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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more


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I recently started taking 250mg of magnesium and potassium aspartate and am wondering if this is causing the beige/grey stool that i've had for 2 days?

I recently started taking 250mg of magnesium and potassium aspartate and am wondering if this is causing the beige/grey stool that i've had for 2 days?

Not likely: 250 mg of Magnesium-Potassium Aspartate (presumably, 250 mg of each) provides only 50 mg each of magnesium and potassium. Aspartic acid, combined with these minerals, acts as a mineral transporter, to enhance their uptake into cells. I don't know of any reason why this would alter your stool color. ...Read more

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My stool has been loose for the past 2.5 weeks( i think from antibotics), it is causing my potasium to be low 3.4), how can I correct this problem?

My stool has been loose for the past 2.5 weeks( i think from antibotics), it is causing my potasium to be low 3.4), how can I correct this problem?

Probiotics gatorade: First of all, if the diarrhea is caused by antibiotics- you should take probiotics such as acidophyllis to reculture your intestines. You need to get your electrolytes back in balance- and gatorade works well for this. You may also need to use Imodium (loperamide) or Lomotil to control the loose stools. ...Read more

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I have been on a medically prescribed wt loss program for 7 months. My potassium was 5.6 last week and 5.4 two months ago. Will drinks containing potassium such as crystal light keep my levels up? I am eating salads and some fruit as well. I do not use s

I have been on a medically prescribed wt loss program for 7 months. My potassium was 5.6 last week and 5.4 two months ago. Will drinks containing potassium such as crystal light keep my levels up?  I am eating salads and some fruit as well. I do not use s

Sometimes: High potassium foods can continue the potassium problem but high potassium means that the kidneys are not handling the potassium load. Hypertension meds such as ACE inhibitors ("prils") and potassium sparing diuretics can inhibit potassium excretion by the kidneys. Kidney disease along with high blood acid levels can have the same problem. Check with your doctor and perhaps a nephrologist for why! ...Read more

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I have slightly raised potassium 5.5. I probably don't drink enough. If I drink it.s usually tea. Could this be the cause.

Unlikely: There are two major causes of hyperkalemia (high potassium): kidney failure, and destruction of large sections of muscle (such as burns or crush injuries). If your kidneys work normally, and you haven't been attacked by a building, the high potassium is most likely lab error from the blood cells being broken during the drawing process (hemolysis). See your doctor and have it redrawn. ...Read more

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Is too much potassium bad?

Is too much potassium bad?

Yes: High potassium can lead to numerous problems and could be very dangerous and life threatening. Potassium level in the body is very tightly regulated. Intake of extra dietary potassium may be excreted by the kidneys if healthy however intake of extra potassium without doctor's orders is not recommended. ...Read more

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What raises potassium levels ?

What raises potassium levels ?

Foods or salt subst: There are plenty of high potassium containing fruits & vegetables like bananas or spinach. Potassium salt substitute is another way to raise level. ...Read more

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Potassium low, how to fix this?

Hi potassium food: Hi potassium intake is the way to go. Eat citrus, tomato, banana, melon, peach, apricot, potato, meats, and similar juices. Figure out why potassium is low. Fix root cause, as you can. Get MD help. ...Read more

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Why is potassium is important ?

Why is potassium is important ?

See below: Potassium has many critical functions throughout the body. The following 2 websites give details as well as good sources in diet: http://www.Umm.Edu/altmed/articles/potassium-000320.Htm http://www.Natural-health-information-centre.Com/potassium.Html. ...Read more

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What are normal potassium levels?

What are normal potassium levels?

Blood potassium: In blood, the normal range is 3.6 mg/dL to 5.4 mg/dL. Labs that run these tests typically report a normal range. If you look at a group of healthy individuals, the potassium level in the vast majority will fall between 4.0 to 4.4. ...Read more

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Dr. Clarence Grim
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