Tuesday, February 5, 2013

High Blood Pressure and Potassium

Adults can consume 4700 milligrams of potassium or slightly less if using drugs to lower their blood pressure, unless you are told to eat even less than that due to additional conditions such as kidney disease. Forty-seven hundred milligrams is 4.7 grams, move the decimal point over three times from the right to convert milligrams to grams. 4700. to 4. 7 0 0.^ is three spaces from the right. 5500 millligrams is  5500.^ 5. 5 0 0. = 5.5 grams milligrams/grams/kilos
 1000 milligrams (mg) EQUALS 1 gram (g) 1000 grams (g) EQUALS 1 kilogram (kg)about 2.2 pounds

An easy way to  know what foods are about five hundred milligrams is to measure 4 dense ounces or 8 fluid ounces and look for red and yellow meats and vegetable-fruit foods.
Kidney beans, beets, figs,  apricot, avocado, orange juice, mollusk, halibut, tuna, carrot juice, almonds, tomatoes and plain yogurt (8oz)(not red or yellow but filled with potassium) 500 mg. a normal portion around 4 oz. or-3 heaping Tablespoons, juices are 8 ounce portions.
If you stick to the 500mg portions you can have 9 servings a day approximately. Example of this is: Breakfast: 1 egg, or 1 oz cereal and 1 1/2 strips bacon-500mg, 4-6 oz juice-500mg, =1000mg
Lunch: 2 oz. lunch meat-300mg, 1 cup yogurt or 1 oz. cheese-750mg, 1 tomato-250 mg.=1300mg
Snack: Chocolate, apple or ice cream bar [diet versions] -300 mg, or, smoothie-650mg=300-650mg
Dinner: 6 oz. meat poultry or fish-650 mg, 4 oz. heavy veget-500mg, 8 oz. A-vegets-500mg=1650mg
This is without breads, crackers, chips; this is a basic low carb dense nutrient menuof about 1100 cal.
If you subtract the bacon -100, the snack -200 you have 800 calories super fast diet. If you diet remove two ounces of dinner meat and add one and one-half tablespoons of 40 calorie lite-dressing.

Even richer in potassium or K are spinach, soybeans and products from soybeans and winter squashes which are double what the other foods hold (945mg) plus, white potatoes which are triple the potassium (1400-4-5oz.)

Good choices, not only due to the potassium intake, on the super low calorie diet, are spinach, edamame, pumpkin and acorn squash--super filling --and you could add these to the breakfast egg instead of at supper. You can also add three whites to every yolk for extra large servings at almost no cost in calorie value.

It is important to monitor the intake of the mineral to prevent irregular heart rates.


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