Need High Potassium information!

love2gardenncMay 7, 2005

I am taking care of an elderly couple, she is 93 and he is 96. She has had high blood pressure but really no other health issues but the doctor has now told her that the circulation in her legs is poor and that it is causing an injured toenail to not heal properly. He told her that her potassium level is very high and to cut bananas, potatoes, orange juice from her diet as well as watching out for bread and flour.

Can anyone help? I need to find a good meatless low potassium soup recipe, preferably with a cream base. Also are there foods that she can add to her diet to help flush the potassium out of her system?

Thanks so much to all who read and especially to anyone who can guide me in anyway, Les

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abreeze

Hi Les, I'm giving you some links that may have some helpful info for you. If she has high blood pressure and uses a lot of salt substitute, she may need to cut way back on that. Her body may be having trouble injesting it. Encourage her to drink a lot of water (not so easy for the elderly). I had to research this last summer for myself. I'll do some exploring and see what else I can find. ~abreeze

potassium levels

high blood potassium

Here is a link that might be useful: food high in potassium

    Bookmark   May 7, 2005 at 9:04PM
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love2gardennc

Thank you Abreeze,
I had thought that lots of water might help to flush the potassium out of her system but I could not remember where I had heard that or if I had it the wrong way around. A salt substitute is also used in preparing meals and I did find a site earlier today that mentioned getting rid of that but I am glad to have a confirmation. I will look at those sites in your links tonight.
Thanks again, L

    Bookmark   May 7, 2005 at 9:47PM
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abreeze

You're welcome, L. I admire you for helping such an elderly couple...

    Bookmark   May 7, 2005 at 11:15PM
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lazy_gardens

"A salt substitute is also used in preparing meals and I did find a site earlier today that mentioned getting rid of tha"

Morton's "Lite Salt" is basically potassium chloride, as other salt substitures ... get rid of it and much of the problem may go away. Just go saltless, and use lots of herbs.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2005 at 9:48PM
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