Ladystarwind - "I'd encourage you to have a good discussion with YOUR doctor about what needs you have!! As others have said...DON"T take a Potassium supplement unless your doctor tells you it is needed-- And just as important--if you are taking a prescription--do NOT stop it without monitoring by your doctor!!"
Couldn't have said it better myself! Thanks for an eminently safe and sane approach. Have a great 2014.
Here is another resource that may be helpful as well. Be sure to work with your medical provider regarding the use of supplementation and evaluation of dietary sources. Taking in nutrition tracker information of intake can help with that.
Have you checked out dried apricots, raisins, prunes, prune juice and V8 Juice? LOL--these all had higher Potassium than the prescription my sister was on! She took the data to her doctor, and he agreed that if she consumed a consistent amount of them (and it doesn't take much!), she could discontinue her prescription.
I'd encourage you to have a good discussion with YOUR doctor about what needs you have!! As others have said...DON"T take a Potassium supplement unless your doctor tells you it is needed-- And just as important--if you are taking a prescription--do NOT stop it without monitoring by your doctor!! All the best, patti
Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 1/2/2014 (01:45)
Patti "You're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view" Obiwan Return of the Jedi
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IF your Dr has told you to take Potassium, that it fine, but if not, please ask him/her for bloods to check to see if you actually need it, and then prescribe it because then it will be a reliable source. This is one area that too much/too little can cause serious problems.
Also, if you eat potato, don't peel them. Baked potatoes contain more potassium than boiled, because the water leaches the potassium from the food.
Did a cardiologist put you on the supplement? If you just decided to take it yourself, because your tracker shows you're low on potassium, you should probably skip the supplement. There are two types of potassium, and the kind used in supplements actually can cause heart problems-- it can be very dangerous, although most supplements come in extremely low doses. Potassium from plant foods is different; your body doesn't absorb excessive amounts of that kind, so it's safe to get large amounts of potassium from fruit, vegetables, grains, beans, etc.
You get more potassium than you think. Food companies aren't required to list potassium on the label, and many of the food listings in the Spark database are based on what the label says. Many foods that have a good amount of potassium will show as a zero on the counter.
For the most part, if you're getting your five fruit and vegetable servings, you're probably very close to getting enough potassium. You can make the tracker more accurate on potassium by using generic entries in the database instead of brand names-- for example, orange juice is high in potassium, but if you look up "Tropicana," it might say there's no potassium because they don't have to print it on the label. If you just look up "orange juice" and don't choose a brand, you'll get the USDA information, which is more complete.
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