When Should You Not Take Extra Potassium?

There are certain situations where you should actually avoid potassium. Check this out.

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0:07 Potassium deficiency 
0:16 Excess potassium
0:30 How to know what’s going on with your potassium 
0:47 Symptoms of hyperkalemia
1:11 Top conditions where you should avoid potassium
1:18 Stage 5 kidney disease
2:22 Aldosterone deficiency
2:57 Addison’s disease 
3:50 Insulin and potassium

In this video, we’re going to talk about when NOT to consume potassium. 

Typically people are deficient in potassium, and they need more potassium. It’s actually rare that you would need to avoid potassium. 

What we’re talking about is hyperkalemia, which is too much potassium in the blood. 

How to know what’s going on with your potassium: Take an intracellular potassium test. 

Symptoms of hyperkalemia: 

• Palpitations
• Muscle weakness
• Numbness
• Abnormal heart rate
• Shortness of breath

 Top conditions where you should avoid potassium:

1. Stage 5 kidney disease
2. Addison’s disease 
3. Aldosterone disease 

As a side note, insulin helps you absorb potassium in your cells. If you have insulin resistance, you’re generally going to be deficient in potassium. In this situation, taking potassium will help with insulin resistance. 

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