I have read some estimates that only 2% of the population is actually getting the 3700 mg of the US RDA for potassium. Yet the FDA has a ruling that no supplement can contain more than 99 mg of potassium. This appears to be another smoke screen. If we were all getting enough potassium, would anyone be sick?
What the heck is going on?
HISTORY - HAS ANYONE EVER DIED FROM A POTASSIUM OVERDOSE?
The amount of misinformation coming out of the For-Profit Healthcare industry is overwhelming. I'm having a hard time finding anyone who has ever expired from a potassium overdose. One man appears to have died in 1837, but it's unclear if Potassium was the actual cause. Here is what Wikipedia says about using Cream of Tartar, (COT), Potassium Bitarate, as a laxative.
Cream of tartar (COT) has been used internally as a purgative. Use as a purgative is dangerous because an excess of potassium, or hyperkalemia, may occur.
Do they have any actual data or studies to back up this statement?
In all 3 mentioned poisonings in this link, the subjects appear to have ingested about 5-6 tablespoons, and that would be a dose of about 16 grams of elemental potassium. Interestingly, this same link talks about the history of Cream Of Tartar (COT) as a laxative.
Cream of tartar has a long history as a medicinal purgative. For instance, included among Lewis and Clark's medicinal supplies was two pounds of cream of tartar; in his diary Clark describes treating a “dangerously ill” child with cream of tartar. Other historical publications also extolled the usefulness of cream of tartar as a diuretic for the treatment of edema and as a cathartic and laxative.
One of potassium's biggest roles in our bodies is to regulate the amount of sodium entering and exiting our cells, thereby controlling the amount of fluid we retain or excrete. This maintains the body's pH levels, which ensures that our cellular processes proceed at an appropriate rate.
This link may be the best single source for info in this article on how Potassium works, and why it's vital to our health.
Potassium is very important in the human body. Along with sodium, it regulates the water balance and the acid-base balance in the blood and tissues. Potassium enters the cell more readily than does sodium and instigates the brief sodium-potassium exchange across the cell membranes. In the nerve cells, this sodium-potassium flux generates the electrical potential that aids the conduction of nerve impulses. When potassium leaves the cell, it changes the membrane potential and allows the nerve impulse to progress. This electrical potential gradient, created by the "sodium-potassium pump," helps generate muscle contractions and regulates the heartbeat. Another of the pump's most important functions is preventing the swelling of cells. If sodium is not pumped out, water accumulates within the cell causing it to swell and ultimately burst.
Though sodium is readily conserved by the body, there is no effective method for potassium conservation. Even when a potassium shortage exists, the kidneys continue to excrete it. Because the human body relies on potassium balance for a regularly contracting heart and a healthy nervous system, it is essential to strive for this electrolyte's balance.
Fatigue is the most common symptom of chronic potassium deficiency. Early symptoms include muscle weakness, slow reflexes, and dry skin or acne; these initial problems may progress to nervous disorders, insomnia, slow or irregular heartbeat, and loss of gastrointestinal tone.
What are the most essential nutrients to human life? This chart puts it in perspective. Keep in mind that SALT is NaCL, Na and CL, sodium chloride.
If you suffer from anxiety, depression, insomnia, constipation, high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney stones, hyperthyroidism, arthritis, obesity, headaches, pain in the eyes, muscle spasms, "restless leg syndrome," fatigue, or muscle tension, to name a few, you may be deficient in potassium.
"Not only does the lack of potassium in our diet affect many health conditions, but several medications being used to treat certain "diseases" are actually causing potassium deficiency. Examples include: diuretics, laxatives, cortisone, aspirin, cardiac drugs, steroids, and certain therapies used to treat advanced liver disease."
The following also corroborates a safe upper limit for potassium intake. However, I see no record of anyone having cardiac arrest from these levels.
"Although there is no established safe upper limit, potassium toxicity appears to develop with an intake of approximately 18,000 mgs and may lead to cardiac arrest." Considering this information, you can see that, while possible, it would be very difficult to overdose on potassium.
In Hyperkalemia, certain drugs can cause potassium levels to rise. These include very widely-used blood pressure medications known as ACE-inhibitors, potassium supplements given with diuretics (also called “water pills”), and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as lithium, calcium channel blockers, and blood thinning agents such as heparin.
Potassium is essential for several homeostatic and cellular processes. As a result, low levels of this mineral hamper normal kidney functions and neuromuscular activities. The current article describes more about the signs and symptoms of low potassium levels in the body.
This clearly states that the intestinal bloating and swelling so many of us have experienced may be related to a potassium deficiency. With Potassium, SIBO may be a thing of the past.
"SIBO develops when the normal checks and balances that control intestinal bacterial populations are disrupted. The two processes that most commonly predispose one to develop small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) are DIMINISHED STOMACH ACID (HCl, potassium and sodium chloride)"
This article has specific methods of potassium supplementation to treat arthritis, fight infections, quit smoking, and prevent gallstones.
The following is an excerpt about hormones from an article by Analytical Research Labs, a hair testing company. It does a good job of explaining the relationship between salt and potassium in the body.
Aldosterone is called a mineralocorticoid hormone. Its primary function is to increase sodium retention by the kidneys. Aldosterone levels roughly correlate with sodium levels on a hair mineral analysis. Aldosterone is a pro-inflammatory hormone required to initiate a healing reaction.
Cortisol and cortisone are referred to as glucocorticoid hormones because they cause conversion of amino acids and glycogen to glucose. The corticosteroids are anti-inflammatory and provide a mild sense of euphoria. Cortisol levels roughly correspond to the potassium level on a hair mineral analysis.
A balance between aldosterone and cortisol is necessary to maintain one's health. This balance is associated with the ratio of sodium to potassium on a hair analysis. If aldosterone secretion is high ratio-wise to cortisol, inflammatory conditions such as gastritis, colitis, arthritis, bursitis and sinusitis prevail. This often corresponds with a high ratio of sodium to potassium on a hair analysis.
If cortisol secretion is high ratio-wise to aldosterone, diseases such as diabetes, immune-deficiency syndromes, infection, arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, cataracts, glaucoma, coronary heart disease or cardiomyopathy may prevail. This corresponds to a low ratio of sodium to potassium on a hair analysis. Dr. Eck determined the ideal sodium/potassium ratio is about 2.5:1 in an unwashed sample of head hair.
This is the FDA's daily value (DV) for essential nutrients. If we are to believe their 3700 mg number for potassium, and if we use the ratio of sodium to potassium in the optimum hair analysis as a guide for our daily intake, we can expect that our optimum daily salt intake would be 9250 mg.
If this converter is accurate, then long term our optimum daily salt intake of 9250 mg converts to about 1.5 teaspoons. That's 9.25 grams of salt!
Allopathic Healthcare prescribes drugs that deplete our bodies of potassium. Rather than give the body the potassium it needs to make cortisol, they even go so far s to poison us with fluoride. Fludrocortisone has fluoride as part of it's chemical makeup.
In this case, due to the mineralocorticoid properties of fludrocortisone, persistent potassium loss occurred despite continued potassium repletion. It was not until fludrocortisone was discontinued that the potassium level increased and returned to the normal range.
When concomitant hypokalemia and hypomagnesemia exist, the magnesium deficiency should be corrected first; other wise, full repletion of the potassium deficit is difficult to achieve.
They are saying increase magnesium levels first. However, in my experience this is not always possible as some people can have a severe reaction when supplementing with magnesium.
Inflammation can take the form of any 'itis', such as arthritis, bursitis, colitis, or tendonitis. It is a tendency for aches and pains. A high sodium/potassium ratio is also a tendency for mental excitation. A ratio that persists between 3 and 6 suggests a forward-looking person. A ratio greater than 6:1 suggests aggressiveness and anger.
A study in the journal “Nature Neuroscience” investigated the role of potassium in the regulation of serotonin, the neurotransmitter primarily targeted by antidepressants. The researchers speculated that potassium channels in the brain may play an important role in serotonin regulation. Potassium appears to act as a facilitator in ensuring the brain’s ability to properly utilize serotonin. Depression is often characterized by negative thoughts such as guilt, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, low self-worth, and suicide. Potassium is required to activate neurons involved in positive thoughts and feelings. Without the electrical charge sparked by potassium, neurotransmitters like serotonin cannot be utilized to make us feel better. This may explain why even a slight decrease in potassium levels can result in significant feelings of anxiety.
I disagree with that statement that SALT raises blood pressure. The only time I see it raising blood pressure is when a person first begins to supplement their diet with additional salt. Pathogens die, neurotoxins are released, and the body raises BP to push toxins like mercury out of the blood stream.
The type of SALT I am talking about is NOT table salt. See:
Potassium is a crucial mineral for restoring healthy blood pressure balance in your body, and when you don't have enough potassium, symptoms can start to emerge that may eventually be diagnosed and labeled as "high blood pressure."
However, the healthcare industry keeps the good stuff for themselves. Look at what they are use for a full clean out: SODIUM, POTASSIUM, MAGNESIUM
This is one of the industry standards for clean-outs. http://www.suprepkit.com/
Suprepkit is Sodium sulfate/potassium sulfate/magnesium sulfate solution, and is a laxative. It works by increasing the frequency of bowel movements by retaining water in the stool and by moving contents through the bowel.
If you are using The Wilking Protocol, you need to supplement with Potassium. Almost everyone using the protocol has some neurotoxic accumulation, like mercury, so trying to get enough Potassium from the diet alone will not be enough for a sustained therapeutic detox. With the protocol's consistent cleanses and flushes, we need therapeutic doses of Potassium.
Here is the Mercury Free Kids 2nd article of a two part series on Potassium.
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