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I will like to continue the post on electrolytes in the body, which I started in my previous post. In case you missed it, kindly read it here (it is actually helpful).

The next electrolyte I’d be talking about is Potassium.

POTASSIUM (K+) is a major positive ion (cation) found in the cells. A normal level of Potassium is needed to maintain regular cell function.

FUNCTION: Potassium regulates the heartbeat, and helps in contraction and relaxation of the muscles (especially the muscle cells of the heart).

NORMAL K+ LEVEL: The normal potassium level is within 3.5-5.0mmol/L (according to Mayo clinic). And a daily adult recommended intake of 90 mmol per day by World Health Organization.

ABNORMALITIES OF POTASSIUM

Hyperkalemia (very high Potassium levels in the blood): Excess levels or abnormal increase in Potassium (levels above 6mmol/L 6.1 mEq/L.) are usually as a result of kidney malfunction (kidney helps in the excretion of Potassium) or some medications (majorly antihypertensive) and other systemic diseases (such as Diabetes type 1) which can increase the amount of potassium in the blood.  Increase in potassium level can result in irregular heartbeats and when it is not controlled it may lead to fatal medical conditions. Symptoms of increased potassium are: muscle cramps, fatigue, irregular heartbeats etc.

Hypokalemia (very low Potassium levels in the blood):   This occurs when there is severe reduction in the amount of Potassium in the body cells (below 3.5 mmol/L) often caused by kidney disease, excessive sweating, vomiting and diarrhea. It can result in abnormal heart rhythm and severe muscle weakness. Some of the symptoms of Hypokalemia are  weakness, fatigue, constipation, muscle cramps, and palpitations. When levels further drop below 2.5mmol/L, it becomes life threatening and complications such as paralysis, respiratory failure, muscle breakdown can occur.

SOURCES OF POTASSIUM

There are several sources of potassium I wrote about in a previous post such as Bananas.

Kindly share with friends if you found this article helpful.

Xoxo,

Adenike Oladimeji

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I am The Sent Nurse,My real name is Adenike Oladmeji. I refer to myself as “the sent nurse” because I strongly believe I have an assignment not just as a regular nurse but to care for people in their lowest state beyond the physical needs. Also most of my patients fondly call me "the sent nurse"because of the way I have cared for them. The peculiarity of my profession for me is that it has moved beyond being just a nurse that takes care of the body, but one that takes care of the soul/mind and spirit of a human being. I care for the threefold man – the body, the soul/mind and the spirit. I am a very proud and enthusiastic registered nurse, and I currently practice with Roding Healthcare in Lagos, Nigeria. Added to my skill and expertise in taking care of your soul / mind, I am also a certified emotional intelligence, health/wellness and life coach. To further carry my message and passion for both my calling/profession and the three-fold man, I own a blog (www.thesentnurse.com) that focuses on faith and health related topics and discussions. I also speak at events, conferences and seminars, both Nationwide and Internationally. As an entrepreneur, I manage the operations of Ewaade beauty store (@ewaadebeautystore) , a beauty store that operates majorly via social media, providing quality cosmetics and beauty products to every female of all levels. At Ewaade beauty store, enhancing your true beauty is our goal because we believe there is no flaw in you (you are altogether beautiful). We provide you a balance of the best quality and cheapest prices.

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  1. […] I started this post on ELECTROLYTES IN THE BODY and I already talked about 2 out of the four major electrolytes. In case you missed it, kindly check it here […]

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