Articles, Blog

The Top Symptoms of a Potassium Deficiency

October 18, 2019

Hey, guys. In this video we’re going to talk about low
potassium. Why? Because potassium is probably the number one
deficiency with most people, but it’s the hardest to detect. Because when you take a blood test, most of
the potassium, 98% of your potassium is inside the cell, not outside the cell. So when they do a blood test, it’s not going
to show up unless it’s really, really, really extreme. The type of testing you would have to do would
be an intracellular test. It’s very sophisticated. People don’t really ask for it, doctors probably
don’t even know about it, but there is a test that you can do. But I like to go by symptoms. Here are some of the symptoms of low potassium. And by the way, this is not Vitamin K. This is a chemical symbol of potassium. It’s a K+. When you’re low potassium, the blood pressure
will increase. Why? Because potassium is a physiological relaxer. It’s a tranquilizer. It calms things down. Muscle cramps. Because potassium is an electrolyte. Sugar cravings. Why? Because potassium helps you store sugar, and
it will actually help you get rid of sugar cravings, because the storage of glucose needs
potassium. Constipation. Yeah. That’s another symptom of low potassium. And then, high insulin. There’s a relationship between sugar, blood
sugars, diabetes and potassium. In fact, when you have enough potassium, the
need for insulin goes down. So I always recommend potassium for diabetic
clients. This is another one. Muscle weakness. You could have this unexplainable muscle weakness
and not know why. Why? Because the electrolytes are needed to help
the muscles contract. And that’s why you have abnormal heartbeat. Because the heart is a muscle. Same thing with this muscle. Same thing with that muscles. These abnormal heartbeats, for example, like
atrial fibrillation, arrhythmias, that’s a combination of a deficiency of potassium and/or
magnesium. Anxiety. And sleeping problems, because potassium is
something to calm you down. If you’re doing something that doesn’t involve
a lot of � Like, some diet that doesn’t involve enough potassium, you can start manifesting
a lot of these symptoms. Now, let’s just go into what causes low potassium. Well, if you are sick and you vomit or, let’s
say, you’re a bulimic, that can cause that. Or maybe you’re just not eating enough in
your diet. Now, you might say, “Well, I eat bananas.” Right? Well, bananas only have 300 mg. You need 4,700 mg per day to hit your regular
amount that you need. You would have to consume 12 bananas, 11 bananas. We don’t want all that sugar. So what we want to do is we want to consume
our potassium from vegetables, from salad. And you’re going to need about seven to 10
cups. If you watch my other videos, I talk about
that. It’s not that hard. You just have a couple big salads. If you don’t like salad, take kale, maybe
a little bit of berry, blend it with water, and drink your salad. That’ll get the potassium in there. So we want to start to increase that. And that’s how we increase it from the diet. You’re going to feel a lot better, too. Because if you’re doing like an Atkins diet,
high protein, you’re going to definitely need potassium. You’re going to start feeling weakness, because
you don’t have enough potassium. Ketosis is the state of fat-burning when you’re
eating more fat, no carbs, and you can become deficient in potassium from that, too. That’s why they always modify the ketosis
diet, and I make sure that we have enough greens and vegetables to help balance that. Also, potassium is necessary for the digestion
and breakdown and buildup of protein. People that are losing their hair, for example,
and they’re eating just protein thinking that they’re going to get their hair back, without
potassium, sorry, it doesn’t work. So we’ve got diuretics. Say, you’re out of blood pressure medication. Well, you’re going to deplete your potassium
and keep the blood pressure there. Interesting. That’s the diuretic. That’s one of the side effects. So you better make sure that your diuretic
is not pulling out potassium and you’re not putting it back in. High cortisol. That’s stress. Stress can also deplete potassium. In fact, I’ve had people do advanced testing
on their potassium levels, and they are eating a tremendous amount of potassium, but because
they’re under a tremendous amount of stress, their potassium stays low. Because with the adrenal, it’s almost like
you have a hole in the bucket and the potassium goes right through. Again, when you’re under stress, you need
even more potassium. Anyway, this potassium is really important. I forgot one. It’s also high insulin will cause a low potassium,
and that’s sugar. So let’s just add that to the list. Consuming sugar will deplete your potassium. And you can even feel it in your heartbeat. It starts to go boom, boom, boom, boom, fast. A strong heartbeat, you can hear it in your
inner ear. That is a sign of low potassium because you
just ate a lot of sugar, and you need to start consuming more salad to put that back. Last one is drinking too much water. This goes against what everyone says, that
you have to drink when you’re � By the time you drink, it’s too late, because you don’t
know when you’re thirsty and � That’s just a myth. When you drink too much water, you create
a condition called hyponatremia, which is a dilution of all your electrolytes, and then
your heart starts going out of balance and you can have a heart attack by drinking too
much water. So you want to drink when you’re thirsty so
you don’t flush out all your electrolytes. Because you’re drinking water, but you’re
peeing out electrolytes. You’re not putting in electrolytes. I like to hydrate my water with lemon, a little
bit of apple cider vinegar, maybe a little Stevia if it’s carbonated. I drink Pellegrino a lot or I drink filtered
water. I just want to kind of give you an overall
on this very common deficiency that people have and the symptoms so you can start thinking
with it. And if you start having any of these, then
you know it could be connected with that, and then you know the cause of that. Okay? I hope that helped. I will see you in the next video.

You Might Also Like


  • Reply elimdeyonkersny July 8, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Is I.B.S. atribute to lack potassium?

  • Reply Anna Holt July 8, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Went in with high blood pressure. Came out with water pills. Stopped after 2 days because blood pressure was still high and I felt like I ran a marathon my muscles hurt so bad. Took a potassium supplement and like magic pressure went down. Of course, I got a lot of grief from family for stopping my prescription after only 2 days. I guess I was supposed to keep taking it until I dropped dead instead of fixing the problem.

  • Reply Dorelei McMillan July 12, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Doctor had me on Bp med (Losarten 100mg) and recently added HCTZ. After 3 days I developed intense muscle cramps.
    Couldn't walk. Figured it out after 2 more days. Stopped HCTZ. Ordered Potassium. Neighbor brought me bananas. Muscles eased up. Wow. That was awful. Glad I found you. Learning more. Thanks Doc.

  • Reply ReAnn Ring July 13, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Awesome … had NO idea I was as low in Potassium til I had an ER trip for an unrelated severe pulled muscle only to discover I was mega low and they had to give me two bags in my I.V. before releasing me. That came from fasting and intermittent fasting and wasn't taking enough electrolytes in the process … I learned a big lesson that … calcium, magnesium, and plenty of potassium daily are necessary for sure, but especially when fasting, and have to careful to drink too much water even in that. Thank you Dr. Berg!

  • Reply Anita French July 18, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    You will never get this kind of advice from a British GP.

  • Reply Forest Bear July 20, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    you would need 15.66 bananas.

  • Reply adiamondsmile July 20, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Dates are good too! Watermelon 🍉 !!! Grew up on it.

  • Reply MrScandalousTv July 23, 2019 at 6:43 am

    Sounds like most of our health problems could be changed in this country if we could find a way to reduce sugar and salt in our foods, and increase the potassium intake.

  • Reply scretching08 July 23, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Excellent job, Dr. Berg.

  • Reply Shay Hopper July 24, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    What brand do you suggest for potassium and magnesium supplements??

  • Reply Shamanbear Two July 24, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Interesting. My doctor takes regular blood tests (actually two of them do) and they told me I'm low in potassium. I have never had constipation in my life, my bp is normal, nothing wrong with my heart, I have not lost a single hair on my head (I'm 61), no muscle weakness (I think nothing of 20 mile bike rides on the hills of Seattle), no sugar cravings, and I sleep like a baby. Muscle cramps? Yeah if you count epilepsy but that is pretty much under control. I must be a freak of nature.

  • Reply big moe Cosmo July 24, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Very cool. Thanks.

  • Reply Barbara Botanica July 26, 2019 at 1:45 am

    in Europe we don't use the word Potassium for Kalium in a long time

  • Reply Kathy L. July 26, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    The best doc!
    Likes to "go by symptoms!"

  • Reply Jeffrey Pajarillo July 27, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Eat lots of Bananas!

  • Reply ninja July 28, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Does having an extremely weak grip indicate muscle weakness and therefore potassium deficiency

  • Reply Dewey Dotson July 28, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Had all them symptoms my urologist put me on potassium citrate pills 1 in the morning 1 at night supposed too take 4 a day just kept a head ache soo I only take 2 a day

  • Reply Sobeida Lagrange July 30, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Wow, potassium!!!😿😿😿

  • Reply Fiesal Al Awar August 1, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Hi doc. I am so pleased with your lectures. Thank you a lot.
    Isn’t fresh kiwi good for having potassium?

  • Reply Cezar Munz August 1, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    This is what a real doctor should sound like not these symptom focused narrow minded modern doctors always regurgitating the same b.s…sick of them, I am my own physician.

  • Reply Michelle Johnson August 3, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Soo how much water is too much? I've always been told to drink a lot.

  • Reply Katerina Kiaha August 3, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Ye Gads. This explains all my fluffun issues. WOW

  • Reply Katerina Kiaha August 3, 2019 at 1:30 am

    So. I need salad
    .Potassium is my kryptonite. Need need need it.

  • Reply Katerina Kiaha August 3, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Wow great video.

  • Reply sa ma August 3, 2019 at 7:48 am

    ترجموا الحلقة لو سمحتم

  • Reply Mirzoalim Baqi August 3, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    What type of potassium? plz be detailed.

  • Reply Getmyvibe August 4, 2019 at 5:02 am

    The health is all about balance.

  • Reply Marge Cox August 7, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Are Medjool Dates are they good for you with Keto

  • Reply Master Chief August 8, 2019 at 1:12 am

    Dr. Oz: It's PotaZZium not Potassium

  • Reply Maureen Smith August 8, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Very good video. I have to take potassium supplements, as I don’t have enough in my system even though I eat green Vegas every day, plus salads. Thanks.

  • Reply Illuminated August 8, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    You said drink kale shake but what about oxolates?

  • Reply Fire*Minx August 8, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Avocados high in potassium

  • Reply Shellie Ochs August 9, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Can you have heart beat irregularities with out it showing up on a ❤️monitor

  • Reply Catherine Randall August 9, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    PUMPKIN SEEDS 919mg/100 grams

  • Reply Meemee Mimi August 10, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    I have most of these symptoms .. does that mean I am low on potassium?

  • Reply X. Y. August 11, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    I have every symptom but sugar cravings and I'm on prescription potassium supplements…my standard blood test shows low potassium. Not sure what is causing it

  • Reply CAPRICORN WOLF August 12, 2019 at 4:09 am

    Everyone freaked at my Broccoli smoothie.

  • Reply hplc123456 August 12, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    This is what gets me every single time, "eat this, you get that", "eat that, you get this"………how can you be so certain?, if its not in the ground, its not in the veggies. Have anyone ever even heard of any independant labs checking the true content of veggies in modern times?, for all we know, the old assumptions of contents, can be based on one single testing that did occur in 1935

  • Reply Vaishali Nagaonkar August 13, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    These r the very symtomps I hv n was confused about them no one did explained it to me (now I m 43) and only medicine was my intake now that foods will be incorporated. Thanks a million doctor

  • Reply Stephen Hall August 14, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Why talk about quantities in cups? In Canada do you by spinach and kale by the pound, kilo or cup? I've never heard of cups as a unit of measurement for leafy greens. Sugar and flour sure.

  • Reply wendy king August 15, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Thank you love, I've been saying that for the longest! ⭐️

  • Reply knmonlinemedia August 16, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Thank u. I was having issues with cramping and anxiety, a sugar freak, and am tried of bananas. Trying and keep failing keto. I'm not getting enough potassium and probably magnesium. I'll try to incorporate more potassium and keep at the keto diet

  • Reply Coin Star Silver Searcher August 18, 2019 at 10:08 am

    I have charlie horses in my toes, literally watch my toes curl over eachother , my feet my calves, in my sides of my stomach, When I take a Tramadol they go away. Any ideas on what's going on with me. This has been going on for months, I'm not getting any sleep because of the Charlie Horses. Some nights, non stop. I get up walk around, as soon as I get back in bed they start up again. Help !

  • Reply Muhammad Asim August 18, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    potassium salt is ok

  • Reply Modiehi Sekgothe August 18, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Thanks God for leading me to dr berg

  • Reply Shawn Johnson August 19, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Great video, glad I subscribed a long time ago. Always informative.

  • Reply Rajendra Pathak August 19, 2019 at 4:16 am

    I hv total 12 defficiency

  • Reply hamperhamper August 19, 2019 at 6:42 pm


  • Reply ronahi ayyadi August 19, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    I start keto and I have an abnormal heartbeat and your video explain it why. Thank you very much.

  • Reply Ham AlA August 19, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Top top pat complex is dates

  • Reply openheavensmin August 20, 2019 at 4:28 am

    Dr berg you are a gift to humanity

  • Reply chanchal malik August 21, 2019 at 5:35 am doing keto+ if's my 7th day m getting good results..but the point is am having pain in my legs and almost whole lower body..I don't know why..can anybody help me with dis..plz…plz ..

  • Reply Shelly Beans Jellybeans August 21, 2019 at 6:03 am

    I just found out that I have cyclic vomiting syndrome which makes me have uncontrollable vomiting for 3-5 days. I have to be hospitalized every time because my potassium plummets and I have to take potassium pills every day. Its nasty stuff and it burns when it goes through the IV too

  • Reply Rashad Sims August 21, 2019 at 7:30 am

    I have a question does salt in take cause people to sweat a lot like if u sweat too much does it cause hyperhidrosis?

  • Reply Austin Powers August 22, 2019 at 5:19 am

    Isnt there a vitamin pill we cud just take??

    Does potassum come in pill form… And does it work?

  • Reply Maria Lissette Neira Cuadra August 22, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Can i take moringa? I hear that is a good source of pottasium

  • Reply Basit Amjad August 23, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    The more you watch the more confused you are. Potassium helps store sugar but sugar is bad.

  • Reply Bze Bee August 23, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Cool. I’m a salad girl. I eat about 400g and a banana every day.

  • Reply Bze Bee August 23, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks for a very informative video doc. 😁

  • Reply H.L.A Solomonov August 25, 2019 at 8:35 am

    But i love water! Its my favorite beverage

  • Reply M H August 25, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    I think the original 1971 Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution Book diet is by far the best keto diet out there. (Only thing is, he suggested eating sugar substitutes, like saccharine, which is bad). But, if you weigh your food, and eat as many vegetables as he suggests, you’ll feel better and will lose weight.

  • Reply Claudie Zar August 27, 2019 at 5:29 am

    Hi Dr. Berg! I beg you to please make a video of the laxative abuse and what to eat and do to recover. I would appreciate it dearly !

  • Reply Mahmood Shaikh August 30, 2019 at 1:51 am

    Will ORS Sachets help overcome the potassium deficiency??

  • Reply Katherin O'Day September 1, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Thank you for posting your videos and sharing your wealth of information .
    You are a Godsend – Many blessings to you and yours.

  • Reply Altimis Nuel September 2, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Can't believe it, I just take serious in Potassium/Sodium balance and I see things improved.

    However, no quick fix overnight, you need to build back up over time. Stay in there folks.

  • Reply John Holeman Jr September 3, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Are older people endangered by their low potassium levels? What about people in old folks homes and assisted living places.

  • Reply leilani zeigler September 3, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    How many Potassium pills MB’s should a person take daily?

  • Reply Yvonne Glenn September 4, 2019 at 4:18 am

    Thanks for the video of low potasiium

  • Reply Jimmy Crackerlacking September 4, 2019 at 9:08 am

    How do you know we need that much potassium?

  • Reply Fuck Nasa Kill Elon Musk James Pyles September 11, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    What about Potassium supplements??

  • Reply juan pablo Minchew September 12, 2019 at 2:42 am

    I have gastric ulcers, is it safe to take potassium supplements or is it gonna make it worse?

  • Reply Ben Stil September 12, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Bananas sugar,don't want it?

  • Reply Amalia Morales September 13, 2019 at 6:30 am

    Thank you for sharing this information

  • Reply joe USA September 16, 2019 at 4:12 am

    Thanks Dr. Eric, I just can't believe i'm having every symptom you described here, I think i never ate or very little potassium in my life, ate lots of soda & fast food non of vegi and fruit, recently just diagnosed with diabetes 2 or it could be diabetes 1and hyperthyroid & sinus infection. You think i should or safe to intake lots of Potassium with symptom i have ?.

  • Reply Gracie Hernandez September 17, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Thank you

  • Reply Redbeard evildead September 18, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Does anybody know anything about taking potassium pills? Because when I run on the treadmill for cardio I don't sweat like at all anymore

  • Reply erwin wijaya September 22, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    I've been wondering what kind of potassium in supplement to consume. Is it potassium gluconate or citrate or either one if them is good?

  • Reply think harder September 23, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Hydrate ur water?

  • Reply Danny Wang September 23, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Hi Dr Berg, thank u so much for your videos. Would u recommend potassium tablets at all?

  • Reply Install September 25, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    My potassium supplements are 99mg. So I need to eat the whole bottle a day 😬? 47 pills?

  • Reply Gladys Lim September 26, 2019 at 3:27 am

    Thank you. Enlightening me on my problem.😥

  • Reply Linda Puetz September 27, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you Dr. Berg.

  • Reply ICONIC JLO September 28, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Thank u for this rich information ..very interesting…

  • Reply Durga Prasad October 1, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Iam praying to my friends ,i have pins and needles sensation in my body from one month please tell me what i have to do

  • Reply Rosso The'Crimson October 2, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Potassium,magnesium, zinc, d3/k2 all go hand in hand. They guy said to get if through your food not supplements. Food is the safest route. Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.

  • Reply Lynda Mills October 4, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    This has made so much sense thank you.

  • Reply melinda Lancaster October 5, 2019 at 9:40 am

    This can explain ur anxiety, afib, diabetes

  • Reply followurheart11 October 5, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    I got excited to hear this then I panicked!! Lol. Should or shouldn’t, isn’t potassium dangerous for ur heart if u get to much?? Ugh 😫

  • Reply jackie church October 7, 2019 at 6:47 am

    I hope you believe in Jesus Christ because you are such a blessing to millions of people eating the devil's poisen of the world money mongers .God bless you .

  • Reply tsocanuck October 7, 2019 at 11:14 am

    I am diabetic and i have high potassium ..what can i do to lower it

  • Reply Chels Martin October 7, 2019 at 11:27 am

    I went into a coma twice for low potassium and it shut down my organs and almost died twice! I’m 48 now it happened 5 years ago and two -3 before that and with my age and I couldn’t speak of the confusion and coma they thought I was on drugs or tried over dosing! Until they did blood panel come to find out and when I came out they made me eat these huge potassium pills like 6-7 of them! I was taking care of my son who was on palliative care and I wasn’t eating at all. They called it hypocalmeic

  • Reply StephenMichael777 October 9, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Thank you!

  • Reply al mams TV October 10, 2019 at 3:27 am

    Dr. Erick Berg. After watching your video about potassium.. I'm very lucky.. Because i have problems about potassium my body..since 2013 until now.. Dok. What can't I do to for potassium will balance in my body help me.. I can't take potassium citrate 1080 mg. 3 time a days.. And my kindy laboratory is normal. My thyroid normal. Now I feel potassium my body is lose again.. Help me Dok..

  • Reply Irish Eyes October 10, 2019 at 5:36 am

    Dr. Berg you are a Godsend🙏

  • Reply Igavehimadollar ! October 10, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Thanks doc

  • Reply How to win lotto October 10, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Damn your good!

  • Reply dd October 11, 2019 at 7:00 am

    7cups of veg. Can u tell how much in grams. Seems more easy to measure.

  • Reply SCL75 October 13, 2019 at 4:41 am

    I have a rare disorder called periodic paralysis. I’m not sure which version I have because there are several strains. They all have issues with potassium being either to high or to low. Until I get better health coverage I’ll dig deeper into which one I have. Maybe through genetic testing. For now I keep my diet very repetitive and simple as to not cause any attacks.

  • Reply Paddy Mcdoogle October 14, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    15 bananas, doctor, 15.

  • Reply Chit Fermil October 15, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Doc Willy Ong pag mataas po ang bp mataas dn ba ang sugar? type 2 diabetes po aco salamat po sa payo nyo.

  • Leave a Reply