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ATWATT232 SparkPoints: (4,985)
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7/25/13 8:05 P

You've been helpful! I conclude that the magnesium and potassium are really not issues I need to worry about. I definitely don't want to take a supplement if it could cause more problems....already having some kidney issues from the diabetes. A banana a day, and green veggies are already on the menu...Thanks, guys, for all the input!

ANARIE Posts: 13,125
7/25/13 12:39 P

Just let me add one thing:

NEVER take a potassium supplement unless it's ordered by a doctor who knows your heart health status and history. The potassium in supplements is a different form from the potassium in food, and your body can't get rid of it easily. Potassium affects muscle contraction, and your heart rhythm is the most important muscle contraction in your body. Too much potassium means not enough heart-beating. That's why potassium supplements have a very small dose and come in small packages-- they want to make it impossible to kill yourself accidentally. But it's still possible to hurt yourself with a "normal" dose, especially if your kidneys aren't 100% perfect, so definitely get guidance from a doctor who knows you.

7/25/13 11:15 A

I gave up on every having a perfect day when I met all my SP nutritional goals. It's usually potassium and magnesium that are deficient, for the same reasons others have posted. If you eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, you're probably getting more than shows up. Oranges, tomatoes, and bananas are rich in potassium. Dark leafy greans, nuts, beans and fish are good sources of magnesium.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
7/25/13 10:36 A

Just want to echo the previous poster. If I track my potassium on here, it is very low, but I get my electrolytes checked every 3 months with my bloodwork, and it is fine. Unless a doctor tells you that these are low, don't mess around with them. If they do, they should also explain how to do so.

99% of the people on SP are low in something. labeleing on foods is only required on a few nutrients. look at a can of vegetables. Only Vitamins A & C, plus Calcium, and Iron are required. That does not mean that they don't have magnesium or potassium. It just means the manufacturer couldn't be bothered to waste the ink, since our government doesn't force them to.

Eat a balanced diet, with real food in it, and you will most likely be within range for most of your nutrients, and if you are worried, have the doctor check for them.

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
7/24/13 2:43 P

Potassium and magnesium aren't required entries on SP or food labels, so it's very possible (likely) you're getting more than you think you are.

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (66,733)
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7/24/13 2:38 P

Tons of foods have potassium. Google it and you will find a list. Many fruits, vegetables and dairy products contain potassium.

People with metabolic disorders tend to be low on magnesium, diet and nutrition aside. You should consider taking a supplement.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (11,728)
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7/24/13 10:17 A

Do you want to post a daily menu so that we can help you out more?

ATWATT232 SparkPoints: (4,985)
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7/24/13 9:37 A

That's very helpful! I am eating enough vegetable servings, but not a great variety. Need to revise my grocery list!

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (11,728)
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7/24/13 4:01 A

Getting at least 8 servings of veggies of your choice should more than meet your requirements.

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7/24/13 1:08 A

Not sure what plan you are on but I drink a mineral supplement that is mostly magnesium but has some calcium too. Take it with a potassium pill daily.

Calcium is in enriched orange juice, antacids like Tums, etc and dairy foods; dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, turnips, arugula, and collard greens; soybeans, fortified soymilk & firm tofu; sardines & salmon (canned with the bones consumed as well); oranges, oatmeal, sesame seeds, white beans, dried figs, sunflower seeds.

Magnesium can be found in green vegetables, whole grain cereals, almonds, broccoli, nuts, beans and seafood. What you may not know is that Vitamin D, Selenium (found in Brazil nuts), and Thiamine (B1; found in whole grains) are also key components by aiding in the absorption, routing, and storage of magnesium. Without these other nutrients, the body simply won’t know what to do with the magnesium that you are flooding it with. Best consumed with food 2 - 3 x daily.

Potassium rich foods include sardines; garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas) so hummus makes a great dip; enoki mushrooms; raisins; tomatoes; beets; baked potatoes; chestnuts; parsnips; kohlrabi; cantaloupe; prune juice; carrot juice; papaya; bulgar; grapefruit juice; turkey; buckwheat.

Hope this helps you work more foods into your diet. I too am watching my blood sugar - it has become elevated the last three years and I've worked to lower my meds by half. My doctor and I are working on my weight but mineral balance is even more important so I'm trying to eat more magnesium rich foods myself.

ATWATT232 SparkPoints: (4,985)
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7/23/13 8:41 P

I have not yet been able to plan the right foods to get the recommended amount of potassium or magnesium. (Diabetes plan) Everything else is very manageable. Any ideas on foods ...besides bananas....that will help in those areas?

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