5 Symptoms of low potassium

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Sep 07, 2015

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Potassium is essential for several processes inside the body and its deficiency may impact normal kidney function and neuromuscular activity. Here are the most common symptoms of potassium deficiency, also called hypokalemia.
  • 1

    General fatigue

    Generalised fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of low potassium. Every cell in the human body requires the right amount of potassium to function properly. Therefore, if you are not getting enough sleep and your regular sweat sessions make you feel exhausted, then low potassium content might be the reason.

  • 2

    High blood pressure

    When you don't have enough potassium in your body, it increases sodium, thus causing your blood vessels to become constricted and causing blood pressure to rise. Include foods that are rich in potassium to lower your blood pressure. You may also feel an increase in thirst and breathing problems.

  • 3

    Dizziness

    Another common sign of low potassium is dizziness. Frequently feeling dizzy despite getting ample rest and sleep may be a symptom low potassium levels. Eat more of foods that are rich in potassium such as sweet potato, white beans, yogurt, winter squash, etc. if you have been feeling dizzy lately.

  • 4

    Muscle malfunction

    Low level of potassium can directly affect the ability of skeletal muscles to contract. It can also reduce blood supply to muscles, leading to muscle fibre breakdown. All of this may cause symptoms such as fatigue, muscle stiffness and occasional joint pain.

  • 5

    Gastric problems

    Deficiency of potassium leads to poor bowel movement causing several gastric problems including partial or complete blockage of the intestine, nausea, bloating and abdominal cramps. Image Source: Getty

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