Low Potassium

Will warfarin cause low potassium levels? I take a 20 meq tablet of Potassium CL ER twice a day, 400 mg. magnesium oxide twice a day, and 5 mg. warfarin once a day. I felt weak like I was going to faint, went to ER and my potassium level was 2.5? Why? I would like to know. I eat a good diet--banana, fruits, vegetables every day.

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No, it doesn't cause low potassium
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

So, first of all Warfarin does NOT cause low potassium... Next, the first thing that you need to understand is that your health is directly related to diet and that you are NOT HEALTHY, since healthy people don't get the diseases that lead them to need to take Warfarin.

So, I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news or to sound harsh, but it's time that you really take a good hard look at your diet to really see if you really do 'eat good' as you say. In my experience, unless someone specifically states the eating program that they follow, then they most definitely do not 'eat good'.. In fact, unless someone tells me that they eat either a paleo diet or follow the Weston Price diet, then as a general rule their diet is atrocious.

So, first of all, the minimum daily requirement for potassium is about 3500 mg per day. A banana has about 400 mg per day. So, for you to eat enough bananas to meet your daily requirements, you'd need to eat about 10 bananas a day! Not recommended.

So, the first question that you need to ask yourself is: What about my diet caused me to be in such poor health in the first place that I got the health problems that caused me to need to take Warfarin in the first place.

The second question (and it's actually VERY MUCH related to the first question above) is: Why am I not ABSORBING the potassium and magnesium that I'm taking?

And the answers to these questions are in your diet. If you 'eat good', I suspect that means that you eat gluten almost every day, probably 2 to 3 times per day. So please see my pages on Gluten Sensitivity.

Next, you almost certainly are still taking pasteurized dairy products, which are HORRIBLE for your health. Please see RealMilk.com and get that HORRIBLE processed food out of your house.

Are you still using Vegetable Cooking Oil? Are ALL of your vegetables organic?? Are you drinking sodas? Are you eating processed foods? Are you eating sugar? Artificial sweeteners? ANY animal products that are not pasture raised and/or completely grass fed on organic pasture with no grains?? Are your vegetables fresh? Are they brightly colored or do you consider iceberg lettuce a 'vegetable'??

I'm not trying to be hard on you, just getting you to consider that what you think is a 'good diet' is almost certainly atrocious from my standards- and the standards of good health...

So, I encourage you to take a look at some of these issues and see if you can determine why you might have so many health problems...

Kerri Knox, RN

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