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How Much Potassium to begin with?

Discussion in 'Detox: Methylation; B12; Glutathione; Chelation' started by Googsta, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. Ema

    Ema Senior Member

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    I think you've misread my posts. I'll try to be clearer.

    I would never suggest taking 99 mg OTC potassium tablets to correct a potassium deficiency. Personally, for me, I don't feel that they work well and the dose required is too hard to dole out in a slow fashion in order to avoid getting too much at once. This method makes it hard to bypass the feedback mechanism and actually raise the potassium level. I've never disagreed with that as you say I have.

    However, I do not think that one can get enough potassium from the diet in many cases (especially when potassium wasting drugs are involved) and many will need supplementation with slow release potassium supplements. These are OTC in many countries as well and are considerably safer than trying to take large doses of the 99 mg variety in the opinion of every doctor I've ever queried on the topic when appropriate labs are done regularly.

    Your last statement may be true for you, but it is not true for me and many others.

    I've also queried doctors, pharmacists and other forum groups and never found a single person that has suffered gastric ulceration or bleeding from slow release potassium. That isn't to say that it has never happened but that it is not uncommon for labeling to have more to do with legal reasons than actual risk to patients. There are many cases of labeling that fit this description describing risks that are more theoretical than applicable in real life.
     
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    SickOfSickness Senior Member

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    Time release does not seem commonly available if you have no prescription. I see a prescription drug Klor-Con that comes as 600mg or 750mg and the directions say you can take two of the 750mg together, but not more than two. Generics are apparently available. I would like to take 2-4 of these pills to get all the potassium I need.
     
  3. Ema

    Ema Senior Member

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    In the US, one can mail order from many Canadian pharmacies where they are available OTC in 10 and 20 mEQ strengths.

    I had good luck with one called Blue Sky.
     
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    SickOfSickness Senior Member

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    Thanks. I don't think I can afford the pills either. I was assuming they would be cheap :(

    How about I take a 99mg every time I remember, at least 90 mins apart? I would only remember 4-6 times, but it gets me closer.
     
  5. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl But I Look So Good.

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    You can get coconut water on Amazon Subscribe and Save. O.N.E is pretty cheap, I think the Mango is under $14 for 24 8oz things. Also iHerb is the same price right now.
     
  6. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl But I Look So Good.

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    Freddd takes about 8 to 10 99 mg potassium tablets at a time. FYI
     
  7. SickOfSickness

    SickOfSickness Senior Member

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    Ok I am feeling better because I researched more. I realized I eat chard, spinach, and potatoes and they give me a lot of mg. It is still not enough but I can manage. When I wasn't eating chard and spinach, I think I craved potassium foods and couldn't stop eating them.

    A baked potato with skin would be the easy and cheap way, along with beans, chard, spinach. A regular sized potato has almost 1g with skin!
     
  8. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl But I Look So Good.

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    Haha, I was just going to look to see what I already eat that has potassium.

    I eat blueberries every morning in my oatmeal with almond milk, and also have waffle fries, sweet potato fries or baked potato with dinner. I eat asparagus or brussels sprouts and iceberg lettuce. I think we are good and maybe just need to supplement a little.

    Cool!
     
  9. Ema

    Ema Senior Member

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    Just make sure to account for the fact that only about 85% of dietary potassium is absorbed...in a healthy person.
     
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  10. SickOfSickness

    SickOfSickness Senior Member

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    Ok.

    LOL this page is just us 3 cool cats :)
     
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  11. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl But I Look So Good.

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  12. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl But I Look So Good.

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    Haha!!! Yep we be cool!
     
  13. Ema

    Ema Senior Member

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    That's great! Cats rule...
     
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    So is potassium chloride in powder form a good option, or no? I found some that has 730mg per 1/4 tsp. It can be added to water or fruit juice.

    First post. Hi everybody! *waves*
     
  15. Googsta

    Googsta Doing Well

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    This is exactly my problem, I am not absorbing enough of anything from my diet. I have no remarkable gut or intestinal issues to account for it either.

    Can I just ask that people refrain from making this discussion personal, it's not pleasant to ask a question regarding a supplement & be told to call yourself an ambulance :(.

    Friendly suggestions are most welcome ;) .
     
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    I wouldn't take potassium chloride in a drink in any decent amount, it's really hard on the stomach lining if you don't put it in a main sized meal. Hurts a lot!
     

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