Well…I’m back. I know I haven’t been around all summer…sorry…I decided to take the summer off and spend time with my kids and get some stuff done!! But…now I have tons of things that I want to talk about…first being potassium. I know I have written about making sure that you are receiving the correct vitamins and minerals and to make sure that you keep up on annually. I don’t think that I have touched on potassium though. I don’t know why…I have had potassium issues for a couple of years now…guess I never thought about writing about it…until now. I was hospitalized about a week ago…one of the things that was causing my symptoms…low potassium! Hence…the reason for this article.
So, let’s start with the symptoms of low potassium…
There are more symptoms, but these are the main ones. Now, the muscles need potassium to contract and the heart needs potassium to regulate blood pressure and beat properly. So, if your potassium is low, it can throw all of your muscles off…quickly! And with all of your organs being “muscles”…that can cause big issues. I know I have discussed before that with having celiac disease, you can have problems absorbing the vitamins and minerals from your foods. And if you are newly diagnosed, then you will be malnourished and depleted of all vitamins and minerals. So…again…make sure you get your vitamins and minerals checked regularly! Now…what can you eat that will give you potassium?
So…if you have any of these symptoms or your not feeling great and can’t figure it out..get your potassium checked!
One more thing…if you have digested gluten and have a lot of diarrhea…eat high potassium foods…because diarrhea causes you to lose potassium…quickly!
I know this article was written mostly for people with celiac disease…but it goes for everyone! Most people do not get enough potassium in their diet. So everyone should keep a check on this and if you are sick, whether with the flu or anything else and have diarrhea or are vomiting…make sure to get the potassium back into your system!!
If you have celiac disease and need more information please check out Celiac Health Management.
Good luck and stay happy and healthy!!!