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 Post subject: Potassium - do we need it?
PostPosted: May 15th, 2017, 12:24 pm 
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I'm going to post this link in about three places here at this forum, because it's important information for everyone to know, especially those who have heart disease OR high blood pressure. Read and learn - - and then share this. It is a fairly short but extremely valuable reading lesson, packed with information that most people would ask questions about (such as what kind of potassium should I use, what foods contain potassium, how much do I take and can it be too much, can I take it with Rx drugs, etc.) - - all of those questions are answered by Dr. Kendrick in a fairly precise way.

The overriding note to take away from this is that if you are already on a drug for high blood pressure, be careful and maybe start slowly increasing your dose. I take a supplement which contains potassium (K) aspartate (which is a combo of different types of K) and also contain a small amount of magnesium aspartate.

When a doctor tells you to cut back on potassium, tell him to eat dirt. Up your potassium intake and lower your Rx drugs, that's the answer. Doctors just want you to take more drugs so what else would they tell you to do, huh? This is why minerals are soooooooo important to all living things.

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I found this interesting to read. It comes from the comment section at Dr. Kendrick's last paper/blog on heart disease - about statins now being considered highly safe for ALL of us (which I posted in the Ask Your Questions Here) section of this forum, as I have been posting all of his messages on this subject since he started with Part 1 some time ago! Well worth reading all of them if you haven't already done so.

I hope the "Commenter" doesn't mind.... :geek:

May 14, 2017 at 11:41 pm

Alicia A. McDonough, Luciana C. Veiras, Claire A. Guevara, Donna L. Ralph. Cardiovascular benefits associated with higher dietary K versus lower dietary Na Evidence from population and mechanistic studies. American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology And Metabolism, 2017; ajpendo.00453.2016 DOI: 10.1152/ajpendo.00453.20

The research team reviewed more than 70 studies related to dietary approaches to regulating high blood pressure and found that the interaction of sodium and potassium is integral to maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. The ratio of sodium to potassium excreted as urine is an indication of how much of these minerals is consumed. When dietary potassium intake is elevated, the kidneys — composed of millions of small tubes working together — shift fluid to the area near the end of the tubes where potassium secretes into the urine. This shift reduces the amount of sodium and water that’s reabsorbed into the body. In this way, high potassium diet signals the body to reduce the amount of sodium that is retained. This circular pattern regulates the levels of both minerals in the body, which in turn helps lower blood pressure. Higher intake and excretion of potassium has also been found to slow the progression of kidney and heart disease.

In addition to analyzing data about the sodium-potassium ratio and its relationship to chronic disease, the research team explored strategies to educate the public about the importance of potassium for blood pressure control and heart health. Suggested policies include:

Requiring manufacturers to print potassium content on Nutrition Facts labels,

Promoting low-cost and easily available sources of potassium (milk, dried beans, potatoes, bananas) and

Encouraging families to cook healthy, plant-based meals together.

“Consuming [an abundance] of [potassium] is a good strategy since our physiology evolved and was optimized to deal with high [potassium] low [sodium] intake, often referred to a Paleolithic diet,” wrote the research team. In other words, the human body functions best with a balance of the two nutrients.

I do NOT agree with his advice on eating strictly a plant-based diet. That is pure nonsense from a dietary point of view. People will, someday, learn that the hard way as people seem to need to learn everything. :P Also, don't let a "nutritionist" scare you off eating potatoes and don't let a doctor scare you off consuming proper forms of sodium. Those are my take-aways as advice to my readers. :mrgreen:


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