Understanding the link between CIDP and Low Potassium
The link between CIDP and low potassium is a subject that has been little studied yet it may posit one of the important breakthroughs for CIDP as of yet.
Low potassium and CIDP manifestation is not a phenomenon to be overlooked. Potassium is a critical ingredient in your body that helps fight inflammation. Potassium helps flush waste and other toxins out of your body’s cells and it also helps flush out blood sugar out of your body; all of which are contributing culprits to CIDP and other inflammatory autoimmune diseases.
There are plenty of studies that have demonstrated that low levels of potassium can bring about joint pain and swelling in the form of arthritis. Remember that rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune disease like CIDP.
Anecdotal evidence also shows that inflammatory autoimmune diseases like CIDP may be exacerbated by low potassium. Studies have shown that patients with inflammatory autoimmune diseases like RA who take higher doses of potassium (6000mg) a day for just a bit over three weeks saw a 33% reduction in pain. In fact, another study showed that using a potassium topical cream helped reduce pain in RA patients.
A person needs between 4200 and 4700 mg of potassium a day. Most supplements only carry minimal amounts of potassium and hence not helping people with low potassium. There are, however, foods that are rich in potassium that can make up for the deficiency. In fact, foods are always a better choice as they interact with other elements in the food to optimize its role in the body.
The following are some foods that contain the highest amounts of potassium:
1) One whole avocado 1067 mg (30% of daily value)
2) One cup of Acorn Squash: 896 mg (26% of daily value)
3) One cup cooked spinach 839 mg (24% of daily value)
4) Large Sweet Potato: 855 mg (24% of daily value)
5) Wild-Caught Salmon: half a filet: 772 mg (22% of daily value)
Do not underestimate the role that nutrition plays in the deterioration of your CIDP condition. Healing is not just a pharmaceutical question, but it is nutritional and psychological (stress) one as well.