I Am Going To Ask

@porwest (14746)
United States
May 16, 2019 5:42pm CST
I am, of course, on a salt restriction due to high blood pressure as I have mentioned several times here. I am also on blood pressure medication. Metoprolol Tartrate to be exact. I travel a LOT on business and it is damn hard to regulate my salt intake no matter what I eat on the road. But I have heard that potassium helps to flush salt out. So I am going to ask my cardiologist when I see him next week for my next appointment whether it would be a good idea to start taking a potassium supplement. Not sure what he will say, but I am curious what anyone else's thoughts may be on this. Hopefully my blood pressure will be fine when I go in. But the last appointment he was not happy with my numbers and warned he might have to increase my medication.
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@just4him (157754)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
17 May
You could always start with bananas. It certainly couldn't hurt.
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@porwest (14746)
• United States
23 May
That is not a bad idea...IF I could stomach bananas. But I really dislike them.
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@just4him (157754)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 May
@porwest Then I won't tell you about the delicious banana bread I made yesterday and finished today.
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@porwest (14746)
• United States
23 May
@just4him Now, for whatever reason, banana bread is different. I like banana bread. Go figure. But then I cannot stand peanuts but love peanut butter too.
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@andriaperry (80700)
• Anniston, Alabama
16 May
Tony takes Metoprolol for his heart rate. Unless you take a water pill the doctor will probably say no. The reason is that to much potassium is bad for the heart. I understand how hard it is, I do because I am on low salt, low fat and no sugar request from my doctor, no I suck at taking care of me, but if I want to live I have to try. How about this, look up what places are available to you on each traveling destination, then search out their menu`s to find what is low on salt, Domino`s and Hardee`s are out of the question What I do is to ask for no salt fries and drop the cheese, those two are loaded with salt. Yes it sucks.
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@porwest (14746)
• United States
25 May
The problem is I have done that, that is check for places with lower salt foods. What I have found is that they simply do not exist. In most cases even a salad has as much sodium in it as a greasy hamburger. I mean, if all you ate was a bowl of lettuce you might be okay. But that's just not anything to eat where I come from. That being said, I was traveling on business for three days and went on a trip for three, so that was six days of eating out and I had an appointment with my cardiologist on Wednesday and my blood pressure was fine. So maybe monitoring it really well when I am at home helps? Not sure, but was sure I'd have gone in there after six days of salt and get scolded.
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@andriaperry (80700)
• Anniston, Alabama
26 May
@porwest I am having problems with high blood sugar, no matter what I eat it sky rockets, My doctor says nothing because he knows the stress I am under at the moment.
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@porwest (14746)
• United States
27 May
@andriaperry Well, I hope you get it figured out.
@ShifaLk (13884)
• India
24 May
Please try eating papaya that's very good. I gave it to my mom for a month and she is all well Now near 130/80-90
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@porwest (14746)
• United States
25 May
Hmm. Interesting. Does papaya have a good concentration of potassium or is it something else about it that helps to regulate blood pressure?
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@ShifaLk (13884)
• India
26 May
@porwest I really don't know that why does it work but it surely does. Should I get the details of it and get back to you?
@dgobucks226 (17586)
21 May
I take blood pressure meds. Bananas are a great alternative to supplements.
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@porwest (14746)
• United States
24 May
If only I liked bananas. I just can't stand them.
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@dgobucks226 (17586)
26 May
@porwest Well, I guess that one Boonanaa.
@dya80dya (15477)
27 May
Bananas have potassium.
• United States
23 May
I have high BP and my medication has a water pill included in it. It's hard when you travel to keep track of the salt intake and the only advice I can give is to eat the closest to healthy foods as possible and avoid fast food.
@whiteream (6077)
• United States
17 May
The only reason I know this is because at one time I was very low in potassium and when I went to the doctor, that is when I found out. Good luck.
@TheSojourner (22147)
• United States
17 May
I used to take Metoprolol. Now I'm on Amlodopine and Micardis
@Susan2015 (24469)
• United States
17 May
I've been on blood pressure meds for many years. Never heard about the potassium doing that.
@rakski (31886)
• Philippines
16 May
I have to hear your update on this. My husband also has hypertension.
@louievill (22037)
• Philippines
16 May
It's better to get Potassium from K rich foods to help lower blood pressure. Potassium supplements are used more for Potassium deficiency rather to counteract sodium in order lower blood pressure. There's also the danger of contraindication if you are already taking meds to lower blood pressure.. If that deducement were true then people would just be popping sodium tablets whenever pressure rises due to salt and would no longer be asked to eat a K rich diet which is not the case. The best thing is still to ask your cardiologist but you asked for thoughts, I hope your condition normalizes soon
@sharon6345 (179983)
• United States
16 May
Your Dr. Knows what is best for you. I do agree it is hard to regulate the salt eating out.
@NJChicaa (58579)
• United States
16 May
I only know about sodium/potassium pumps which are how our nerves conduct information through our bodies. We pump Na to one side and K to the other and then the ions rush across when we are sending info along the nerves.
@LindaOHio (4918)
• United States
16 May
My husband is on Metoprolol and takes potassium because he has a deficiency. I don't know about potassium flushing out the salt.
@nela13 (21065)
• Portugal
16 May
I heard the same about the potassium but you are right in speaking with your cardiologist first.