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

Bananas are NOT the best source. 12 needed for daily requirement.

Many low in sodium too, mentioned in other videos.

Drinking too much water can cause K deficiency.

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

Dec 21, 2015

Dr. Eric Berg DC

Watch this video to learn about the top low potassium symptoms and how to treat low potassium.


0:00 Why most people with a potassium deficiency don’t know about it

0:39 Symptoms of potassium deficiency

2:40 How to get more potassium in your diet

3:44 Why I modified the keto diet

4:45 Why stress depletes potassium

In this video, I want to talk to you about the signs, symptoms, causes, and treatment of low potassium.

Low potassium is one of the number one deficiencies. However, it most often goes undetected. When you take a blood test, it simply doesn’t show up. Why? Because the majority of potassium resides inside the cell. You have to be very deficient in potassium for it to show up on a blood test.

The best way to find out if you have a potassium deficiency is to look at the symptoms. Here are some of the common symptoms of a potassium deficiency:

• High blood pressure

• Muscle cramps

• Sugar cravings

• Constipation

• High insulin

• Muscle weakness

• Abnormal heartbeat

• Insomnia

• Anxiety

The need for insulin actually decreases when you have enough potassium.

What causes low potassium? There are numerous reasons you might have low potassium levels. Here are some of the most common ones:

• Vomiting

• Poor diet

• Ketosis

• Diuretic

• Diabetes

• High cortisol

• Excess H2O

• Sugar

How can you increase your potassium level? Many people believe that bananas are the best source of potassium. However, bananas contain only 300 mg of potassium. You need 4,700 mg of potassium. You would have to consume 15 bananas, which would add a lot of sugar to your diet.

Instead, you want to consume plenty of fresh vegetables. I recommend 7-10 cups each day. Avocados, spinach, salad, and cucumber are great sources of potassium.

My healthy version of the keto diet includes plenty of vegetables to help replenish electrolytes.

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