Potassium deficiency, or hypokalemia, manifests in several ways:
It’s important to note, however, that hypokalemia is often asymptomatic, though it can still pose a significant risk to health: on the one hand, kidney problems, and on the other, dysfunction of the heart muscle (1). To confirm whether you are definitely deficient in potassium, be sure to seek advice from a health professional.
There are many potential causes of a lack of potassium: certain diseases, but also excessive use of diuretic drugs, alcoholism and severe diarrhea.
Potassium participates in several of the body’s vital functions. It plays a role in:
To reduce the risk of any complications associated with potassium deficiency, it’s important to ensure your daily diet provides an adequate intake of this key mineral.
There are many foods that can help you meet your daily requirements for potassium:
Along with eating a varied, balanced diet, certain supplements can help you increase your potassium levels :
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