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Old 09-17-2004, 06:03 PM   #11
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Re: Pottassium

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What are some good sources of potassium other that bananas? I'm getting tired of bananas & I don't like to take suppliments. I get severe leg cramps & need all of it I can get.
Cantalope and potatoes, and who doesn't like the latter?

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Old 09-17-2004, 06:05 PM   #12
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Dried apricots are a GREAT source of potassium. I had never eaten one in my life and I picked some up at the grocery store one day because I just "had" to have them - I was getting up every single night and eating about 5 kalamata olives around 3:00 am - had a routine doctor's appointment with routine bloodwork and my potassium was VERY low. It's funny how our bodies tell us what we need. I mean, to crave dried apricots when I didn't even know what they tasted like!!!!!
Be careful of the dried appricots. Too many can have the same effect as too many prunes.

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Old 09-17-2004, 06:29 PM   #13
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:D Artichokes are loaded so is apple cider vinegar.
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Old 09-17-2004, 07:23 PM   #14
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Salt Substitute is potassium chloride. Use that instead of salt and you'll get all the potassium you need. In fact, when you get a leg cramp, a pinch or two of the stuff will relieve the cramp.
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Old 09-17-2004, 09:58 PM   #15
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CREWSK;

Just wanted you to know that leg cramps are a symptom of more than one mineral deficiency, perhaps your electrolytes are off. You mentioned eating bananas for potassium, this is what Doctors usually recommend for patients that they put on lasex, dependency on lasex usually results in a potassium deficiency, if that is not the case with you than other mineral salts could also be deficient. Be careful not to upset the balance.

Please go to http://www.howstuffworks.com and type "electrolytes" into the search, than scroll down and click on "What are electrolytes" I think the information there will be helpful, it is just a little bit clinical but not so much that you would not understand it.

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Old 09-17-2004, 10:42 PM   #16
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Grammadee, me thinks you have a background or future in medicine here! Very true.
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Old 09-18-2004, 02:48 AM   #17
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Yes, I worked in nursing for 28 years off and on (four kids) until about 5 years ago when my 19 year old daughter, a pedestrian, was hit by a truck, her poor body was pinned undernieth in a jacknife position, BACKWARDS! After months in Mass General Hospital ICU she survived and now I am a personal care attendent with lots of time on my hands as she is getting pretty independent, and at age 25 will finally be back on track (well almost) and will be attending the University of New Hampshire next spring. Probably more information that you wanted, but it is late and I get chatty in the wee hours!

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Old 09-18-2004, 08:05 AM   #18
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Grammadee, nope, I'm not depedant on anything. I have been having leg cramps for about 15 years or so. When I went to the doctor, they did blood tests & the only thing low was my potassium. I was told then to eat plenty of bananas & other potassium rich foods, but not what they were. I'll chech out the electrolyte thing too. Thanks for your help & advice! :D
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Grammadee, what an extremely difficult five years your family has had, and what incredible pride you must feel in your daughter and in yourselves, as well. So much to overcome and accept. Headed for UNH? That is fantastic!!! You have so much to celebrate and I am happy for all.

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Old 09-18-2004, 09:32 AM   #20
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I know you said you didn't want to take supplements, but this has worked wonders for me in the past. I used to (and still do) get really bad leg cramps during the night. I now keep a bottle of Tums next to my bed. They will destroy a leg cramp in no time. Before I have even finished swallowing it my cramp is almost gone. Tums are also a great source of calcium which a lot of women need anyway.
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