In most cases, low potassium is found by a blood test that is done because of an illness, or because you are taking diuretics. It is rare for low potassium to cause isolated symptoms such as muscle cramps if you are feeling well in other respects. Low potassium symptoms may include: Weakness.
What causes you to have low potassium?
The most common cause is excessive potassium loss in urine due to prescription medications that increase urination. Vomiting, diarrhea or both also can result in excessive potassium loss from the digestive tract. Occasionally, low potassium is caused by not getting enough potassium in your diet.
How much potassium should you have in a day?
In short, aim to consume 3,500–4,700 mg of this mineral per day from foods. People who need more potassium should aim towards the higher end. Summary: A healthy adult should aim to consume 3,500–4,700 mg of potassium daily from foods. Certain groups of people should aim to consume at least 4,700 mg per day.
Which foods are high in potassium?
Many fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in potassium:
Bananas, oranges, cantaloupe, honeydew, apricots, grapefruit (some dried fruits, such as prunes, raisins, and dates, are also high in potassium)
What foods are high in potassium?
Here’s how many milligrams (mg) of potassium you’ll get from these potassium-rich foods:
Winter squash, cubed, 1 cup, cooked: 896 mg.
Sweet potato, medium, baked with skin: 694 mg.
Potato, medium, baked with skin: 610 mg.
White beans, canned, drained, half cup: 595 mg.
Yogurt, fat-free, 1 cup: 579 mg.
What are the symptoms of dangerously low potassium?
In hypokalemia, the level of potassium in blood is too low.
A low potassium level has many causes but usually results from vomiting, diarrhea, adrenal gland disorders, or use of diuretics.
A low potassium level can make muscles feel weak, cramp, twitch, or even become paralyzed, and abnormal heart rhythms may develop.