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I was wondering if having Celiac disease predisposes us to electrolyte imbalances... namely Potassium deficiency? I have all the signs of low potassium, my last bloods came back just two points over the lowest threshold. Now, having been put on Licorice I have chronic headaches, leg and arm aches and have been peeing like a horse! Needless to say have stopped taking the Licorice and the peeing has stopped. It is really wierd though as before I used to eat stick licorice about 4g a day and was fine... wondering if they have put a diuretic in the mix too? As I'm a herb student they don't like to tell me what is in it incase I go and read up and start telling them what to put in/take out.

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my levels are great! but I eat a ton of bananas :P

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I can't really eat a lot of fruit or grains... it's a real bore! Otherwise I would def. be getting enough. Uni has baked potatoes so I have two of those a week - Yummy!

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Up your magnesium as it helps you hold onto potassium. Google potassium rich foods. Be careful with low potassium as it causes heart ryhthm disturbances.

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Licorice root definitely isn't for everyone, especially long term. It can raise your blood pressure too after 10 days of use.

Dandelion root is a lot safer. While it helps you to detox, you also get back the potassium.

Meanwhile though, yes, mineral deficiencies of all kinds are common with celiac. Our villi are blunted and often scarred. The level of which often depends on how long you suspect you had untreated celiac. I used to peel my fingernails, it was that bad. They would start peeling on their own so I'd finish the job. Plus my teeth never fully hardened until after I finally was off all of the wheat family gluten.

I have improved my mineral absorption by taking fibronylitic enzymes to reduce the intestinal villi scarring. For me that means namely taking nattokinase regularly (best on an empty stomach) since given my salicylate sensitivity I now avoid anything made form pineapple like bromelain. There is another one I forget the name of that is made from a chemical excreted by silk worms so the butterfly can break out of the pupae. They use it as the principle most effective ingredient in Vitalzymes.

I also take lots of mineral supplements--though not potassium. I think I get plenty of that in my diet since its in a lot of veggies plus now I can eat all the ripe peeled pears and golden delicious apples I want. It may also be in azuki and sprouted mung beans --though I need to check on that.

Ah--here it is--a quote from Wikipedia:

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Nutritional information

Azuki beans are a good source for a variety of minerals, with 1 cup of cooked beans providing 4.6 mg of Iron (~25% RDI[6]), 119.6 mg of magnesium (~30% RDI[7]), 1.223 g of potassium (~25 % AI[8]), 4.0 mg of zinc (~25% RDI[9]) and 278 µg of folic acid (~70% RDI[10])

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Azuki beans by the way are great at getting rid of excess cholesterol since somehow they melt the cholesterol. I can attest to their healing nature. I am betting eating them regularly is a good way to get around some of the difficulties you are having with your liver Caroline.

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Licorice root definitely isn't for everyone, especially long term. It can raise your blood pressure too after 10 days of use.

Dandelion root is a lot safer. While it helps you to detox, you also get back the potassium.

Meanwhile though, yes, mineral deficiencies of all kinds are common with celiac. Our villi are blunted and often scarred. The level of which often depends on how long you suspect you had untreated celiac. I used to peel my fingernails, it was that bad. They would start peeling on their own so I'd finish the job. Plus my teeth never fully hardened until after I finally was off all of the wheat family gluten.

I have improved my mineral absorption by taking fibronylitic enzymes to reduce the intestinal villi scarring. For me that means namely taking nattokinase regularly (best on an empty stomach) since given my salicylate sensitivity I now avoid anything made form pineapple like bromelain. There is another one I forget the name of that is made from a chemical excreted by silk worms so the butterfly can break out of the pupae. They use it as the principle most effective ingredient in Vitalzymes.

I also take lots of mineral supplements--though not potassium. I think I get plenty of that in my diet since its in a lot of veggies plus now I can eat all the ripe peeled pears and golden delicious apples I want. It may also be in azuki and sprouted mung beans --though I need to check on that.

Ah--here it is--a quote from Wikipedia:

__________

Nutritional information

Azuki beans are a good source for a variety of minerals, with 1 cup of cooked beans providing 4.6 mg of Iron (~25% RDI[6]), 119.6 mg of magnesium (~30% RDI[7]), 1.223 g of potassium (~25 % AI[8]), 4.0 mg of zinc (~25% RDI[9]) and 278

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Up your magnesium as it helps you hold onto potassium. Google potassium rich foods. Be careful with low potassium as it causes heart ryhthm disturbances.

Very good point. I've started taking the potassium with a multivit and also extra Magnesium. i get plenty of calcium from Yoghurt and spinach so those levels should be ok.

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