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Potassium

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by 3280 · 1 minute ago

Of course minerals from foods are ideal, but as I'm trying ensure I have enough potassium, and my potassium to sodium ratio is about 2:1 , I'm left wondering: Is all potassium created equal? Is potassium from foods different, or perhaps better... (more)

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by 3280 · 1 minute ago

I know, for example, that blood levels of magnesium are not a very good indicator of magnesium levels in cells. Are blood tests for sodium / potassium equally as unhelpful unless you are in dire straights? I'm trying to hack muscle cramping... (more)

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Chris_65 0 · March 12, 2013 at 4:46 AM

Serum electrolytes are fleeting measurements that exist within a very small tolerance range. High potassium may be just a fluke. Get tested again to be sure. Serum measurements do not measure intracellularly rather they provide an overall snapshot... (more)

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by 15400 · 1 minute ago

My doctor and I had a disagreement (again). But that's okay. I kind of trust Paleohackers more. I will put a bounty on this question, I just don't know how. I think I have to wait before awarding best answer or something like that. Anyway, I got... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · March 11, 2013 at 8:33 PM

First off, your total cholesterol of 363 was about where mine was (393) after eating tons of butter and cream. For whatever genetic reason, that particular ratio of myristic, lauric and palmitic acids spikes my cholesterol to the moon. When I cut... (more)

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by 232 · 3 minutes ago

Someone bought me bocconcini and the ingredients are "pasteurized milk, microbial enzyme, bacterial culture. Packaged in water with potassium sorbate" I know pasteurized milk and milk is bad yadda yadda, but can I make it somewhat better by... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · February 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM

When it doubt, look it up on Wikipedia... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potassium_sorbate Preservative. Relatively non-toxic. Also found in natural foods. I wouldn't sweat it. (more)

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by 2407 · 5 minutes ago

I agree we should try and get our nutrients from food. But our soil is depleted, and getting 4-10g of potassium per day as paleo humans got is pretty hard. Potassium is pretty important for many things, especially nitrogen retention and lean... (more)

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Monte 0 · February 01, 2013 at 6:48 AM

Coconut water. A cup contains about 500mg of potassium. Way easier than getting it from pills.

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by 259 · 6 minutes ago

Out of curiosity- has anyone noticed changes they can link to electrolyte imbalances? I binged on bacon not long ago, (the bad, processed, only 83% actual pig kind, don't judge me, it was a dark time), and I think I sent my body into some kind... (more)

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CD 0 · December 21, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Sodium, Potassium, and Magnesium are typically the worst offenders with an electrolyte imbalance. For those who shun dairy, calcium can be a problem too. Hyperkalemia is the worst since it can be hard to self-diagnose and ultimately could lead... (more)

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by 2407 · 8 minutes ago

I've used sodium Bicarb to get super soft stir fry meat. But, can one use potassium Bicarb for the same purpose? I'd rather take in more K than Na.

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by 3280 · 20 minutes ago

When eating paleo (low carb paleo or not), how common is it to get at least twice as much potassium as sodium? Is that really important? What are the likely symptoms of too much sodium relative to potassium? According... (more)

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Christopher_Gagnon 0 · June 17, 2012 at 3:16 PM

I didn't really find paleo increased my potassium, but it definitely reduced my sodium--so much so that I suffered cramps until I figured out what was going on and started liberally salting stuff. All the processed foods I gave up are replete... (more)

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by 3280 · 21 minutes ago

There's a really neat animation which depicts how the sodium - potassium pump works in the body: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072495855/student_view0/chapter2/animation__how_the_sodium_potassium_pump_works.html I've always heart that... (more)

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epaleocookbooks 0 · June 07, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Be careful about going low potassium. Potassium deficiency can cause seizures. You may want to supplement. The recommended ratio is 2:1 potassium:sodium for a normal diet, so if you're not lowcarb, then yes, you should try for that. "Health... (more)

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by 3280 · 21 minutes ago

I'm in the home stretch of narrowing down headache/eye-hurting reaction, and I don't think it likely caused by the Morton's Lite Salt, but just figured I'd ask. Thanks Mike (more)

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bonefed 0 · September 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Potassium supplementation can be tricky because typical potassium salts (which THESE Albion-based tablets are NOT) can be caustic to stomach and intestinal linings as they dissolve. This is the reason why the government sets a 99mg limit on the... (more)

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by 3280 · 21 minutes ago

I've been having a problem with muscle cramps. Yesterday, I switched to Morton's Half-Salt: (half sodium, half potassium). My slight muscle cramps (calves & foot) in the morning escalated abruptly into terrible back spasm & neck muscles... (more)

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Robin_10 0 · June 02, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Muscle cramps are really hard to figure out. For many people, it's a lack of potassium and/or magnesium, but both made my cramps worse. Eventually I figured out it was too little calcium -- I had removed too many dairy sources from my diet while... (more)

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by 2407 · 21 minutes ago

In this article: http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/1/1/2 "Sodium and potassium The second factor differentiating the author's studies from many others is optimized mineral nutriture, which has benefits for both cardiovascular reserve... (more)

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orust 0 · June 01, 2012 at 9:56 AM

This only applies to ketogenic or VLC diets really. When insulin falls low enough sodium is not retained at the normal rate. Either intake has to increase or the hormone aldosterone steps in to preserve sodium and hence circulating volume. The... (more)

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by 6229 · 23 minutes ago

What do you use and how much? Do you have any thyroid issues?

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SarahH 0 · May 04, 2012 at 3:53 PM

I use Icelandic kelp for my iodine intake - potassium iodide has a -lot- of iodine and should only be used if you are in a severe radiation zone. I have no thyroid issues, but there is a noticeable difference if you are iodine deficient. I would... (more)

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by 3280 · 24 minutes ago

I do realize that the obvious answer is: "stop with the sodium, and eat lots of potassium rich foods, and wait and see". But, If my feeling woozy, dizzy, and tension-headache-y was caused by VLC, and too much sodium, and not enough... (more)

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Kim_17 0 · April 20, 2012 at 1:26 AM

I think I was out of balance, but it was a lack of sodium not potassium. I started to eat a little iodized salt and within a day I felt much better and had more energy. I'm not sure that's the root cause; there's probably something wrong with my... (more)

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by 0 · 26 minutes ago

So these are no salt added products. But in order to preserve they use potassium instead. My question is that would this be a good way to get you potassium/sodium ratio into balance and is there a pot/sod ratio that is too high?

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JRM 0 · April 04, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Green beans are legumes and most people don't eat legumes on a paleo diet. Frozen vegetables are better than canned vegetables. Your body will tell you when you potassium/sodium ratio is too high by making salty water taste really good.

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by 3280 · 26 minutes ago

I'm having muscle twitching, foot cramps, and occasional calf cramps. I have periods of tension headaches which I suspect are all related to hydration or electrolytes (potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium). I already take magnesium & calcium... (more)

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Stephen_5 0 · April 04, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Personally, I only get the muscle twitching when I eat too much sodium. The fact that you are having issues after working out is of limited usefulness in trying to diagnose this. The trouble is that you lose a lot of things in your sweat, not just... (more)

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by 4991 · 34 minutes ago

My partner and I had supper last night with friends. Desert was a pomegranate and prosecco jelly - large, and the arils of a whole pomegranate in each. Delicious. This morning I checked on google the nutritional profile of Pomegranate and I was... (more)

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jesuisjuba___paleorepublic_com 0 · December 22, 2011 at 2:17 PM

I eat seasonally and with pom's in abundance right now I eat about 1-2 a week.. so about two cups of seeds in addition to other seasonals. I cook with them and also eat raw. Nutritionally they're a great package as well as being tasty as hell -... (more)

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by 661 · 34 minutes ago

anyone here worried that theyre potassium intake is too high on paleo? is there any way to counteract this? everything good has potassium in it!

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Matt_1 0 · December 20, 2011 at 2:31 PM

I would recommend recording your normal food intake very carefully for a two or three days and carefully entering this into a nutrient tracking software program. Then you would have an idea of how much potassium you are actually consuming. It... (more)

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by 396 · 35 minutes ago

I'm a 30 y/o male, 6'4" 220lbs, been low-carb (45-60g/day) paleo for about 3 months, I've lost a ton of weight, and I feel great. I've only had one problem since starting paleo- back spasms. I can massage the spasms out, but they come back after... (more)

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AndyM 0 · December 06, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Coconut water. If you want to be sure you're not short on electrolytes this is what I'd go for every time. Plus you get to smash things and eat coconut if you're going homemade. And it is higher in potassium. For the baking soda, I wouldn't... (more)

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by 30 · 36 minutes ago

Hi fellow paleotics! :) I have been following a low-carb paleo diet the last three years being in ketosis most of the time and feel great. At times I have been suffering from the dreaded ketosis fatigue or brainfog, most likely related to... (more)

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greyman 0 · November 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Erik, According to my own experience, as well as the book "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living", you need to ensure enough intake of electrolytes in low carb diet. Regarding the sodium, the authors of the book recommend 5g per day... (more)

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by 1130 · 39 minutes ago

I eat mostly Paleo for the third month now, and after a successful weight-loss, a plateau came. Somehow intuitively I decided to further limit my carb intake, but after like 1-2 weeks, I've started to experience problems best described as... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · September 26, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Actions you call "making mistakes" are not really mistakes. You will be" making mistakes " for the next thirty, forty or fifty years, hopefully!The Paleo experts make "mistakes" all the time. Even if you "hit the Paleo sweet spot" for a day ,... (more)

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by 952 · 39 minutes ago

Hello, everyone! I have few questions regarding potassium supplement. I am slightly deficient according to blood test. There are not so many food sources that are paleo and that contain a lot of it... (more)

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Ambimorph 0 · September 27, 2011 at 5:59 PM

There seems to be an assumption in the question and answers that the cause of low serum potassium is low dietary potassium. I'm not sure that's the case. This random page that turned up in a search for hypokalemia doesn't even mention dietary... (more)

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by 114 · 41 minutes ago

Hi , I am wondering if my diet is deficient in potassium and whether I should take potassium tablets as a means of offsetting this "deficiency". Any responses would be great. Here is the diet: 12 eggs(raw yolks, cooked whites); 4 0z. liver every... (more)

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Philosopher 0 · September 09, 2011 at 11:25 PM

to answer this it would be convenient that you state how much sodium (salt) do your cheese and butter contain, and also whether you add salt to your food. The important thing with potassium is the ratio of its consumption with respect to sodium,... (more)

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by 30 · 43 minutes ago

What is the ideal ratio of potassium to sodium?

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Katherine 0 · August 09, 2011 at 1:09 AM

Pretty high actually. 8:1? More? Our chronic deficiency of potassium may have significant consequences for declining energy levels and hypertension. Assuming a 2000 kcal diet, the current RDI for sodium is 2300 mg and 4700mg for potassium.... (more)

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by 3904 · 44 minutes ago

I'm afraid I still haven't perfected my strategy so I end up waking up at 2:00 AM with painful muscle cramps, taking Nu Salt mixed in water and waiting and waiting for the cramps to settle down. I'm getting kind of sick of it though and would like... (more)

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invisible_ink 0 · July 28, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Dr. Michael Eades just addressed this issue on his blog recently: Tips/Tricks for Starting or Restarting Low Carb Pt II It finally occurred to me that my cramping problem might be due to dehydration and that the diet tonic that solved the... (more)

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