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Potassium Rich Foods

A couple of months back, a U.S. reader wrote to me to tell me that she had followed a random online recipe for a drink that claimed to be a ‘detox drink.’ It made her violently ill. So much so, that she suffered severe diarrhea for a day or two and became extremely dehydrated.

Her doctor advised that she drink Gatorade, to ‘help replenish’ her body’s supply of electrolytes.

If you check the ingredients, that drink is full of refined sugar, colour and other ingredients.

If you’re suffering from something similar to the reader above or have diarrhea for other reasons, there are gentler ways of re-balancing your body than taking sugary commercial drinks.

Potassium Rich Foods

Here are just a few ideas you could perhaps suggest to your physician, who will be able to advise the best foods/drinks, based on the reason for your low supply of electrolytes:

  • A broth with potassium rich foods such as string and aduki beans, leeks,  eggplant, yam, button mushrooms, pumpkin, zucchini, parsley, watercress, cauliflower, celery.
  • Other potassium rich foods such as avocados and bananas.
  • Natural coconut water.
  • Health author Paul Pitchford recommends avoiding honey, spinach, cow’s milk, apricot, plum (umeboshi is beneficial), sesame seeds, oils and any foods that are hard to digest. He recommends:
    • Rice or Barley Broth
    • Blackberry Juice
    • Garlic *especially if you have had diarrhea from bacterial contamination
    • Sweet Rice
    • Sunflower Seeds, Olives, Aduke Beans and String Beans, which are considered to be obstructive foods and can help to retard flow and movement in the body
    • Carrot and Buckwheat can help, for chronic conditions of dehydration, diarrhea

Another independent source: “The Botanical Influences on Illness” by Melvyn R Werbach M.D. & Michael T Murray, N.D. (A sourcebook of clinical research) suggests:

  • Bromelain, the enzyme from pineapple, may be affective for bacterial contamination
  • Brewed tea of roasted carob powder have shown effectiveness, without side effects, in the treatment of acute-onset diarrhea.

Look to ensure your urine returns to light or clear yellow as a sign that you’re fully hydrated.

Avoid alcohol and caffeine. They are diuretics and will draw more water out of your body.

I hope this helps you if you’re unwell and welcome a few ideas to take with you to your health advisor.

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