Are you tired all the time? Do you have burning
and tingling in your nerves or your muscle’s tired?
Is your heart weak? Then this is the video for you, it talks about a common
mineral deficiency that you may be missing that’ll really help you to get
your life back. Are you constantly tired, wiped out, maybe your muscles are
fatigued, you have burning in your in your nerves, you’re having a skipped
heartbeat and you go to sleep and you wake up in the morning and you’re just
exhausted, Well maybe it’s just a mineral
deficiency and so this video, we’re going to talk about the signs of a potassium
deficiency, what to do about it, what foods to eat and how to test it and just
like many other things, too much of something is really bad and too little
of something is really bad so potassium is one of those amazing minerals that is
really really important for basically all of your health functions, your organ
function and it’s really important that it’s linked to salt and matter of fact,
some people that are on blood-pressure medications and diuretics, they actually
flush potassium and then they don’t feel very well
but potassium is one of the minerals that are so important for health because
every vitamin, every enzyme, every amino acid has to have a mineral component or
it doesn’t function and so when people have really tired muscles, they have
nerve tingling, they have skipped heartbeat, they can’t concentrate very
well, they don’t get rest, it’s almost always related to a potassium deficiency.
Now the easiest way to test for a potassium deficiency is a simple blood
test, it’s part of a metabolic panel, either basic metabolic panel or a
complete metabolic panel, it’s almost always included in your annual physicals
and when the doctor just wants to get a good baseline, this is almost always
included. Now a normal potassium level is somewhere between about 3.5 and 5.0 and
optimal is about 4.2. Now the foods that have potassium in them are
things like bananas, beans, some dairy products, green leafy vegetables and
sometimes you’ll need to supplement with potassium to get those levels up
and if you’re eating any types of fast food, if you’re eating potato chips and
junk food, it’s almost guaranteed that you’re deficient in potassium because
they’re really really salty and salt lowers potassium levels, it’s flushed off
and it causes all of these different healthcare conditions. Now I like to
supplement with potassium because it’s really really simple, it’s inexpensive
and for the most part, you don’t have any side effects, problems with potassium.
That being said, you want to make sure that your potassium levels don’t get too
high because that can cause some healthcare concerns as well, so anything
over 5.0, we really want to make sure that you’re not getting hyperkalemia,
which means too much potassium in the body. Again, mineral balance is essential
for health, it’s more important than vitamins and if you’re dragging any of
these conditions, I would encourage you to get a simple blood test with your
doctor and then we can increase the foods that you’re eating to get your
potassium levels up or we can supplement with a little bit of potassium but it
really is an amazing mineral. If you’re eating junk food or if you’re eating out
of boxes or bags, this problem that you might have is just a simple mineral
deficiency and when I talk about a simple mineral deficiency, minerals are
more important than vitamins because every vitamin, every amino acid, every
enzyme basically every organ process in the body requires a mineral to make it
work and one of the most common mineral deficiencies that we see in the practice
is a potassium deficiency. Every cell in your body needs potassium to function
and especially in the nervous system because we have what’s called sodium
potassium channel gates, where we get an impulse to the nerve and the channel
gates will open and then they’ll close and then they’ll reset and those are
dependent on sodium and potassium and if you are someone that really likes chips
and boxes and bags and eating out, there’s so much salt in those foods, it
has a tendency to deplete the potassium levels and it makes it so your nerve
cell tingle, you’ll get a little bit of neuropathy, your muscles don’t work very
well and if we supplement with some potassium or eat potassium foods that
really helps tremendously with muscle dysfunction
and nerve dysfunction. If your muscles feel like you’re having cramps in
charley horses, what happens is, again, the potassium levels inside the cells are so
important to make the muscle function right and also any abdominal bloating or
contractions or constipation may be associated with a potassium deficiency
because potassium is essential for smooth muscle function in your body. Now
smooth muscle is a little bit different than skeletal muscle, skeletal muscle is
actually controlled by conscious thought, I tell my mind to move my arm or to
extend my arm or to move my fingers, what we’re in our control of that. Smooth
muscle contractions are stuff that happens through your GI system and some
of your lung tissues and some other things that we don’t even have to think
about it and they happen involuntarily. Potassium is a critical mineral for that
to occur, low potassium can also give you a heart
fluttering or not enough power in your heart and this happens all the time when
people are lying down or they’re sitting for extended periods of time and they
get up quickly and they feel a little bit lightheaded or faint, it means that
there’s really not enough power in the heart to keep up with its demand and so
it has a tendency to either skip a beat and go faster or it just doesn’t have
enough power to get the blood supply up to your head and so you have that block
out feeling. A news flash, if your sewer system doesn’t work, you don’t work and
so if you’re not able to process the foods that are going through your GI
system, if you’re going to the bathroom and nothing is coming out, you have slow
bowels or constipation, I’ve seen potassium help a lot of people to make
their bowels regular and consistent and when your sewer system is working well,
you work well. If you’re having any of these problems such as a weak heart,
feeling like you’re going to faint or pass out when you stand up, if you’re having
constipation, muscle cramps, charley horses, any of those concerns and you
want to determine if potassium is a problem, there’s a really easy way to
evaluate that and that is a potassium blood test. Now it’s almost always
included in a basic metabolic panel or a complete metabolic panel when you do an
annual physical or you do your yearly blood tests and the range typically
is from 3.5 to 5.0 and optimal potassium levels are at 4.2. So you do a simple
blood test, you evaluate what the potassium levels are and if you’re low
in potassium, things like bananas and nuts and seeds and green leafy
vegetables like spinach, kale and then of course my favorite vegetable which is
broccoli because it has almost everything in it, will help your
potassium levels to go up. Now if you’re eating those foods already and you have
low potassium, you might want to supplement with a little bit of
potassium but just like blood sugar, if blood sugar is too high, it causes
problems if blood sugar is too low, it causes problems. It’s the same with
potassium, if you have too much potassium, bad things will happen, if you have too
little potassium, bad things will happen. So you want to be in the right range. Hey, thanks for watching our video on potassium deficiency, how it can help
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