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How much potassium do you need in your diet?

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Men and women age 19 and older need 4,700 milligrams of potassium every day.

If you have high blood pressure, check with your doctor or pharmacist about the medications you take to control it. Some drugs, including certain diuretics, make you lose potassium, so you need to compensate for the loss.

SOURCES: Hillary M. Wright, MEd, RD, LDN, nutritionist, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston. Marisa Moore, RD, spokeswoman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. National Institute of Medicine. U. S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. National Academies Press: "Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D, Fluoride;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium and Carotenoids;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Arsenic, Boron, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, Vanadium, and Zinc;" and "Dietary Reference Intakes for Water, Potassium, Sodium and Chloride." National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Iron" and "Vitamin D." Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.  








 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 17, 2018

SOURCES: Hillary M. Wright, MEd, RD, LDN, nutritionist, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston. Marisa Moore, RD, spokeswoman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. National Institute of Medicine. U. S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. National Academies Press: "Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D, Fluoride;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium and Carotenoids;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Arsenic, Boron, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, Vanadium, and Zinc;" and "Dietary Reference Intakes for Water, Potassium, Sodium and Chloride." National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Iron" and "Vitamin D." Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.  








 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 17, 2018

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