Saturday, July 21, 2018

Cutting Back On Supplements

Nearly ever since I've had my heart condition, I've been taking magnesium (helps regulate heartbeat) and potassium (needed to balance the magnesium). The more I read, though, the more it seemed a questionable practice. What concerned me the most was that you're supposed to take 10 units of potassium for every unit of magnesium, and it's said that you need 400 mgs of magnesium. That means 4000 of potassium, yet they only come in 99mg pills, and they aren't cheap enough me to afford that volume. On top of that, too much potassium can cause health problems. Rather that spend money for stuff that may not have been doing me any good, I just informed myself of magnesium and potassium-rich foods to eat as I can. Once again, I'm just leaving it in the Lord's Hands (where it's been all along, anyway).


Judy said...

One issue with potassium supplements or food extra high in potassium is if you take blood pressure meds that block the elimination of potassium such as ACE inhibitors. So while I take a magnesium supplement I don't take a potassium supplement since I take Lisinopril.

Here's a link to all the meds that affect your potassium levels.

I didn't that my asthma meds and the pain pills I use for my messed-up knees also affect potassium levels. It is nice the doctor monitors my electrolytes levels while he is doing hemoglobin A1c levels.

Pumice said...

Somewhere I read that the devil can't take you one second earlier than the Lord allows. Most medications are from the "practice" of medicine and they need all the practice they can get.

Grace and peace

Gorges Smythe said...

Unfortunately, I don't go to a regular doctor anymore, Judy, as I can't afford to.

LOL - I always liked that term myself, Pumice.

Leigh said...

I have to say that after trying both approaches (supplement pills and nutrient rich foods), eating my vitamins and minerals in foods seems to give much better results. I think it's partly the difference between synthetic and natural forms, but also the fillers in pills versus the natural balance with other nutrients in foods. The real vitamins and minerals in foods seem more bio-available and more effective.

Gorges Smythe said...

No doubt you're right, Leigh.