Sodium (bloat)/Potassium Question
- 08-02-2008, 08:18 PM
- 08-03-2008, 03:38 PM
I'm not certain if the 300 mg potassium would simply cancel out the sodium, but in general a diet rich in potassium will blunt the adverse effects of sodium on blood pressure. So it makes sense to me that if you have an equal amount of potassium with your sodium that the result is a neutral combination.
- 08-05-2008, 08:38 AM
08-05-2008, 10:48 AM
I am not sure, but I have wondered this also. I think I have a sodium sensitivity also. I don't even like to eat out because I blow up like a balloon and feel horrid after eating out at your run of the mill Applebees, Chili's, etc.
I've often wondered if there were any supplements to combat this. Or perhaps, just eat lots and lots of bananas.
08-06-2008, 05:19 PM
08-06-2008, 06:39 PM
08-06-2008, 06:51 PM
Potassium (K) in the main cation (Positively charged ion) residing in intracellular fluid (or directly inside the cells themselves.) Potassium's concentration is over 30x great in intracelluar fluid, than extracellular fluid.
The concentration differences between potassium and sodium across cell membranes create an electrochemical gradient known as the membrane potential. A cell's membrane potential is maintained by ion pumps in the cell membrane, especially the sodium, potassium-ATPase pumps. These pumps use ATP (energy) to pump sodium out of the cell in exchange for potassium.
The large proportion of energy dedicated to maintaining sodium/potassium concentration gradients emphasizes the importance of this function in sustaining life.
So, in laymens terms, your body requires a balance of these electrolytes in order to maintain homeostasis (or a normal functioning of body cellular processes.) Sodium is primarily responsible for the shifting of fluids (mainly water) in and out of the cells all while regulating hemodynamic factors such as your blood pressure and normal cellular functioning. Potassium WILL NOT negate the effects of excessive sodium intake.
If you take in an abundance of sodium, you will retain not only extra fluid through enteral (by mouth), but it can even lead to intracellular dehydration despite a euvolemic state (or normal water/fluid extracellular levels.)
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