Not Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

I grew up hearing that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but no one ever told me that a banana a day might have kept the emergency room away.

On Sunday afternoon Carolyn’s heart started beating weird.  It would have an extra hard beat–she described it as feeling like someone was flicking her inside her chest–and then it seemed to skip a beat.

When she nearly passed out at work on Monday morning, she called her doctor and was told she needed to go to the ER.

Long story short: after hooking her up to all this stuff and running several tests, they discovered her potassium level was low, which is probably what caused the heart thing.  The doctor described the heartbeat deal as “not normal, but a normal variant.”  Not sure if that should be comforting or not.

Anyway, here I am to encourage you to make sure you have a lot of potassium in your diet.  After looking around our kitchen for food with this ingredient, I can see why Carolyn’s level was low; in fact, it surprises me that not everyone’s potassium level is low.  It seems like it’s hardly in anything!  Even the stuff that it’s in has a low percentage of the daily requirement.

So yesterday I went to the grocery store and bought everything I could find that has potassium, and this morning I made my wife a tasty potassium shake.  (I said tasty–I didn’t say whether it was bad tasty or good tasty!)  In other words, I dumped everything in the blender (except the almonds), put whipped cream on top for the sake of presentation, and stuck in a straw.  Poor gal actually downed the whole thing!

It probably destroyed her taste buds, but I bet her potassium level is up.

Anyway, be forewarned: get potassiumed up!  Fresh fruit and veggies (especially bananas), nuts, tomatoes, and orange juice seem to be especially helpful.  And don’t forget to add whipped cream.

Published in: on March 7, 2007 at 10:57 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Sorry to hear about the experience, hope all is well now.

  2. Thanks Ty! She is doing much better and returned to work yesterday. Her little students were happy and excited to see her back!

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