Potassium is a trace mineral, found outside the body. It is responsible for helping several systems within the human body and allowing the muscles to work properly. This includes the most important muscle - your heart. It also regulates blood pressure and manages hypertension. Potassium is considered an electrolyte, keeping the pH balance in your body in check. Potassium relays signals from your brain to your other systems. When potassium levels are low, the body becomes weak. You will function at a lower level than normal. The kidneys help manage the levels of potassium in the body, removing any excess of the mineral through the urine. When the potassium levels are too low in the body, many health conditions can occur. There are several early warning signs to look for.
A potassium deficiency affects all of the muscles in the body. Since the heart is a muscle, a potassium deficiency creates blood pressure problems. A potassium deficiency can lead to high blood pressure. In addition, if you are having dizzy spells and have cold hands and feet, then low potassium could also cause you to have low blood pressure. This condition can be as serious as high blood pressure. Lack of potassium makes it more difficult for your body to manage your blood pressure. This may exacerbate underlying hypertensive conditions. Lack of potassium makes it difficult to keep your blood pressure high enough if you have chronic low blood pressure.
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