Why Potassium Makes You Energetic

Why Potassium Makes You Energetic

Why Potassium Makes You Energetic

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today I want to talk about why potassium makes you energetic and why if you’re deficient you become fatigued now this topic is quite fascinating because it relates to a pump in all of your cells of the body called the sodium potassium pump and I’m going to dive in a little bit just to explain what that is and why that is so significant it has to do with this out of all the energy that your body uses to digest to grow hair to create motion with muscles and the energy it takes to run all the enzymes this little sodium pump takes the lion’s share of energy nearly 30 percent of all the energy that is utilized from your body from the food that you consume is allocated this one little pump of course these pumps are in all the cells but it’s interesting that your body is giving that much energy to this one specific function and many people don’t really even know what it is they’ve never even heard about it before now the definition of the word pump is slightly different than the sump pump that you have in your basement it’s a biological definition the definition of this pump is a mechanism for the movement of electrolytes through the cell membrane so you have this membrane this cell wall which is very very thin it’s like two molecules thick and electrolytes are electrically charged chemicals or in this case electrically charged minerals and we’re talking about sodium and potassium very simply the main goal of this pump is to keep sodium going out and potassium going in in other words to keep the potassium inside the cell and keep the sodium outside the cell that’s its goal now when you have different concentrations of electrically charged minerals inside the cell versus outside the cell you basically create a battery okay so the purpose of the sodium potassium pump is to maintain electrical charge so that cell can act as a battery all right so now the question is what is the significance of having your cell maintain electrical charge what is it actually doing and that’s going to be the next topic it has everything to do with four things primarily there’s other things but the four primary functions are this to support neurons in helping the nerves transmit signals ok communication through the body and I’m talking about all the nerves including nerves in your brain the central nervous system also to work with calcium to help the muscles contract and relax so we have nerve and we have muscle function also to help the cell establish the correct pH and help maintain fluid control as you know if there’s a problem with sodium for example if it’s you’re retaining too much sodium you’re gonna actually the cells are gonna swell too much right so the balance of potassium and sodium is very very important and to maintain the proper volume of fluid through the body now here’s what happens when you’re low in potassium and by the way you also need sodium for this pump to work too but you need four times as much potassium than sodium and if we look at sodium versus potassium more people are deficient in potassium and then they are sodium so what happens when you’re low in potassium well the nerves suffer you start getting brain fog why because we’re talking about the nerves in your brain also you can get slow reflexes tingling in the nerves numbness in the nerves abnormal heart rhythm because the sodium potassium pump is located in the pacemaker of the heart which controls the rhythm of the heart so it affects the brain as a brain fog or you’re going to have motor nerve problems too the muscle which could affect the ability to move and and actually maintain a certain motion for a period of time so you might get tired a lot faster because you just don’t have the sodium potassium pump working effectively throughout the entire body all right number two has to do with the ability for the muscles to contract and relax I can show up in cramps that can show up in fatigue as an muscle fatigue it can show up in muscle aches muscle stiffness tremors constipation because your colon is actually smooth muscle and that could be a problem weakness in general and high blood pressure because your arteries have a certain type of muscle that can be dysfunctional all right and then we have pH if you’re deficient in potassium the body has a tendency to be more acid and then fluid control if there is a potassium deficiency you can get swelling in the body I mean how many people have way too much sodium versus potassium and their ankles are just swollen when you consume foods higher in potassium swelling goes away so I just wanted to show you the the connection between what this sodium potassium pump controls and the effects that it can create if it if you’re missing the actual raw material that makes up that pump now let’s go into this last part right here how do people become deficient in potassium dietary they don’t consume enough foods high in potassium the foods that have the most potassium would be leafy greens or avocados so people just don’t consume enough you’d have to consume seven to ten cups of salad or vegetables to get close to your RTA’s which is 4700 and the reason to bringing this up is because potassium is the hardest to get it’s very easy to consume sodium but it’s not as easy to get potassium from your diet okay if you’re in diuretics that could cause a potassium deficiency vomiting diarrhea can deplete you a potassium if you’re a diabetic and you have high insulin that can create a potassium deficiency if you consume sugar who are you doing a high carb diet that will deplete potassium as well the more stress you go through the more injury you have the more trauma the more the body will dump potassium and lastly I wanted to talk about this one last thing keto what that’s right going on a ketogenic diet can cause your body to require more potassium why because when you go on a ketogenic diet and you lower your carbs and you don’t need the quantity of storage sugar anymore sugar actually stores water or fluid so one sugar molecule will store almost three molecules of water so basically the more sugar you consume the more glycogen you have the more fluid that you’re retaining like you’re a sponge of fluid so when we cut down the carbs you lose the fluid and because these two minerals sodium-potassium work together you’re gonna lose not just sodium but you’re gonna lose potassium you’re gonna end up with the lower amount of potassium if you’re already deficient in potassium you’re gonna be even more deficient and this is why people get the keto fatigued this is why they might get cramps this is why they might get side effects when they go on a ketogenic diet but not if they’re doing the healthy version of keto that I recommend which is basically consuming foods that give you more of the nutrients that you need potassium is important the B vitamins a little bit more sea salt would be very beneficial so if you started the ketogenic diet and you feel tired and you feel weak all you have to do is beef up no pun intended the potassium and some sodium and that should go away pretty quick all right so that was a very long explanation of why potassium makes you energetic but I think it was important and I think it’s actually incredibly interesting so thanks for watching so if you want more knowledge on how to create a healthy body subscribe now and get daily notifications

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Are you tired and weak on keto? You may have low potassium.

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0:13 What is the sodium-potassium pump?
1:06 The definition of this pump
1:28 What are electrolytes?
1:40 The main goal of this pump
2:04 The purpose of this pump
2:34 The four primary functions
3:23 What happens when you have low potassium 
5:33 What causes low potassium 
6:45 Why keto can cause a potassium deficiency
7:59 What to do if you feel tired and weak on keto 

In this video, we’re going to talk about potassium and energy. Specifically, why potassium makes you energetic and why a potassium deficiency causes fatigue. 

The sodium-potassium pump is a pump in all of the cells of the body. Nearly 30% of all of the energy that is utilized from your body from the food you consume is allocated to this one pump in all of the cells. 

The definition of this pump: A mechanism for the movement of electrolytes through the cell membrane.

Electrolytes are electrically charged chemicals or, in this case, the minerals sodium and potassium. 

The main goal of this pump is to keep sodium going out of the cell and potassium going in the cell.

When you have different concentrations of electrically charged minerals inside the cell versus outside of the cell, you basically create a battery. The purpose of the sodium-potassium pump is to maintain an electrical charge so that the cell can act as a battery.

The four primary functions:

1. Supports neurons in helping the nerves transmit signals 
Low potassium symptoms:
• Brain fog
• Slow reflexes
• Tingling
• Numbness
• Abnormal heart rhythm 

2. Works with calcium to help the muscles contract and relax 
Low potassium symptoms:
• Fatigue
• Cramps
• Muscle aches/stiffness
• Tremors
• Constipation
• Weakness

3. To help the cell establish the correct pH
Low potassium symptoms:
• The body is more acid

4. To help maintain fluid control 
Low potassium symptoms:
• Swelling

Potassium deficiency causes: 

• Dietary (not consuming foods high in potassium like leafy greens or avocados)
• Diuretics
• Vomiting/Diarrhea
• Diabetes
• Sugar/High carb diets
• Stress
• Keto

* If you started the ketogenic diet and you feel tired and weak, you need to consume more potassium and sodium. 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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