Nutrition

Potassium: our advice

Some practical advice about potassium, its measurement, its contributions ...

  • Be aware that measuring potassium levels is part of the basic balance sheet of a blood test.
  • Do not take potassium supplements tablets, syrup, ampoule ... without prior medical advice.
  • If you are taking certain medications, such as diuretics or potassium, or if you have a specific disease such as kidney failure, monitoring potassium levels in the blood is essential. Never neglect this monitoring which requires blood tests.
  • If you want to know more about medical "jargon": Kaliemia is the dosage of potassium in the blood. Hypokalemia means too low a potassium level. Hyperkalemia means a high potassium level.
  • Finally: the letter K may be included in the name of supplements or potassium-based drugs. In chemistry, K is indeed the letter corresponding to potassium.

It is rather rare for a person who is careful to eat a balanced diet and who therefore consumes fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, suffers from hypokalemia. To prevent the risk of a lack of potassium, here are 10 rules for a healthy and balanced diet :

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Read also :

> The lack of potassium
> 20 tips for a diet low in potassium

Sources and notes:
National Health Nutrition Program. JM Krzesinski, The hyerkalemia, this new killer? Rev. Med. Liege, 2005; 60: 4, 222-226.

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