Why Does Potassium Increase In Acidosis?

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Explanation of the association between potassium and Acid base balance in the body.

Potassium Balance In Acid-base Disorders

INTRODUCTION There are important interactions between potassium and acid-base balance that involve both transcellular cation exchanges and alterations in renal function [1]. These changes are most pronounced with metabolic acidosis but can also occur with metabolic alkalosis and, to a lesser degree, respiratory acid-base disorders. INTERNAL POTASSIUM BALANCE Acid-base disturbances cause potassium to shift into and out of cells, a phenomenon called "internal potassium balance" [2]. An often-quoted study found that the plasma potassium concentration will rise by 0.6 mEq/L for every 0.1 unit reduction of the extracellular pH [3]. However, this estimate was based upon only five patients with a variety of disturbances, and the range was very broad (0.2 to 1.7 mEq/L). This variability in the rise or fall of the plasma potassium in response to changes in extracellular pH was confirmed in subsequent studies [2,4]. Metabolic acidosis — In metabolic acidosis, more than one-half of the excess hydrogen ions are buffered in the cells. In this setting, electroneutrality is maintained in part by the movement of intracellular potassium into the extracellular fluid (figure 1). Thus, metabolic aci Continue reading >>

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  1. Russ

    I've noticed for a while now that my urine smells different . . . i heard it would smell like ammonia? Mine smells like plastic wrap, like when you open a new CD and take the plastic off, you get that smell . . its fairly strong, and has only started happening since going primal, is it safe to assume i am in ketosis?

  2. Rivvin

    Originally posted by Russ
    I've noticed for a while now that my urine smells different . . . i heard it would smell like ammonia? Mine smells like plastic wrap, like when you open a new CD and take the plastic off, you get that smell . . its fairly strong, and has only started happening since going primal, is it safe to assume i am in ketosis? Stop eating Lady Ga-Ga CDs?
    99.99% its ketosis if you have been eating ketosis levels of carbs. If you have not been eating that level of carbs, you might have a problem.

  3. Russ

    Originally posted by Rivvin
    Stop eating Lady Ga-Ga CDs?
    99.99% its ketosis if you have been eating ketosis levels of carbs. If you have not been eating that level of carbs, you might have a problem. Starting 2 weeks ago i dropped down to 100g of carbs a day, then ~5 days later i droped to under 50g per day. So i do believe i have been eating a ketosis level of carbs

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Potassium And Acidosis

Balance among electrically charged atoms and molecules is essential to maintaining chemical equilibrium in your body. Potassium is the most abundant, positively charged atom inside your cells. Because acids and potassium both have a positive electrical charge in your body, their concentrations are interdependent. Medical conditions that cause an overabundance of acids in your blood, known as acidosis, may affect your blood potassium level, and vice versa. Video of the Day Metabolic acidosis is an abnormally low blood pH caused by overproduction of acids or failure of your kidneys to rid the body of acids normally. With metabolic acidosis, your blood has an abnormally high level of positively charged hydrogen atoms, or hydrogen ions. To reduce the acidity of your blood, hydrogen ions move from your circulation into your cells in exchange for potassium. The exchange of hydrogen for potassium ions helps relieve the severity of acidosis but may cause an abnormally high level of blood potassium, or hyperkalemia. Drs. Kimberley Evans and Arthur Greenberg reported in a September 2005 article published in the "Journal of Intensive Care Medicine" that there is a 0.3 to 1.3 mmol/L increase i Continue reading >>

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    Hi everyone
    I'm stuck. Let me describe my lifestyle: I've been eating Paleo/Primal for a year. I had 10+ pounds come off then. On average I ate 1600-1800 calories a day. This February I did keto for two weeks..I didn't quite have the willpower to do more (it was still freezing cold out, and I just wanted squash and soup).
    I did keto again for 5 weeks starting in April, with a goal of 1500-1600 calories, and less than 20g of carbs. I lost a total of about 5 pounds, coming off fairly quickly near the beginning. My belt got a notch tighter.
    Now I'm at 1500 calories a day, with 40g of net carbs, still paleo/primal, and I've been cycling an hour a day for the past month. I went up to 40g because I was feeling very lethargic after ketoing so long, and I really needed some fruit in my diet. My diet has basically stayed the same, with the odd fruit thrown in, so most days I'm still around 30g.
    My weight isn't budging! I shouldn't be at my optimal weight yet, right? I mean, I still weigh near 160 lbs and am 5'3" tall. For an idea of my shape, I wear size 8-10 pants, small or medium shirt, 34D or DD bra.
    Is there something I'm missing? I was thinking about starting to do running, but my neighbourhood is extremely shady, so I'd rather stay indoors...Also all that cardio may not be optimum for weight loss. I bike about 100 km to 120 km (60-75 miles) a week. I've also started doing some planks and push ups in the evening. All in all with the biking I do an hour of exercise every day during the week, and a few hours of intense biking on the weekend.
    Thanks for your advice! Stats: Female, 28, 5'3", SW 175 lbs, CW 157 lbs, GW 135 lbs
    PS I posted this on r/loseit and r/xxketo on reddit, but neither forum had any positive tips for me.

  2. ahviendha

    Quick answer from me, but I had plateaued at 160 for over a year. I did a Whole30 and lost 10lbs in one month.

  3. Akimajuktuq

    You are nearing your healthy weight so weight loss is going to get VERY slow. Find a sustainable lifestyle and persevere regardless of the scale. Focusing on optimizing your health helps with that. I'm dreaming of breaking into the 150s, but regardless of that, I also LOVE where I am now.
    Whole30 is a fail for me (I developed mental issues of "eat all the things" after my second one) as I do better with ongoing daily consistency. However, some people like it and it may be worth a try.

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Metabolic Acidosis

Practice Essentials Metabolic acidosis is a clinical disturbance characterized by an increase in plasma acidity. Metabolic acidosis should be considered a sign of an underlying disease process. Identification of this underlying condition is essential to initiate appropriate therapy. (See Etiology, DDx, Workup, and Treatment.) Understanding the regulation of acid-base balance requires appreciation of the fundamental definitions and principles underlying this complex physiologic process. Go to Pediatric Metabolic Acidosis and Emergent Management of Metabolic Acidosis for complete information on those topics. Continue reading >>

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  1. jjcj

    I keep reading about these strips but not sure where to get them or what to ask for. I am in Canada if that makes a difference.
    Thanks in advance for any and all help.

  2. Lekker

    Hi jjcj,
    I'm in Canada too, but I haven't found the strips...although I haven't looked very hard, I just browsed a couple drug stores, then gave up. I'm sure they're out there though - I heard that diabetics used to use them(?). So maybe if you explain at the drugstore to the pharmecist, they might know what you're talking about. Maybe they keep them behind the coutner. Froufy might be your best bet, though, for knowing what they might be called up here.
    To be honest, I can find nothing in Canada except for Splenda, so I've pretty much given up many of those things. Although maybe because I'm in Quebec it's a bit tougher to find some of these things??

  3. StarPrincess

    I'm assuming you're talking about the ketone testing strips? They come under lots of names and I've seen them range from $11 - $17 here in the states. There's frequently auctions on ebay for them.
    I personally don't use them anymore. They were fun for just "checking in" to see how I was doing, but I've since learned that I'm doing just fine and don't need to risk peeing on my hand to find out

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