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Jule, you should check with your doctor about the ideal potassium level.Some meds for high B/P deplete your potassium, so they have you take extra in pill form, and there are "potassium-sparing" meds that do not deplete it. Potassium is one of the important electrolytes and needs to stay in balance with the others. And, as someone else said, most people don't get enough potassium. I track my nutrients and rarely get anywhere near the recommended daily allowance, but I do take a potassium supplement because I'm on a diuretic as well as another med for my blood pressure.
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highest weight 333lbs
Weight on 1/3/14 220.5
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I do track it on my food tracker. I recently had a HBP med added that warns me about using salt substitutes.
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Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, Low Fat Dairy, Fish, Poultry, Legumes,
Limited: Fed Meat, Sweets, Fat
Low: Saturated Fat, Cholesterol
High Fiber Nutrients: Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium 4500 day
Reduce Sodium Intake
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Yes, JULE, I think you're right. I'm supposed to keep my potassium level low, too. Conventional theory states that most American diets are low in potassium. However, my tracking shows that I almost always go way above the recommended level, especially because I usually have milk or yogurt or cheese every day, and I often eat grape tomatoes. I do stay away from bananas, oranges, and grapefruit, though. My HBP medication contains potassium, as well. I cannot use salt substitutes that contain potassium. When I cut back on the milk products, then my calcium levels drop. ... Time to go eat a spinach salad!
Edited by: JXNCHICORY at: 12/1/2012 (14:50)
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I 've read that the potassium level is important in controlling bhp. But, many labels do not track potassium. It's frustrating.