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#1 MOST Missing Nutrient in Diabetes - Dr. Berg

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 03/10/2022

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This is the most important nutrient for diabetic symptoms, weight loss, and fat burning.

0:00 Introduction: The best nutrient for diabetes

0:20 Diabetes explained

2:15 Symptoms of high blood sugar

2:58 The most important nutrient for diabetics

5:05 How to test your potassium levels

6:00 What causes a potassium deficiency?

7:55 Potassium-rich foods

10:50 Check out my other video on potassium!

Today I’m going to share the most important nutrient for diabetes, weight loss, and fat burning.

A person with diabetes has high blood sugar, insulin resistance, and high or low insulin.

Symptoms of high blood sugar:

• Increased thirst

• Increased urination (especially at night)

• Fatigue (especially after you eat)

• Blurred vision

• Hunger

• Cravings (especially for carbs)

• Mood changes (anger or sadness)

Insulin needs potassium to help regulate or lower blood sugar. If you have insulin resistance, you need more potassium to balance out your blood sugar levels.

If you don’t have enough potassium, your blood sugar levels will go higher and higher. Glucose also needs potassium to be able to enter the cells. If glucose can’t enter the cells, it begins to build up, causing high blood glucose.

A potassium deficiency also puts you at a higher risk for diabetes, insulin resistance, weight gain, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and a fatty liver. The body requires 4700 mg of potassium every day.

Causes of a potassium deficiency:

• Refined carbs and sugar


• Diuretics

• Stress

• Diabetes

• Exercise

Potassium is the most important mineral to start consuming to help regulate your blood sugars and decrease the need for medication.

Foods high in potassium:

• Lima beans (not keto-friendly)

• Avocados

• Melon (not keto-friendly)

• Brown sugar (not keto-friendly)

• Beet tops (high in oxalates)

• Leafy greens

Consuming leafy greens is the best way to get potassium. A quality electrolyte powder is also a great way to get potassium.




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