• Category Archives Potassium Symptoms
  • Less Sodium And CVD

    The high potassium foods diet has been shown to reduce blood pressure, strokes, and cardiovascular disease. These foods have a high ratio of potassium to sodium and they produce an alkaline urine. This diet can be obtained by increasing the potassium and/or decreasing the sodium in the diet. Emphasis for many years has been on reducing sodium, because the greatest amount of research has been done on sodium. If potassium intake remains the same, less sodium should result in a higher potassium sodium ratio, and should result in less cardiovascular disease.
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  • Deadly Low Sodium Diet?

    Here we go again. Claims about the low sodium diet being deadly. These types of papers resurface every few years and elicit multiple responses pointing out their flaws. Occasionally the response takes the form of a review paper discussing high quality studies. Such papers usually limit the studies they report on to sodium studies. The publication (1) to be reviewed today is one of the few that reviews both sodium and potassium. The authors reviewed the recent medical literature and found 52 publications that studied sodium, potassium, or both and the relationship to cardiovascular disease. They limited their reviews to randomized controlled trials (RCT). RCTs are considered the gold standard for clinical intervention studies.
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  • Yin-Yang Of Sodium Potassium

    Sodium and potassium have opposite effects on blood pressure. The balance between them determines many bodily processes. Blood pressure's relation to sodium and potassium is one of the most studied of the processes. There are many epidemiological, experimental, and clinical studies that show an association of blood pressure with total body sodium and an inverse association with total body potassium. Because of this apparently opposite effect of sodium and potassium, a dependent duality, the authors of the publication (1) to be discussed today consider it the yin and the yang of blood pressure regulation. Although they only touch on the basic science aspect of potassium and sodium balance, they cover many of the clinical studies associating low potassium intake with high blood pressure and resulting diseases.
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