The Top Symptoms of a Potassium Deficiency

The Top Symptoms of a Potassium Deficiency


Hey, guys. In this video we’re going to talk about low
potassium. Why? Because potassium is probably the number one
deficiency with most people, but it’s the hardest to detect. Because when you take a blood test, most of
the potassium, 98% of your potassium is inside the cell, not outside the cell. So when they do a blood test, it’s not going
to show up unless it’s really, really, really extreme. The type of testing you would have to do would
be an intracellular test. It’s very sophisticated. People don’t really ask for it, doctors probably
don’t even know about it, but there is a test that you can do. But I like to go by symptoms. Here are some of the symptoms of low potassium. And by the way, this is not Vitamin K. This is a chemical symbol of potassium. It’s a K+. When you’re low potassium, the blood pressure
will increase. Why? Because potassium is a physiological relaxer. It’s a tranquilizer. It calms things down. Muscle cramps. Because potassium is an electrolyte. Sugar cravings. Why? Because potassium helps you store sugar, and
it will actually help you get rid of sugar cravings, because the storage of glucose needs
potassium. Constipation. Yeah. That’s another symptom of low potassium. And then, high insulin. There’s a relationship between sugar, blood
sugars, diabetes and potassium. In fact, when you have enough potassium, the
need for insulin goes down. So I always recommend potassium for diabetic
clients. This is another one. Muscle weakness. You could have this unexplainable muscle weakness
and not know why. Why? Because the electrolytes are needed to help
the muscles contract. And that’s why you have abnormal heartbeat. Because the heart is a muscle. Same thing with this muscle. Same thing with that muscles. These abnormal heartbeats, for example, like
atrial fibrillation, arrhythmias, that’s a combination of a deficiency of potassium and/or
magnesium. Anxiety. And sleeping problems, because potassium is
something to calm you down. If you’re doing something that doesn’t involve
a lot of � Like, some diet that doesn’t involve enough potassium, you can start manifesting
a lot of these symptoms. Now, let’s just go into what causes low potassium. Well, if you are sick and you vomit or, let’s
say, you’re a bulimic, that can cause that. Or maybe you’re just not eating enough in
your diet. Now, you might say, “Well, I eat bananas.” Right? Well, bananas only have 300 mg. You need 4,700 mg per day to hit your regular
amount that you need. You would have to consume 12 bananas, 11 bananas. We don’t want all that sugar. So what we want to do is we want to consume
our potassium from vegetables, from salad. And you’re going to need about seven to 10
cups. If you watch my other videos, I talk about
that. It’s not that hard. You just have a couple big salads. If you don’t like salad, take kale, maybe
a little bit of berry, blend it with water, and drink your salad. That’ll get the potassium in there. So we want to start to increase that. And that’s how we increase it from the diet. You’re going to feel a lot better, too. Because if you’re doing like an Atkins diet,
high protein, you’re going to definitely need potassium. You’re going to start feeling weakness, because
you don’t have enough potassium. Ketosis is the state of fat-burning when you’re
eating more fat, no carbs, and you can become deficient in potassium from that, too. That’s why they always modify the ketosis
diet, and I make sure that we have enough greens and vegetables to help balance that. Also, potassium is necessary for the digestion
and breakdown and buildup of protein. People that are losing their hair, for example,
and they’re eating just protein thinking that they’re going to get their hair back, without
potassium, sorry, it doesn’t work. So we’ve got diuretics. Say, you’re out of blood pressure medication. Well, you’re going to deplete your potassium
and keep the blood pressure there. Interesting. That’s the diuretic. That’s one of the side effects. So you better make sure that your diuretic
is not pulling out potassium and you’re not putting it back in. High cortisol. That’s stress. Stress can also deplete potassium. In fact, I’ve had people do advanced testing
on their potassium levels, and they are eating a tremendous amount of potassium, but because
they’re under a tremendous amount of stress, their potassium stays low. Because with the adrenal, it’s almost like
you have a hole in the bucket and the potassium goes right through. Again, when you’re under stress, you need
even more potassium. Anyway, this potassium is really important. I forgot one. It’s also high insulin will cause a low potassium,
and that’s sugar. So let’s just add that to the list. Consuming sugar will deplete your potassium. And you can even feel it in your heartbeat. It starts to go boom, boom, boom, boom, fast. A strong heartbeat, you can hear it in your
inner ear. That is a sign of low potassium because you
just ate a lot of sugar, and you need to start consuming more salad to put that back. Last one is drinking too much water. This goes against what everyone says, that
you have to drink when you’re � By the time you drink, it’s too late, because you don’t
know when you’re thirsty and � That’s just a myth. When you drink too much water, you create
a condition called hyponatremia, which is a dilution of all your electrolytes, and then
your heart starts going out of balance and you can have a heart attack by drinking too
much water. So you want to drink when you’re thirsty so
you don’t flush out all your electrolytes. Because you’re drinking water, but you’re
peeing out electrolytes. You’re not putting in electrolytes. I like to hydrate my water with lemon, a little
bit of apple cider vinegar, maybe a little Stevia if it’s carbonated. I drink Pellegrino a lot or I drink filtered
water. I just want to kind of give you an overall
on this very common deficiency that people have and the symptoms so you can start thinking
with it. And if you start having any of these, then
you know it could be connected with that, and then you know the cause of that. Okay? I hope that helped. I will see you in the next video.

100 thoughts on “The Top Symptoms of a Potassium Deficiency

  1. Dr. How about signs and symptoms of high potassium levels in a diabetic patient and what they can do to avoid it? I'll appreciate your reply Doctor…

  2. I'm an amsomniac and need a good functional medicine doctor to evaluate me. I have adrenal fatigue and leaky gut.

  3. Hello Dr Berg,
    Can I take potash,( potassium bicarbonate)in its raw form in the morning. A very small amount in water .

  4. Waaaauw , here in the Netherlands everybody uses very much medicines , everyday . Your research , diagnoses and diets are great ! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

  5. I am surely deficient in potassium. Feel so tired and weak. Any walking is tiring especially in my legs. But how do you eat 7-10 cups of vegetables in a day? Is it humanly possible? Kale is not an option, it must be the most revolting thing Iโ€™ve ever eaten.
    Can I take potassium supplements?

  6. Thank you Doc, that explains the irregular heartbeat, I work in the oilfields of West Texas under triple digits weather.

  7. i love your videos,if u can doc i need links for free courses am a med student ,tkx in advance you are great in breaking down hard subjects

  8. 1. BP increases. 2. Muscle cramps. 3. Sugar cravings. 4. Constipation. 5. High insulin (sugar). 6. Muscle weakness. 7. Anxiety. 8. Sleeping problems. CAUSES: Vomiting Bulemia. Diuretics. Stress. Drinking too much water! You need 4700mg a day! (a couple big salads a day).

  9. If I knew this it would have saved me a trip to the emergency room. I was completely out of potassium due to a prescription of a fluid pill (with my bp pill) and it caused my blood pressure to spike 250/100. I quit the water pill only.

  10. Eat a baked potato three times a week w fish or pork or whatever to balance.. itโ€™s the balance the GUT wants..eat something sweet and something sour once a day…

  11. Dr., "…really, really, really extreme…"; can we quantify this? We really, really, really have no idea what this means. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. I asked my doctor about this and he was clueless. I started upping my potassium ( my favorite being low sodium V8 800mgs) and I feel much better, I also upped my magnesium.

  13. Went in with high blood pressure. Came out with water pills. Stopped after 2 days because blood pressure was still high and I felt like I ran a marathon my muscles hurt so bad. Took a potassium supplement and like magic pressure went down. Of course, I got a lot of grief from family for stopping my prescription after only 2 days. I guess I was supposed to keep taking it until I dropped dead instead of fixing the problem.

  14. Doctor had me on Bp med (Losarten 100mg) and recently added HCTZ. After 3 days I developed intense muscle cramps.
    Couldn't walk. Figured it out after 2 more days. Stopped HCTZ. Ordered Potassium. Neighbor brought me bananas. Muscles eased up. Wow. That was awful. Glad I found you. Learning more. Thanks Doc.

  15. Awesome … had NO idea I was as low in Potassium til I had an ER trip for an unrelated severe pulled muscle only to discover I was mega low and they had to give me two bags in my I.V. before releasing me. That came from fasting and intermittent fasting and wasn't taking enough electrolytes in the process … I learned a big lesson that … calcium, magnesium, and plenty of potassium daily are necessary for sure, but especially when fasting, and have to careful to drink too much water even in that. Thank you Dr. Berg!

  16. Sounds like most of our health problems could be changed in this country if we could find a way to reduce sugar and salt in our foods, and increase the potassium intake.

  17. Interesting. My doctor takes regular blood tests (actually two of them do) and they told me I'm low in potassium. I have never had constipation in my life, my bp is normal, nothing wrong with my heart, I have not lost a single hair on my head (I'm 61), no muscle weakness (I think nothing of 20 mile bike rides on the hills of Seattle), no sugar cravings, and I sleep like a baby. Muscle cramps? Yeah if you count epilepsy but that is pretty much under control. I must be a freak of nature.

  18. Had all them symptoms my urologist put me on potassium citrate pills 1 in the morning 1 at night supposed too take 4 a day just kept a head ache soo I only take 2 a day

  19. Hi doc. I am so pleased with your lectures. Thank you a lot.
    Isnโ€™t fresh kiwi good for having potassium?

  20. This is what a real doctor should sound like not these symptom focused narrow minded modern doctors always regurgitating the same b.s…sick of them, I am my own physician.

  21. Very good video. I have to take potassium supplements, as I donโ€™t have enough in my system even though I eat green Vegas every day, plus salads. Thanks.

  22. I have every symptom but sugar cravings and I'm on prescription potassium supplements…my standard blood test shows low potassium. Not sure what is causing it

  23. This is what gets me every single time, "eat this, you get that", "eat that, you get this"………how can you be so certain?, if its not in the ground, its not in the veggies. Have anyone ever even heard of any independant labs checking the true content of veggies in modern times?, for all we know, the old assumptions of contents, can be based on one single testing that did occur in 1935

  24. These r the very symtomps I hv n was confused about them no one did explained it to me (now I m 43) and only medicine was my intake now that foods will be incorporated. Thanks a million doctor

  25. Why talk about quantities in cups? In Canada do you by spinach and kale by the pound, kilo or cup? I've never heard of cups as a unit of measurement for leafy greens. Sugar and flour sure.

  26. Thank u. I was having issues with cramping and anxiety, a sugar freak, and am tried of bananas. Trying and keep failing keto. I'm not getting enough potassium and probably magnesium. I'll try to incorporate more potassium and keep at the keto diet

  27. I have charlie horses in my toes, literally watch my toes curl over eachother , my feet my calves, in my sides of my stomach, When I take a Tramadol they go away. Any ideas on what's going on with me. This has been going on for months, I'm not getting any sleep because of the Charlie Horses. Some nights, non stop. I get up walk around, as soon as I get back in bed they start up again. Help !

  28. Hey..am doing keto+ if diet..it's my 7th day m getting good results..but the point is am having pain in my legs and almost whole lower body..I don't know why..can anybody help me with dis..plz…plz ..

  29. I just found out that I have cyclic vomiting syndrome which makes me have uncontrollable vomiting for 3-5 days. I have to be hospitalized every time because my potassium plummets and I have to take potassium pills every day. Its nasty stuff and it burns when it goes through the IV too

  30. I have a question does salt in take cause people to sweat a lot like if u sweat too much does it cause hyperhidrosis?

  31. I think the original 1971 Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution Book diet is by far the best keto diet out there. (Only thing is, he suggested eating sugar substitutes, like saccharine, which is bad). But, if you weigh your food, and eat as many vegetables as he suggests, youโ€™ll feel better and will lose weight.

  32. Hi Dr. Berg! I beg you to please make a video of the laxative abuse and what to eat and do to recover. I would appreciate it dearly !

  33. Thank you for posting your videos and sharing your wealth of information .
    You are a Godsend – Many blessings to you and yours.

  34. Can't believe it, I just take serious in Potassium/Sodium balance and I see things improved.

    However, no quick fix overnight, you need to build back up over time. Stay in there folks.

  35. Are older people endangered by their low potassium levels? What about people in old folks homes and assisted living places.

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