Sources Of Potassium
||halibut, herring, lingcod, sardines
||pecans, sesame, sunflower, walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, filberts, peanuts
||avocados, dates, figs, prunes, raisins
||watercress, garlic, horseradish, lentils, parsley, potatoes, spinach, artichokes, lima beans, beet greens, swiss chard, collards
||buckwheat, rye, wheat bran
||chocolate, molasses, mushrooms, kelp, yeast, salt substitutes
Roles In The Body
Potassium has many roles, especially intracellular fluid balance, and cell membrane effects such as muscle contraction, nerve impulse conduction, and cell permeability.
Functions Of Potassium
||lowers heart rate, dilates arteries, can reduce blood pressure
||maintains acid-base balance
||increases digestive tract activity
||helps raise aldosterone and other hormones
||involved in carbohydrate metabolism
Symptoms Associated With A Potassium Deficiency
||low blood pressure
|irregular heart beat
| low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
Symptoms Associated With A Potassium Excess
| high blood sugar (diabetes)
calcium, processed food diets are low in potassium
Hair Analysis Notes
High Hair Potassium:
Potassium is known as the follow-through mineral. Hair must not be washed at the laboratory to obtain accurate potassium readings.
Low Hair Potassium:
- indicates high sugar and glucocorticoid levels.
- very high potassium can be a potassium loss due to excessive breakdown of body cells.
- indicates adrenal gland exhaustion.
- very low potassium is associated with allergies, fatigue, low blood sugar, sweet cravings, and low blood pressure.
Reasons For Potassium Supplementation
- to lower a high sodium/potassium ratio
- to enhance energy production
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