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 mass formation. I personally feel better getting a lot of it, and I try to keep double the amount of potassium to sodium intake in the least.
I have both potassium bicarbonate, and potassium gluconate. The latter gives my insides a less than pleasant feeling, the former is well tolerated but for a couple issues.
Firstly, it raises my stomach pH. If I take it near food, especially anytime after I eat for many hours, I feel immediate indigestion.
Secondly, because of the first issue, I try to take it in the fasting period from waking until my first meal at midday, on an empty stomach.
I dont add salt or use condiments on my food. So my sodium is pretty predictable. I have a mixture of 10g K-bicarb and 5g NaCl daily, equating to about 4000/2000mg K/Na. I mix it with a liter of water and drink in a couple doses.
This works fine, except I get a weird sort of flush feeling, almost as if my blood pressure or heart rate is affected. Its hard to describe. Its not bad, just noticeable. Makes me a little bit light headed, and can increase my hunger.
Can anyone hack all this apart for me?
Advice and comments?
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Coconut water. A cup contains about 500mg of potassium. Way easier than getting it from pills.
Try coconut water. It's got quite a good amount of potassium and other electrolytes and minerals. It's popular with Paleo-inclined athletes. It is said to be isotonic.
You should know that in the U.S. potassium supplements are restricted to 3% of the RDA due to concern about hyperkalemia. A high-concentration potassium chloride solution is what is generally used in lethal-injection executions as it stops the heart. You don't want to go too crazy supplementing with it in excess. Your instinct to try to get your potassium from balanced natural sources is probably a good one.
I'm usually low in both sodium and potassium when I get bloodwork done. I supplement potassium by mixing potassium chloride (along with some sodium chloride) in most of my drinking water. It tastes great to me, though moreso in some water than in others. For example, I love it in my water in Boston, but don't like it in the water in Portland, OR. I started doing this because I needed more potassium but didn't want to take the potassium pills. I feel by adding it to taste to my water, I'm letting feedback systems work appropriately so that I can regulate my intake.
Do not take potassium supplements, they're useless at just 99mg. What you need is BEET GREENS, they have the most potassium than any other food. Clean/wash them, chop them, chop some garlic, butter, bone broth and slow-fry them for a while until it's reduced. Add some "potassium salt" if you like (not normal salt, since salt & iodine are antagonists). That's it. http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2353/2
Be careful. There's a reason why the government limits supplements to 99mg per cap. I wild do one serious research on this.
Alo, it's the ratio of potassium to sodium. If u can't eat enough potassium, lower your sodium a bit.
Well I can tell you that you should Not take them with meals. Potassium bicarbonate is basic and will kill your digestion, in a bad way. I know this from personal experience with supplementing with potassium bicarbonate in significant quantities.
I also would drink your weight in oz/lb so if you weigh 160, you would take in 5 liters of water. I use this in at least four of my water bottles daily http://www.phmiracleliving.com/p-221-phour-salts.aspx You can listen to the little video. I drink more than my lbs so my other two bottles I use these two products to feed the cells and kill parasites, yeast, bacteria and increase oxygen http://www.phmiracleliving.com/p-390-puriphy.aspx five drops per liter of distilled or ph water with one dropperful of this http://www.phmiracleliving.com/p-306-liquid-chloropheal.aspx between these two types of waters, I am getting potassium all day long. Also, why do you not use salt? A good grey (unprocessed) salt such as Celtic Sea Salt or possibly an unprocessed pink salt like Himalayan is good for you. Our bodies need salt. Just not processed salt. I have been using these products for more than ten years.
I'd be drinking have your weight in water oz if your inactive.. that light headed feeling could be dehydration. If you pass out when kneeling or squatting see a doc. Have you had your blood panels done. How I found out I don't need to supplement except d-3 because the sun doesn't shine here in the winter