7 Symptoms of Low Potassium (Listen to Your Body)

Potassium levels in your body help ensure that all of your muscles (including your heart) work the way they should. The level of potassium in your blood helps control your blood pressure. If you have too much potassium your blood pressure could rise too high, too little and it can drop dangerously low, according to WebMD.

Because your blood affects so many different parts of your body, low potassium levels could create a bevy of different symptoms including:

1. Heart palpitations

Your heart is the most important muscle in your body. Because potassium levels are vital to ensuring your muscles operate properly, if your levels are too low, your heart may beat faster or slower to compensate. In the most severe cases, low potassium can lead to heart failure, according to Harvard Medical School.

2. Weakness

Low potassium makes it difficult for your muscles to work properly, you may feel tired or weak because your muscles don’t have enough energy to function, according to LiveStrong.

3. Arm and leg cramps

The potassium levels in your body are delicate. If you don’t have enough potassium in your blood stream, your muscles won’t work properly, which could lead to cramping and twitching.

4. Abdominal cramps and constipation

You may experience abdominal cramps if your potassium levels are low because of the muscles inside of our stomach and intestines. If your potassium drops too low, it could stop your intestinal activity completely.

5. Extreme thirst

When your potassium levels drop, your body tries to shed excess fluids to get your body back in balance. This will also make you very thirsty. Over time, you could become dehydrated and weak.

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