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Potassium Intake (for people that supplement with the 99 mg pill.)

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Created September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

I cant seem to find this answer, but I am at this time not able to add more foods and maintain weight loss. For those taking the 99mg Potassium supplement, how many do you take a day? I am getting muscle tension 2-3 times a week (the feeling right before you get a hard cramp) and I have once gotten a hard cramp in my leg....I really really want to avoid the cramps!

suggestions?

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7275 · February 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM

I opted not to take the 99mg pills of potassium, but instead add KCl to my water. I actually use LoSalt, which is mostly KCl with a little NaCl. That way I can supplement "to taste" and let my body figure out if it's good to me or not. I love it (but only in Boston, not on the west coast). Also, there's some concern that potassium can be irritating at high concentrations, which is another reason I opt for salting my water.

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1471 · March 17, 2011 at 5:46 PM

It certainly isnt what it should be..I struggle with it as I drink less water now than when I was on SAD...Wierd..

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1471 · March 14, 2011 at 12:09 PM

lindsay, we get that but knowing that my question was merely how much because I cant seem to add more food without adding weight...

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942 · March 14, 2011 at 2:13 AM

Ambimorph -- I totally agree, but the supplements should still be a high dosage/concentration food compound, not a synthetic.

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18671 · March 12, 2011 at 8:04 PM

It's good to get nutrients from whole foods, but it isn't always practical or possible. It's better to get it from supplements than not at all.

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18671 · March 12, 2011 at 7:57 PM

I don't take them any more, but at that time, I took them just before bed. I don't know if there is a problem with taking it at the same time as magnesium or not.

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1471 · March 12, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Thanks, but I was asking comments from people currently on the 99mg supplement.

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1471 · March 12, 2011 at 4:55 PM

do you take them all at one time? I am taking 3000 mg of D in the am and slomag too...should I separate or take togeether?

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60 · March 17, 2011 at 10:36 AM

I was getting nightly cramps - at least twice each night I would have to get up and stroll around the house. That got old quickly.

I now take 2 99mg tabs of Potassium, AND 2 magnesium tabs, 200 mg right before bed.

This resolved the issue - most of the time. Occasionally I still feel a little twitching or something in the leg muscles, but this has not turned into cramps.

I've ordered a liquid magnesium to see if it will be more effective.

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18671 · March 12, 2011 at 4:50 PM

I had this problem the first month or so on Zero Carb. It responded almost immediately with 3 99mg caps. Dehydration can also be a factor.

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18671 · March 12, 2011 at 7:57 PM

I don't take them any more, but at that time, I took them just before bed. I don't know if there is a problem with taking it at the same time as magnesium or not.

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1471 · March 12, 2011 at 4:55 PM

do you take them all at one time? I am taking 3000 mg of D in the am and slomag too...should I separate or take togeether?

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0 · February 14, 2013 at 9:59 PM

People who get cramps often are missing three things... magnesium, potasium, and water... Many people who go on diets also often lower their salt intake significantly. Your body needs those salts and nutrients.

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3756 · March 17, 2011 at 12:52 PM

How's your water intake?

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1471 · March 17, 2011 at 5:46 PM

It certainly isnt what it should be..I struggle with it as I drink less water now than when I was on SAD...Wierd..

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942 · March 12, 2011 at 6:57 PM

If you are hurting one system in the body by trying to improve another, you're not doing your body any good. Your body always expects to get its nutrients from foods, not pharmaceutically isolated supplements. That said, magnesium asportate, silica, and potassium would help. Moreover, so would one of these:

Glacial milk isn't bad and you can get it from sam's club. I prefer Body Balance: http://www.amazon.com/Balance-Supplement-Life-Force-International/dp/B0002DSPM0

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1471 · March 14, 2011 at 12:09 PM

lindsay, we get that but knowing that my question was merely how much because I cant seem to add more food without adding weight...

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942 · March 14, 2011 at 2:13 AM

Ambimorph -- I totally agree, but the supplements should still be a high dosage/concentration food compound, not a synthetic.

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18671 · March 12, 2011 at 8:04 PM

It's good to get nutrients from whole foods, but it isn't always practical or possible. It's better to get it from supplements than not at all.

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1471 · March 12, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Thanks, but I was asking comments from people currently on the 99mg supplement.

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