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SANDYPUDOFF
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8/13/13 9:55 A

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To Susu: When I look for potassium values, this is the website that I use. It is the USDA site which is the clearinghouse for all nutritional data in the U.S. I think of it as the gold standard for food labels. Easy to use, it's divided into food categories and then alphabetical. I've found a lot of food levels that don't show potassium, then I look at the USDA site and find they are great sources of potassium. One SP entry shows mushrooms with no potassium, USDA shows 2 medium having 113 mg of potassium!!! Good Luck.

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8/13/13 9:40 A

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To Susu-I've just been thru this potassium issue with my own doctor. The normal lab range is 3.5 to 5.5 mEg/L and the amount Americans are supposed to be ingesting daily is 4700 mg for a person with normal kidney function. Are you symptomatic for low potassium issues or have you had your blood drawn lately? These are the only ideas I can think of why Dr, would want you to track just your K levels. She may just want to see how much K you are eating now.
Lucky for you, potassium is one of those micros that react fairly quickly in your body, I was able to turn mine around in less than one month, 2 full percentage points on the lab work. All I had to do was eat the right stuff. Probably the easiest test I ever crammed for and boy do I feel better now that my electrolytes are back in balance. If you have any more questions about kidneys or potassium, please feel free to ask on my page or in sparkmail.


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8/13/13 7:33 A

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I too encourage you to talk to your doctor regarding the amount of potassium to include in your diet daily. Perhaps the amount we list on our SP program is fine for your condition---but perhaps your doctor wants you to have more or less? Check with your doctor.

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If you want to save a little time, you can make a custom food called "1 mg potassium." Then, if there's a food listing in the Spark database that doesn't give information for potassium, you can look it up in the links IceDemeter posted, but instead of retyping the whole food, you can just add the right number of "servings" of potassium to the tracker.

As for what is the right number, your doctor will have to tell you that. There's not really a standard for everyone; it depends on your particular health status and how much sodium you get. Sodium and potassium both work to balance the way your body handles water, so a lot depends on the condition of your kidneys and blood pressure, etc. Most people get enough potassium if they eat lots of fruit and veggies and keep their sodium intake low-ish.



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8/12/13 10:13 P

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One thing to be careful of when you're tracking micro-nutrients like potassium, is which food entries you use. If it's a Spark-generated entry, then it will include all of the micro-nutrients, but most user-generated entries do not. Some user-generated entries only have the calories, while most list just the nutrients that are required by law to be on the nutrition labels.

If you are entering your own foods, and there is no potassium listing on the label, then you can use either of these sites to get the information that you need so that you can include it in your entry:

www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=2
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nutritiondata.self.com/

If your doctor feels that it's important for you to accurately track your potassium, then I would strongly encourage you to do your own, complete entries for your foods if there is not a Spark-generated one.

Hope this helps!

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SUSUWATARI
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8/12/13 8:54 P

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That was easy! thanks.

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Go to the page where you track your food. Above the word "Breakfast" you will see Calories, Carbs, Fat, Protein and then "Add more nutrients" Click here and then you can click on any nutrients you want to track.
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I just joined, at the recommendation of my Doc. She thinks your site is easy to use! Which is good for idiots like me. hehe.

She said that as long as i'm tracking food, she'd like me to track potassium "just in case". I can't figure out where that is. I see the calories (1200-1500) but then only fat, carbs and protien.

Also, she didn't say what the "normal" level should be, so how do i know that.

thanks in advance, i'm sure i'll be back with more.

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