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6/24/14 7:16 A

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Thank you, Nancy Jean. I have ALWAYS craved potatoes, and for the passed 10 years I've had issues with an irregular heart rate. The doctors tested for heart problems, but I don't believe any of them tested for potassium. I'll have to go back in my records and check. But the more I hear about potassium, the more I believe that is the issue. Also I think I remember from my college days that salt displaces potassium and makes it worse, and I rarely crave salt. I hope your health improves and everything goes well in July. Take care.



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6/23/14 10:32 P

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Potassium is so important, I found out the hard way last week. Weird things started happening in my body, and I didn't understand why, and when I was doing a workout at Curves the trainer, who is also an RN came to check my pulse, when I called her over and she informed me that my heart was skipping a beat. That was the beginning of a journey that won't be over until surgery on 09 Jul 14.

Having too little potassium in you body, cause your heart to start beating faster, and it short circuits your brain, so when you tell your body to do something, it either doesn't do it , or you have a very long delayed reaction time. There were times when I couldn't even move, a muscle. That concerned me, so I asked questions. That was in the ER on day. The next day I saw my cardiologist, and told him what the ER doctor said, and he explained that it was only half the story. When the low potassium affects your heart, not only is the brain short circuited, but so it the heart and not being able to make your body respond, is also caused because of a problem with the heart. Now, there are tell tale signs of low potassium, which are muscle cramps, muscle weakness, muscle aches and irregular heart beats. When you have these signs, eat ANY FOOD HIGH IN POTASSIUM. Bananas are the best. I didn't know all of these signs. My only sign that I knew was cramps in the calves of my legs, which I didn't experience. Now, on the other hand, there's a problem if you have too much potassium, too. which is deadly. When your potassium gets too high, there are no tell tale signs, your heart stops beating and you DIE! It's a fine line to balance, as the doctors found out that my body was putting out more potassium than it was retaining and they're looking into that so it can be fixed along with this my heart. WATCH YOUR POTASSIUM, WHICH THE LOW SHOULD BE 3.5 AND THE HIGH 5.2 DON'T WAIT UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE! I DIDN'T KNOW THE SIGNS, SO I'M PASSING THIS INFO ON TO YOU, IN HOPES THAT THIS WILL EDUCATE YOU AND OPEN YOUR EYES!

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6/23/14 8:41 P

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I have not lived in Indiana for 45 years. But its still home. I am not doing as much sp as I had been, but I will probably get more active in the near future (50th class reunion this fall).


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6/23/14 8:38 P

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Thanks Hoosiernative46 (I was in Anderson, IN for 20 years). Glad you're on SparkPeople too.



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6/23/14 6:43 P

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Actually, in the near future, potassium will be required on the labels. Someone heard us! Yes, you can get the 6000 potassium, but it is a trick. tomato products (v8/tomatoes/tomato sauce, etc. have lots of potassium. two or 3 low sodium v8s a day will do the trick. Potatoes also have lots of potassium. There are websites that will give you a food list - just search engine on foods with potassium. And then of course there is the occasional spinach smoothie with banana apple or other fruit sweetener. I really do feel good when I add these veggies and fruits into my diet. Happy hunting.


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Potassium 4500-6000mg daily? Really?? I can't consume that much food! My diet only gives me around 1500mg-2100mg daily. How is anyone else getting their recommended daily potassium that is so important to our health?



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Slimmer kiwi,
Thanks for your kind thoughts. I think you are right. Nonetheless, when I read articles about the value of potassium, I wonder why it is not required to post it. Potassium is so beneficial in protecting our bodies from life threatening diseases, that one would think in a preventative world, that we would be able to track our intake.

Anyway, thanks for your thoughts.



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Coach Denise,
This is coming so late, but I just went back and found this reference. It appears as though the problem has corrected itself. I don't see the problem anymore. But for example, it was happening with my v8 juice. Anyway, it is not happening now, so I would nt spend any time on it.


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6/10/13 9:53 A

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Can you give an example or two of food items that that is happening with?

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Yes - I have an idea! I wouldn't be inclined to track Potassium because that is something that is not required by law to be on the nutrition labels, so odds are you are getting far more potassium that you realize. If you are concerned at all, I would be more inclined to make an appointment with your Dr and ask for bloods to be done to check if it is in the healthy range. Too much can have extremely dire consequences to your health, just as too little can. Apart from a number of other issues, too much can cause extremely serious problems with your heart.

You will find that if you eat plenty of fruit and veges, and practice eating a rainbow of colours, odds are you will get the potassium you need. Also, the way you prepare food makes a difference, too! For example, if you peel potatoes and boil them, they have less potassium than those baked in their jacket or microwaved. If you peel potatoes and soak them in cold water for a while, then drain them, replace with fresh water and cook, they have even less potassium. The same applies to other veges.

Below is a link to a Message Board Post - check out Dietitian Becky's response:
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sp?imboard=7&imparent=29818209


Here is another link with Potassium Rich foods:
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=hig
h_potassium_foods_for_a_healthy_balance


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6/9/13 10:36 P

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When I enter a food - either one that has been established in the program, or one that I add, the potassium content that is reported in the food list, reports to my tracker fine, then when I reload the page, or return to the page later, the reported amount for potassium has been reduced. I am a bit paranoid about this now, so to correct the problem, if I enter a nutrient showing potassium, I immediately reload the page, to see what is being reported.

Anyone have any ideas?

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