Hi, I’m Dr. Ken Berry, a family physician and for the next few minutes I really want to discuss something that’s quite important for human health and optimization and that’s potassium and potassium deficiency and this video is gonna be about the seven most common signs of low potassium or potassium deficiency that your doctor might miss. Some of these signs and symptoms can be quite subtle and if you’re not looking for them and know what to look for, you can overlook them and then you’ll go on suffering from deficiency in potassium and not know you’re suffering. So if you know someone who values their health and would like to know if their potassium is optimized or not please share this video with them in an email, text message. Share it on your Facebook, your Twitter, your Instagram, help me to help other people live their best optimal healthiest life. Now let’s talk about first of all what potassium does in the human body? It does thousands of things, this video would be hours long if I tried to cover them all but let’s sum it up into three big categories. First of all, potassium acts as an electrolyte and it helps to balance the fluid in your body and you’ll see down in the seven signs some of these signs are directly related to that. So balancing your fluid properly is very important if it’s not balanced properly it can lead to heart failure and other things and so in that case, we don’t want to have low potassium also, it functions to help nerves to conduct quickly and very efficiently if your nerve conduction is slow that can lead to problems as we’ll see later in this video and then also potassium helps your muscles contract optimally and strongly and you have three different types of muscle in your body you have smooth muscle in your gut and your internal organs, you have cardiac muscle in your heart and you have striated muscle in your skeletal muscles the muscles that you actually think of when you make a muscle, right? Now, the serum potassium in your blood is tightly controlled. Your body has to keep it between a certain and usually it’s three and a half to four and a half somewhere in there it’s very tightly controlled. And so your body in order to keep your serum potassium level within normal limits it will rob potassium from your muscles from your gut from your nerves from your bones even from your brain if it has to because it without your serum potassium being in this very tight range you’ll quickly die and your body knows that and so that’s why you can actually go to the doctor and have your serum potassium checked and it’d be normal, but you’d still be very deficient in potassium. Now, let’s talk about the seven signs that you need to know about so that you can know if you potentially have low potassium or not. First of all number one is Physical weakness you feel like you should be able to pick that up or you feel like you should be able to climb those stairs But when you try you become very weak very quickly Now this sign and all the other signs can be signs of other things as well But one of the most important things they could be a sign of, is low potassium number two is mental fatigue, so not physical fatigue or physical weakness, but mental fatigue and irritability if you’re just irritable and you’re not really sure why or If you’re just mentally very very sluggish that could definitely be low potassium. Number three is muscle cramps, muscle twitches, muscle spasms. If you’ve jumped up in the middle of the night with a leg cramp, that’s almost assuredly, low potassium. If you have muscle twitches under the eye or muscle spasms when you really shouldn’t be having that kind of muscle movement, that could be low potassium. Number four is constipation and bloating thus your large intestine is lined with smooth muscle, that’s what helps move the feces through there. If your smooth muscle doesn’t have access to enough potassium, you can have constipation and that’s why an electrolyte drop that has potassium in it can help amazingly with constipation, bloating is the same thing. You can’t move the gas along if your smooth muscle is not operating optimally. Number five : palpitations or arrhythmias this is when you can actually feel your heart beating or your heart is obviously not beating in a normal sinus rhythm. Your heart is made of the cardiac muscle and that can definitely be affected if your potassium is low. Number six is edema or fluid retention and so if you’ve got swollen ankles or your fingers are swollen and you can’t get your ring off that you can normally get off, that could absolutely be low potassium and potassium might help fix the edema around your ankles and the swelling in your fingers as well. Number seven : muscle aches and stiffness so different than muscle tiredness or fatigue or weakness is If you wake up and you’re just achy and stiff and you’re like I didn’t really do anything yesterday I don’t know why I’m so achy and stiff that could absolutely be low potassium numb and now a bonus one if your potassium gets super super low you can actually have numbness in your fingers and toes in your hands and feet and that’s when your potassium has gotten really really low, at that point you need to see a doctor and so for any of these signs that I’ve talked about in this video I would go see your doctor and don’t be surprised if your potassium level is within normal limits. Remember I said you can have severely depleted potassium levels in your body and have a normal serum potassium level and that’s why I like to eat lots of potassium rich foods I’m actually gonna link a video either here here of the seven foods high in potassium that you can enjoy on a ketogenic diet. Sometimes when I have a cup of coffee I love to put some electrolyte drops in that coffee just to make sure I’m getting enough potassium and and magnesium and chloride and sodium and all that stuff and I’ll put a link down to my favorite electrolyte drops down in the show notes below. If you’ve enjoyed this video, please click the subscribe button and the little bell button right beside it, so that every time I get a bright idea, you’ll be one of the very first to know. If my videos have benefited your health in some way, please consider becoming a patron there’s a patreon link down below. 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