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    Potassium suppliment help

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    I've come to find out that my diet causes me to be VERY low in potassium. I can't eat most of the foods that people eat for potassium intake (Blood sugar issues). The foods that I can eat, I can't eat them in the quantities required.

    From reading around, adults are supposed to have around 4,800mg a day. barely hitting 1,000 is my high number most days. *Yikes!*

    So, I bought some Potassium gluconate(NOW brand) and figured out the dosage I'd need.
    After punching in my food for tomorrow, I found that I will have barely over 400mg's. I added in the suppliment and found that I'd need to take 6 teaspoons.

    It says that it's best taken with food, but I only eat 1 meal a day.

    Would it be bad to take all that at once? (o.d.?! Nasty taste!)
    Or, can I take it with all my glasses of water through the day? (1 tsp, instead of 2Tbsp)

    Does it not absorb well without food, or is it an irritation factor?
    I just had 1 tsp in a glass of water, 6.5 hours post meal. I feel fine.

    Anyone have any insight?

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    How many avocadoes are you eating per day? Try doubling it if one or two really isn't enough. Sounds like a digestive issue, though, since primal foods in general are loaded with potassium.


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    Get your doctor's advice on how much.

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    I have to eat under 30 grams of carbs a day and under 90 grams of protein - due to keeping my blood sugars from getting too high.
    I can't eat multiple fruits or potatoes or anything in extra quantities.

    4,800 seems really high - someone would have to eat 10 high potassium fruits a day to get that amount.
    I think most people do fine on 2,500 to 3,000. I'm going to try out 2500 for now, but I'm still wondering if it'll be a waste to take on an empty stomach.

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    I take potassium chloride crystals. I take it dissolved in water in the evening. It doesn't bother me to take in on an empty stomach as long as I dilute it in enough water. If it is too concentrated I get a horrible burning in my throat and stomach.

    I take about 1/2 teaspoon in 4 oz of water which gives me about 1400 mg. I would like to do this twice a day instead of once, but I never can do it in the morning.

    I have no problems with absorbing it on an empty stomach. I have problems with really bad muscle fatigue if I don't take potassium, so I know it is doing its job. I've never tried any other form of potassium other than the salt.
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    Potassium requirements also depend on sodium intake. It's really mostly the ratio that matters if you're going to be deficient or not. The 4800 number is based on getting a ratio of 1:2 of sodium to potassium for most people.

    You're right, if your diet is fat-heavy you aren't getting much potassium, but you probably also aren't getting a lot of sodium. I strive to rely on fat a lot (also blood sugar issues) so I've added the NOW brand Potassium Chloride (also called table salt replacement). It has 750mg of potassium per 1/4 teaspoon. I just replace a little bit of salt in my food with it and I feel fine.

    It's actually very easy to get a lot of potassium with very little carbs if you rely on dark leafy greens for your veggie intake.

    Potassium is very hard on the stomach and if not diluted correctly, can hurt your esophagus/stomach lining.

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    Ok, so I did some more searching. Taking it all at once is not a good idea. With the whole "Stopping your heart" and such as an od symptom.

    I was using a lot of un processed sea salt and my blood pressure has been really high. I figured that was why, so I've not been adding any salt to my food for about 4 or so days. It may not have been the salt at all, but the lack of potassium in my diet.

    I'll continue with the 1 teaspoon with at least 8oz of water at a time and see how that makes me feel. If I get irritation and such - I'll have to figure something else out.

    I do need to start incorporating more leafy greens into my diet. Spinach sounds really good right about now.

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    In your local grocery store... In the herbs and spices area... next to the salt. It's called NoSalt. Easy to get, pure potassium chloride.

    I have to use it daily due to a medication that causes me to have low potassium to the point that my feet, hands, and sometimes around my mouth will feel numb and tingly. Also nausea and greatly increased thirst.

    I use small doses throughout the day. 1/8th to 1/4 tsp at a time. It's easier on my body to take it this way IMO.
    Also, part of my issue/medical condition is that in addition to taking potassium I have to really strictly limit salt intake.
    Magnesium is very important, more so than sodium, in the proper assimilation and function of potassium. To solve this issue I soak in heavily dosed Epsom salts (mag. sulfate) baths at least a couple of times a week.

    I honestly believe that the key is small regular doses.
    I also believe that one should only be taking the amount that is needed to relieve the low potassium issue/symptoms occurring and not simply dosing the same large amount each day.
    I think that most of a single large dose may be wasted through excretion via the kidneys quite quickly.

    It's not hard to carry the NoSalt with you if you buy a small shaker for on the go. It dissolves easily in liquids... it tastes like BUTT, but you get past that pretty quick. If you really don't like it make it in a small amount of liquid, "shoot" it, and chase it with something tastier... like tea with lemon.

    My 2c. Which is in coordination with my doctors advice on how to maintain my potassium given my particular situation.
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    Spinach can be a good source. I bought some frozen spinach a while ago that had about 500mg per 100g which is quite a bit.

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    I drink low-salt V8 with my breakfast, which contains 500mg of potassium per cup and avocado contains approx 800mg.

    I sometimes added NoSalt to my V8 to boost the potassium content without tasting the NoSalt bland taste.

    Make a Salsa salad with cherry tomatoes and lot of parsley, which contain TONS of potassium.

    With the above suggestions, you can easily get approx 1,500mg of potassium per meal.

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