Why Does Potassium Work for Hypertension? High Potassium Foods for High Blood Pressure - Dr.Berg

  • Published on Sep 6, 2020

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    Here’s how potassium may help reduce hypertension. Check this out.

    High Potassium Foods:

    0:00 Potassium for hypertension
    0:13 What you need to know about potassium
    2:08 Sodium and potassium
    2:27 What potassium does
    2:50 What to do for hypertension
    3:03 Another cause of high blood pressure
    3:15 Potassium and strokes

    Today we’re going to talk about why potassium may help lower blood pressure. Only about 2% of Americans get enough potassium. We need about 4700mg of potassium a day to achieve the RDAs for potassium.

    Bananas only have about 300mg of potassium, and they also have a lot of sugar. Leafy greens and other vegetables may be much better sources of potassium. But people are not getting the amount of vegetables they need. We need 7-10 cups of leafy greens (like a salad) every day. If you’re eating more dense vegetables (like broccoli), or you have a dense chopped salad, you will need less. You can also get potassium from fish, certain meats, nuts, and avocados.

    Refined carbs and sugar can deplete potassium, as well as stress, and diuretics.

    90% of American’s are consuming too much of the opposing mineral, which is sodium. Too much sodium and not enough potassium can create a situation where the blood pressure is going to keep rising higher and higher.

    How potassium can help with hypertension:
    1. It acts as a diuretic
    2. It dilates the smooth muscle in the arteries
    3. It keeps the vascular system from being stiff

    It may be beneficial to consume more foods high in potassium or take potassium as a supplement or in an electrolyte powder.

    Another cause of hypertension is a vitamin D3 deficiency. You may want to get more vitamin D3 along with potassium

    Potassium may also help reduce the risk of stroke because it directly affects the consistency of the blood. It reduces clotting.

    Potassium may help reduce hypertension, as well as reduce the risk of stroke.

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    Thanks for watching! If you have hypertension, you may want to consider adding some more potassium to your diet.

Comments • 256

  • Andrew
    Andrew Year ago +56

    At 27 my BP was 155/95 the doctors said I needed to get that down or go on meds. At 30, I saw a Dr. Berg video about BP and added potassium to my diet. With in 1 month my BP went down to 115/65.

  • Alex915
    Alex915 Year ago +26

    Potassium and magnesium - probably the most important minerals we need and are readily found in fruits and veggies!

  • Mieka Fasting Weight Loss

    Wow this is my first video hearing about this. Trying (not hard enough) to get off of my blood pressure medicine. I will definitely implement getting in the correct potassium. I always tell people Dr Berg says potassium is the most important electrolyte so now another couple benefits as well. I appreciate this video👍🏽

  • Candace Cline Anderson

    DR BERG you are the BEST!!! :) Your Electrolyte powder is truly a life saver. I don't know what I would do without it or without your TheXvid channel!! Thank you so much for all that you do to provide us with so much helpful information and guidance. I struggled my whole life with weight loss and in the past few years with a major electrolyte imbalance due to too much Hot Yoga and strenuous exercise. I searched and could never find the perfect electrolyte mix that would make me feel like yours does.

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  • K B
    K B Year ago

    Dr. Berg can you do a video on hemifacial spasms and what could we take to help reverse the symptoms? Thanks 🙏🏻

  • Allie D
    Allie D Year ago +2

    This explains my water retention. While I have normal BP, since the wonderful time of life called menopause, I've been retaining water. Thank you!

  • Ray Mitchell
    Ray Mitchell Year ago +5

    Thank you Dr. Berg!🙏 All these years - for two DECADES - doctors told me: The cause of "Essential Hypertension" is unknown - just take lisinopril or amlodopine (and tolerate the side effects) - No talk about diet or D3+k2... and add in the usual stuff you talk about: keto diet and I/F, that reduces weight and BP too... so now the question is... WHO IS SICKER? Me or the system? P.S. Hey - about stroke, they say that reducing BP (by controlling it w/ meds) lowers stroke risk, but actually been shown an increase in stroke w/ meds. Dr. John Bergman woke my up about that one!

  • videolabguy
    videolabguy Year ago +4

    Dr. Berg, what are you thoughts on these products? I have switched from regular salt to the 50/50 sodium/potassium salt. (Morton's Light) I know you advocate for unprocessed salt. I also buy a "natural" salt from a mine in Utah (Redmond) that claims to contain micro nutrients (sand, as far as I can tell). FYI, I adopted you keto diet back in February and have lost over 35 pounds now. 200 down to 165.

  • Gary West
    Gary West Year ago +1

    My BP last time i checked about a month ago was 100/65, with Oxygenation of cells at 98% I eat Healthy Keto, i do IF on a 20/4 schedule, and sleep Grounded every night for Excellent Deep sleep and electron uptake.

  • Daily Dose of Medicine

    Potassium is one of the most important minerals in the body. It helps regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve signals. What's more, a high-potassium diet may help reduce blood pressure and water retention, protect against stroke and prevent osteoporosis and kidney stones.👍

  • Gabriela Recendez

    Hi Dr. Berg, I love your videos, thank your for your amazing Work! Can you make a video about POTS syndrome? I have POTs, with low BP- Spells, Fainting Spells-Blackouts, when I go to the hospital my potassium is low, along with electrolytes. Also, with this condition, there are many other things affected like menstrual cycles- hormone production, sleep, heat-cold intolerance, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, May Thurners Syndrome etc.. you name it. It’s quite a frustration, To get things under control, but your videos have helped me A lot! Thank you!! God bless you🙏

  • Marcela Rivetti
    Marcela Rivetti Year ago

    Gracias doctor por indicar el norte con tanto amor y docencia. Me ayuda mucho seguir sus consejos.

  • Heart2HeartBooks
    Heart2HeartBooks Year ago +10

    Insane! Potassium absolutely positively keeps my BP normal!!!!!!!!!

  • Jonni
    Jonni Year ago +3

    Your information is always on time; my BP is spiking at night 🤷🏾‍♀️ just recently. Can you do a video on BP increasing at night please.. Happens to a lot for people (I googled the ? and was 😳). I will increase my potassium. I’m taking a prescribed supplement which is probably not enough. Thank you Dr Berg. 🥰😎

  • hotglassmcnash
    hotglassmcnash Year ago +1

    Dr. Berg thank you so much for all your information. You're the best 😊 💖 💫 ✨

  • Pam Shearer
    Pam Shearer Year ago +1

    Good Morning, Dr. Berg

  • R S
    R S Year ago +1

    Awesome information Dr. Berg. Thank you for sharing🙏

  • Morgan
    Morgan Year ago +4

    Which would be better to take

  • Pavel Pulukchu
    Pavel Pulukchu Year ago +9

    I consume .1 cups of vegetables per day..mostly meat, eggs and fish...I think after prolonged ketosis your kidneys start to recycle potassium. That means people most likely have kidney damage due to sugar abuse and nutritional deficiency. Once on keto properly with plenty of good protein, the kidneys can heal and the glomerular filters can die there job properly. I had this type of kidney damage and one sign of that was frequent urination and dark circles under my eyes. My bladder was always super annoying and actually triggered stress whenever it was full but once on keto for the first time that all just disappeared and I felt incredibly. So great was that first state of ketosis that I found myself just laughing in unbelief.