Potassium works with sodium to regulate the body's water balance and normalize heart rhythms. Potassium works inside the cells, sodium works outside them. Nerve and muscle functions suffer when the sodium-potassium balance is off. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) causes potassium loss, as does a long fast or severe diarrhea.

No dietary allowance has been set, but 1,600-2,000 mg is considered a sufficient daily intake for healthy adults. Both mental and physical stress can lead to a potassium deficiency.

What Potassium Can Do for You

  • aid in clear thinking by sending oxygen to brain.
  • Help dispose of body waste.
  • Assist in reducing blood pressure.
  • Aid in allergy treatment.

Deficiency diseases include edema, hypoglycemia.

Best natural sources include citrus fruits, cantaloupe, tomatoes, watercress, all green leafy vegetables, mint leaves, sunflower seeds, bananas, potatoes.

supplements are available in most high-potency multivitamin and multi-mineral preparations. Inorganic potassium salts are the sulfate (alum), the chloride, the oxide, and carbonate. Organic potassium refers to the gluconate, the citrate, the fumerate.

Potassium can be bought separately as potassium, citrate, gluconate, or chloride in dosages up to nearly 600 mg. Glycinated potassium citrate is the preferred form.

Toxicity and warning signs of excess An intake of 18 g can cause toxicity.

Enemies alcohol, coffee, sugar, diuretics.

If you drink large amounts of coffee, you might find that the fatigue you're fighting is due to the potassium loss you're suffering from.

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