I am a 24 year old masters swimmer and getting cramps a lot recently.

I am a 24-year old masters swimmer. I have been getting cramps - calf and toe- a lot recently. On the advice of the coach and teammates, I am taking a potassium supplement and eating a lot of bananas. However, this hasn't really solved my problem. I think now that it may be a...

Where can I find a dietitian who works with kidney disease or high potassium blood levels?

Where can I find a dietitian who works with kidney disease or high potassium blood levels? The Renal Dietitians dietetic practice group of the American Dietetic Association specializes in working with patients with kidney disease and elevated blood potassium levels. You can find a dietitian at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Include your zip...

My friend decided to take large doses of potassium. What are the side effects?

My friend has decided to take large doses of potassium for some reason or another. Now, she has a terrible case of constipation. What are the side effects of too much potassium? Thank you. Your kidneys regulate potassium and depending on the levels in her blood and inside her cells, she is probably excreting the...

If you eat fruit before your menstrual cycle, do you retain as much water because of potassium?

If you eat a lot of fruit before your menstrual cycle, do you retain as much water because the potassium does something to the salt? Maybe I should eat more fruit. A lot of fruit added to your diet by itself will not reduce premenstrual fluid retention. A lower salt intake will help reduce that...

I take Lasix, for high blood pressure, which says I should drink orange juice or eat a banana every day for potassium.

I have been taking Lasix, a high blood pressure pill, every other day. Now, my doctor, has me taking one every day. The bottle of pills says I should drink orange juice or eat a banana every day for potassium. I like bananas, but orange juice is too acid for my stomach. What else...

Do bananas have more potassium when they are green and less when they are ripe?

Do bananas have more potassium when they are green or less when they are ripe? I eat a banana every morning. The potassium of green and ripe bananas is the same. Bananas and orange juice are very good sources of potassium.

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