The Sodium-Potassium Ratio is More Important Than a Low Sodium Diet

Having the right sodium-potassium ratio is crucial. Here’s why.

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0:04 Is sodium actually dangerous?
0:17 Health benefits of potassium
0:31 Sodium potassium ratio
1:05 Sodium potassium ratio and your diet
1:55 A few things that affect sodium levels
2:36 A summary 

In this video, I want to talk about the sodium-potassium ratio we need. 

Typically people think of sodium as dangerous. But, is it the higher amount of sodium, or the deficiency of potassium that has caused problems for people? 

A few of the potential health benefits of potassium are:

• It may be protective against strokes
• It may be protective for the kidneys and heart
• It may help lower blood pressure 

*What’s even more important than these two minerals is the ratio they come in.

Normally you would need 4700 milligrams for potassium, and 2300 milligrams for sodium. An average person has these ratios flipped, which can get them into trouble. 

Ideally, the ratio would be 2:1. But, if there’s already an imbalance, or you have a problem with the heart or blood pressure—I would raise the potassium to 3:1 or even 4:1. 

The more sodium you have in your diet, the lower the potassium you have. There may be more sodium in different foods than you realize. There can also be hidden carbs. Carbohydrates will deplete potassium. 

The sodium used in carbohydrates is not in the form of sea salt, which means you don’t get all of the other minerals involved. 

MSG is additional sodium that is not factored into the label of some foods. 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

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