I'm not vegetarian or vegan, by my diet mainly contains fruit and vegetables. I was recently diagnosed with hyperkalemia, which can result from eating too many of these foods, as they are high in potassium. Is this a common side effect of a vegetarian lifestyle, and is there way to treat it (with supplements, etc.)? I'd rather not change my eating lifestyle. Afterall, I thought fruit and vegetables were supposed to be good for you!
... I was recently diagnosed with hyperkalemia, which can result from eating too many of these foods, as they are high in potassium.
I've been on a diet heavy in veggies, and have often had the same problem with too much potassium in my diet, especially since I am also on medications that cause my body to retain potassium.
I know when I've had too much potassium because I will get weak, my pulse will get erratic and I will have breathing problems, especially during the night.
I eat 6-7 small meals per day, and what I've done to coexist with my high-veggie/high potassium diet is to limit the size of my veggie plates and salads. I LOVE veggies and salads, so it grieves me that I cannot eat larger salads and veggie plates, but for me, there is no other choice.
For the average healthy person, geting too much potassium from food is unlikely. But you can get too much by taking supplements. Also, if a person has a problem with kidney function, they could have a problem even with low levels of potassium consumption. And potassium can interact with medication; check with your doctor.
The adult daily requirement (from your diet) is 4,800 mg.
I've been eating a mostly vegan diet since 2006 and my yearly blood-work has never indicated that I have too much potassium.
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That's good to know. It seems like it mostly depends on the individual. I have really been trying to go more vegetarian and tonight I had a wonderful meal. So I am really looking forward to better health and better tasting meals!