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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

I recently read a blog about the importance of balancing sodium and potassium. I had never tracked my potassium, figuring my multivitamin probably gave me what I needed. But out of curiosity, I decided to add it to my nutrition tracker. I was surprised to find that on most days I get only about half of what is recommended. I was even more surprised to learn that my multivitamin supplies only 2% of the recommended daily amount. For a long time I have had a problem with being constantly tired/sleepy - and lo and behold, just read that a long-term potassium deficiency can cause that. I'm going to make a conscious effort to boost my potassium and keep track of whether it seems to affect my tiredness. Neither my doctor nor I have been able to come up with any other reason for my fatigue & sleepiness, so it's definitely worth a try.
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    I eat a daily banana...and that probably still isn't enough. But to me, getting enough electrolytes is very I am always drinking Costco's equivalent of vitawater which has potassium in it, too......
    2786 days ago
    I have to make sure I get enough potassium since I have an ileostomy. I have known about potassium for many years -- about 40 and have consistently used Lite Salt to try to get a balance. Of course, with so many prepared foods mainly having sodium it is hard to get that balance, so I also take a supplement since I don't like bananas.
    2786 days ago
    Just eat a banana now and again, or lima beans are good. Here's a link that has a great list of potassium rich foods:
    m/ I found I was having muscle spasms in my legs, and once I started adding bananas back to my diet, that went away. Not sure about the cause and effect with fatigue, but everything on the list is healthy, so go for it! Let us know what you think after you track things for awhile.
    2787 days ago
    You may have the answer MN I found my potassium levels were low too and have since got my daily quota and feel much better.
    Hope it works for you!
    2787 days ago
    My heart specialist told me I needed to continue my over the counter potassium as I take water pills. He said it can cause palpitations if you did not get enough.
    I also know if you get too much it can cause problems also.
    He said it is not likely to get too much with over the counter.
    I had run out and he encouraged me to buy some.
    2787 days ago
    I also do not get enough potassium in my diet but I wonder if all foods have correctly listed the potassium content. I have heard of people taking potassium tablets for leg cramps, but I have no leg cramps. I worry about supplementing something that I know I am not excreting rapidly (on no loop diuretic) and that can be so lethal if overdosed. I will watch your blog and see how you fare trying to eat more potassium foods. I have never made it to the daily recommended dosage.
    2787 days ago
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