Ways To Lower Potassium Naturally: High Potassium Levels In Blood

Potassium is an important mineral which along with other minerals plays a crucial role in aiding muscular contractions and digestion. . Alteration in the normal levels of potassium can result in several complications. High potassium level  in our body can be associated with detrimental impact on the health of an individual.

In a healthy state, the body keeps an efficient balance of all the required electrolytes, potassium is one of them. But the condition is different when you suffer from certain diseases, especially lower kidney function as in chronic kidney failure.

High Potassium Levels in Blood

Potassium is chiefly excreted from the kidney, but due to low kidney potential, potassium built up increases in the blood which may result in elevated levels of potassium in the blood. .

There are certain  medications that are responsible for high potassium level in blood. Sometime potassium level increases when you over consume potassium supplements. Hormone deficiency as in Addison’s disease can be another cause for high potassium.

High potassium is generally missed, unless it is found in blood analysis or on electrocardiogram. Some of the common symptoms associated with elevated potassium levels include,

  • Irregular heartbeats or cardiac arrhythmias
  • Fatigue with generalized weakness
  • Diarrhea with gastrointestinal cramps
  • Fall in the pulse rate
  • Restlessness
  • Poor reflexes with  slurred speech
  • Muscle cramps.

Patients suffering from chronic kidney disease are always to be watched for their potassium level.

How to Lower Potassium Naturally?

Elevated potassium levels is a matter of concern and immediate medical attention needs to be sought. ; However there are certain things one can try at home to naturally lower the potassium levels .

  •  Increase calcium intake in your diet. Various studies have shown that calcium  interferes with the natural absorption of  potassium . Increase the intake of calcium rich foods like Milk, dairy products, yogurt, and cheese. Include them regularly in your diet can help control the potassium levels in the blood.
  • Eat a clove of garlic in the morning and one in the evening, with a glass of milk. It interferes with  potassium absorption and ultimately helps to lower potassium level in blood.
  • Drink sufficient water. Water helps in  flushing out excess of potassium. However for individuals suffering from kidney disorders, it is crucial to consult your physician before increasing the uptake of water. Excessive consumption of water in individuals with kidney disorders can result in strain on the kidney which can complicate matters. , .
  • Cut the intake of tea and coffee and colas. Stop drinking alcohol. This will benefit to lower potassium in the body.
  • Limit foods which are rich source of potassium, they include; bananas, potatoes, peas, Lima, papaya, yams, avocado etc.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables having low potassium such as; cucumbers, cauliflower, berries, lettuce, lemon, peaches, canned food, etc. These foods are low in potassium.
  • Soy milk and tofu is also helpful, as it is low in potassium.
  • Exercise regularly; it helps to lower the potassium level in a natural way. A brisk walk of thirty minutes daily or aerobics and other mild exercises improves overall health and also lowers the raised potassium level.
  • Keep a regular follow up with your doctor when you are taking blood pressure medications and diuretics.
  • Certain herbs such as dandelion, horsetail, alfalfa has to be avoided, as they are known to prevent lowering of potassium in the body.

10 thoughts on “Ways To Lower Potassium Naturally: High Potassium Levels In Blood

  • March 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm
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    What are the conditions where there is risk of high potassium level in the body.

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  • April 10, 2012 at 9:47 am
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    My potassium level is 6.6mEq/L. Doctor says it is slightly on a higher side. Is there any natural way to decrease my potassium level?

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    • April 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm
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      Are you taking any medicine for any ailments? Can you let me know the reason for doing potassium test? Are you suffering from any specific ailment?
      To decrease the elevated potassium level in a natural way is to eat calcium rich food. Milk and dairy products are rich source of calcium. Stop excess of coffee, tea, and colas. If you are drinking alcohol stop it completely. Garlic is known to interfere in absorption of potassium. Include garlic paste in your food, or eat a clove of garlic regularly. Regular walk for 45 minutes in the morning is known to bring down the level of potassium. These natural ways are just complementary home remedies and they are not substitute for treatment recommended by the doctor.

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      • May 24, 2012 at 7:29 am
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        I am a known Type II diabetes patient (age 65) since last 30 years. I am taking insulin Injections and also tablets. While taking K BIND 15g the level of Potassium comes down. If stopped for a week again increases to 5.6 and 5.8, etc. I have restricted intake of food such as 5g salt, 5 spoons of oil, no fruits, no greens etc. Is it possible to keep potassium permanently in normal level?

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        • May 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm
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          Since you are suffering from diabetes since 30 years, there may be some kind of change in your kidney function. So the first thing you need to make sure is check your kidney functioning. This can be done with the help of blood tests. Ask your doctor for the necessary tests to be performed. To keep potassium level normal, exercise is the best way that you can follow. It will also help in maintaining normal blood sugar. Eat foods that have less potassium such as cucumber, cauliflower, berries, soy milk, tofu, canned food, etc. Keep a regular follow up with your doctor.

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  • April 29, 2012 at 4:59 am
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    The topic covers enormous information in detail. It is useful for every individual who believes in natural healing therapy.

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  • August 9, 2013 at 2:34 am
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    My potassium level is 5.3. I am taking medicines for heart and blood pressure. I am also taking medicines for muscular dystrophy since last 2 months. What is the cause of increase in potassium levels? I read that dairy products contain potassium hence I should consume less of dairy products. I also read that I should increase the intake of calcium. But both are contradictory. What should I do to reduce my potassium levels?

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    • August 12, 2013 at 3:22 pm
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      Eat a clove of garlic in morning and evening. It is known to lower the level of potassium in blood.
      Drink sufficient water if you are not suffering from chronic kidney disease. Water helps to flush out excess potassium present in the blood. Avoid eating foods that contain more potassium such as banana, avocado, yams, peas etc. Eat soymilk and tofu to provide protein source. Both are low in potassium.

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  • August 19, 2014 at 12:11 am
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    How to check if the kidney is functioning properly?

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    • August 19, 2014 at 2:11 pm
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      Human kidneys remove excess of fluid and wastes from the body. Blood tests and urine tests help to detect if kidneys are at fault. Here is a guide to measure the function of kidneys.
      Blood tests:
      • Serum creatinine
      • Blood urea nitrogen.
      • Glomerular filtration rate.
      Urine tests:
      • Normal urine analysis.
      • Urine protein.
      • Microalbuminuria
      • Creatnine clearance tests.
      If there is anything abnormal in these tests consult your doctor.

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