I Have High Potassium Blood Level. What Should I Eat Or Not Eat To Lower The Potassium Levels?


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Roger Clegg Profile
Roger Clegg answered
Potassium is a mineral that is found in many foods such as bananas and fish and helps to keep the heart beating regularly, maintain fluid balance, and allows the nerves and muscles to function properly.
The kidneys usually maintain the correct level of potassium in the blood. However there are people who take certain medicines or who have chronic kidney disease. This means they will have to reduce the level of potassium in their diet in order to maintain their potassium levels
Normally, the level of potassium in your body is balanced by eating certain foods that contain potassium and expelling excess potassium through urinating. Yet there are some people who suffer from chronic kidney disease and cannot get rid of enough potassium in their urine because the kidneys do not function as well. So it is essential that eating a low potassium diet can lower the risk of developing hyperkalemia.
Hyperkalemia does not usually cause noticeable symptoms until the potassium level reaches a very high level. If they do reach critical level then complications can develop, including an irregular heart rhythm or severe muscle weakness or paralysis.
Generally you need a diet that contains at least 4700 mg of potassium on a daily basis. Some of this can include one to three servings of low-potassium fruit per day, two to three servings of low-potassium vegetables per day or dairy and calcium rich foods equating to one to two servings of low-potassium choices per day
You will be able to reduce your potassium intake by choosing foods with a low potassium level, when possible. You will need to take into account the serving size when calculating the amount of potassium in a food; a large serving of a low potassium food may have more potassium than a small serving of a food with a high level of potassium. Other tips include draining canned vegetables, fruits, and meats before serving to regulate levels.
Michael Albert Profile
Michael Albert answered
These foods are all high in potassium,

All meats, poultry and fish

Apricots (fresh more so than canned)






Lima beans


Oranges and orange juice

Potatoes (can be reduced to moderate by soaking peeled, sliced potatoes overnight before cooking)




Vegetable juice

Winter squash

MODERATE (125 - 225 mg per serving)

These foods can be a large part of most people's balanced plan. Persons restricting their potassium might be cautioned to include no more than one or two servings from this list per day, depending on their medical restrictions.

Apple juice










Green peas

Loose-leaf lettuce

Mushrooms, fresh








Summer squash, including zucchini


Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
Potassium is found in bananas, orange juice, potatoes, tomatoes, broccoli, apricots, and even in soybeans. It can be found in fruits and vegetables as well, but not in the larger dose amounts as in the above mentioned foods.
To the contrary, it isn't vitamin K, THAT is essential in clotting the blood, I know because I've had blood clots, and I am restricted from eating too many foods that contain vitamin K.
I would avoid the potatoes, bananas, and the oranges, and orange juice for the most obvious doses of potassium. (sorry if you are a potato or banana eater).
I also have a potassium problem, I don't store it very well, so I have to take smelly supplements, be thankful you don't have to. I hope this has helped you out at least a little, I know there can be some serious health hazards if you don't get it down, so try to find out as much as you can about it.
Go to www.wikipedia.org, there is all kinds of information there, you might also try out www.webmd.com. Hope this helps, best of luck to you.
thanked the writer.
Anonymous commented

Thank you for your answer to my question. It is the most thorough answer I have received yet. I love all those foods, but I guess I will have to stay away from them.
Bill Burns Profile
Bill Burns answered
Very High Potassium Fruits:
• Apricots
• Avocado
• Cantaloupe
• Honeydew Melon
• Nectarines
• Plantain
• Tangelos

Very High Potassium Vegetables:
• Artichokes
• Butter beans
• Dried peas, beans, lentils
• Potatoes—baked,
commercial French fries
and chips
• Sweet potatoes
• Swiss chard
• Tomato paste / puree
• Winter squash
• Yams

Very High Potassium Foods:
• Chocolate candy
or beverages
• Molasses
• Nuts

In a potassium restricted diet, avoid the foods listed above and limit those listed below.

Limit These High Potassium Vegetables to One Serving (1/2 cup) A Day:
• Asparagus
• Beets
• Brussels sprouts
• Collard greens
• Corn
• Cowpeas
• Dandelion greens
• Kale
• Mixed vegetables
• Mushrooms
• Parsnips
• *Potato (leached)
• Pumpkin
• Spinach
• Tomato juice
• Tomatoes, canned
• Turnips
• Zucchini
*Peel the potato
and cut into small pieces.
Cover completely with water.
Soak in the refrigerator for at
least 4 hours. Drain well and
cook in fresh water. Leaching
potatoes will remove much of
the potassium.

Limit These High Potassium Fruits to One Serving a Day:
1/2 medium Banana
3/4 cup Mandarin Oranges
3/4 cup Blackberries
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1 cup Boysenberries
1 medium Orange
12 each Cherries
1 medium Peach
1 medium Pear
2 each Figs
2 medium Plums
3 each Prunes
1 cup Prune Juice
2 tbsp. Raisins
3 each Prunes, dried
1/2 Grapefruit
1 cup Raspberries
1 medium Kiwi fruit
1 1/4 cup Strawberries
1 cup Mulberries
1 1/4 cup Watermelon
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Actually if your potassium is high you should contact your doctor.a lot of times with high potassium you will need some type of fluid pill to pull the potassium out of your system
ray of light Profile
ray of light answered
The high potassium levels in blood or hyperkalemia can cause many problems. The reasons of hyperkalemia are many but the kidney dysfunction is major one. Do not take foods and fruits which contain K. Also do not take non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs. Banana is also source of K.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I can't give a whole lot of info but stay away from BANANAS
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I have medium high potassium level in my body. I am a salad freak and I love everything with potassium in, but I have been diagnosed with aliments that appear to be the result of to much potassium . I.e. Fibromyalgia.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Just try not to eat the following foods which are very high in potassium. You must know that natural foods are ricker in potassium as compared to packed or processed foods. Let me list some potassium rich foods that you must stay away from. These are: Soya flour, apricots, nuts, raisins, potato crisps, wheatgerm, figs, dried fruits, popadums, Sardines, veal, wholemeal pasta and bananas. You can always eat dairy stuff such as milk, yogurt and cheese, all kinds of meat, fruits except bananas and pulses and beans. Hope this helps you. Good luck!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
How do I lower my potassium lever by Monday?? I am suppose to have surgery on Tuesday but they said my lever is 5.6  I was told to drink a lot Is there anything else I can do ??
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I have a kidney disorder and I am having a hard time finding foods the are not high in potassium do you have any suggestions?
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Potassium is mineral which is usually obtained from foods. Many foods contain high quantities of potassium. High potassium levels can be due to kidney disorder and old age can also cause increase in potassium levels in blood. You have to eat low potassium diet. If a diet contains less than 2000 mg potassium then it is called low potassium diet. Half cup of the following foods is low potassium diet.
Bread, cake, coffee (8 ounces), cookies without nuts, rice, pies, pasta, tea (16 ounces), noodles, beans, corn, cucumber, cooked carrots, cabbage, Okra, parsley, kale, mushrooms,  onions, Lettuce, Radish, Watercress, Peppers, Leached potatoes, Green Peas, Eggplant, and Alfalfa sprouts.
Ellen S Profile
Ellen S answered
Actually, what you need to do is avoid foods that are high in potassium, such as bananas and oranges.  That is, don't eat foods high in potassium.  You can find out what foods these are from most nutrition sites, or from your local health food store.
joyce Profile
joyce answered
Eat foods that are low in potassium. Check the ingredients list or do a web search of low potassium foods
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I took sulfa anti biotics (60 tablets) now have elevated potassium. Instead of 10.2 I have 10.6. What should I do.
Saachi Bose Profile
Saachi Bose , Nutritionist, answered

Bottle gourd, broad beans, cucumber, field beans, oalcopi, radish pink, mango Green, ridge gourd, snake gourd,French beans, tomato green, broccoli, apple, guava, jamrul (rose apple), orange, papaya ripe, pears, pineapple.

These food can be eaten. Moderate potassium content foods can be eaten 2 or 3 times in a week. High potassium content food should not be eaten.

shelby hansen Profile
shelby hansen answered
Some foods high in potassium are Apricots, Avocados, Bananas, Beets, Brussel sprouts, Cantaloupe, Dates, Figs, Kiwi, & Lima beans.

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