Potassium Deficiency also known as hypokalaemia is a condition where the body does not have an adequate amount of potassium to keep functioning as it should. The level of potassium in the body is considered normal if it is between 3.6 to 3.8mEq per liter and anything below 2.5 could easily cause death. Nearly all potassium in the body is found in cells while only 2% is found in the blood stream as an extracellular fluid.
1. Chronic fatigue
Feeling tired at the end of a long day`s work is normal but if an individual is constantly tired despite getting adequate sleep then this is categorized as chronic fatigue and it is one of the key symptoms associated with potassium deficiency. The reason for this is that potassium is a mineral that is largely stored in blood cells and when there is a shortfall then cells fail to function at optimal efficiency leading to a feeling of lethargy and exhaustion.
2. High blood pressure
Potassium is scientifically proven to lower blood pressure and the process by which this happens has to do with the fact that potassium cancels out the negative effects of sodium in the body which is mainly in the form of salt. Too much sodium in the body weakens the ability of kidneys to lower the amount of liquids in the body which is what leads to high blood pressure but potassium expels sodium in blood cells and takes their place which then forces the kidneys to flush out the excess sodium out of the body. Potassium is also known to relax the walls of blood vessels therefore reducing blood pressure.
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