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The Top Symptoms of a Potassium Deficiency

August 17, 2019

Hey, guys. In this video we’re going to talk about low
potassium. Why? Because potassium is probably the number one
deficiency with most people, but it’s the hardest to detect. Because when you take a blood test, most of
the potassium, 98% of your potassium is inside the cell, not outside the cell. So when they do a blood test, it’s not going
to show up unless it’s really, really, really extreme. The type of testing you would have to do would
be an intracellular test. It’s very sophisticated. People don’t really ask for it, doctors probably
don’t even know about it, but there is a test that you can do. But I like to go by symptoms. Here are some of the symptoms of low potassium. And by the way, this is not Vitamin K. This is a chemical symbol of potassium. It’s a K+. When you’re low potassium, the blood pressure
will increase. Why? Because potassium is a physiological relaxer. It’s a tranquilizer. It calms things down. Muscle cramps. Because potassium is an electrolyte. Sugar cravings. Why? Because potassium helps you store sugar, and
it will actually help you get rid of sugar cravings, because the storage of glucose needs
potassium. Constipation. Yeah. That’s another symptom of low potassium. And then, high insulin. There’s a relationship between sugar, blood
sugars, diabetes and potassium. In fact, when you have enough potassium, the
need for insulin goes down. So I always recommend potassium for diabetic
clients. This is another one. Muscle weakness. You could have this unexplainable muscle weakness
and not know why. Why? Because the electrolytes are needed to help
the muscles contract. And that’s why you have abnormal heartbeat. Because the heart is a muscle. Same thing with this muscle. Same thing with that muscles. These abnormal heartbeats, for example, like
atrial fibrillation, arrhythmias, that’s a combination of a deficiency of potassium and/or
magnesium. Anxiety. And sleeping problems, because potassium is
something to calm you down. If you’re doing something that doesn’t involve
a lot of � Like, some diet that doesn’t involve enough potassium, you can start manifesting
a lot of these symptoms. Now, let’s just go into what causes low potassium. Well, if you are sick and you vomit or, let’s
say, you’re a bulimic, that can cause that. Or maybe you’re just not eating enough in
your diet. Now, you might say, “Well, I eat bananas.” Right? Well, bananas only have 300 mg. You need 4,700 mg per day to hit your regular
amount that you need. You would have to consume 12 bananas, 11 bananas. We don’t want all that sugar. So what we want to do is we want to consume
our potassium from vegetables, from salad. And you’re going to need about seven to 10
cups. If you watch my other videos, I talk about
that. It’s not that hard. You just have a couple big salads. If you don’t like salad, take kale, maybe
a little bit of berry, blend it with water, and drink your salad. That’ll get the potassium in there. So we want to start to increase that. And that’s how we increase it from the diet. You’re going to feel a lot better, too. Because if you’re doing like an Atkins diet,
high protein, you’re going to definitely need potassium. You’re going to start feeling weakness, because
you don’t have enough potassium. Ketosis is the state of fat-burning when you’re
eating more fat, no carbs, and you can become deficient in potassium from that, too. That’s why they always modify the ketosis
diet, and I make sure that we have enough greens and vegetables to help balance that. Also, potassium is necessary for the digestion
and breakdown and buildup of protein. People that are losing their hair, for example,
and they’re eating just protein thinking that they’re going to get their hair back, without
potassium, sorry, it doesn’t work. So we’ve got diuretics. Say, you’re out of blood pressure medication. Well, you’re going to deplete your potassium
and keep the blood pressure there. Interesting. That’s the diuretic. That’s one of the side effects. So you better make sure that your diuretic
is not pulling out potassium and you’re not putting it back in. High cortisol. That’s stress. Stress can also deplete potassium. In fact, I’ve had people do advanced testing
on their potassium levels, and they are eating a tremendous amount of potassium, but because
they’re under a tremendous amount of stress, their potassium stays low. Because with the adrenal, it’s almost like
you have a hole in the bucket and the potassium goes right through. Again, when you’re under stress, you need
even more potassium. Anyway, this potassium is really important. I forgot one. It’s also high insulin will cause a low potassium,
and that’s sugar. So let’s just add that to the list. Consuming sugar will deplete your potassium. And you can even feel it in your heartbeat. It starts to go boom, boom, boom, boom, fast. A strong heartbeat, you can hear it in your
inner ear. That is a sign of low potassium because you
just ate a lot of sugar, and you need to start consuming more salad to put that back. Last one is drinking too much water. This goes against what everyone says, that
you have to drink when you’re � By the time you drink, it’s too late, because you don’t
know when you’re thirsty and � That’s just a myth. When you drink too much water, you create
a condition called hyponatremia, which is a dilution of all your electrolytes, and then
your heart starts going out of balance and you can have a heart attack by drinking too
much water. So you want to drink when you’re thirsty so
you don’t flush out all your electrolytes. Because you’re drinking water, but you’re
peeing out electrolytes. You’re not putting in electrolytes. I like to hydrate my water with lemon, a little
bit of apple cider vinegar, maybe a little Stevia if it’s carbonated. I drink Pellegrino a lot or I drink filtered
water. I just want to kind of give you an overall
on this very common deficiency that people have and the symptoms so you can start thinking
with it. And if you start having any of these, then
you know it could be connected with that, and then you know the cause of that. Okay? I hope that helped. I will see you in the next video.


  • Reply LaserFalcon June 1, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Most people are deficient in dr berg videos

  • Reply Queen Pierce June 1, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Very educational

  • Reply TheBodyScientist81 June 1, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    No, no and NO!!! For more potassium people should drink coconut water or watermelon juice. Not raw kale juice. That isn’t good advice.

  • Reply Archie June 2, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    You didn't say anything about taking potassium supplements. Is that not a good idea?

  • Reply DBSali June 2, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Hey Dr. Berg, this was incredibly helpful. I upped my salad/greens/avocado and this morning my bp was (137/78.) I am an RN and will continue to monitor but I couldn’t figure out why I had a rise in bp on keto. (I have lost all my weight, am skinny and on maintenance @age 62 female.) this was really super helpful. If you recommend anything else let me know.

  • Reply Mary Jane Erard June 2, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Totally brilliant. Thank you.

  • Reply Andrew Littlefield June 4, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    I seen several videos where you clear your throat. Tell your wife to get you a glass of water👍🏻

  • Reply Starfish June 5, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    please talk about potassium and kidney problem
    i read that potassium is hard on kidneys

  • Reply Sid Stevens June 7, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Most doctors recommend a low carbohydrate, high protein diet for insulin resistant diabetics. Your advice to eat so much vegetable carbohydrate goes against everything they say.

  • Reply Andrey Zagoruyko June 8, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    16 bananas

  • Reply tweetie pie June 9, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    One thing not spoken of here is salt. I suffer from oedema, when I go abroad to the Mediterranean I gain water at an alarming rate. My record is 7kg in 3 days, the swelling is so bad I can no longer bend my knees or elbows or make a fist. On one occasion the skin began to split.
    This never happens when I am in western Europe.
    I realised the culprit was salt In the food. After altering my diet to only include high potassium salads that I made myself when in the Med I no longer gained water.
    Listen to the man, he knows his stuff.

  • Reply Togo Burrows June 10, 2019 at 7:42 am

    if you are male, be aware that flax seed and all soy products lower your testosterone

  • Reply Ronald Perez June 10, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    I had blood work and it's said 3.4 so border line low

  • Reply Sylvia King June 10, 2019 at 8:10 pm


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  • Reply Eunice June 12, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    4300mg. Berry, salads.

  • Reply Doris Brinkerhoff June 12, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    i wish he wear my docter, my docters are idiots, retards,liers,money grubing , to nasty to write

  • Reply Delma Quezada June 12, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Doc, I'm sharing your videos with all my friends.

  • Reply Retired Wizard June 12, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    He… . will ….. Not DEE vide.. US…HE HE HE HEEWILL…. NOT DIVIDE US!

  • Reply Pip June 13, 2019 at 2:09 am

    Dear Dr Berg, My friend has a horrible condition where her esophagus has twisted. She has difficulty consuming even tiny amounts. How can she supplement potassium & magnesium now? Many thanks!

  • Reply Mayumi Yamamoto June 13, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    so.. by drinking your urine you will put back and recycle what your body needs?

  • Reply kiawas1 June 13, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    FEED THE CELLS, FEED THE BODY, WOW, so simple, yet, we weren't taught this in school.

  • Reply Gina Land June 16, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    I had an NDE from a WATER OVERDOSE / ELECTROLYTE IMBALANCE a few years ago! 😫 💦

    Body started shutting down, body/muscles started convulsing or jumping all around. I couldn’t feel anything!
    Couldn’t see! Couldn’t talk!
    Like I had that LOCKED-IN SYNDROME! Fully aware of what was going on!
    Craziest thing ever! 🥴 😳
    Anyway, it all stems from cancer & all it’s health-related issues!
    Been repairing my mind, body & soul!

    Oh, and just wanted to offer a few things I found helpful was COCONUT WATER (just be mindful of sugar content) and FENNEL SEEDS (this also helped with my digestive issues)! 😁

    I absolutely love the way he explains everything! ❤️🌻😁

  • Reply Ronald McPaul June 16, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Sounds just like magnesium.

  • Reply maenad one June 17, 2019 at 12:38 am

    I heard that a good source of potassium is cream of tartar. Is this true?

  • Reply Nat A June 17, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    What supplements you recommend?

  • Reply Mickey Kindley June 17, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Started keto diet ? = anxiety and depression ? Usually run low potassium could ketosis cause this

  • Reply Gav Eades June 18, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    How much is seven cups in grams?

  • Reply Keith Busch June 18, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Halibut has almost a thousand milligrams of Potassium and Beer greens have even.more not too mention big LIMA BEANS or BUTTER BEANS and salmon!

  • Reply blendedtonesable June 19, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Beet greens. Yes, the tops of beets are packed with potassium.

  • Reply Danielle June 19, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Get rid of the stress, laugh more, be kind, dont sweat the small stuff, eat well & hit the gym & watch your health improve.

  • Reply R. Brooks June 19, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Does black tea flush out salt and potassium too?

  • Reply xivashanti June 22, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you so much Dr Berg to share your wise knowledge , wish you the best and success

  • Reply archavenx June 23, 2019 at 3:46 am

    what symptoms if you have high potassium?

  • Reply Claire Montanaro June 23, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    What a blessing you are! May the blessing come back to you!!

  • Reply windy76 June 24, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Dr. How about signs and symptoms of high potassium levels in a diabetic patient and what they can do to avoid it? I'll appreciate your reply Doctor…

  • Reply baby breath June 24, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    You are a big gift from god.

  • Reply Guy Ofkaillera June 25, 2019 at 2:43 am

    Does cortisol rob the body of other nutrients besides potassium? 🤔

  • Reply Lori Favela June 26, 2019 at 6:54 am

    I'm an amsomniac and need a good functional medicine doctor to evaluate me. I have adrenal fatigue and leaky gut.

  • Reply Sammy Dans June 26, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Hello Dr Berg,
    Can I take potash,( potassium bicarbonate)in its raw form in the morning. A very small amount in water .

  • Reply Kimberley Pex June 26, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Waaaauw , here in the Netherlands everybody uses very much medicines , everyday . Your research , diagnoses and diets are great ! 💐💐💐

  • Reply Kimberley Pex June 26, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Super info ! Thanks ! Greets from Holland/the Netherlands.

  • Reply karen cartlidge June 26, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    I am surely deficient in potassium. Feel so tired and weak. Any walking is tiring especially in my legs. But how do you eat 7-10 cups of vegetables in a day? Is it humanly possible? Kale is not an option, it must be the most revolting thing I’ve ever eaten.
    Can I take potassium supplements?

  • Reply john shotter June 26, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Youtube fake thumbs down😉

  • Reply Alberto Gutierrez June 27, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Thank you Doc, that explains the irregular heartbeat, I work in the oilfields of West Texas under triple digits weather.

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  • Reply Ib mawi June 27, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    i love your videos,if u can doc i need links for free courses am a med student ,tkx in advance you are great in breaking down hard subjects

  • Reply Barb Wojciechowski June 28, 2019 at 1:22 am

    How do u get enough potassium​? U need 4700 mg a day?

  • Reply Susan B June 28, 2019 at 4:03 am

    1. BP increases. 2. Muscle cramps. 3. Sugar cravings. 4. Constipation. 5. High insulin (sugar). 6. Muscle weakness. 7. Anxiety. 8. Sleeping problems. CAUSES: Vomiting Bulemia. Diuretics. Stress. Drinking too much water! You need 4700mg a day! (a couple big salads a day).

  • Reply Susan F. June 29, 2019 at 12:50 am

    If I knew this it would have saved me a trip to the emergency room. I was completely out of potassium due to a prescription of a fluid pill (with my bp pill) and it caused my blood pressure to spike 250/100. I quit the water pill only.

  • Reply Daniel Kleinmeier June 30, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Eat a baked potato three times a week w fish or pork or whatever to balance.. it’s the balance the GUT something sweet and something sour once a day…

  • Reply Diane Taylor July 1, 2019 at 1:14 am

    You always amaze me with your wealth of valuable information. Thank you!! God bless you.

  • Reply Delma Quezada July 1, 2019 at 2:34 am

    I like that I can drink my salads, thanks doc.

  • Reply David July 2, 2019 at 4:46 am

    Dr., "…really, really, really extreme…"; can we quantify this? We really, really, really have no idea what this means. 😉

  • Reply Stephanie Broadnax July 6, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    I love you video because you get to the root cause

  • Reply Steven Zarch July 6, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    I believe you! Thanks!

  • Reply Laurel Dell July 7, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    I asked my doctor about this and he was clueless. I started upping my potassium ( my favorite being low sodium V8 800mgs) and I feel much better, I also upped my magnesium.

  • Reply juergen bertram July 8, 2019 at 5:37 am

    Wished you'd given us a list of the highest Potassium foods available ?

  • Reply elimdeyonkersny July 8, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Is I.B.S. atribute to lack potassium?

  • Reply Anna Holt July 8, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Went in with high blood pressure. Came out with water pills. Stopped after 2 days because blood pressure was still high and I felt like I ran a marathon my muscles hurt so bad. Took a potassium supplement and like magic pressure went down. Of course, I got a lot of grief from family for stopping my prescription after only 2 days. I guess I was supposed to keep taking it until I dropped dead instead of fixing the problem.

  • Reply Dorelei McMillan July 12, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Doctor had me on Bp med (Losarten 100mg) and recently added HCTZ. After 3 days I developed intense muscle cramps.
    Couldn't walk. Figured it out after 2 more days. Stopped HCTZ. Ordered Potassium. Neighbor brought me bananas. Muscles eased up. Wow. That was awful. Glad I found you. Learning more. Thanks Doc.

  • Reply ReAnn Ring July 13, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Awesome … had NO idea I was as low in Potassium til I had an ER trip for an unrelated severe pulled muscle only to discover I was mega low and they had to give me two bags in my I.V. before releasing me. That came from fasting and intermittent fasting and wasn't taking enough electrolytes in the process … I learned a big lesson that … calcium, magnesium, and plenty of potassium daily are necessary for sure, but especially when fasting, and have to careful to drink too much water even in that. Thank you Dr. Berg!

  • Reply Anita French July 18, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    You will never get this kind of advice from a British GP.

  • Reply Forest Bear July 20, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    you would need 15.66 bananas.

  • Reply adiamondsmile July 20, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Dates are good too! Watermelon 🍉 !!! Grew up on it.

  • Reply MrScandalousTv July 23, 2019 at 6:43 am

    Sounds like most of our health problems could be changed in this country if we could find a way to reduce sugar and salt in our foods, and increase the potassium intake.

  • Reply scretching08 July 23, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Excellent job, Dr. Berg.

  • Reply Shay Hopper July 24, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    What brand do you suggest for potassium and magnesium supplements??

  • Reply Shamanbear Two July 24, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Interesting. My doctor takes regular blood tests (actually two of them do) and they told me I'm low in potassium. I have never had constipation in my life, my bp is normal, nothing wrong with my heart, I have not lost a single hair on my head (I'm 61), no muscle weakness (I think nothing of 20 mile bike rides on the hills of Seattle), no sugar cravings, and I sleep like a baby. Muscle cramps? Yeah if you count epilepsy but that is pretty much under control. I must be a freak of nature.

  • Reply big moe Cosmo July 24, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Very cool. Thanks.

  • Reply Barbara Botanica July 26, 2019 at 1:45 am

    in Europe we don't use the word Potassium for Kalium in a long time

  • Reply Kathy L. July 26, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    The best doc!
    Likes to "go by symptoms!"

  • Reply Jeffrey Pajarillo July 27, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Eat lots of Bananas!

  • Reply ninja July 28, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Does having an extremely weak grip indicate muscle weakness and therefore potassium deficiency

  • Reply Dewey Dotson July 28, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Had all them symptoms my urologist put me on potassium citrate pills 1 in the morning 1 at night supposed too take 4 a day just kept a head ache soo I only take 2 a day

  • Reply Sobeida Lagrange July 30, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Wow, potassium!!!😿😿😿

  • Reply Fiesal Al Awar August 1, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Hi doc. I am so pleased with your lectures. Thank you a lot.
    Isn’t fresh kiwi good for having potassium?

  • Reply Cezar Munz August 1, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    This is what a real doctor should sound like not these symptom focused narrow minded modern doctors always regurgitating the same b.s…sick of them, I am my own physician.

  • Reply Michelle Johnson August 3, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Soo how much water is too much? I've always been told to drink a lot.

  • Reply Katerina Kiaha August 3, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Ye Gads. This explains all my fluffun issues. WOW

  • Reply Katerina Kiaha August 3, 2019 at 1:30 am

    So. I need salad
    .Potassium is my kryptonite. Need need need it.

  • Reply Katerina Kiaha August 3, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Wow great video.

  • Reply sa ma August 3, 2019 at 7:48 am

    ترجموا الحلقة لو سمحتم

  • Reply Mirzoalim Baqi August 3, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    What type of potassium? plz be detailed.

  • Reply Getmyvibe August 4, 2019 at 5:02 am

    The health is all about balance.

  • Reply Marge Cox August 7, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Are Medjool Dates are they good for you with Keto

  • Reply Master Chief August 8, 2019 at 1:12 am

    Dr. Oz: It's PotaZZium not Potassium

  • Reply Maureen Smith August 8, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Very good video. I have to take potassium supplements, as I don’t have enough in my system even though I eat green Vegas every day, plus salads. Thanks.

  • Reply Illuminated August 8, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    You said drink kale shake but what about oxolates?

  • Reply Fire*Minx August 8, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Avocados high in potassium

  • Reply Shellie Ochs August 9, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Can you have heart beat irregularities with out it showing up on a ❤️monitor

  • Reply Catherine Randall August 9, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    PUMPKIN SEEDS 919mg/100 grams

  • Reply Meemee Mimi August 10, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    I have most of these symptoms .. does that mean I am low on potassium?

  • Reply X. Y. August 11, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    I have every symptom but sugar cravings and I'm on prescription potassium supplements…my standard blood test shows low potassium. Not sure what is causing it

  • Reply CAPRICORN WOLF August 12, 2019 at 4:09 am

    Everyone freaked at my Broccoli smoothie.

  • Reply hplc123456 August 12, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    This is what gets me every single time, "eat this, you get that", "eat that, you get this"………how can you be so certain?, if its not in the ground, its not in the veggies. Have anyone ever even heard of any independant labs checking the true content of veggies in modern times?, for all we know, the old assumptions of contents, can be based on one single testing that did occur in 1935

  • Reply Vaishali Nagaonkar August 13, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    These r the very symtomps I hv n was confused about them no one did explained it to me (now I m 43) and only medicine was my intake now that foods will be incorporated. Thanks a million doctor

  • Reply Stephen Hall August 14, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Why talk about quantities in cups? In Canada do you by spinach and kale by the pound, kilo or cup? I've never heard of cups as a unit of measurement for leafy greens. Sugar and flour sure.

  • Reply wendy king August 15, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Thank you love, I've been saying that for the longest! ⭐️

  • Reply knmonlinemedia August 16, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Thank u. I was having issues with cramping and anxiety, a sugar freak, and am tried of bananas. Trying and keep failing keto. I'm not getting enough potassium and probably magnesium. I'll try to incorporate more potassium and keep at the keto diet

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