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Old 03-20-2009, 08:15 PM
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How to I raise my potassium?

How to I raise my potassium? Besides eating bananas.
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:19 PM
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Supplements?
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:32 PM
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Potatoes, tomatoes. Eat less salt.
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Old 03-21-2009, 10:23 PM
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I was about to say bananas before I read your post, obviously But pretty much all meat, melons, spinach, milk, kiwi, tomatoes, and avocados are very high in potassium.
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Old 03-21-2009, 10:47 PM
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spinach!!!! oh how I miss spinach. I haven't had any since my Dad passed away. My Dad and I loved spinach.
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My Doc put me on a potassium supplement when he saw how low my potassium was.
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^prescription or OTC? All the OTC ones I've seen, including the ones I have, have some ridiculously low amount of potassium in them (because too much can stop your heart!)...something like 3% per serving. I popped like 8 of them before a recital once (equivalent to a couple bananas; I swear by potassium to calm my nerves before a performance) and it didn't have as much of an effect as the bananas would have.
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Avocadoes, Milk, Leafy greens and berries.., potatoes. Supplements usually don't contain very much potassium so it would be unwise to depend on supplements to help you reach your RDI for potassium. Like someone mentioned the key is a balance between sodium and potassium intake. So lowering your sodium decreases your need for potassium. On the other hand though more potassium in your diet means you can eat more salty foods
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Type this search string into google: foods high in potassium. Very resourceful.
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Salt Substitute...

Salt substitutes are Potassium salts, just start using this when you cook instead of salt.

WHY are you low on potassium? There are a couple things I can think of that cause potassium deficiency in someone who is young. And how is it that you know it is potassium that you are low on? Muscle cramps? Because a deficiency in Magnesium and Calcium can also cause muscle cramps.

Also...Gatorade...high in salt but also replaces potassium.
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Salt substitutes are Potassium salts, just start using this when you cook instead of salt.

WHY are you low on potassium? There are a couple things I can think of that cause potassium deficiency in someone who is young. And how is it that you know it is potassium that you are low on? Muscle cramps? Because a deficiency in Magnesium and Calcium can also cause muscle cramps.

Also...Gatorade...high in salt but also replaces potassium.
maybe i'm low in potassium too.. i've been getting crazy cramps lately..

sorry to thread crap.. i have nothing useful to say..
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Old 11-08-2009, 05:11 AM
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My father in law had the potassium isue, and the doctor recommended potato juice - yes, potatoes in a juice extractor. It does not sound too yummy, but I have never tried it myself.

I would definitely take the banana route, though .
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^prescription or OTC? All the OTC ones I've seen, including the ones I have, have some ridiculously low amount of potassium in them (because too much can stop your heart!)...something like 3% per serving. I popped like 8 of them before a recital once (equivalent to a couple bananas; I swear by potassium to calm my nerves before a performance) and it didn't have as much of an effect as the bananas would have.
Please, please... don't say anything like this... You're scaring people.

Ok. First...
-- in healthy individuals with well functioning kidneys and blood circulation -- it's practically impossible to get to hyperkalemia (high serum potassium) by eating stuff high in potassium because there are mechanisms that keep it within narrow ranges

Secondly...
-- hypokalemia (low serum potassium) doesn't occur due to dietary deficiency because of its abundance in common foods. It usually happens due to severe vomiting, diarrhea, and with the use of some diuretic meds. It also occurs as a part of "refeeding syndrome" which is another story and may occur in severely malnourished individuals who are being refed through .

Please, do not take supplements unless indicated by your doctor.
Was the doctor worried about your potassium level? What where his/her recommendations?
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This original post is almost 8 months old.
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