Tuesday, 20 April 2010


Having spent most of the day in a waiting room reading my book, the blood results today showed a decrease in potassium and in general an improvement and so they said i could go home.

Guess i'll just have to get used to this as the medicines get adjusted.

Potassium, along with calcium and sodium, is an electrolyte (mineral salt) important to the human nervous system, muscle function, fluid balance and heart, kidney and adrenal functions.

HIGH potassium (more than 225 milligrams per 1/2 c. serving)

High potassium levels can be very dangerous –if you do need to watch your potassium intake, it is important. Blood tests will show how you are doing.

Main sources of potassium and alternatives A basic guide on common high potassium foods to avoid hyperkalaemia:

HIGH POTASSIUM (To limit or avoid)
Drinks Fruit and Vegetable Juices, Coffee; Milk or milky drinks– up to ½ pint/day. Beer, cider, lager, sherry, wine
All dried fruit, Bananas, mango, grapes, apricots, rhubarb, fresh grapefruit, pineapple
Tomatoes, beetroot, plantain, mushrooms, sweet corn, avocadoes, aubergine, parsnip, spinach
Chocolate, toffee, liquorice, black treacle. Marzipan
Snacks All nuts, All potato crisps, Bombay mix
Baked or Roast potatoes, Chips

All fizzy drinks, Cordials and squashes, Tea, Fruit tea, Spirits
Apples, Pears, Tinned Fruit (drained of juice)
All boiled vegetables, onion, carrot, turnip, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, cucumber, celery
Boiled sweets, mints, fruit pastels, chewing gum, jam, honey, syrup
Snacks made from wheat, corn or rice (e.g.Doritos, Wotsits, Skips),Popcorn
Boiled potatoes. Rice, Pasta, Noodles, Bread

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