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RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
8/26/13 6:06 A

Chewies, go get a blood test, and find out if there is anything off kilter. Your tracker is great as long as you track properly, but law does not require potassium to be on labels. You can go search for the potassium in every single ingredient you eat, or just get a blood test.

Don't make any drastic change based on a # in your tracker. Just eat a healthy diet, get some exercise, and lose weight. If your diet is shown to be low in potassium, when you get a blood test, then ask your doctor about what food, or pills are needed to correct this.

Messing with any of your electorlytes can have serious consequences.

8/25/13 8:03 P

Orange juice, prunes.

MRSAND Posts: 1,612
8/24/13 11:08 A

brown mushrooms have tons of potassium...I track my potassium and if looks low for the day I'll add some shrooms to my dinner

8/24/13 10:26 A

The ideal way to optimize your vitamin D level is through sun exposure or a safe tanning bed. As a very general guide, you need to expose about 40 percent of your entire body for approximately 20 minutes to the sun, between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm, when the sun is at its zenith

Edited by: PATTISWIMMER at: 8/24/2013 (10:59)
8/24/13 10:25 A

I would be doing vitamin k2 to to help absorb the vit d and I would also try not to do all 50, 000 at the same time because research shows it is more effective daily.... or try the sun... read Dr. Mercola... and vitamin d....
for potassium just eat lots of vegetables and fruits and realize a lot of potassium isn't always listed... have some watermelon

CHEWIES SparkPoints: (22,100)
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8/24/13 12:37 A

Thanks everyone.
Tanya, you are correct, I was talking about my Nutrition tracker. My Potassium #'s are showing lower then the daily required amount shown on the Nutrition report. I do eat tomatoes daily on my salads and eat an occasion banana. I checked my multi-vitamin and there is no potassium in it. It had every other vitamin/mineral.
Thanks for sending the link, it was very very helpful. I love squash, so guess I'll be eating more of it as well as beans.
Happy eating!

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
8/23/13 10:59 A

I am guessing that when you say "counts" you are meaning your food tracker amounts and not blood level counts. If it is blood values then the members are correct, it isn't anything to mess around with and we encourage you to talk with your medical provider about a referral to a Registered Dietitian for help, especially if you have other medical conditions.

However, if you are talking about your nutrition data, it is important to remember the Nutrition Facts label lists only the items that are required by law. Our data base includes only what is required on the label. Member entered data, may or may not include micro-nutrients but not necessarily. Many times Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Folate and others only have a percent daily values listing and not exact amounts. This will make your reports inaccurate unless you are entering the nutrient amounts yourself using a more comprehensive tool.

If it is important to have accuracy with micro-nutrients because of a medical condition, you can enter each food item yourself (and save in your favorites for easy access moving forward) to include all nutrition information. The food list from the USDA can help.

This blog can help you include high potassium food in your meal planning.

High Potassium Foods for a Healthy Balance

Hope that helps.

Coach Tanya

Edited by: TONKA14 at: 8/23/2013 (10:59)
DORIS2008 SparkPoints: (159)
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8/23/13 9:50 A

Please don't play around with low potassium. See your doctor and see what he/she has to recommend. You will feel so much better when you get your potassium under control. I take 6 prescription potassium tablets a day and have monthly lab work to ensure everything is within range. I am very careful to include some type of potassium rich food with each meal every day. But as my doctor explained to me, I would have to eat a bushel of bananas a day to get the potassium that I needed. You can Google foods rich in potassium but you can't be sure your body is getting what it needs without regular labs. Some of us just have a problem absorbing potassium. Well wishes to you.

8/23/13 8:49 A

I recently had a friend in their early 20s hospitalized after a stroke caused by low potassium. Has a doctor been monitoring your situation?

How you cook things influences the amount of potassium too:

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,338)
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8/23/13 12:58 A

Low Potassium levels require medical intervention/supplementation if they are out of range as well as monitoring. They are very serious and can lead to fatal heart arrhythmia.

AGILEDOBE Posts: 428
8/23/13 12:06 A

Try sweet potato, white potato, broccoli, orange juice, cantaloupe or banana

CHEWIES SparkPoints: (22,100)
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8/22/13 11:48 P

What can I consume that will increase my Potassium? My counts are a lot lower then what is required. I'm already dealing with low vitamin D due to anemia and am on a 50,000mg of vitamin D weekly. Any ideas?


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