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Good sources of magnesium

brown rice



wholemeal flour


green vegetables



Good sources of potassium

fruits and vegetables. 




Some other effects can lead to excessive losses of potassium from the body:

Prolonged use of stimulant laxatives, such as those that contain senna, can cause excessive loss of potassium.
Cisplatin, a chemotherapy medication, may cause excessive loss of potassium.
Steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, including prednisone and cortisone, increase the loss of potassium in the urine.
Neomycin, an antibacterial drug, decreases blood levels of potassium by reducing the absorption of dietary potassium and/or increasing urinary excretion of potassium.
Theopylline and aminopylline, medications used in the treatment of asthma, may promote potassium deficiency.
Tobramycin, an antibiotic that is administered intravenously, can cause potassium depletion.
Diuretics, or “water pills”, flush fluid out of the body, and are often prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure. While certain diuretics “spare” potassium, others decrease potassium levels. Because potassium can be helpful in maintaining normal blood pressure, these diuretics may make it even more difficult to treat high blood pressure.

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