POTASSIUM

Critical for all major organs to function

what happens if you don't get enough potassium? (hypokalimia)

Short-term effects

→ muscle stiffness, aching, and tenderness

→ abdominal bloating, pain, and cramping

→ heart palpitations, dizziness, and fainting

→ extreme thirst


Long-term effects

→ muscle weakness

→ high blood pressure

→ digestive disorders

What happens if you get too much potassium? (hyperkalimia)

Short term effects

→ abnormal heart rhythm

→ slow heart rate

→ weakness


Long-term effects

→ ventricular fibrillation

→ can cause the heart to stop beating

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Potassium deficiency is most common in people who take certain medicines such as birth control pills, have physically demanding jobs, athletes, have a heart condition, eating disorders, smoke, or abuse alcohol or drugs!

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potassium rich foods

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Breastfeeding women should consume the most potassium

how much potassium should you consume per day?

0-6 months ↔ 400 mg
7-12 months ↔ 700 mg
1-3 years ↔ 3000 mg
4-8 years ↔ 3800 mg
9-13 years ↔ 4500 mg
14+ years ↔ 4700 mg
pregnant women ↔ 4700 mg
breastfeeding women ↔ 5100 mg
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Facts about potassium

→ The kidney is the main organ that controls the balance of potassium

→ It would take eating 216,000 mg of potassium in one day to kill you, this is equal to about 480 bananas

→ Potassium helps cure hangovers, headaches and nausea

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Erin Foster