Dr. Brown and her colleague from the American College of Nutrition talk about what potassium does for not only your bones, but your entire body!

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hi everyone this is dr. Susan brown
today is Friday and once again I’m
coming from the American College of
nutrition here in Virginia I’m meeting
with all these wonderful physicians and
nutritionists and bringing information
to you about some of the heartbreaking
nutrition topics and of course today I
have dr. Jeffrey Moss dr. Moss is an old
colleague a very long-standing friend of
mine and I truly appreciate his work his
major effort now is educating other
physicians and other health
practitioners about nutritional factors
that influence health today what we’re
gonna do is talk just a bit about
potassium as I have told the better
bones community several times potassium
is a key bone-building nutrient and one
of those nutrients that we don’t pay a
lot of attention to we forget that the
requirement for potassium is four or
five times that of calcium we forget
that the best source of course of these
fruits vegetables nuts and seeds all
these elements of our alkaline diet and
the research is pretty clear if you have
adequate potassium you would do a great
lot to build bone so what I thought
today would be fun since dr. Moss is
spending a lot of time teaching
physicians about potassium and the
importance of potassium that he might
give us maybe five or six really
interesting insights about potassium
that can pertain to each of us in our
own individual life sure well thank you
for having me and first of all I do want
to say this is definitely a mutual
admiration society I’ve been admiring
your work for years and of course where
we think about potassium magnesium we
think about acid acid exactly and you
and your work with Russ Jaffe what
twenty thirty years ago you were the
real innovators in this area from a
clinical nutrition standpoint true I
really got learned about and got
interested in this whole area and from
that work I started learning about the
area of potassium and really what really
stimulated my interest
is the death of my father in 2002 he
many many cardiac problems bypass
operations far from a pristine life but
the MDS all said you know he’s
stabilized your cholesterol has 150
you’ll live forever until the day he
didn’t and he got a ventricular
fibrillation and he died almost
instantly and of course we all know the
heart is this electrical Oregon
electricity is fluid and electrolytes
things like magnesium and calcium and
potassium and we all talk about calcium
we all talk about magnesium exactly and
so I remember he had sent me a blood
chemistry six months before he died and
I was looking at this and of course he
was being told by the MDG er doing fine
you’re stabilized and I’m looking at
this and all of the minerals the sodium
and the chloride and the potassium it
didn’t seem right but I didn’t
understand I didn’t know what was going
on and so I was determined after my
father died to figure out what was
happening and I felt that the potassium
story was underappreciated I got a look
at potassium I think I’ll get a better
understanding of why my father died when
he did no they said he’s stabilized well
something had to be different on the day
he died so in any case the story of
potassium and why it’s under appreciated
I think one of the big things we have to
understand about potassium is that when
number one we have a very high
requirement for potassium or and 1/2
grams a day that’s a lot of potassium
and one of the reasons that we need it
we go back from an evolutionary
standpoint the diet of the
hunter-gatherer was very high enormous
lehigh somebody who’s a test people say
10 Linda Purcell says 10 grams yeah it
was very high and sodium was actually
very low so we developed a physiology
that was
designed to really avidly retain sodium
and potassium is kind of an afterthought
it didn’t matter we excrete it very
easily right we didn’t have the concern
no because there was so much of it now
of course we have just the opposite and
so the body even though we have little
potassium in our diet now the RDA is
about 4 and 1/2 grams the average
individual takes in about 3 grams a day
or less but the body is still saying
well no big deal it’s still just dump it
because there’s always more conversely
the body is still be trying to retain
sodium and so because it’s trying to
retain sodium it doesn’t take very much
of an excess intake to get too much
because the body is trying to conserve
it anyway ok so we get this massive this
massive imbalance but one of the things
also while we get led into a very false
sense of security is the way we tend to…

potassium, nutrition, osteoporosis, osteopenia

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