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

by 1468 · February 14, 2013 at 09:59 PM

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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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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18373 · March 12, 2011 at 04:50 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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0 · February 14, 2013 at 09:59 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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3747 · March 17, 2011 at 12:52 PM

How's your water intake?

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933 · March 12, 2011 at 06:57 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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