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Hi, guys Dr

Berg here In this video we're going to talk about insulin resistance, potassium, and blood pressure Out of all the nutrients that you need, potassium is something needed in very large quantities You need 4700 mg of potassium every single day What does that mean with food? It means that hardly anyone is getting their potassium, because you would need 7 – 10 cup of vegetables every single day

How many cups of vegetables do you consume in given day? Maybe five? Maybe less? I do it because I feel so much different Here's the thing We need four times as much potassium as we do sodium Most people consume four times as much sodium as they do potassium and they have a lot of fluid retention So, they both work together in relationship to fluids and hydration

If you look at vegetable content, it's always heavy on the potassium and very low on the sodium, but if you're doing chips and salty things, that's going to throw this whole thing off What happens when you have low potassium is you get high blood pressure Potassium is a physiological relaxer It calms the nervous system It actually softens the arteries

It actually can prevent strokes It's very, very healthy Healthy mineral It can also prevent constipation It also can prevent leg cramps

It's involved in nerve conductivity and muscle contraction and relaxation With a problem with potassium you can have a lot of cramps, tightness, and tension in your body and you can also have a lot of electrical problems with your heart Arrhythmias, atrial fib, that's all potassium deficiency because people don't consume enough Let's pretend you have high blood pressure and you have to take a diuretic thiazide Well, what that does is it gets rid of fluid

Well, it also gets rid of potassium, so what happens when you take this diuretic to fix your high blood pressure, you lose more potassium raising the blood pressure more So, now you need another medication And then you're told to drink more water, which dilutes the electrolytes more, especially potassium, and your blood pressure goes higher, because more water is not going to hydrate you It's going to get rid of the electrolytes that you have, potassium specifically, and you don't get the hydration you once had So the whole myth of drinking more water to hydrate you is not quite true

You need the minerals, specifically potassium That's the one you need in the most amount Even magnesium, you need about 420 mg, but potassium you need 4700 Also, if you're salt sensitive, especially with your blood pressure, what that really means is you're potassium deficient The way to fix people that are salt sensitive is just increase the potassium and they'll do fine

Instead of restricting salt, why don't we just increase potassium? It's a better strategy because you need potassium for other things 98% of all the potassium in your body is inside the cell, not outside the cell When you get tested from your blood or whatever testing you do, it's very difficult to test a potassium deficiency because it's all inside the cell You might think you have normal levels, but you really don't because you never did an intracellular test for potassium The other interesting thing about potassium is it takes insulin to control and absorb potassium

If you don't have enough insulin, you can't pull potassium in the cells Insulin regulates potassium How does that relate to a pre-diabetic, someone has insulin resistance or diabetic? Well, if they have insulin resistance, the cells are going to block insulin So guess what's going to happen to the potassium? They're not going to have enough potassium A lot of times when you have a pre-diabetic or even a diabetic state, they have a huge, huge deficiency of potassium

One of the things I make sure that they do is greatly increase the vegetable content to increase the potassium to help balance this thing out because they're going to have so many side effects from that If you actually add more potassium you can decrease the need for insulin That's a really cool relationship I just wanted to touch on the relationship between these three items right here If you have blood pressure start increasing your vegetables and if you like this kind of information, if you like learning about nutrition, if you find it interesting I have a health coaching training program that you might be interested in learning about where we teach you a lot more about nutrition and how the body works

If you want to apply to the scholarship that I have, click the link below, check it out, study it, and maybe you can be a health coach as well Thanks for watching

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