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Doctor insights on: What Helps A Body Absorb Potassium

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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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Switching from pill to liquid form of magnesium and potassium. I'm told the body absorbs much more from liquid. Should I maintain dosage or take less?

Supplements?: If you potassium (k) and magnesium (m) are normal, you need no supplements. The body does not care if you take liquid k or m, or pills. Patients with m deficiency have low k levels that cannot be corrected until the m is normal. You are not on a diuretic that causes both k and m loss in the urine. Before you continue taking the k and m supplements, make sure you need to. Get a blood test. ...Read more

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How quickly is the powdered form of Potassium Chloride 25mEq absorbed into the body? How long does it take to raise blood level of K?

How quickly is the powdered form of Potassium Chloride 25mEq absorbed into the body? How long does it take to raise blood level of K?

KCL powder: KCL powder dissolved in more than 4 OZ of water or juice usually have rapid onset of action, and it is recommended to be taken after a meal.
K supplements should be taken with doctor supervision and recommendations as high K level is also serious to health as low K levels ...Read more

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What will cause the body to waste potassium?

What will cause the body to waste potassium?

Lots of things: There are numerous medications that affect potassium balance as well as modify potassium removal from the body. One of the most common conditions in the U.S. Is a high sodium diet requiring the use of diuretics to avoid fluid overload giving the side effect low potassium. There are rare hormone causes of kidney potassium losses. Also vomiting or diarrhea can cause low potassium. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I relieve potassium buildup in my body?

How can I relieve potassium buildup in my body?

Reducing potassium: To reduce potassium from blood and tissues, assure daily bowel movements, even with gentle MOM or Miralax (polyethylene glycol). Assure abundant urine flow - 3 liters per day. Limit intake of high potassium foods - tomato, citrus, potato, melon, peaches, apricots, banana, strawberries, others ...Read more

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What will happen if I don't get enough potassium inside my body?

Muscle weakness: Symptoms of low potassium begin with muscle weakness and fatigue, but may eventually disrupt the heart, kidneys, and other organs. ...Read more

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Please explain what happens if I don't get enough potassium inside my body?

Badness.: Potassium is necessary for heart and muscle cells to function properly. Low blood potassium levels can lead to muscle weakness or even paralysis as well as cardiac arrhythmias. ...Read more

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What are some of the dangers of high potassium levels in the body?

Death: If your kidney function is normal, you can't get a high potassium from diet, only from a purposeful od with medication. High potassium causes no symptoms, just death. It stops the heart. It's used in executions. ...Read more

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What blocks the absorption of potassium?

What blocks the absorption of potassium?

Potassium absorption: Potassium is easily absorbed by the GI tract but certain potassium tablets with hard coating aren't as easily absorbed. ...Read more

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Does potassium remove sodium from the body?

Does potassium remove sodium from the body?

Complex: The two are exchanged for each other in the distal aspect of the kidney filtering units.

Kayexalate is a resin that does exchange sodium for potassium in the gut. Abuse of this treatment can cause the serum sodium to rise. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does too much potassium in the body mean?

Too much potassium: Lab work shows that the potassium level in the blood is above the normal. Ask the physician who ordered the test for more information about the results and what they mean to the patient. ...Read more

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How much potassium would it take to have an overdose in the human body?

High Potassium: The answer depends on one's kidney function and how quickly the potassium (k) increases. People with chronic kidney disease (ckd) have higher k levels than those without it and would be expected to tolerate them better than those without ckd. In patients with normal kidney function, a rapid increase over a few hours of k can cause lethal complications. Check with your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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Please help, how much potassium does it take to have an overdose in the human body?

Please help, how much potassium does it take to have an overdose in the human body?

Electrolytes: Potassium is an important electrolyte in the conduction system of the body. It allows for nerves to transmit their impulses and muscles to respond. When levels get high (over 5) it may cause irregularities in heart rhythm. Every 10meq ingested raises serum values by. 1. If there is renal disease the kidney can't remove the excess and values may get dangerously high. ...Read more

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What are the functions of calcium and potassium in the human body?

What are the functions of calcium and potassium in the human body?

CA and K: Too many to describe here. Too much will kill and too little will kill. Go to wikipedia for good discussion of each. ...Read more

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How long until a large dose of potassium iodide leaves the body? What is its half-life?

How long until a large dose of potassium iodide leaves the body? What is its half-life?

It's complicated: As per dr rhoads please contact your poisons centre or an emergency doctor licensed in the us. The iodine can have prolonged effects on the thyroid gland and so needs specific consultation urgently to get advice for your situation. ...Read more

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What to do if I think my body is excreting too much water, sodium & potassium! What can I do?

What to do if I think my body is excreting too much water, sodium & potassium! What can I do?

Chemistry panel: Our kidneys get rid of water, sodium and potassium, if the intake of these are high. I suggest you consult your physician and get some simple blood tests like basic chemistry panel, which will detect the electrolyte problems. ...Read more

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How long does it take for magnesium, potassium and vinegar to stay in the body for before being disposed of?

See below: The kidney is capable of excreting potassium and magnesium, if you have normal function of the kidneys
your body retains any deficit and excretes the excess amount
vinegar is metabolized in the liver
the level of potassium and magnesemia is kept normal in the blood, by other mechanisms, until, they are eliminated in the urine ...Read more

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Got dysautonomia potassium was 3.4 when upright my body creates more aldosterone due to lower BP is this why potassium is lower?

Got dysautonomia potassium was 3.4 when upright my body creates more aldosterone due to lower BP is this why potassium is lower?

Low K: I would suggest if the "dysautomomia" is related to low body K due to excess aldo. It is normal 2 blood aldo 2 go up when U stand. BP falls which turns on renin from kidney with stimulates aldo from adrenal. Blood flow 2 liver falls when U stand and removal of aldo from blood by liver falls & blood level goes up. Recommend you consult me to figure out what is going on & get back to good health. ...Read more

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Fludrocortisone. 1mg per day, will my body still produce aldosterone? Also on potassium 36meq will my body still stop it going too high?

Depends: Our body will try to adjust to new environment and supplements. You had low level of aldesteron and needed replacement and body is not producing enough but this does not mean you don't produce at all. New adjustment try to make equilibrium but daily food habits and exercise may affect level of potassium and needs regular follow ups. ...Read more

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Can you die from low potassium levels? I mean super low potassium levels, less than 2.0 instead the average 3.5.Does anybody know exactly how this damages your body?

Balance, vital: Potassium level is tightly regulated by the kidneys and its balance is vital for normal functioning of heart, muscles, kidneys, etc. Low potassium can cause fatal abnormalities in heart rhythm resulting in cardiac arrest. It can cause severe muscle weakness, abnormalities in kidney function, slowing of bowel movement etc. Symptoms of low potassium depends of the level, rate of reduction and duration. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the effects of low potassium on the human body?

Low potassium: Cardiac arrythmias, constipation, fatigue, weakness, leg cramps, altered sensorium. ...Read more

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How many meq of Potassium cl er may be taken at one time to insure maximum absorption?

Dangerous: The thought process here is dangerous. Too much potassium can be deadly. Perhaps more importantly, I suspect you are having symptoms that you attribute to low potassium, but that may portend another (or persistent) problem that requires follow up evaluation. Take potassium as prescribed and notify your physician of any persistent or new symptoms that concern you. ...Read more

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I have high potassium problem so what I have to eat to increase my body weight and fat?

Diagnosis first: The first step is to figure out why is the potassium high? Is it a diet issue? Is it a kidney issue? Are you having cell breakdown? Some questions need to be answered before any treatment. Please see a doc. ...Read more

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Do health consequences result from low potassium in the human body? If so, what happens?

Do health consequences result from low potassium in the human body? If so, what happens?

Weakness: Muscle cramps, fatigue, abnormalities in heart rhythm, slowing of bowel motility. You must seek medical advice, to find out the reason for low potassium. ...Read more

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I have high potassium and what I have to eat to increase my body weight and fat? Plz help

I have high potassium and what I have to eat to increase my body weight and fat? Plz help

Easy: Fast food does the job. Not that I can recommend it. But it works without doubt. Check the calorie counts. Nuts are healthy and have lots of calories. Actually, I recommend lots of walnuts, almonds and pistachios. ...Read more

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I have hypokelimia. Potassium deficiency. I body looses potassium daily. Is there ne permanent treatment of this?

I have hypokelimia. Potassium deficiency. I body looses potassium daily. Is there ne permanent treatment of this?

More info needed: The top two places the body losses potassium are the gut or the kidney. Kidney losses are hormone related or acid/base related. Gut losses are usually related to loose stools or vomiting. There are medications to address either scenario, but at age 24 it is probably more important for you long term to find out why this is happening. Talk to your doctor, if he/she isn't sure. See a specialist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in biological term on what is the effect of potassium chloride on human body?

Can you tell me in biological term on what is the effect of potassium chloride on human body?

KCL: Will increase low body K which can kill you. Take too much and it will kill you from high body K. I would go to wikipedia and review potassium metabolism. ...Read more

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