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Potassium blood test: anything better? Are you deficient?

Answered on October 11, 2013
Created October 10, 2013 at 6:22 PM

I have the impression that your body wants to control potassium levels in the blood in a very narrow range, and will rob potassium from the cells in order to prevent blood levels from falling too low.

I also have the impression that there's not an easy test to measure potassium levels in the cells.

In fact, I even had a very fancy Spectra-Cell intra-cellular test, and it measured all kinds of things inside the cells, but potassium wasn't one of them.

Other than blood levels of potassium, are there any other ways to rule-out/rule-in a cellular potassium deficiency?

Thanks for any thoughts,

Mike

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on October 11, 2013
at 02:33 AM

last time I checked it was 5200 potassium to 1700 salt

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what is your ratio? and much potassium / sodium do you normally consume?

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at 02:54 AM

Darn Mac Pro... I researched the issue in the 1990s, and back then a 4/1 K/Na ratio as considered optimal. And I wonder how people who eat only meat can ever get close to it.

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on October 11, 2013
at 02:53 AM

what is a good ratio K/Na these days? I researched the iss

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on October 11, 2013
at 12:17 AM

I think you are correct about a lack of testing. I have added potassium rich foods to my diet and hope that I am reaching good levels. I can't worry about it beyond that. If I plug my daily diet into a tracker it ususally shows a good ratio of potassium to salt.

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on October 11, 2013
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what is your ratio? and much potassium / sodium do you normally consume?

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