Potassium Deficiency

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The right amount of potassium in our body is important to health. A small drop in potassium levels usually doesn't cause symptoms. However, a big drop can be life threatening.

First Hand Experience

We had the first hand experience of it a few years ago. My husband went to a business trip in another state where the weather was very different from where we lived. He worked very hard under the burning sun and a couple of days later; he experienced serious fatigue and muscle weakness.

On top of it, he soon developed pneumonia, which could be caused by the huge temperature deference between the inside and outside. The pneumonia put him into emergency room and seriously weakened him. His heart soon began to have problem.

I'm thankful that he eventually recovered from this incident. The hard lesson we learned is that potassium is very important to our health no matter we aware it or not. Take extra potassium when you sweat a lot. It's not complicated to achieve; eating foods rich in potassium can prevent health problems from developing.

Common Symptoms

The following are the symptoms when our bodies seriously lack potassium. They can be summed up with one medical word: hypokalemia. It means low levels of potassium in the blood, and you may experience:

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  • Abnormally fast or slow heartbeat, especially in people with heart disease
  • Breakdown of muscle fibers
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Muscle weakness or spasms
  • Paralysis (which can include the lungs)

Magnesium deficiency is also associated with low levels of potassium in the blood.

The lack of potassium may also cause low blood pressure which leads to dizziness.

To avoid lack of potassium, having various potassium rich foods is important.



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