Low Potassium : Symptoms, Signs, Diet, Causes & Treatment by Dr Berg


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.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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  2. I get my 36 eggs per day
    My 6-7 bananas per day
    I eat 2-3 protein bars per day aswell made of almonds and egg whites.
    I also consume 2 liters of unfiltered apple juice. And i consume 8 fish oil tabs of 500 mg omega 3 each tablet per day.
    I also consume orange juice of 100% oranges with the fruit meat in for c vitamins.

    So i build muscle very easy

  3. Dr. Berg, I really appreciate your knowledge and abilities to share so much with us in such a simple way!!!
    Thank you kindly for all the videos!!!
    ❤👸

  4. All your videos have helped me realize how I ended up with Sepsis at the hospital just recently. Aside from doing keto wrong, I was consuming so much water that I flushed out my electrolytes and was severely low when tested at the hospital. No doctor could pin point what was wrong with me, but through watching your videos I realized all the mistakes I made which lead to a lot of the symptoms I felt. Very grateful for you & your knowledge you’re so willing to give.🙏🏼

  5. Are your numbers right?   I recently bought a bottle of potassium off Amazon.  Amazons choice.   Its only 99mg.I would have to take 47 tablets to equal 4700mg a day…….  Doesn't sound right.

  6. ALL TRUE. I asked my doctor to give me potassium because I was losing a lot of water and have heart problems and leg cramps. He finally obliged and gave 1 refill for 1 year. Can I trust him after that? 1 refill costs $1.25.

  7. I'm confused. My mum , who was 92,was admitted to hospital with dehydration, they gave her effervescent potassium tabs which, after 3 days, caused her to have a heart attack. The specialist said it was caused, primarily, by their lack of monitoring but essentially caused by potassium OD. These were 99 mg tabs too!
    I suffer muscle cramps and easy muscle fatigue and have tried magnesium supps, to no avail, I would like to try potassium but after what happened to my mum I feel uneasy. Any advise???

  8. You are always great in the way you explain things …. God bless you
    I was always thought that most people problem these days is from excessive water that make us heavy and now it is confirmed

  9. Yes I am guilty of all these things not the vomiting just diarrhea from my IBS just started eating vegetables again and my lab results came back normal but I know somethings wrong I have severe muscle spasms every day

  10. I think this is why i am insulin resistance. Ive been drinking electrolytes because im sick. Im feeling way better. I think im low in potassium. Thank you Dr Berg

  11. I have the same symptoms you said.But I am a ckd patient can I increase cinsumption of porassium ot not to lower bp how do I increase it without sodium…insomnia is prevailing on me.Too much chronic stress i have by family

  12. I have the same symptoms you said.But I am a ckd patient can I increase cinsumption of porassium ot not to lower bp how do I increase it without sodium…insomnia is prevailing on me.Too much chronic stress i have by family

  13. I have the same symptoms you said.But I am a ckd patient can I increase cinsumption of porassium ot not to lower bp how do I increase it without sodium…insomnia is prevailing on me.Too much chronic stress i have by family

  14. I have the same symptoms you said.But I am a ckd patient can I increase cinsumption of porassium ot not to lower bp how do I increase it without sodium…insomnia is prevailing on me.Too much chronic stress i have by family

  15. Oooooooh 😲
    I have always known dat something is wrong wid me.
    I got all these symptoms.
    U r a super guy Doc. 🙋🏻‍♀️

  16. Here's an issue; Older people no longer have well recognized sense of thirst. They'll / I'll eat before or instead of drinking water. Is a water schedule in order?

  17. I use “No Salt” to supplement potassium. It has 640mg per 1/4 tsp and can be found in most grocery stores next to the table salt. It’s very difficult to get 4700mg from food even eating avocados and spinach every day.

  18. Do never tell you when they put you in diuretics which is dangerous I got digonised with low potassium and then she put of me off diuretics this is so dangerous

  19. Do never tell you when they put you in diuretics which is dangerous I got digonised with low potassium and then she put of me off diuretics this is so dangerous

  20. Doctors never tell you when they put you in diuretics which is dangerous I got digonised with low potassium and then she put of me off diuretics this is so dangerous

  21. Just eat plenty of nana’s 🍌 & custard or have them sliced with a table spoon of sugar & semi skimmed milk on a large bowl of cornflakes every day & you will live to draw your retirement pension !

  22. A heads up people this is just a general video because there are several kinds of potassium and they are used for different things so this may not help you if you need in-depth information on potassium

  23. Can I use cream of tartar as a source of K? Not sure if it’ll get me off ketosis since it’s got C4H5O6 as part of the compound and it can possibly be converted into sugar once ingested.

  24. From dust to dust, every day of our life we are nearing our graves, as long as we know where we are going is fine. There is our LORD Our SAVIOR!!!

  25. I used to grow a lot of Kale and started eating 1 or 2 big plates of fried Kale every day. It started to suppress my Thyroid Function. I may try Collard Greens this year.

  26. I am a type 2 Diabetic probably have been for many years i dont take any meds. I have recently been learning about fasting. I have lost 25 lbs in a month full of energy sugar level down quicker after meal. OMAD. I have recently been having some very scary vision problems. I am going to an ophthalmologist on Tuesday. The blurry patchy tunnel vision like i cant even see my face in the mirror at times. tested blood sugar and it was 103 BP perfect even though vision is horrible. I know this cant be good. When this happens I eat a little something and vision comes back.I so want to fast and cure my metabolic syndrome and diabetes. I am scared to continue the long fasting until know whats going on. anyone else experiencing this problem?

  27. If you’re taking prescription drugs you will definitely have deficiencies, that is why people on drugs get all the side effects that lead them to pop more pills causing themselves to become deficient in just about everything and keeps them needing more tests, more doctors, & more prescriptions

  28. When I see thumbs down
    I ask myself
    What is there to dislike??
    Are you a jealous Doctor or making money out of ignorant people….

  29. 1. High blood pressure
    2. Muscle cramps
    3. Sugar craving
    4. Constipation
    5. High insulin
    6. Muscle weakness
    7. Anxiety
    8. Abnormal heart-beat
    9. Insomnia
    10. Stress / high cortisol

  30. Started a keto diet a week ago and I must have a potassium deficiency because, my sleep is disturbed, I have occasional, faint eratic heart beats, I feel weak and can't exercise like I used to. So loads of leefy vegetable salads from tomorrow: beet tops, kale, spinach, etc.

  31. I tried potassium citrate, gluconate and chloride all of them caused insomnia for me. Chloride caused bloating and insomnia. I had palpitations but they went away when I started drinking coconut water. Also have some muscle spasms here and there. + heartbeat in the ear and problems with metabolizing carbs/sugar. What should I do?

  32. I know this is an older video, but I've been researching your videos on potassium and have increased my potassium intake. I have a lot more energy now. Thank you for putting out all the great information.

  33. I have acne sores that don't heal Doc…always in fours with my break outs. They never heal. And they leave dark purple scarring my chin. I don't go anywhere because of it. Please, help ME DOC. Thank you.

  34. I was suffering from irregular heart beats for many years until I discover that it was too much of potassium , since I stop eating bananas and potassium products my panicking had come down but i am feeling weak and tired all the time, what should I do to increase my sleep habits and energy?

  35. Question: From a male, 56 years of age, on low carb plan (avg 20-40 g per day) but also have had a problem with rapid onset heat distress or even approaching heat stroke for the last 4-5 years. I am a photographer and shoot outdoor events but cannot do so due to my susceptiblity to the symptoms of heat stroke. These symptoms include: overall itching of the skin, dryness of skin, muscle weakness, profuse sweating from the head, cramps in back, neck, arms, hands, legs. Light headedness, including on a one occasion completely blacking out and collapsing. On that occasion I was transported to an ER and simply diagnosed as dehydrated, given a saline IV and sent home (after ekg etc).
    These spells have become more frequently and can occur in any weather… From 60 degrees to 90 degrees.
    My doctor does not seem to have any idea about the cause of these spells and my intolerance for almost any activity.
    Could this be a Potassium or other deficiency?
    I have myself on low carb to reduce weight, in the hopes that might help but so far no joy…
    Thanks for any input you may have.

  36. Potassium is poison. It's the 3rd shot in the lethal injection. They taught you wrong. It will destroy your heart. Western doctors have to be the dumbest

  37. My cardiologist put me on a Potassium supplement before i began my keto lifestyle. My question is can the supplement keep me from losing weight? I lost 13 lbs since January, and I've not lost a pound for a week.

  38. Thanks Dr Berg, I just have to tell you, you would have to be best teacher on being healthy 👍👏 ✅
    I appreciate your brillant but easy way of explaining
    truths that we all need to know. Please keep up the Good Work! God Bless🙏♥️ You & Yours, You'll be Pleased to know that I am always recommending 👏you to others, from your number one fan. Sherril

  39. The best potassium you can get is a prescription called K-Lite. Comes in a "fizzy" pill, that you put in a glass of water and is not that expensive. Excess Potassium flushes out of your system if it isn't needed. It is given to people with heart issues. Most Drs don't have a problem with prescribing it and it is covered by insurance.

  40. I really learned a lot from this video. However, to say you can drink too much water and have a heart attack. Could you expound more.

  41. I am showing all the symptoms and always crave bananas. Does this craving indicate I might be low in potassium?

  42. I have all of that symptoms and my cardio doctor doesn't know why. And I have a strong heart beat its too painful.