Have you heard of natural medicine maverick Max Gerson, MD, and his pioneering work around cancer and metabolism in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s? If so, you might know that one of the conditions Gerson focused on in preventing and healing cancer was a potassium deficiency.
Gerson discovered that balanced potassium levels are vital for prevention.
The Importance of Alkaline Electrolytes
“Electrolytes” are minerals that have an electrical charge; when dissolved in water they separate into negatively and positively charged ions. Major electrolytes in your body include calcium, magnesium, sodium and, of course, potassium. They exist in bodily fluids like blood, sweat, and urine but are not produced in the body. They are only obtained through what we eat and drink.
Electrolytes are particularly important for good nerve function. Nerves communicate with each other through an electrical and chemical exchange. Electrolytes also help with blood clotting, bone building, maintaining a steady heart rhythm and muscle contraction. Studies such as a published in the Journal of Hypertension have also found that daily potassium intake and maintaining potassium-sodium balance can help keep blood pressure stable.
Gerson’s Cancer-Potassium Deficiency Connection
Gerson noticed that a large percentage of his cancer patients were potassium deficient. This led him and others to look at what potassium did in the body and what this might have to do with cancer progression.
The answer may be found in how electrolyte imbalance and low potassium levels affect cellular processes.
Beginning in the 1970’s researchers discovered that when cells are stressed through exposure to toxicity, three things happen.
1. The cell loses potassium.
2. The cell accepts more sodium.
3. The cell swells with excess water. The result? Normal cells lose the ability to generate energy (ATP) efficiently. They become vulnerable to mutation—and cancer.
Normal cell function is turned upside down when cells turn cancerous.
Cancer cells do not generate ATP, i.e. energy, in the normal (through balanced mineral input and oxygenation). Instead, they generate their version of energy by consuming glucose in an anaerobic environment.
Signs of Potassium Imbalance
According to the USDA, normal potassium intake is 4,700 mg/day for adults and 3,000 mg/day for children. Anything below that could result in a deficiency. Some signs that you may be low in potassium include:
-fatigue and weakness
Individuals with cancer commonly suffer from two other potassium-related conditions when high levels of calcium are found in the blood. It is most often seen in individuals with as well as lung cancer and multiple myeloma, and sometimes happens after chemotherapy. It happens because cancer cells spill their intracellular contents upon destruction, causing severe electrolyte imbalance. (Acidity)
Both conditions can be dangerous and even deadly if left untreated since they can affect the kidneys and result in a seizure.
Almost Everyone is Potassium Deficient
According to the USDA, the daily average intake of potassium for most f us is about half the USDA recommendation. This means that more than likely you are low in potassium!
If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above or if you are being treated conventionally for breast cancer, you may consider getting an electrolyte balance test. Including potassium-rich foods such as nuts, squash, lima beans, broccoli and salmon in your diet is also a great idea.
Alkaline minerals play such a huge role in the body and potassium is a vital one. Take measures to get enough potassium from healthy sources every day. Staying in electrolyte balance is crucial for those on a healthy breast journey as well as anyone who wishes to stay vital at any age.
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