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Potassium Question

#1
Hi, I have done Akins's / Low carb before and lost around 3 stones . I am considering doing it again but I have a concern about potassium levels doing this diet . When I first did Atkins I got admitted to hospital with heart palputations and blood tests showed that my potassium level was very low and was put on a potassium suppliment for a week and I quit the diet , I got admitted again a few years later with the same symtoms with low potassium and this time I wasn't on the diet and they put it down to the water tablet (duretic) I was taking for my blood pressure (I had been on this when I was first admitted but they didn't pick it up). I know you have to drink a fair bit of water and this can reduce you body's salt levels but has anyone else had similar symtoms and is there anything I can take to keep my potassium levels up
 
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Wilma

Silver Member
#2
You might find this helpful :)


HIGH potassium (more than 225 milligrams per 1/2 c. serving)

These foods would be beneficial to athletes or to others who incur heavy fluid loss. Patients on potassium-restricted diets should avoid them, or eat them sparingly, as advised by their nutritionist.
All meats, poultry and fish are high in potassium.
Apricots (fresh more so than canned)
Avocado
Banana
Cantaloupe
Honeydew
Kiwi
Lima beans
Milk
Oranges and orange juice Potatoes (can be reduced to moderate by soaking peeled, sliced potatoes overnight before cooking)


Prunes
Spinach
Tomatoes
Vegetable juice
Winter squash

MODERATE (125 - 225 mg per serving)
These foods can be a large part of most people's balanced nutrition plan. Persons restricting their potassium might be cautioned to include no more than one or two servings from this list per day, depending on their medical restrictions.
Apple juice
Asparagus
Beets
Blackberries
Broccoli
Carrots
Cherries
Corn
Eggplant
Grapefruit
Green peas
Loose-leaf lettuce
Mushrooms, fresh
Onions
Peach
Pears
Pineapple
Raisins
Raspberries
Strawberries
Summer squash, including zucchini
Tangerines
Watermelon

LOW potassium (less than 125 mg per serving)
These foods give less electrolyte value per serving for people who need to increase their potassium levels.
They should be a major part of the menu plan for people limiting their intake.
Apples
Bell peppers
Blueberries
Cabbage
Cranberries
Cranberry juice
Cucumber
Fruit cocktail
Grapes
Green beans
Iceberg lettuce
Mandarin oranges, canned
Mushrooms
Peaches, canned
Pineapple, fresh
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LVLLM

Gold Member
#3
Hey :) Ive not had these problems, but PLEASE see a dr or nurse re starting a low carb diet and your K levels before starting.
 
#5
I'd take potassium tablets, but I'd also see a Dr first. I'm a bit surprised really, I'd have thought the amount of meat on Atkins would supply all the potassium you need?
 

cherl889

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#6
Me to Jim. We dont have to cut it out so it shouldnt be a problem. Could be the diet with yours meds, see your gp before starting.
 

Lady Marmalade

Bad girl warning...
#7
Doing Atkins always lowers my potassium levels to the point where I get bad leg cramps if I don't take a supplement. So yeah, check with your doctor first.

Another good way of adding in potassium in your diet is to use Lo Salt, the low sodium salt substitute.
 


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