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Potassium is an electrolyte. An electrolyte is a mineral that dissolves in water and carries an electrical charge. In your body, potassium, sodium and chloride are the electrolyte minerals. Since the body is made mostly of water, these electrolytes can be found everywhere in your body.

Electrolytes keep you body in balance. They keep the amount of water in your body in balance, carry impulses along your nerves, help make your muscles contract and relax, and keep your body from becoming too acidic or alkaline. You need electrolytes to carry glucose (blood sugar) and other nutrients into your cells and to carry waste products and extra water out again. Electrolytes also regulate your blood pressure and your heart beat. The levels of these three electrolytes have to be kept in balance. Too much sodium and not enough potassium and your blood pressure could shoot up to unhealthy levels A potassium deficiency will produce great fatigue and muscle weakness. Requirements: Every single living cell on earth - plant or animal - needs potassium, sodium and chloride, which means that there's plenty of them in your food. One of the reasons processed foods are a problem - very high in sodium.(salt). Too much sodium, not too little is a much bigger health problem. When a person is sick with vomiting or diarrhea, you might quickly lose so many electrolytes (especially potassium) that you run short. Unless you replace the fluids and electrolytes quickly this can be serious, especially in small children. If you are low on potassium, you might get muscle cramps in your legs (this sometimes happens to athletes who sweat a lot in really hot weather). If you're low on potassium, you might feel nauseous and very weak and listless. Sodium and chloride deficiencies are uncommon since you get both elements from salt. Even when you sweat buckets, you still have plenty of salt in your body. It's much more important to replace the lost water.


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co. feet or tongue and a slow or irregular pulse. The Food and Drug Administration may not have evaluated the information presented. We have used our best judgment in compiling this information. tingling in the hands. as should people on certain medications. experts agree. Any suggested nutritional supplementation is not intended to be used instead of standard recognized Medical protocol. Too much potassium ( more than 5000 milligrams) can upset the balance of minerals in your body and cause heart and kidney problems. If you would like to receive the McVitamins Newsletter.mcvitamins. or prevent any cure. Any reference to a specific product is for your information only and is not intended to diagnose. For more information. The information is intended to be used in conjunction with recognized Medical treatment and with the approval of a patient's medical doctor. treat. People with diabetes or kidney disease should consult their doctor before taking potassium supplements. It is intended to provide the body with recognized essential nutrients and other nutritional elements believed to benefit tissue building/repair and metabolic function. Search this Website Home Health Tips Health Concerns Site Index Glossary ©2000-2013 McVitamins. Please Sign up by clicking here: Newsletter Signup We take privacy and security seriously. Other potential side effects include muscle weakness. Reproduction of this website in full or in part is prohibited without the express written permission of McVitamins. ACE inhibitors and heart medicines such as heparin.Potassium Page 3 of 3 Why not simply take a supplement? Dietary sources of potassium are better tolerated then pharmacologic 100% money back guarantee on orders Buy Biovea products. read about it here Top Biovea Distributor biovea. http://www. You should be getting about 3500 milligrams. including anti-inflammatory drugs. All Rights Reserved. see SALT RECOMMENDED: Potassium foods or potassium supplements from your local health food store. always consult your physician or health care provider. Free shipping. They may be necessary to those who take diuretic medications because these drugs help the body lose excess water but also deplete the potassium supply. For any suspected/known illness or health concern.htm 10-May-13 .