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Low Potassium Diet Versus High Potassium Diet
When a potassium imbalance can be improved upon simply by a change in diet, then it can be assumed the blood potassium level has only slightly deviated from normal.
To improve and increase the level of potassium a suggested group of foods should be followed and the dietary intake of potassium-rich foods increased. Similarly, in a situation whereby potassium is found to be too high the exact same foods will be removed from the diet. In no time at all changes can be made to improve upon the too-high and too-low scenarios.
Foods to Increase or Avoid
Below are some common types of foods that contain potassium. If blood levels are too high and a low potassium diet is required, omit them from the diet, and if a high potassium diet is needed simply increase the intake. The first group is vegetables:
The second group is fruits:
And thirdly non-specific foods which have been identified as rich in potassium:
As you will note, the majority of potassium rich foods are fruit and vegetables, however, the list is relatively explicit thus providing a relatively detailed guide for those wishing to increase or decrease their input.
Along with potassium, fruit and vegetables contain several other vitamins and minerals essential to the body's functions. Just as with potassium, these too can cause problems if taken in too high or too low quantities. An example of these would be:
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