A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Hyperkalemia
I had a question the other day about hyperkalemia.
If you have hyperkalemia, you have too much potassium in your blood.
Your body needs the right balance of potassium to help your heart and other muscles work correctly.
But too much potassium in your blood can lead to dangerous, and possibly deadly, changes in your heart rhythm.
Hyperkalemia may happen if your kidneys don’t work right and can’t remove potassium from your body or if your body’s cells release too much potassium.
Kidney disease is the most common cause of hyperkalemia.
Your kidneys help control the balance of potassium in your body.
If they don’t work right, they can’t filter extra potassium from your blood or remove it from your body.
A hormone called aldosterone tells your kidneys when to remove potassium.
Some diseases that decrease the production of aldosterone, like Addison’s disease, can lead to hyperkalemia.
Too much potassium in your diet can also lead to increased levels in your blood, especially if there’s an issue with kidney function.
Salt substitutes usually have high amounts of potassium.
Foods like melons, orange juice, and bananas are also rich in potassium.
Some health problems interfere with how potassium moves out of your body’s cells.
Sometimes, cells release too much potassium.
Releasing too much potassium can result from:
>Breakdown of red blood cells
>Breakdown of muscle tissue
>Burns, trauma, or other tissue injury
Conditions affecting your kidney’s ability to remove potassium from your body include:
>Other kidney diseases
Some medications can also make it harder for your kidneys to remove potassium.
This is especially true if you have kidney disease or problems with the way your body handles potassium.
Too much potassium in your blood can affect how your heart works.
Symptoms of hyperkalemia can include:
>Abnormal heart rhythm that can be life-threatening
>Slow heart rate
To deal with hyperkalemia, it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily, which cleanses and flushes your system. Drink at least 1 cup per hour.
*Drink pure, sugar-free only, organic cranberry juice (found in a health food store) 8 ounces 3 times daily.
*Maintain your alkalinity.
*Investigate possible triggers.
*Try to eliminate toxic products.
*Avoid sugar, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop, dairy products, and processed foods.
*Eat a diet composed of 75% raw foods.
*Reduce your intake of potassium and phosphates. Don’t use any salt or potassium chloride (a salt substitute).
*Avoid beet greens, chocolate, cocoa, eggs, fish, meat, rhubarb, spinach, Swiss chard, and tea.
*Consider fasting and fresh juicing.
*Empty bladder frequently (never ignore the urge).
*Practice good personal hygiene.
*Take plentiful amounts of alfalfa throughout the day.
*Review my post on Candida, because many times this can be a significant influence.
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