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There is also No-Salt where potassium replaces the sodium for people with high blood pressure, or others who need a low-sodium diet, but it seems like not a lot of people know about it despite hypertension being a big problem. Just because it never became a big deal doesn’t make it less necessary a product.
Okay... so why is a prescription required for 10meq of potassium, but I can just buy this from amazon? [link]
If it's so dangerous, shouldn't I not be able to buy this online??? It's really confusing
It doesn't have to be the "no salt" brand. Most salt substitutes are the same at your local grocery store. If your medical industry promotes a low fat/sodium diet it should be easy to find. Here is an amazon link.
For anyone wondering, potassium salt might be a bit better than a supplement. Mix with some regular salt and you won't taste the difference. Also it's not a complete substitute for regular salt as it doesn't enhance the flavors on the same way.
I use NoSalt. its 50/50 potassium chloride and potassium bitrate. I use it on food and in sugar free water bottle juice flavor packets. makes any beverage taste like a sports drink.
This is actually a really good idea, I didn't know that existed. I couldn't find any - it looked like they might have been out of stock, but I found NoSalt and that looked pretty good. It's really strong though, and mixing it with water only makes it worse.
You don't need sports drinks to get electrolytes.
Liberally salt your foods and have a cup or two of salty chicken broth every day for sodium. I add some no-salt to it for potassium. Then pop a magnesium citrate supplement before bed.
I was able to find this:
at Metro in Toronto. It's sodium free and consists of potassium citrate and potassium bitartrate.
This was 2 years ago, but I'm pretty sure I also saw this at Zehr's in Waterloo this past summer.
Here is the potassium No Salt on amazon.
You absolutely must have potassium or you can suffer death causing heart arrhythmias.
Pickle juice. Chicken bouillon.
Are you somewhere Amazon delivers?
It's basically potassium chloride powder.
Blech, my parents have a salt substitute with potassium that I tried the other day. It was called No Salt and it tasted TERRIBLE.
I just do a few days, so I haven't worried about magnesium.
This is a clear sign of imbalanced electrolytes. Regardless of whether you are eating or not, you need to be mindful of your potassium, magnesium and sodium. I'm not encouraging restriction but if you are in a period of fasting or restriction, please make a super simple electrolyte drink:
Depending on how much water you are using for your drink, just start with a pinch of both salts. Shake it up, taste, and keep adding until you start to taste the salt. Then add the lemon and bam you are good to go.
Alternately you can drink sugar free Gatorade, sugar free Poweraid, or sip on some bone broth.
Avoid supplementing magnesium and potassium in vitamins/pill form when you are not eating. It will only make you nauseas which won't feel awesome. This electrolyte drink really helps me!
Oh I found it, it's 26700mg per 100*g*
Can you get amazon where you live? You can buy nosalt off there. I personally don't like using the lite salt because I like being able to be exact about how much potassium and sodium I get.
edit: found these on amazon uk but yikes they're like 2.5 times ish the us price
you can definitely use the litesalt, it'll just require some math to make sure you're getting the right amount.
The original NoSalt. If you look at the pictures you can see it has zero sodium.
it's a brand name for potassium chloride
There are also 50/50 mixes of sodium & potassium.
I have not found any powered versions that include magnesium.
I got it off of amazon
NoSalt Sodium-Free Salt Alternative, 11 Oz [link]
Pure, Food Grade Epsom Salts 400g, Magnesium Sulphate, Vegan, Non-GMO, Widely Used to Help Relax Aching and Tired Muscles After Sports and Exercise, Resealable Container, Easy to Use [link]
Bobs Red Mill G/F Aluminium Free Baking Soda 450g x 1 [link]
Solgar Boron 3 mg Vegetable Capsules - Pack of 100 [link]
Pure Pink Himalayan Salt (Fine) 1kg Premium UNREFINED | 100% Natural | Gluten Free | Vegan | Vegetarian by Organic Wonders® [link]
No salt? [link]
Out of all the people who do fasting, a significant proportion (but not all) are fasting to lose weight. Some very-overweight people have kidney problems (often caused by type 2 diabetes). Potassium supplementation can harm them.
I clicked the link in your last comment, but it looks like the article is behind a paywall. Still, I read another article which discusses the potassium-to-sodium ratio of food. Now that I've read the article, I agree that, for most people, a high level of potassium (and a low level of sodium) is probably safe. Still, please don't forget the people with kidney problems.
You made some good points in your comment.
Still, the label of NoSalt warns: "Persons with diabetes, heart or kidney disease, or persons receiving medical treatment, should consult a physician before using a sodium-free salt." This is good advice, and you might want to (at a minimum) give a similar warning before recommending potassium supplementation to anyone.
Also, I asked a pharmacist. If I remember correctly, she may have said that the body's ability to get rid of excess potassium is weaker than its ability to get rid of excess sodium. She told me how much salt-substitute supplementation was safe, and she advised me to be conservative and cautious with the salt substitute.
In summary, I think that Lite Salt is fine if you want to make your food taste better, but can be risky if used as a supplement.
Lately, myself, when I've felt I was low on electrolytes, I've simply eaten vegetables until I was full. This seems to fix the problem. Yes, it weakens the fast, and slows weight loss, but weight loss will still be a result of fasting even if a person eats vegetables during the fast.
I've never used Lite Salt, and dunno that I ever will. It's simply not necessary. Vegetables are a much safer source of potassium: nobody ever overdosed on vegetables.
Do you use Amazon?
0mg sodium, 650mg potassium per 1/4 tsp. I've never tried it so I can't vouch for the taste, but you may want to give it a whirl.
Easiest way to get potassium is by shaking some No-Salt on your food.
There's this stuff. I have it and don't notice any difference. I don't use it all the time and I don't use it in high quantities but I'll vouch for the taste.
They have salt substitutes called Nu Salt and No Salt. They taste like salt, but actually provide a good amount of potassium instead.
(FYI, Mag Oxide with worthless (not bioavail), and Mag Citrate can cuase loose stools)
Yep. There's also no sodium salt substitute.
If you're on a diuretic as well as keto, then I'd guess that the retention of lisinopril will definitely be offset. That being the case, most likely, you'd just need to watch out for hypokalemia, which is easy to watch for. This video is extremely helpful in that regard [link] as it discusses how to look for and how to handle each type of imbalance.
I'm on HCTZ myself and what I've done is made sure to add NoSalt on appropriate stuff. [link] That was something my doc suggested I do before I started keto and it raised my K where it had started to dip.
This stuff has 2600mg of potassium per tsp and should be available at any grocery store. But as the previous poster said so can get potassium and sodium at the same time with Lite Salt.
No Salt - KCl
Natural Calm - Magnesium Citrate
I drink these daily with a squirting of sugar free powerade concentrate
That's what I am thinking, now in hindsight. Is this no salt? [link]
It does not have sodium, so I guess I will need to add salt to it?
> are we talking couple of shakes of each
Basically, although I am more generous than I used to be.
> is no-salt available in the spice isle of the see supermarket
Should be. Ask for it or "salt substitutes". You can also buy it online: [link]
>are you finding those in Health food stores?
Probably- I got mine from Amazon.
This is a bit of a read, so here's the TL;DR: You may have a stomach bug (gastroenteritis), so make sure you're not making it worse by getting too much of a good thing, like potassium, in my case. This is just my personal experience, so take it with a grain of salt and don't do anything stupid.
Boy, your symptoms are pretty close to what I've felt for about the last 3 weeks, starting a week ago. Went through the same phases. Was I getting enough electrolytes? Hell yes. Certainly was getting enough water. I had everything in check, and I felt awful. Sure as hell wasn't the keto flu. I wasn't necessarily sad (that may be a symptom of something else in your life, probably moving), but certainly had that light headed feeling, coupled with bouts of nausea and diarrhea that was practically water. You didn't mention that last bit, but perhaps that was because you didn't want to.
In any case, after a few weeks of these symptoms, I finally went to the doctor. I should have gone at least a week sooner, if not 2, but what's done is done. Turns out, after being sent for a blood test and urinalysis, I had an elevated white blood cell count; eosinophils, to be precise. Doc said that's usually in response to either allergies (allergic reaction), an infection (bacteria, virus), or some other more dangerous disease. Since I didn't have any other worrisome readings in my blood work (other than a ketone level of 3.6, which we were both happy with - Doc knows about my diet), he concluded that I had a touch of the gastroenteritis. I had probably prepared some food for myself in a poor fashion, and gave myself the damn infection. I had suspected this myself after coming to the conclusion that it wasn't my diet making this happen to me, and I feel greatly relieved.
I am still awaiting my 24-hour urine test to come back. I should have that on Monday, and the Doc is going to call me and let me know the results. I suspect it will further support his conclusion. He may send me for an endoscopy to get a biopsy to determine specifically what type of infection it is, but it may not actually come to that. Allow me to further explain:
You see, I did get a bacteria or virus of some sort in my stomach. We both feel that's what's going on. The interesting thing, though, is that I made 1 change to my diet, and the effects of it were directly felt the day after I made the change (same day I saw the doctor). The change I made? I stopped supplementing my potassium. I hadn't realized it when I bought "No Salt", but red meat is an excellent source of potassium (standard beef is 318 mg of potassium per 100 g, pork 423 mg per 100 g, and chicken breast 256 mg per 100 g). Not only was I eating red meat, I was eating veggies with lots of potassium in them as well. On top of that, I was also sprinkling potassium chloride on top of these (along with salt, of course) meals to further supplement my potassium intake.
The day after I stopped supplementing my potassium my waterfall-like diarrhea stopped. The perpetual fire in my stomach started to calm down. The light headedness and occasional nausea were still around, but they were also dying down. What I think happened was that I did, in fact, get a stomach bug, but I also exacerbated the problem by giving myself too much potassium. The additional potassium directly correlated to my diarrhea symptoms, and as soon as I stopped having diarrhea everything else turned around. It's 1 week after the initial appointment with the Doc, I am feeling much better. I think my body finally got the chance to start effectively fighting the infection, and I'm pretty much back to feeling 100%.
Make sure you're getting enough electrolytes, but also make sure you're not getting too much. Your symptoms, as in my case, could very well be from a stomach bug, or something else, and you don't want to upset the balance of your body.
I hope this helps you in some way.
I'm hoping the commenter meant No Salt rather than literally no salt. :/
I use this, after realizing I would have to take 10 of the 99mg pills to hit the amount my doc recommended. Just mix it in some water and enjoy!
No Salt Salt Substitute is a good way to get potassium. You can just mix some with water and chug it down.
Lite Salt or No Salt
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