Eat Potassium-Rich Food !
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Recently several incidents made me realize how important one (especially some one who exercises a great deal) needs to take charge of his/her own health in the current social environment and how important we all need to learn and to know more about various nutrients (vitamins and minerals, and signs and symptoms associated with its respective deficiency, and foods that are rich in these vitamins and minerals).
So, periodically, Windermere Sun will gather information from various sources regarding various minerals and/or vitamins that are important for one’s health.
In this post, there will be information about an important mineral: Potassium
Did you know that 98% of the Americans are not getting sufficient amount of potassium in their diets? This is mainly due to not eating enough plants. A healthy adult should aim to consume 3,500-4,700 mg of potassium daily from food. Certain groups of people need to aim to consume at least 4,700 mg per day.
Some of the signs and symptoms associated with potassium deficiency are: tingling, numbness in arms or legs, nausea, muscle pain/myalgia, fatigue in leg & arm muscles, abdominal cramps, bloating, irregular heartbeat/palpitation, excessive urination, faint/dizziness, depression/mood swings, frequent diarrhea, etc. (For more details, please refer to: https://10faq.com/health/low-potassium-deficiency-symptoms/ , https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/potassium-deficiency-symptoms , https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/hypokalemia#1 )
Are you getting enough of this essential mineral? Dr. Oz reveals why brain fog, heart palpitations and muscle spasms should have you reaching for a banana, in the video “3 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Potassium“, below:
The link below may also be helpful in providing information about mg of potassium associated with each food source: http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/Nutrition/PotassiumHandout.pdf
Then, Signs and Symptoms of Hypokalemia (not enough Potassium), and potential causes, explained by Dr. Andras Fazakas, in the video “Hypokalemia: Symptoms“, below:
- Normal has blood level of potassium: 3.5-5.5 mmol/l
- hypokalemia has blood level of potassium: <3.5 mmol/l
- mild hypokalemia has blood level of potassium: 3-3.4 mmol/l
- severe hypokalemia has blood level of potassium: 2.5-3 mmol/l
It’s important to find out the cause of low level of potassium before treatment because cause would determine different treatments. For example these may all be potential causes (therefore would require different treatments) of hypokalemia (low potassium):
- thyrotoxic periodic paralysis
- hypokalemic periodic paralysis
- low magnesium
- too much insulin
requiring different treatment methods, as indicated in the video, “Hypokalemia: Treatment” below by Dr. Andras Fazakas:
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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