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Consider: 7 signs of potassium deficiency

Potassium helps ensure that all of your muscles (including your heart) work the way they should. The potassium in your blood helps control your blood pressure. When you have too much potassium, your blood pressure can rise too high; too little potassium, and it can drop dangerously low. Because your blood affects so many different parts of your body, low potassium levels can create a bevy of symptoms. 1. Heart palpitations Your heart is the most important muscle in your body. Because potassium is vital to ensuring your muscles operate properly, if your levels are too low, your heart may beat faster or slower to compensate. In the most severe cases, low potassium can lead to heart failure, according to Harvard Medical School.
2. Weakness Low potassium makes it difficult for your muscles to work properly. You may feel tired or weak because your muscles don’t have enough energy to function.
3. Arm and leg cramps The potassium levels in your body are delicate. If you don’t have enough potassium in your bloodstream, your muscles won’t work properly, which can lead to cramping and twitching.
4. Abdominal cramps and constipation You may experience abdominal cramps because of malfunctioning of the intestines and stomach if your potassium levels are low. If your potassium drops low enough, it can stop your intestinal activity completely.
5. Extreme thirst When your potassium levels drop, your body tries to shed excess fluids to get your body back in balance. This also makes you very thirsty. Over time, you can become dehydrated and weak.
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