamin C -- work your way up!

Originally Posted by tkdguy View Post
Several grams of Vitaman C daily. Try it, it may work. It may work quickly. Remember "Scurvy".
+1 on the additional Vitamin C -- but I would advise folks to ramp up the dose gradually. A huge sudden dose of Vitamin C "works" really well on the human digestive tract!
Old 12-21-2012, 10:44 PM
Kay Kay is offline
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: N.E. Texas
Posts: 2,462
Thanks: 5,267
Thanked 3,026 Times in 1,373 Posts

Sweet potatoes are loaded with potassium, too.


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:07 AM.

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © Kevin Felts 2006 - 2015,
Green theme by