Need Potassium! What Drinks Are Out There?

  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Feb 26, 2011 5:36 AM GMT
    I need some help here.....In June of 2010, I was diagnosed with having a mini-stroke while at work (my regular doctor has since refuted this since there is no heart issues in my family medical history).

    When I had bloodwork done, it was discovered my potassium count was really low and when given a tablet in the hospital, my energy level shot up and I was feeling better. Since that time, I have had difficulty maintaing my energy level and been plagued with some other post-hospitalization issues.

    When I think of it (which is bad, I know), I will buy one of the Naked protein drinks that has a considerable amount of postassium in it and the energy returns. Those are nearly $3.50 per bottle in my area and wondered if anyone out there knows of a potassium drink that has a high dosage of it and is reasonably priced.

    I cannot eat bananas by themselves as they wreck my stomach, but have them just fine in the banana pudding I make. Nutritional suppliments like the EAS drinks are really pricey here and I was able to find a good amount in a can of Slim Fast, but need something else.....

    Can you guys help me? Thank you!!!
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    Feb 26, 2011 6:23 AM GMT
    Buy potassium pills. Or if you prefer food..
    - Leafy greens.
    - Citrus juices. I sometimes buy Dole Orange Pineapple Banana juice.
    - Sports drinks. Gatorade, Powerade, Vitamin Water, etc.

    Out of all of those I think the potassium pills are the most economical.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Feb 26, 2011 3:20 PM GMT
    Thanks for your input and I have purchased potassium tabs before from Whole Foods. They helped, but it took a while for me to feel any effects though.

    Gatorade helps however it tends to upset my stomach. Other than the Naked protein drink, is there anything else that is real low in citric acid with potassium??
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    Feb 26, 2011 3:22 PM GMT
    go online and do a search for beverages, juices with potassium. I know that orange juice has a ton of it.
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    Feb 26, 2011 3:31 PM GMT
    Get your doctor to prescribe extended-release potassium tabs. I'm surprised he didn't, anyway -- assuming you are still testing low.

    I take them.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Feb 26, 2011 3:36 PM GMT
    ObsceneWish saidGet your doctor to prescribe extended-release potassium tabs. I'm surprised he didn't, anyway -- assuming you are still testing low.

    I take them.


    Good idea. Thanks. I have had round after round of labs done on me until the end of last year and the potassium levels were within "normal ranges." I still think a shortage in this causes me to be weak and tired all the time. People where I work say I have no color in my face and look "ghostly" sometimes. After drinking a can of Slim Fast or something, I feel and look better. Yeah, self-diagnosis I know, but....I need the input of the guys here.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Feb 26, 2011 3:38 PM GMT
    Eat bananas and drink coconut water
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    Feb 26, 2011 3:41 PM GMT
    bananas are super rich in potassium
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    Feb 26, 2011 3:42 PM GMT
    soy milk...
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    Feb 26, 2011 3:47 PM GMT
    NEVER take potassium supplements without medical supervision. excessive potassium levels will alter your heart rhythm faster than you can say 'dead'.

    We had a saying in school "flat P's, tall T's and wide QRS's" to describe the ECG changes that can occur. don't be a statistic.

    Although bananas do have potassium, you'd have to eat dozens to dent your level. Other foods are much richer. Google it.
  • creature

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    Feb 26, 2011 3:49 PM GMT
    I'll add my vote for bananas (although I know you're asking for drinks). A co-worker of mine was also diagnosed for having low potassium. She was given these giant pills which she diluted in water before taking it in.

    But after that one bottle of pills, she started adding bananas to her diet and has not had an issue.

    http://www.algaecal.com/potassium-rich-foods.html

    Let your doctor know about you any change to your diet to increase your potassium, especially given the risk as mentioned by rightasrain.
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    Feb 26, 2011 5:28 PM GMT
    turtleneckjock said
    ObsceneWish saidGet your doctor to prescribe extended-release potassium tabs. I'm surprised he didn't, anyway -- assuming you are still testing low.

    I take them.


    Good idea. Thanks. I have had round after round of labs done on me until the end of last year and the potassium levels were within "normal ranges." I still think a shortage in this causes me to be weak and tired all the time. People where I work say I have no color in my face and look "ghostly" sometimes. After drinking a can of Slim Fast or something, I feel and look better. Yeah, self-diagnosis I know, but....I need the input of the guys here.


    Hmmmm, placebo effect?

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    Feb 26, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
    Potassium

    What can high-potassium foods do for you?
    Help your muscles and nerves function properly
    • Maintain the proper electrolyte and acid-base balance in your body
    • Help lower your risk of high blood pressure

    What events can indicate a need for more high-potassium foods?
    • Muscle weakness
    • Confusion
    • Irritability
    • Fatigue
    • Heart problems
    • Chronic diarrhea
    • Regular, intense exercise
    • Use of certain diuretics


    Potassium is found abundantly in many foods, and is especially easy to obtain in fruits and vegetables. Excellent sources of potassium include chard, crimini mushrooms, and spinach.

    Read for lot more foods and health benefits: http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=90