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Are You Getting Sufficient Potassium?



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๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€: ensuring you get ample potassium is critical for optimal health.โฃ

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This is generally easy to do if you eat a whole-foods diet rich in ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด, but many people donโ€™t eat a lot of plants, even if they are eating mostly whole foods. ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐˜„-๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ต๐˜†๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—บ. โฃ

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๐—™๐—จ๐—ก ๐—™๐—”๐—–๐—ง: Ensuring adequate potassium on a low-carb diet is all the more important to balance the higher sodium and protein intakes.โฃ

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๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€: Potassium is a primary buffering molecule within the blood and the ratio of potassium to protein in the diet accounts for 70% of the acid load on the kidney. ๐˜•๐˜ฐ, ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ, no one is claiming that here, but the buffering systems will be impacted, which can cause long-term problems if the context is right.โฃ

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Evolutionarily, our dietary potassium to sodium radio was ๐Ÿนโ€“๐Ÿท๐Ÿถ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ. This can be really difficult for many to obtain, and potassium supplementation may be necessary. We explain in the linked video how K supps wreck one of us, and the other thrives on additional supplementation.โฃ

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The best sources for supplements will be ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ. You want to take them with meals rather than away from food and start small with dosing, increasing as you tolerate. โฃ

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Whole foods are obviously preferable, but not always possible.



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