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How to lower potassium levels in blood

Updated February 21, 2017

Everyone needs potassium, and this key nutrient is found is several different types of foods. While a healthy nutrient, too much potassium is dangerous; and individuals with a high level of potassium in their bloodstream should lower their levels. Fortunately, there are several ways to maintain a healthy level.

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  1. Eat one garlic clove per day. The health benefits of garlic are numerous. And if you're trying to lower your potassium level, eat one garlic clove per day or take a garlic supplement.

  2. Develop an active lifestyle. Leading a sedentary life increases your risk of developing various illnesses. However, being active and exercising can naturally lower your potassium level. Exercise in 30-minute intervals three times per week.

  3. Increase your water intake. To lower your potassium level, drink at least 1,892ml of water per day. Water flushes harmful toxins from the body, and it can help you maintain a healthy potassium level.

  4. Decrease your intake of potassium-rich foods. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, which protect you against various illnesses. However, some fruits and vegetables contain a high amount of potassium. Eliminate high-potassium foods from your diet (potatoes, peas and bananas).

  5. Take a calcium supplement. Calcium naturally lowers potassium. This nutrient is found is dairy products--milk, yoghurt or cheese. If you are unable to eat dairy due to lactose intolerance, take a calcium supplement.

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About the Author

Valencia Higuera is a freelance writer from Chesapeake, Virginia. She has contributed content to print publications and online publications such as Sidestep.com, AOL Travel, Work.com and ABC Loan Guide. Higuera primarily works as a personal finance, travel and medical writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/journalism from Old Dominion University.

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