Sodium Sensitivity is a Potassium Deficiency

Are you salt-sensitive? Learn more about salt sensitivity and the dangers of too much sodium.


0:00 Introduction: The dangers of too much sodium
0:18 Is sodium bad for you?
0:43 Understanding sodium and potassium
2:26 How to handle salt sensitivity
3:58 Learn more about potassium-rich foods!

Let's talk about salt sensitivity and the dangers of consuming too much salt.

Consuming too much sodium can lead to certain health problems, including:
• Heart disease
• High blood pressure
• Stroke
• Edema
• Increased mortality

The body tends to hold sodium when a person has a potassium deficiency. You can even have salt sensitivity, which causes you to retain sodium and water. But, again, this could be caused by a potassium deficiency.

Sodium and potassium work together in the body. The daily requirements for sodium are 2300 mg, but the daily requirements for potassium are 4700 mg. You really need twice as much potassium as sodium.

Many people aren't consuming enough potassium in their diet but consume a lot of sodium. A genetic problem can also cause some people to be salt sensitive.

I believe one of the best things you can do for salt sensitivity is to increase your potassium. I don't think a low-salt diet is the answer. You don't want to end up having a potassium deficiency and a sodium deficiency.

You need sodium and potassium to support the body in many different ways. If you're deficient in these key electrolytes, you could experience arrhythmias, fatigue, and weakness.

Overall, you need sodium, but you need a lot more potassium.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 57, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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  1. Zarreen Baig on January 30, 2023 at 11:10 am

    Wow sir your immense knowledge is really an eye opening for whole world

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 30, 2023 at 6:29 pm

      Happy you found it useful! Be well!
      -Dr. Berg’s support team

  2. TRUST on January 30, 2023 at 11:15 am

    Dr. Berg, Dr. Carolyn Dean said in one of her videos that Vit D blocks the absorption of Magnesium and in your Mag Glycinate formula you have vitamin D. Can you do a video clarifying whether Vit D blocks absorption of Mg or not? Thank you.

    • Sheryl777 on January 30, 2023 at 6:55 pm

      Go to Dr. Berg’s channel and type this in the search bar there – High Doses of Vitamin D Can Deplete Magnesium -…he gives advice on that video about it.

    • TRUST on January 31, 2023 at 7:39 am

      @Sheryl777 Thank you so much!

    • Sheryl777 on January 31, 2023 at 4:04 pm

      @TRUST 😊👍

  3. Michael Pluta on January 30, 2023 at 11:16 am

    Dad jumped on the No Salt bandwagon back in the 1970’s, and I could not change his mind. I wish we could hold the doctors and nutritionist that pushed this false narrative accountable for the harm that they caused for many millions of people. Smh

    • Ian Stuart on January 30, 2023 at 4:24 pm

      For sure, I’m right with you with the SMH!

    • shoehead_82 on January 31, 2023 at 12:33 am

      Sea salt is good for u

    • shoehead_82 on January 31, 2023 at 12:33 am

      Sea salt is good for u

    • Jay Bee on January 31, 2023 at 6:36 am

      If it means anything to you, blood testing was primitive by today’s standards, a GPs surgery was lucky to have a stethoscope. Hundreds of millions of people walked around with hypertension from eating huge amounts of Trans fat, and the extra salt could have pushed them over a cliff. Followed no-salt myself from 20 to my mid 30’s when the advice had changed and blood testing flourished finally, same week I broke all my personal bests in the weights room.

      RIP, sir.

    • MrD on January 31, 2023 at 7:59 pm

      I did no salt, not beause i thought it was bad, but because i didn’t like the taste, lets just say i got quite sick, i got a big double chin , thirsty no matter how much i drank, for real i could drink 1 litre in a sitting and still feel thirsty but i couldnt drink anymore because i was full. Once i realized what the problem was i started adding lots of salt and within days i started to reverse the issue, i remember after adding sault i was feeling so satisfied from actually being able to quench my thirst for the first time in like years.

  4. Sabrina and husband on January 30, 2023 at 11:17 am

    Thank you for the info as always Dr Berg 🌸

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 30, 2023 at 11:30 am

      You’re very welcome!

  5. Joel Menezes on January 30, 2023 at 11:20 am

    Dr.Berg is the best doctor!! I am learning a lot from this channel.. thank you so much.. 😄🙏❤️

    • Wood Man on January 30, 2023 at 12:39 pm


    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 30, 2023 at 6:31 pm

      Most welcome! Be well!
      -Dr. Berg’s support team

    • Tigest Samuel on February 2, 2023 at 7:23 am

      Me too .. oh my God.. he is truly a life saver ..

  6. Gail Becker on January 30, 2023 at 11:21 am

    I love your Electrolyte powder with Magnesium, Potassium, and more. Not only is it healthy and increases my energy, but it tastes very good too. Moreover, I love that you use Himalayan salt though I do not use salt much. However, I do use Pink Himalayan salt whenever certain recipes call for it. GOD Bless you, Dr. Berg. 🙌🏼🙏🏽🙌🏼

    • eyeYQ2 on January 30, 2023 at 2:28 pm

      You MUST have salt! Yeah, I too like his powder.

  7. M8 on January 30, 2023 at 11:23 am

    Putting Himalayan sea salt on an Avocado is a perfect way to get sodium, potassium, AND magnesium 🥑🤟🏽

    • Ann Rhodes on January 30, 2023 at 11:17 pm

      @An Equal you can “lose it”in a blended smoothie full of other flavors.

    • Ann Rhodes on January 30, 2023 at 11:19 pm

      @_ those are bits of the Himalayas!!

    • TRUST on January 31, 2023 at 7:48 am

      @An Equal  Try it again. Add some salt and some fresh lemon or lime juice. I love it with some sea salt, minced onion, little bit of garlic and cilantro with lemon/lime juice- mash the avocado and mix all ingredients- its sooo good. Sometimes, I use it as a spread, like mayonnaise 😆 or as a side.

    • Nan's Global Kitchen on January 31, 2023 at 2:54 pm

      @Dakoder II Where did you buy your potassium chloride from and how much do you take per day? Thankyou in advance!

    • doublemetal on February 1, 2023 at 7:48 am

      I m taking swanson potassium capsules. The content is 99mg per capsules. In order to take 4700mg, does this means that i have to take 47 pill each day?

  8. Experiment HealthyKeto on January 30, 2023 at 11:47 am

    I’m definitely so thankful for these data that you have explained earlier and I have started to use them since a few years and these have been such basic to decrease my cravings, increase my energy, to the point I can do weight resistance now, and I regained my youth and strength and all the hours that I don’t think about foods…❤❤❤

    • Ian Stuart on January 30, 2023 at 3:24 pm

      Big congrats to you Madame. Not a bad thing to feel healthier!

    • Kate Brown on January 30, 2023 at 7:50 pm

      Congratulations 🎊

  9. judith O on January 30, 2023 at 12:14 pm

    Thank you, my brother just had a stroke, we are going through a very difficult two days 🙏🏼 😢 No movement on his right side ,can you do a video on STROKE please.

    • Am on January 30, 2023 at 12:39 pm

      He has one … he also has a video on what to do after a stroke look it up . Just type “stroke Dr berg” and it will pull up

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 30, 2023 at 6:36 pm

      Here you go:
      Hope it helps answer your question!
      -Dr. Berg’s support team

  10. Lady Face on January 30, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    This super human is beyond a doctor
    He is a Healer! 🙌

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 30, 2023 at 7:10 pm

      Glad to be an inspiration.

    • Nudrat AB on January 30, 2023 at 9:18 pm

      @Dr. Eric Berg DC u are a hero brother,may Allah bless u😍

  11. Rocky Fjord on January 30, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    I began taking Potassium and Magnesium and B1, based upon an earlier video. My PTSD and anxiety had been off the charts.
    Though circumstances also changed, I have the impression at least that those three supplements have made some difference.

  12. shabasa613 on January 30, 2023 at 3:45 pm

    It’s uncanny how many times I have had a nutrition question that Dr. Berg will come out with a video the next day that answers the question.

  13. Andrea Gibson on January 30, 2023 at 4:52 pm

    Thank you for this. It makes so much sense. I am now increasing my potassium intake to see if my blood pressure goes down. I want to do it the natural way, not with pharmaceuticals. I had been taking only 99mg potassium daily.

  14. A. Grace on January 30, 2023 at 6:59 pm

    The fact that we get free medical videos on YouTube by Dr. Berg is truly a gift. 👍❤🎉

  15. James Gilliam on January 30, 2023 at 8:52 pm

    A while back, I added up how much potassium I was getting in my diet and found I had probably never gotten much more than 30% per day ever in my life. I take a flavored powder in water now that supplies 50%.

    • Katie on January 31, 2023 at 1:13 am

      How do you feel? Any changes?

    • Jim Gilliam on January 31, 2023 at 1:52 am

      @Katie The calf cramps I got when waking up after tennis have stopped. If you’ve never had calf cramps, they are agonizing. So far so good.

  16. ALEX Z on January 30, 2023 at 9:29 pm

    Hello, my question is:
    How safe is it to take a few potassium supplement pills per day?
    I, for example, have been taking around 6 potassium pills 2-3 times a day after watching a bunch of your videos. That’s because I simply cannot consume enough greens per day to fulfill that role. I eat some of course, but it’s very difficult for me to munch too many leaves, so I supplement it with the pills. But does it actually get processed properly by my kidneys and the liver, or does most of it actually get dumped, and perhaps causes certain damage in the process???
    Because you did mention in this video that the excess of potassium easily gets taken out of the system by the kidneys! So I wonder if those potassium pills actually reach their intended destination or not. Thank you!

    • Fatima Andres on January 31, 2023 at 5:14 am

      Tambem gostava d saber

  17. Hauwa Agwae on January 30, 2023 at 11:03 pm

    Thanks Doctor Berg for opening our eyes to this. We love you loads sir ❤ got to share this with some friends. God bless you sir 🙏 🙌

  18. Mia Reynolds on January 31, 2023 at 2:37 am

    Thank you Dr. Berg! You deserve the Nobel Peace Prize!🏆🏅

  19. Todd A. Beck, Capt., CHHP on January 31, 2023 at 3:40 am

    1000% agree! I first learned this about 20 years ago and it’s amazing how many folks I have come across where proper potassium intake makes salt (sea salt w Iodine supplement) a non-issue, heart disease or not with myself a prime example. Great work as always Doc!

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