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12/8/11 8:21 P

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Hi WELSTEACH! Fancy meeting you here. emoticon

My Doc doesn't seem to understand why taking so much pot is a big deal. I believe, as long as the test comes back high enough, he's fine with it.

However, I seem to trust SP more than my Doc! emoticon

It IS difficult to intake the SP required amount. However, it is possible. I take a pot. supplement as well as pot. rich foods and have NEVER made the max SP recommended amount. At least I'm doing the minimum. LOL I also take 2 pot. supplements spread out during the day. I used to take more.

How are you doing with it now?

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8/30/11 10:29 A

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I have a different problem than most of you. My potassium is to high, which is dangerous as well. I take anti-rejection drugs and that ups the potassium. They called me and told me to stop eating vegtables, particularily tomatoes and bananas, and to drink a lot of water. I use that as an excuse now cause I hate cooked vegtables. Sorry, Dr's orders! They tested it a couple of weeks later and it was still high, but just within the ok range. I also take a magnesium supplement to keep that up.

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8/28/11 2:08 A

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I always come up short on potassium. I take three prescription potassium daily and still am just at the minimum acceptable level when I test. Take it seriously if you have tested low and be sure that you are getting the right amount from your doctor. It took awhile for me to get to the low end. I was very sick when it was low.

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Congrats, Bronze Diva!

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8/19/11 8:51 P

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I've been making green smoothies this summer, especially in the last 2 weeks. Here is one of my recipes:

3 handfuls mixed greens
1/2 stalks celery
1/2 lemon
1 apple
1 cup sliced cucumber and/or 1 cup broccoli
cantalope, about 1/8 or so

I blend & enjoy

I noticed that my sodium level is down & my potassium is up. I still eat my bananas, tomatoes, etc. And I noticed some of my sugar cravings aren't as bad as they were.

Just my 2 cents...


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8/18/11 2:12 P

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I've been following the DASH Action Plan since Aug. 1st, 2011. Since I started, I noticed a difference in my energy levels & less water retention... NO Swelling of the Ankles!!
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Then yesterday, I had my lowest BP readings in a years!! 115/84 This was without my BP meds!! But I did add 500mg of Potassium & 250mg of Magnesium. That along with rejoining my Spin class at the gym... 1st time back since Feb 2011. I will add those same supplements today & see what my readings are tonight!!. So happy to see this eating plan WORKING!!

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I always come up short when I run my nutrition report at the end of day. (I average around 2,700 potassium and maybe magnesium in the 50's). I had a doctor's appointment last week and asked him about it. He said that my potassium levels are fine and not to worry about it. He said that if I had a problem with my kidney function then we would talk. Otherwise, just eat healthy (I'm working on reducing carbs and sodium to lower my borderline glucose levels and to maintain good BP) and exercise.

I drink low-sodium V8 when I remember to do so. My favorite high-potassium foods are: bananas, lima beans (they're loaded with potas.), cantaloupe (loaded with potas.) and sweet potatoes (also loaded with potas.). If regular potatoes are allowed on your diet, then a baked potato eaten with the skin has tons (over 800mg if I remember correctly). However, it drops to a still pretty good 500-something if you don't eat the skin (eating 'baked potato' skin is not tasty to me, but if you cut up the potato into wedges, brush with a little oil and some type of seasoning and bake in the oven the skin is pretty good--it doesn't get dried out that way). Also, if you like them and can spare the calories, an avocado has over 1000mg of potassium, if I recall. I don't eat those, though, because I don't like them (and don't have the calories to spare for one anyway).

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6/20/11 1:56 P

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THANKS FOR THE INFO. I TOO COME UP SHORT EVERY DAY.

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6/19/11 7:34 P

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I hate that potassium isn't shown on so many food labels. I'm trying very hard to transition us to eating all fresh, unprocessed foods, but we are still relying on some pre-packaged stuff. It would be nice to know I was getting an accurate count.

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I regularly come up short on the potassium on my food tracker so I had to come look at this thread. Great ideas!!

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This is a struggle for me too. I like pineapples, bananas, carrots, and potatoes to get in my intake. The trick seems to be pushing fruits and vegetables throughout the day to meet it.

Try a high potassium/magnesium smoothie in the morning: bananas, strawberries, spinach, raspberries, and orange juice.

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5/31/11 10:24 P

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Potassium is so very important. If you doctor recommends supplements, definitely take them! My potassium got so low (due to a disease) that I had to be hospitalized and receive K by IV for four days! Scary stuff and it really burns when given by IV! I never knew how important it was until my doctor's found my disease! I still struggle to keep normal potassium levels. One trick I have found: Vitamin Water Zero....Rhythym flavor! 875 mgs per bottle! I love this stuff after a workout and the "zero" means I am not drinking my calories. Give it a try!

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5/4/11 11:52 A

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doctor checked potassium level at last blood test and it is ok, even though I'm not getting the recommended amount (usually can get around 3000)

mrsrome.....I found this link to potassium rich foods. lots of choices

www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/food/potass
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5/1/11 11:19 A

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I've just started journaling my eating and realized that I do not get enough potassium and magnesium. After looking through some of your posts, I realized that a lot of you use V8. Since I am allergic to tomatoes, is there another suggestions. emoticon

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had a ton of spinach yesterday and finally got in enough

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I was just going to post asking on how to up my potassium. and here it is already.

I'm only running about 3000 per day since I started tracking this week. and that is with two bananas a day. need to find ways to get it up (and need to go shopping for sure)



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i eat a few dried apricots everyday. a nice combo with a handful of almonds. im going to try out the v8 too since my pot is still way too low.

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1/21/11 10:35 A

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I make it like a game to see if I can get my potassium levels high enough before adding a v8. But I've noticed that when I put in the fruits and veggies in my meal plan first, my overall sodium intake is also low! Today, I have a meal plan with no V8 and less than 2000 mg of sodium.
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I don't want to be anybody's guru, but it is a fun game with healthy stakes. Always check the nutrient info to make sure that you get the credit for the potassium and other nutrients that you consume (sometimes things are left out.) Include condiments and herbs and spices in your count. Google potassium rich foods, to see what to pick up nest time at the grocery.

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I'm impressed. Now do it several days in a row with different foods and you will be my food guru! emoticon

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I posted it in a blog on my spark page.

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I need to see what you're planning.

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In planning my menu for tomorrow--
4,912 potassium
116 magnesium
926 sodium.
Made it inside the range for everything--without any supplements--including vitamin D and iron without a supplement. the Nutrition Tracker did not count Vitamin D in pacific salmon filet though.
Oh, and no v8, spinach, baked potato, or cantaloupe, either!



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I agree with you on combining those 4 without being bored. I tend to bore quickly. I love the baked potato, unfortunately it's so carb loaded it's difficult to find a place for it. I've managed to create 3 meal plans already meeting my potassium and sodium limits, but it's hard work! But I forgot about the spinach. I love spinach!

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Yes, unfortunately, you would have to drink 4-8oz glasses to come close.

Now if I can figure out how to combine v8, cantaloupe, spinach, and a baked potato into a daily meal without becoming bored . . . .

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Today I took my v8 and still didn't make the minimum. Going to keep trying and then ask my dr about a supplement.

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Cantaloupe is higher in potassium than bananas. I have found that by eating a diet rich in green leafy vegetables and a variety of fruits, I can usually make it in the 4500-6000 range. I take a 750 mg supplement as well.

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1/4/11 8:32 P

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I tried V8 low sodium hot and spicy! It was fabulous. Forgot I was drinking tomato juice (I love spicy foods.)

Baked potatoes and sweet potatoes are always on my list.

Keep the ideas coming, please.

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Thanks for the information on V-8. I will stock up.

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I've been adding brussel sprouts to my diet since a friend brought them for Thanksgiving dinner. They are a good source of potassium.

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Low sodium V8 is what I use too. I never drank much tomato juice before but when I realized what a great food value it was, I keep it on hand and drink a glass twice a day. I think of it as medicine . . .

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I find that adding broccoli and 1/2 a baked potato in addition to my regular healthy dietsupplies quite a lot. I also found this link:

www.thepotassiumrichfoods.com/

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12/24/10 8:27 A

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Thank you for the V8 low sodium tip. I love it too. Do you drink a 8 oz glass once a day?

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Thanks for the V8 tip. I use it to make low sodium spaghetti, but I am not a tomato juice drinker. Maybe I could force myself.

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When you have high blood pressure, you need 4700 mg. of potassium a day. It IS a VERY important electrolyte that is water soluable, and NOT easy to get just from food. DO take the potassium from the Dr. it is a GOOD thing!

Go on line and google potassium rich foods for more information.

I like V-8 low sodium for getting in over 1,000mg in one dose! That is one of my tricks!

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I consistently come up short on my potassium levels when the doc checks, and so he offered a supplement. I didn't take it because I thought I could get enough with diet. How do you get enough in your diet without it being contrived?

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