Potassium is an essential mineral that is required by the body for its proper functioning. Since it is abundant in many foods, incidents of its deficiency is uncommon. However due to some diseases, the body might have excess levels of this mineral in the bloodstream than normal.
This is mainly due to the underlying illness related to the functioning of the kidneys. High levels in bloodstream can lead to irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness, and even paralysis. If you are diagnosed with higher than normal levels, then you need to follow a low potassium diet plan. Before you embark on such a diet, you need to consult your physician.
You can have white bread toast with honey, English muffins, porridge, bagels, pancakes, and croissants. Things to avoid are bacon, sausages, cured meats, whole grain products, full-fat dairy products, butter and juices made with fruits and vegetables, like oranges, grapefruit, and tomatoes.
You also need to avoid eating any form of potato salads or salads made with kidney beans, pinto beans, and black-eyed beans. Beans and potatoes contain a high amount of this nutrient, and need to be avoided at any cost. Also, switch to low-sodium salad dressing or simple oil and lemon vinaigrette instead of store-bought salad dressing.
Meat that is made with potato-based gravy or baked with plenty of cheese and potatoes should be strictly avoided. Other protein components to be avoided are salted and cured fish and meat.
The dinner menu is same as that of lunch. You can add side dishes to your dinner menu, but you need to watch the kind of vegetables you choose to make side dishes.
All these food restrictions might seem very challenging to incorporate in a diet. But if you think creatively, you can come up with a healthy as well as a delicious eating plan. As with any other kind of diet, do exercise portion control and avoid fizzy drinks.
Disclaimer: Information here should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.