- What is Potassium
- Recommended Intake
- Potassium For The Body
- Potassium Deficiency
- Food Sources of Potassium
- Frequently Asked Questions
What is Potassium?
- Blood pressure
- Normal water balance
- Muscle contractions
- Nerve impulses
- Heart rate
- pH balance (acidity and alkalinity)
|0–6 months||400 mg/day||400 mg/day|
|7–12 months||860 mg/day||860 mg/day|
|1–3 years||2,000 mg/day||2,000 mg/day|
|4–8 years||2,300 mg/day||2,300 mg/day|
|9–13 years||2,500 mg/day||2,300 mg/day|
|14–18 years.||3,000 mg/day||3,000 mg/day|
|19+ years||3,400 mg/day||3,400 mg/day|
Potassium For The Body
Your Heart And Other Muscles
Potassium And The Kidneys
Potassium And The Nerves And The Brain
- Kidney disease
- Excessive use of diuretics
- Excessive sweating, diarrhea, and vomiting.
- Magnesium deficiency
- Use of antibiotics, such as carbenicillin and penicillin.
- Extreme fatigue
- Muscle spasms, weakness, or cramps
- Irregular heartbeat
- Constipation, nausea, or vomiting
Food Sources of Potassium
- Bananas, oranges, cantaloupe, molasses, apricots, grapefruits (some dried fruits, such as prunes, raisins, and dates, are also high in potassium)
- Cooked Spinach
- Cooked Broccoli
- Sweet Potatoes
- Green Leafy Vegetables
- Orange Juice
- Tomato Juice
- Plum Juice
- Apricot Juice
- Grapefruit Juice
- Lima Beans
- Pinto Beans
- Salt Substitutes
- Meat and Poultry
- Brown and Wild Rice
- Bran Cereal
- Pasta and Whole Wheat Bread
Frequently Asked Questions:
A low potassium level can cause muscles to feel weak, cramp, twitch or even paralyze, and abnormal heart rhythms can develop.
There are several ways this mineral deficiency can cause weakness and fatigue. First, potassium helps regulate muscle contractions.
Drinking too much water can cause side effects that range from mildly irritating to life-threatening, and overhydration can lead to an electrolyte imbalance in the body. Electrolytes such as potassium, sodium, and magnesium.
The attacks usually last between 24 and 48 hours. Potassium levels are usually abnormally low (hypokalemia).
Three to four cups of coffee a day is considered high in potassium and could raise your potassium levels.