Low Potassium Diet

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my name is Nine and I am a renal
dietitian with NxStage kidney care and today we’re going to talk about a low
potassium site. Potassium is a mineral found in many kinds of food and drink. Along with sodium and phosphorus it is one of the most important electrolytes in your blood. it is necessary to keep your nerves and
muscles working right away, the most important muscle being your heart Normally your kidneys would filter out extra potassium from your blood. But if you have chronic kidney disease then your
kidneys are unable to do this, so your doctor may recommend a low potassium diet. Too much potassium in your diet can cause numbness, tingling, nausea, irregular
heartbeat and heart failure. On the other hand too little potassium can lead to muscle weakness, cramping, fatigue, and similar heart issues. That’s why it is important to adjust and monitor the
amount of potassium in your diet so you can strike the right balance for your
body. While bananas and orange juice are two foods widely known for being high
in potassium, they are not the only ones you should try to avoid. Dairy products
like milk and yogurt tend to be high in potassium as are many types of beans and sadly chocolate. But the good news is there are lot of other foods low in
potassium, including strawberries and blueberries, peppers and pasta. Potatoes
are high in potassium but you can cut down on the amount of potassium in them through an easy process called “leaching.” To leach a
potato, cut it into small pieces and soak the pieces in a large pot of water for a
minimum of 4 hours – you can let them soak overnight
too. Then rinse and cook them in freshwater. This process pulls some of the potassium out of your potatoes. In addition to tracking your lab work to
monitor your potassium levels, you may want to start a food journal that list
what you eat and when you eat it. You can review all these details with your dietitian and
make adjustments to your diet as needed. Remember this information is not
intended to be a substitute for medical advice. You should check with your
physician and/or dietitian before making any changes to your diet

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