Lower Your Potassium Levels Naturally

Keeping your potassium levels within the normal range is critically important to your health. If your potassium levels are too high or too low they can interfere with muscle function and lead to serious problems like heart palpitations. If they’re too high or too low they can even cause your heart to stop. Plus, high potassium can lead to dangerously high blood pressure. Potassium is essential to keep our bodies functioning, but the levels must remain normal.

If your potassium levels are considered too high there are simple steps you can take to lower them. Just drinking a glass of milk followed by a glass of water will help since milk prevents potassium absorption and water helps to flush the excess out of the body. Be careful, however, if you have kidney disease. Using excess water to flush out potassium can put a large strain on your kidney’s. Talk with your doctor before attempting to use water to help flush out extra potassium.

When your body has high potassium levels for an extended period of time you can develop hyperkalemia which is a serious medical condition. If you discover you have high potassium or develop any of the symptoms of high potassium you should see a doctor immediately. Getting your potassium levels under control with the guidance of a medical professional is absolutely imperative. Remember, if your potassium levels aren’t kept within the normal range they can cause life-threatening complications.

How can I prevent High Potassium?

  • Exercise regularly. This helps to naturally regulate the amount of potassium in the body.
  • Regularly follow up with your doctor to make sure your blood pressure is alright and your medications are not causing problems with  your potassium levels.
  • Make changes to your diet that help to keep potassium levels normal and not elevated or low.

What are the symptoms of High Potassium?

  • Abnormal Heart Rate
  • Slow Heart Rate
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Restlessness
  • Poor Reflexes
  • Muscle Cramps

How do I treat High Potassium?

  • Increase your intake of calcium. It interferes with the absorption of potassium. Have milk, yogurt and cheese to help control potassium levels.
  • Improve the amount of garlic in your diet. It helps prevent potassium absorption.
  • Drink lots of water. Water helps to flush excess minerals out of the body. Just be sure you check with your doctor if you suffer from kidney problems.
  • Don’t drink coffee, tea or soda.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Avoid potassium rich foods such as bananas, papaya, and potatoes.
  • Do enjoy fruits and veggies low in potassium like cucumbers, lettuce, and peaches.
  • Soy milk is low in potassium, as is tofu.
  • Avoid salt substitutes or anything containing KCl. These are very high in potassium.
  • Avoid alfalfa, nettle, horsetail and dandelion- they all help boost potassium in the blood.
  • Do have licorice if you don’t have high blood pressure. It helps to lower potassium levels.
  • Consider massage or acupuncture to help stimulate kidney function so your body can flush out extra potassium.
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