The Top Symptoms of a Potassium Deficiency

The Top Symptoms of a Potassium Deficiency


Hey, guys. In this video we’re going to talk about low
potassium. Why? Because potassium is probably the number one
deficiency with most people, but it’s the hardest to detect. Because when you take a blood test, most of
the potassium, 98% of your potassium is inside the cell, not outside the cell. So when they do a blood test, it’s not going
to show up unless it’s really, really, really extreme. The type of testing you would have to do would
be an intracellular test. It’s very sophisticated. People don’t really ask for it, doctors probably
don’t even know about it, but there is a test that you can do. But I like to go by symptoms. Here are some of the symptoms of low potassium. And by the way, this is not Vitamin K. This is a chemical symbol of potassium. It’s a K+. When you’re low potassium, the blood pressure
will increase. Why? Because potassium is a physiological relaxer. It’s a tranquilizer. It calms things down. Muscle cramps. Because potassium is an electrolyte. Sugar cravings. Why? Because potassium helps you store sugar, and
it will actually help you get rid of sugar cravings, because the storage of glucose needs
potassium. Constipation. Yeah. That’s another symptom of low potassium. And then, high insulin. There’s a relationship between sugar, blood
sugars, diabetes and potassium. In fact, when you have enough potassium, the
need for insulin goes down. So I always recommend potassium for diabetic
clients. This is another one. Muscle weakness. You could have this unexplainable muscle weakness
and not know why. Why? Because the electrolytes are needed to help
the muscles contract. And that’s why you have abnormal heartbeat. Because the heart is a muscle. Same thing with this muscle. Same thing with that muscles. These abnormal heartbeats, for example, like
atrial fibrillation, arrhythmias, that’s a combination of a deficiency of potassium and/or
magnesium. Anxiety. And sleeping problems, because potassium is
something to calm you down. If you’re doing something that doesn’t involve
a lot of � Like, some diet that doesn’t involve enough potassium, you can start manifesting
a lot of these symptoms. Now, let’s just go into what causes low potassium. Well, if you are sick and you vomit or, let’s
say, you’re a bulimic, that can cause that. Or maybe you’re just not eating enough in
your diet. Now, you might say, “Well, I eat bananas.” Right? Well, bananas only have 300 mg. You need 4,700 mg per day to hit your regular
amount that you need. You would have to consume 12 bananas, 11 bananas. We don’t want all that sugar. So what we want to do is we want to consume
our potassium from vegetables, from salad. And you’re going to need about seven to 10
cups. If you watch my other videos, I talk about
that. It’s not that hard. You just have a couple big salads. If you don’t like salad, take kale, maybe
a little bit of berry, blend it with water, and drink your salad. That’ll get the potassium in there. So we want to start to increase that. And that’s how we increase it from the diet. You’re going to feel a lot better, too. Because if you’re doing like an Atkins diet,
high protein, you’re going to definitely need potassium. You’re going to start feeling weakness, because
you don’t have enough potassium. Ketosis is the state of fat-burning when you’re
eating more fat, no carbs, and you can become deficient in potassium from that, too. That’s why they always modify the ketosis
diet, and I make sure that we have enough greens and vegetables to help balance that. Also, potassium is necessary for the digestion
and breakdown and buildup of protein. People that are losing their hair, for example,
and they’re eating just protein thinking that they’re going to get their hair back, without
potassium, sorry, it doesn’t work. So we’ve got diuretics. Say, you’re out of blood pressure medication. Well, you’re going to deplete your potassium
and keep the blood pressure there. Interesting. That’s the diuretic. That’s one of the side effects. So you better make sure that your diuretic
is not pulling out potassium and you’re not putting it back in. High cortisol. That’s stress. Stress can also deplete potassium. In fact, I’ve had people do advanced testing
on their potassium levels, and they are eating a tremendous amount of potassium, but because
they’re under a tremendous amount of stress, their potassium stays low. Because with the adrenal, it’s almost like
you have a hole in the bucket and the potassium goes right through. Again, when you’re under stress, you need
even more potassium. Anyway, this potassium is really important. I forgot one. It’s also high insulin will cause a low potassium,
and that’s sugar. So let’s just add that to the list. Consuming sugar will deplete your potassium. And you can even feel it in your heartbeat. It starts to go boom, boom, boom, boom, fast. A strong heartbeat, you can hear it in your
inner ear. That is a sign of low potassium because you
just ate a lot of sugar, and you need to start consuming more salad to put that back. Last one is drinking too much water. This goes against what everyone says, that
you have to drink when you’re � By the time you drink, it’s too late, because you don’t
know when you’re thirsty and � That’s just a myth. When you drink too much water, you create
a condition called hyponatremia, which is a dilution of all your electrolytes, and then
your heart starts going out of balance and you can have a heart attack by drinking too
much water. So you want to drink when you’re thirsty so
you don’t flush out all your electrolytes. Because you’re drinking water, but you’re
peeing out electrolytes. You’re not putting in electrolytes. I like to hydrate my water with lemon, a little
bit of apple cider vinegar, maybe a little Stevia if it’s carbonated. I drink Pellegrino a lot or I drink filtered
water. I just want to kind of give you an overall
on this very common deficiency that people have and the symptoms so you can start thinking
with it. And if you start having any of these, then
you know it could be connected with that, and then you know the cause of that. Okay? I hope that helped. I will see you in the next video.

100 thoughts on “The Top Symptoms of a Potassium Deficiency

  1. Thanks Dr. Eric, I just can't believe i'm having every symptom you described here, I think i never ate or very little potassium in my life, ate lots of soda & fast food non of vegi and fruit, recently just diagnosed with diabetes 2 or it could be diabetes 1and hyperthyroid & sinus infection. You think i should or safe to intake lots of Potassium with symptom i have ?.

  2. Does anybody know anything about taking potassium pills? Because when I run on the treadmill for cardio I don't sweat like at all anymore

  3. I've been wondering what kind of potassium in supplement to consume. Is it potassium gluconate or citrate or either one if them is good?

  4. Iam praying to my friends ,i have pins and needles sensation in my body from one month please tell me what i have to do

  5. Potassium,magnesium, zinc, d3/k2 all go hand in hand. They guy said to get if through your food not supplements. Food is the safest route. Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.

  6. I got excited to hear this then I panicked!! Lol. Should or shouldn’t, isn’t potassium dangerous for ur heart if u get to much?? Ugh 😫

  7. I hope you believe in Jesus Christ because you are such a blessing to millions of people eating the devil's poisen of the world money mongers .God bless you .

  8. I went into a coma twice for low potassium and it shut down my organs and almost died twice! I’m 48 now it happened 5 years ago and two -3 before that and with my age and I couldn’t speak of the confusion and coma they thought I was on drugs or tried over dosing! Until they did blood panel come to find out and when I came out they made me eat these huge potassium pills like 6-7 of them! I was taking care of my son who was on palliative care and I wasn’t eating at all. They called it hypocalmeic

  9. Dr. Erick Berg. After watching your video about potassium.. I'm very lucky.. Because i have problems about potassium my body..since 2013 until now.. Dok. What can't I do to for potassium will balance in my body help me.. I can't take potassium citrate 1080 mg. 3 time a days.. And my kindy laboratory is normal. My thyroid normal. Now I feel potassium my body is lose again.. Help me Dok..

  10. I have a rare disorder called periodic paralysis. I’m not sure which version I have because there are several strains. They all have issues with potassium being either to high or to low. Until I get better health coverage I’ll dig deeper into which one I have. Maybe through genetic testing. For now I keep my diet very repetitive and simple as to not cause any attacks.

  11. I am in search of a dr and I ran out of my perscipton potassium chloride er.I bought over the counter potassium and it was not enough,or it was wrong kind. What is the same as potassium chloride over the counter?

  12. I have found all your videos educational and useful. You don’t seem as sharp in this one. Keep Checking your notes before pressing record. 👍

  13. I can't see our ancestors would have naturally ate enough potassium. I believe Dr Berg that we need it but usually proper diet seems to go back to eating pre industrial diet.

  14. This guy is wonderful. Proverb"s 27:3 prepares, studies all needed nutrition, Daniel chapter 1, God gave Daniel wisdom due to his refusal to eat processed foods, in his day. John 15:3 Luke 2:36 – 37 Acts 6:4 and Acts 13:1 – 3 is real worship. Dr. Sylvia Zook.com always said to avoid bananas as they are too high in sugar. I take 99 m.g. of Potassium pills 3 times daily, less leg cramps, and also take a cheap Dollar Tree, Probiotic pill, 2 at one time, 2 times daily, with 300 m.g. of Co Q – 10 two times a day, as COSTCO has 300 m.g. Co – Q 10

  15. How much water is enough? How many glasses do you suggest? Since you say we eliminate minerals including potassium. I drink on daily basis like 15 glasses of water. I drink it just because I want, not because I am thirsty.

    Thanks for the video.

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  17. I get my 36 eggs per day
    My 6-7 bananas per day
    I eat 2-3 protein bars per day aswell made of almonds and egg whites.
    I also consume 2 liters of unfiltered apple juice. And i consume 8 fish oil tabs of 500 mg omega 3 each tablet per day.
    I also consume orange juice of 100% oranges with the fruit meat in for c vitamins.

    So i build muscle very easy

  18. Dr. Berg, I really appreciate your knowledge and abilities to share so much with us in such a simple way!!!
    Thank you kindly for all the videos!!!
    ❤👸

  19. All your videos have helped me realize how I ended up with Sepsis at the hospital just recently. Aside from doing keto wrong, I was consuming so much water that I flushed out my electrolytes and was severely low when tested at the hospital. No doctor could pin point what was wrong with me, but through watching your videos I realized all the mistakes I made which lead to a lot of the symptoms I felt. Very grateful for you & your knowledge you’re so willing to give.🙏🏼

  20. Are your numbers right?   I recently bought a bottle of potassium off Amazon.  Amazons choice.   Its only 99mg.I would have to take 47 tablets to equal 4700mg a day…….  Doesn't sound right.

  21. ALL TRUE. I asked my doctor to give me potassium because I was losing a lot of water and have heart problems and leg cramps. He finally obliged and gave 1 refill for 1 year. Can I trust him after that? 1 refill costs $1.25.

  22. I'm confused. My mum , who was 92,was admitted to hospital with dehydration, they gave her effervescent potassium tabs which, after 3 days, caused her to have a heart attack. The specialist said it was caused, primarily, by their lack of monitoring but essentially caused by potassium OD. These were 99 mg tabs too!
    I suffer muscle cramps and easy muscle fatigue and have tried magnesium supps, to no avail, I would like to try potassium but after what happened to my mum I feel uneasy. Any advise???

  23. You are always great in the way you explain things …. God bless you
    I was always thought that most people problem these days is from excessive water that make us heavy and now it is confirmed

  24. Yes I am guilty of all these things not the vomiting just diarrhea from my IBS just started eating vegetables again and my lab results came back normal but I know somethings wrong I have severe muscle spasms every day

  25. I think this is why i am insulin resistance. Ive been drinking electrolytes because im sick. Im feeling way better. I think im low in potassium. Thank you Dr Berg

  26. I have the same symptoms you said.But I am a ckd patient can I increase cinsumption of porassium ot not to lower bp how do I increase it without sodium…insomnia is prevailing on me.Too much chronic stress i have by family

  27. I have the same symptoms you said.But I am a ckd patient can I increase cinsumption of porassium ot not to lower bp how do I increase it without sodium…insomnia is prevailing on me.Too much chronic stress i have by family

  28. I have the same symptoms you said.But I am a ckd patient can I increase cinsumption of porassium ot not to lower bp how do I increase it without sodium…insomnia is prevailing on me.Too much chronic stress i have by family

  29. I have the same symptoms you said.But I am a ckd patient can I increase cinsumption of porassium ot not to lower bp how do I increase it without sodium…insomnia is prevailing on me.Too much chronic stress i have by family

  30. Oooooooh 😲
    I have always known dat something is wrong wid me.
    I got all these symptoms.
    U r a super guy Doc. 🙋🏻‍♀️

  31. Here's an issue; Older people no longer have well recognized sense of thirst. They'll / I'll eat before or instead of drinking water. Is a water schedule in order?

  32. I use “No Salt” to supplement potassium. It has 640mg per 1/4 tsp and can be found in most grocery stores next to the table salt. It’s very difficult to get 4700mg from food even eating avocados and spinach every day.

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