How is potassium obtained by the body?

Updated: Jun 20, 2018
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Potassium is obtained through the diet. Common potassium-rich foods include meats, beans, tomatoes, potatoes, and fruits such as bananas. Gastrointestinal (GI) absorption is complete, resulting in daily excess intake of about 1 mEq/kg (60-100 mEq).


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