Since writers ask me questions about potassium almost as much as they ask me questions about magnesium, I think this is a good topic for today’s post. I will discuss potassium and its importance for good health, whether supplementing with potassium is a good idea, why there’s only 99 mg of potassium in every serving of ReMyte, and how to add potassium to your diet.
Is Potassium Important for Good Health?
In my eBook, Invisible Minerals: Part II – ReMyte & ReCalcia, I talk about the importance of potassium:
Potassium is the third most abundant element in the human body. Calcium is first and phosphorous is second. Potassium is mostly found inside the cells to the tune of 98 percent, whereas 98 percent of sodium is found outside the cells. The intracellular-to-extracellular dance of potassium and sodium helps create and conduct electrical impulses in muscle cells and nerves. Calcium and magnesium do a similar dance.
Potassium deficiency leads to muscle cramps and arrhythmias, but to a lesser extent than magnesium deficiency, the reason being that potassium deficiency is much less common than magnesium deficiency.
Since 98 percent of potassium is found inside the cells, measuring potassium in the blood can be misleading. Potassium is an important electrolyte for pH balance and fluid retention. Like most other minerals, it activates numerous enzymes; the most surprising one is related to metabolizing sugar.
The Relationship between Potassium and Magnesium
A potassium deficiency may be found on a blood test but not show a magnesium deficiency. If you have low magnesium and low potassium, your potassium won’t improve when you take potassium supplements unless you also take magnesium. Because doctors don’t use an accurate test for magnesium, they never find the underlying problem. Additionally, low potassium levels can increase urinary magnesium loss, and magnesium deficiency exacerbates a potassium deficiency.
Should I Take Potassium Supplements?
The RDA for potassium is 4-5 grams (not milligrams) daily, because potassium levels in the body are so high. You can get potassium through your diet, especially if you eat a lot of vegetables. Here is a list of some potassium-rich foods:
- green, leafy vegetables
- citrus fruit
Why Is There So Little Potassium in ReMyte?
There are 99 mg of potassium in every serving of ReMyte, as there is an FDA ruling that potassium cannot exceed 99 mg per dose in a supplement. However, the potassium in ReMyte is well-absorbed because of the stability of the mineral ions in ReMyte. So, as an integral part of the synergy of electrolytes/thyroid-endocrine balancing minerals that are in this product, even this amount of potassium is very health-promoting.
What If I Need More Potassium?
One of my favorite ways to add potassium to my nutritional plan, when I feel I need it, is to make and drink a cup of potassium broth every day. Here is my recipe:
To 2 quarts of water add:
2 large potatoes, chopped into ½ inch cubes
1 cup carrots, sliced or shredded
1 cup celery, chopped, leaves and all
1 handful of beet tops
1 handful turnip tops
1 handful parsley
1 medium onion
Herbs for seasoning: garlic, thyme, sage, rosemary.
You can add a teaspoon of miso or beef bouillon after straining off the liquid for some extra flavor and extra sodium.
Directions: Cover and cook slowly for about 1/2 hour, using stainless steel, glass, or earthenware utensils only. Strain the broth off and cool. Serve warm or cold. Keep refrigerated. Discard the cooked vegetables or put them on your compost pile. This is the type of broth favored in ―fasting clinics. It‘s a mineral-rich, alkalizing, cleansing drink.
Supplementing with ReMag and ReMyte
Many of my customers find that they have better mineral balance when they use both ReMag and ReMyte. Since magnesium and potassium support each other, this only makes good sense. If you would like to learn more about using these two products together, write my staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Carolyn Dean