Potassium Deficiency Symptoms
and Symptoms of High Potassium

Potassium deficiency symptoms can result in Hypokalemia or low levels of potassium in the blood.

And one way to avoid Hypokalemia is to include enough potassium rich foods in your diet every day.

Hyperkalemia or symptoms of high potassium is the opposite of Hypokalemia and results in high levels of potassium in the blood.

Hyperkalemia is thought to be more rare than potassium deficiency symptoms, but symptoms of high potassium can result from consuming a diet that is very high in potassium (ever hear of Durian Rider) - LOL!!!!!

Even though you are more likely to experience Hypokalemia or potassium deficiency symptoms - the number of people experiencing symptoms of high potassium has probably increased due to high levels of insulin resistance in America.

Potassium Deficiency Symptoms
or Hypokalemia

  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Chills & Weakness
  • Mentally Confused
  • Temporary Memory Loss
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Increased Blood Pressure
  • Muscle Weakness & Cramps
  • Inability to Move Legs
  • Inability to Move Arms
  • Abdominal Cramping
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Constipation & Feeling Thirsty
  • Low Blood Pressure & Fainting
  • Tingling & Numbness
  • Headaches & Irritability
  • Nervous Behavior & Hallucinations
  • Depression & Insomnia
  • Cardiac Arrest & Paralysis
  • Dry Skin & Edema

Reasons for Hypokalemia

Fast Foods & Restaurant Food

Lack of Whole Foods

High Sodium intake

Kidney Problems & Kidney Failure

GMOs & Processed Foods

Overuse of Diuretics like Soda, Coffee, Alcohol, and Drugs

Overactive Thyroid Gland

High Amounts of Stress

Adrenal Gland Disorder

Serious Injury & Poisoning

Celiac Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disorders & Gastrointestinal Problems

Anorexia Nervosa & Mal-Nutrition

Diarrhea & Vomiting

Profuse Sweating & Influenza

Excessive Water Drinking

Tap Water Enemas

Prolonged Fasting

Prolonged Use of Laxatives

Hormonal Imbalances

High Amounts of Sugar

High Consumption of Protein

Diabetes & Ketoacidosis


Magnesium & Zinc Deficiency

Low Carb Diets & Hypokalemia

Potassium deficiency symptoms are common on a low carb diet.  And it is also very common when you go through the Keto flu on a Ketogenic diet - to experience potassium deficiency symptoms.

When you dramatically lower the amount of carbohydrates in your diet and increase fat consumption, your body will create ketones - which is similar to what happens during Diabetic Ketoacidosis or during a Fast.

What is Nutritional Ketosis?

When you "purposely" stop burning glucose for fuel and start to burn fat instead its called Nutritional Ketosis.

And it can be pretty uncomfortable because Nutritional Ketosis can create potassium deficiency symptoms as your body switches from burning glucose to fatty acids.

Which is what happens with Diabetic Ketoacidosis.

However, the ketones produced because of a lack of insulin will probably be a bigger problem than ketones produced by "purposely" lowering carbs.

The Ketogenic diet does seem to offer many possibilities - by fixing certain "metabolic" problems.

However, be aware of depleting important electrolytes.

What is a Normal Potassium Level?

The normal range for a potassium blood level is 3.5 to 5.0 mEq/liter.  Hypokalemia occurs when a potassium blood level falls below the 3.5 level.

There is a possibility that 1 out of 5 people hospitalized in the United States has a low potassium blood level.  And a 2.5 blood potassium level is considered "life threatening".

Symptoms of High Potassium
or Hyperkalemia

  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Kidney or Renal Failure
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Tingling Sensations
  • Numbness
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Paralysis
  • Heart Failure

Hyperkalemia or too much potassium in the blood occurs when your potassium blood level is above the 5.0 level.

Hyperkalemia can be a life threatening problem caused by the inability of your kidneys to excrete enough potassium.

It can also be caused by an increased release of potassium from your cells to your blood.

Reasons for Hyperkalemia

Diet Too High in Potassium Rich Foods

Too Much Potassium Supplements

Too Much Herbal Supplements like Siberian Ginseng and Milkweed

Insulin Resistance & Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Kidney Failure

Adrenal Problems & Addison's Disease

Certain Medications & Drugs

Antibiotics, Blood Pressure Pills, and Anti-inflammatory Medications

Chemotherapy & Cancer Treatments

Fluoride Toxicity

Injury, Trauma & Burns

It's normal for 98% of the potassium in your body to be found in the cells of your various tissues.  Usually only 2% of potassium is circulating in your blood.

When hyperkalemia happens, it's usually from an increase in the amount of potassium coming into the body or an increase of potassium from the cells into the blood because of diseases like Diabetes - which 1 out of 8 Americans may now be experiencing!

Anything that impairs the mechanisms to remove extra potassium from the blood to the cells or excrete extra potassium (like kidney problems) will also cause hyperkalemia.

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