/Potassium (K+) Deficit

Potassium (K+) Deficit

A Potassium deficiency also known as hypokalaemia, is a condition where the body has abnormally low levels of potassium. Potassium is a mineral (electrolyte) in the body. Almost 98% of potassium is found inside the cells. Small changes in the levels of potassium that is present outside the cells can have severe effects on the heart, nerves, and muscles.

Symptoms of Low Potssium

  • Alkalosis
  • Shallow Respirations
  • Confusion, Drowsiness
  • Weakness, Fatigue
  • Arrrhythmias (Irregular heart rate or Tachycardia)
  • Lethargy
  • Thready Pulse
  • Decrease Intestinal Motility
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Ileus
  • Constipation
  • Change in Blood Pressure

Causes:

A person can experience hypokalaemia if they become dehydrated. Some drugs, such as diuretics, can make the body lose potassium (fluid tablets).

Diagnoses:

Blood tests are used to diagnose potassium shortage. As part of a standard physical examination, because you have high blood pressure or kidney disease, or both, your doctor might request a test.

Treatment:

Your physician could suggest taking a supplement if you have low potassium levels. An excess of potassium in the body can potentially lead to major health issues, therefore you should only use a potassium supplement under medical supervision. You could require potassium through a drip in the hospital if your levels are really low.

If your drugs are the cause of your potassium deficit, your doctor may change them or advise you to eat more K-rich foods.

Increase Potassium Levels Naturally By Taking:

  1. Leafy Greens
  2. Dairy foods
  3. Starchy vegetables like winter squash(corn, butternut)
  4. Potato
  5. Spinach
  6. Broccoli
  7. Avocado
  8. Banana
  9. Coconut water
  10. Orange
  11. Tomato
  12. Yogurt
  13. Chicken
  14. Salmon
  15. Dry fruits ( Raisin, Apricot, etc)
  16. Peach, etc.