Read this before you stop or start taking potassium. I hope it will give you the information you need.
I was using potassium to aid in treating my hypertension
While working at the doctor’s office full time and a pharmacy part time I found out patients can receive prescriptions for potassium. Always trying to be proactive with my health I was buying potassium over the counter and taking it because of my hypertension. The thought crossed my mind that I was buying the mineral and might be able to get it prescribed and save money. While one of the doctors I worked for waited for her next patient to get disrobed, I asked her if she thought my doctor would prescribe potassium for me.
Too much potassium can stop your heart!
She looked at me like I had asked the best way to commit suicide. Her response was along the lines that too much potassium can stop the heart and one should have their potassium levels tested prior to taking the supplement. She was then called to take care of her next patient, and I went back to the chart I was working on. During my lunch break I called to set up a doctor’s appointment and did not take another potassium tablet until I had my blood tested. The results showed my potassium levels were very low and my family physician recommended I continue to purchase potassium over the counter and take one tablet daily.
Potassium needs to be well balanced. Too much can cause irregular heart beats, slow pulse rates, paralysis, difficulty breathing and needs to be treated immediately. One of conditions brought on by too much potassium is hyperkalemia. http://www.nutrient-world.com
Why do we need potassium?
Potassium has been used in studies and found to be successful in aiding in the control of hypertension. It was also shown to reduce the risk of fatal stroke by 40% and to aid in the following body functions:
- transmitting nerve impulses
- building muscles
- aiding the heart
- regulating blood pressure
- assisting by sending oxygen to the brain to improve clear thinking
- helps to dispose of body waste
- helps the body in functioning with allergies
Who should not take potassium supplements?
Normally our kidneys will flush unneeded potassium from our bodies and maintain the proper level, but what if our kidneys are not functioning properly? Those with kidney disease or those who take ACE inhibitors should not take potassium supplements. Those who take ACE inhibitors should strive for proper levels by maintaining a diet high in vegetables and fruits. Those with kidney disease have to carefully monitor their potassium levels as their kidneys will not help them by flushing out excesses.