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MSWAN112 SparkPoints: (2,224)
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1/28/14 9:33 P

Thanks for all your answers :)
I actually plan my meals days in advance and bulk up a meal with veggies that I don't track oops lol
I have been admitted to hospital twice with low potassium, apparently one of my medications in the past threw my potassium out of whack, so I have made an appointment with my doctor to have it tested and will talk to him about recommendations on how much I should take.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (243,770)
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1/27/14 9:02 P

A Potassium supplement particularly, is one of those that you DON'T want to be taking without first having had bloods done. Because there isn't any legal requirement to include this on the Nutrition Labels, odds are you are getting a lot more than you think. Too much Potassium can have very dire consequences on your health.

If you are eating plenty of fruit/veges, odds are you are probably getting enough Potassium. Bananas and Potatoes are an excellent source of this nutrient. Because Potassium is leached out by water, IF you boil veges, leave the skin on as much as possible, and don't over cook. Microwaved or steamed veges retain more, and Baked Potatoes retain far more Potassium.


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1/27/14 12:57 P


It is true that the SP nutrition tracker does track all the vital nutrients and minerals our body needs on a regular basis.

I hope you don't mind, but I snuck a peak at your food diary. One someone tells me they aren't getting X or Y vitamins, I look a their tracker to see what sorts of fresh fruit and veggies they eat. Looking at your tracker, I think you would find it helpful if you did increase the number of fresh fruit and veggies you eat. For the days you posted, you barely have 2 servings. For optimum health, a person should be eating 6-9 servings each and every day.

You might try eating more dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, collards or chard for lunch or dinner. I think you'll find that if you can increase the number of servings of veggies you eat, you won't be vitamin deficient.

If Americans should be overeating anything, they should be overeating their veggies... and they don't.

So, if you want to be strong like Popeye,"eats yer spinach".

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
1/27/14 11:50 A

The Spark Nutrition Tracker doesn't work very well for micronutrients like potassium - because many/most of the foods entered into the database don't show their potassium content. Packaged-food labels are not required to indicate potassium - doesn't mean they don't contain any, they just don't have to write it on the label. As a result, you are probably consuming more potassium than your tracker would show.

I wouldn't worry about it unless you were tested for it and told by a physician that your potassium was low.

Some people like to "top up" their vitamins and minerals with a "one a day" sort of vitamin pill - that's all most of us need, if anything at all. If you are considering taking more than that, definitely consult with a doctor first.

MSWAN112 SparkPoints: (2,224)
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1/27/14 11:00 A

I started tracking my vitamins and minerals, I eat extremely healthy, I thought. Potassium is less than half of what I should be taking in, when I went to the health store she questioned how much potassium I was looking for.
RDA 4700 mg....I am getting around 1800 mg
should I suppliment this on my own or go see my doctor first?
Is it normal to be taking in so much under the RDA?

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