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BLONDONE62 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/6/12 7:39 P

Thank you for input re potassium. I'll discontinue supplement and reconsider use of planner . I'll add more veggies and fruits and nuts. I really want to be healthy., not just thinner.

ANARIE Posts: 13,192
6/6/12 2:15 P

MANY foods have potassium that is not listed in the nutrition tracker here. It's not required on food labels, so anything with a brand name will say it has zero even if it's packed with it. Unless everything in your tracker is a generic, unprocessed whole food, you can't rely on the tracker for potassium.

Potassium supplements can be extremely dangerous. You should NEVER take a potassium supplement unless a cardiologist tells you to. They're a different form of potassium than the kind you get from most foods, and if you get too much of that form, your body can't get rid of it like it does with excess food potassium. One role of potassium is to change the way muscles contract. Your heart is a muscle. Too much potassium can cause arrhythmia or even a heart attack. (In fact, it's the main drug they use in execution by lethal injection.) A 99mg supplement probably won't hurt you unless you're also using potassium chloride "No salt" products instead of salt, but you must tell your doctor you're taking it. Potassium from foods can't kill you, but potassium from supplements can.

BLONDONE62 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/6/12 12:59 P

According to the Spark menu planner, we should get 4500 potassium each day. I put in all my food items, and it lets me know if I have reached the level . I will show this program and my daily meal plans to my Dr. Thank you for your input.

STDWYNWEN SparkPoints: (11,748)
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6/6/12 11:32 A

You should check with your doctor about the correct potassium level for you, especially in regard to your BP. Too low is not good and too high is not good.

There are plenty of ways to get your potassium other then out of a can.

All meats, poultry and fish are high in potassium.
Apricots (fresh more so than canned)
Lima beans
Oranges and orange juice
Vegetable juice
Winter squash
Apple juice
Green peas
Loose-leaf lettuce
Mushrooms, fresh
Summer squash, including zucchini

Edited by: STDWYNWEN at: 6/6/2012 (11:38)
CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,915
6/6/12 7:12 A

That is a question for your doctor. No one on Spark is qualified to give you any advice about medical conditions like GERD.

BLONDONE62 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/6/12 4:37 A

Hi. I have finally gotten my potassium level up to within the guidelines . I did this by taking a 99 mg supplement, and drinking 8 oz low salt tomato juice, and 8 oz. low sodium v8 juice daily. I have a diagnosis of GERD. Should I be taking all that acidy juice ? My BP is wonderful !

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