How Hypokalemia is Diagnosed

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Hypokalemia, or low potassium levels, can be caused by a lot of possible factors. Most of the time, patients who are treated with a certain drug and diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide (Hydrodiuril) or furosemide (Lasix) are prone to losing potassium. 

Watching out for symptoms can help you determine if your body is suffering from loss in potassium. However, the signs could be very vague so it is best to consult with a professional medical practitioner to have your potassium levels tested.

Diagnosis

Potassium deficiency can be measured through urine and blood testing. From your blood sample, doctors determine the reason your potassium levels decreased.

Serious cases of low potassium can cause your heart to skip a beat and other disturbances in heart rhythm. By performing an electrocardiography (ECG) test, medical practictioners can identify abnormalities related to hypokalemia.

Eating a nutritious food is the best solution to prevent nutritional deficiency, but sometimes, taking supplements and other alternatives may be advisable. Bentonite clay is enriched with trace minerals such as potassium, iron, and magnesium. By mixing a tablespoon of bentonite clay with water, you create an instant drink that will make up for the nutrients your body needs. 

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