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Potassium levels, natural diet and supplements

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 09, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Hi , I am wondering if my diet is deficient in potassium and whether I should take potassium tablets as a means of offsetting this "deficiency". Any responses would be great. Here is the diet: 12 eggs(raw yolks, cooked whites); 4 0z. liver every 2nd day; 100 grams of cheese(mainly parmegian and romano but often cheepo old-cheddar); 100-150 grams of cultured butter; appreciable amount of herbs and spices(parsely flakes, dill weed, turmeric, ginger, paprika, black pepper, cayenne, dried granulated garlic) lots of gelatin powder and 1 lb. of beef per day. This is the usual fare. ANy reason I should NOT supplement potassium tablets???

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on September 11, 2011
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Omg. Meredith H-Y: Social Media Maven. Lawd woman, yr killin me w/ the peer pressure! First it was the torsos, now it's the FB groups. I'm not even supposed to be on the webbernets... I'm weaning of PH as I speak. No, *really*...

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on September 11, 2011
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ha! @Phoenix -- my thought exactly. ;)

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on September 10, 2011
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You are quite the person, man.

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on September 10, 2011
at 12:46 AM

It was just an example. My general preference is to get micronutrients from food. I totally get supplementing something that is hard to get; just don't think potassium is in that category.

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on September 10, 2011
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G- It's killing me that you don't do facebook. Oh well.

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on September 10, 2011
at 12:20 AM

The mineral content of green leafies is of questionable bioavailability due to the oxalate content.

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on September 09, 2011
at 11:25 PM

to answer this it would be convenient that you state how much sodium (salt) do your cheese and butter contain, and also whether you add salt to your food. The important thing with potassium is the ratio of its consumption with respect to sodium, and the healthy ratio would be at least twice as much potassium as sodium. In any case before supplementing you might consider adding vegetables that are rich in potassium.

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on September 09, 2011
at 11:27 PM

I can't say for certain whether there is or isnt a reason to supplement with potassium without looking at a blood test for it...

but, based on my own experience - i feel better mental clarity when I take. I'm also not as thirsty all the time.

Before you jump on the potassium bandwagon though, I should mention that I am a fairly active person therefore I lose electrolytes more readily that a person who is not active.

What sort of physical activity do you participate in?

You can also try try it for a while with a low dose and see how you feel. Instead of the tablets though, you should give potassium chloride a try - it gives you more bang for your buck and it also means you don't have to take 748932748032 chelated potassium pills to get a good amount of it.

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on September 09, 2011
at 11:53 PM

Because too much potassium is a problem, most supplements contain very little of it (higher-dose potassium requires a prescription in the US). Me, I'm not sure why you wouldn't want to get it via your diet, as potassium is in lots of foods. So ... you could take 10 99mg potassium supplement pills or you could eat 1 c of swiss chard.

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on September 10, 2011
at 12:20 AM

The mineral content of green leafies is of questionable bioavailability due to the oxalate content.

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on September 10, 2011
at 12:46 AM

It was just an example. My general preference is to get micronutrients from food. I totally get supplementing something that is hard to get; just don't think potassium is in that category.

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on September 09, 2011
at 11:30 PM

Your diet looks lacking in potassium and you should probbaly add more produce in the form of spinach, tomatoes, avocados, and sweet potatoes if you wish go to higher carb. In the short term, being deficient in potassium is "OK" because your body holds onto it pretty strongly to keep electrolyte balance but over time this could become a problem.

"Cillakat" a member of the MDA forum and I think a few others? Not sure... Posted a wonderful study in her google docs (which are amazing, btw) that focused on the rather high potassium intakes of hunter gatherers..

https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AV3S7fNjwg33ZHp0bWN3cV8yMzFrN2drZnFmNw&hl=en

It is really really hard to get that amount daily without eating sweet potatoes, yams, fruit or potatoes,... as these are the highest food sources in potassium. Looking at the figures in the study it really calls to question the low carb theories of paleo.

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on September 09, 2011
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on September 10, 2011
at 12:44 AM

G- It's killing me that you don't do facebook. Oh well.

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on September 11, 2011
at 08:37 PM

Omg. Meredith H-Y: Social Media Maven. Lawd woman, yr killin me w/ the peer pressure! First it was the torsos, now it's the FB groups. I'm not even supposed to be on the webbernets... I'm weaning of PH as I speak. No, *really*...

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on September 09, 2011
at 11:45 PM

Eating kiwis or papayas would address the probable vitamin C and potassium deficiencies in your diet.

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