Potassium Question

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  1. allybally

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    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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    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
    Plums



















































































     
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    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.
     
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    as you have had previous problems then maybe you should consult your doctor before starting any diet
     
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    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?
     
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    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.
     
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    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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