Causes of potassium deficiency

As a rule, with the full power of the body is provided with sufficient amount of potassium, which is found in many foods. Gastrointestinal discomfort associated with severe vomiting or diarrhea, intestinal fistula, long-term use of diuretics or laxatives provoke the occurrence of potassium deficiency in the body.

Also there is a lack of potassium and excessive use of alcohol, salt, heavy sweating and inadequate drinking. Most often, potassium deficiency is common among athletes, the elderly and patients with bulimia.

Symptoms and signs

Lack of potassium manifests itself in General symptoms are: fatigue, headaches, dizziness and nausea.

Special symptoms are constipation, muscle cramps, paralysis, and circulatory failure.

The main function of potassium is regulation of water metabolism and the gastrointestinal tract, nerve and muscle cells. Threat is a situation when the lack of potassium leads to a weakening of the heart muscle and, as a consequence of cardiac arrhythmia.

Eliminating potassium deficiency

To eliminate the potassium deficiency is not required to exert much effort. Patients are encouraged to introduce food whole grain products, dried fruit, avocado, bananas, potatoes and nuts. Special supplements should be taken only as directed by your doctor.

A simple and effective way to obtain large amounts of potassium — a long time to cook the potatoes or beans. Potassium dissolves in water and remains in it. The resulting water can be used as broth for soup or sauce that will supply the body rich in potassium dish.