The #1 Nutrient Deficiency in High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

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Learn about one of the top causes of hypertension and how one important mineral can help.

0:00 Introduction: Essential hypertension
0:32 What is high blood pressure?
1:11 What causes hypertension?
2:29 Potassium and heart health
4:04 Best sources of potassium
5:08 How to lower blood pressure naturally

In this video, we’re going to take a look at hypertension. Ninety percent of all hypertension is considered essential hypertension. This means the cause is unknown. Anti-hypertensive medication is one of the most prescribed medicines in the world.

Normal blood pressure is 120/80. Research suggests a strong relationship between potassium deficiency and high blood pressure. Many people are deficient in potassium because the requirements are so high—4700 mg daily.

You need about half as much sodium as potassium, but many people consume three times as much sodium as potassium!

Potassium directly controls the tone of the vascular system. This directly affects blood pressure. Potassium also supports the endothelial layer of the arteries and helps improve insulin resistance.

Potassium supplements often only contain 99 mg of potassium, which is incredibly low considering how much potassium you actually need.

You can get potassium from salad, but you must consume around 7 to 10 cups daily. This also provides magnesium. The combination of potassium and magnesium can help reduce high blood pressure.

Diets high in carbs and sugar cause you to lose potassium. Adrenaline and cortisol deplete potassium as well.

To support healthy blood pressure levels, try increasing your salad intake. You can also look for a high-quality electrolyte powder that's high in potassium.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, 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, 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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Thanks for watching! I hope this explains why potassium is the best mineral for lowering blood pressure naturally. I’ll see you in the next video.

76 responses to “The #1 Nutrient Deficiency in High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)”

  1. Nothing like the truth! Went to drs and they’re not interested getting to root of problem just prescribing junk. I took myself off and started listening to REAL DRS!!!!❤ Ty Dr Berg!

    • I felt the same way. I ask questions no answer and I’m like well there has to be some cause… i didn’t always have a high bp. And no one in my family has it. Of course no answer. So i started doing research on my own. Not once did they ever say if you’re nutrient deficient it can cause HBP.

    • There are evil drs and good drs. The evil ones work at hospitals and the good ones go on yoitube but they are trying to ban youtube

  2. Excellent info Dr Berg!! Who woulda thought!! 🥴 In fact I just read that avocados 🥑 are the TOP food source for potassium — and I eat at least one per day — occasionally two! We always stock up on avocados every trip to Costco, and once they just BARELY get ripe they are placed into the vegetable compartment of our refrigerator to slow the ripening process allowing them to be eaten over the course of the next week or even two! 👍

    From Healthline — Avocados are packed with nutrients, and one avocado provides roughly 15% of your daily potassium needs. They’re also rich in vitamin K and folate.

    • I had some BP medicine. .then I ran out of it..I got some rad headache I couldn’t shake with anything & I didn’t know Y. I went to a hospital after two months of this put on an IV my BP was so high..they kept me on that for 11 hours as it wasn’t coming down ..from 3:00 p m. Till 2:00 a.m. then had me leave ..with some pill scrip but nothing was open at that hour .I was very distraught

    • Avocados are awesome and delicious, at least at their PRIME ripeness point, which only lasts for a few short days, literally…

      Unless, (and this is an addition to what you said about putting them in the vegetable drawer of your fridge), (avocados are actually a tropical FRUIT, BTW!), but anyway, an even MORE effective way to keep avocados for a long time in the refrigerator is when they’re just about ripe enough to use, right before then place them into a jar and completely submerge them in filtered water and tightly seal the top of the jar, then place that sealed jar with the water and avocado(s) in it into the fridge, on ANY shelf that’s convenient, and the avocado(s) that are completely submerged in the clean water this way will keep for many weeks without spoiling, or getting too ripe to use!

      The key points are to make sure the avocados stay completely submerged so that NO AIR can get to them, that you always use filtered water, NOT just straight out of the tap, AND that you always thoroughly wash the outsides of the avocados BEFORE placing them into the water in the jar.

      Try it, it really works!

  3. I recently learned (Dr. Nathan Bryan) that nitric oxide deficiency also plays a role in high blood pressure. Thank you for this informative video

    • Yes, my dad who passed away had extremely high blood pressure issues and when he took a product that naturally increased Nitric oxide called VasqFlow his blood pressure went down even without medication

  4. I eat a large popcorn sized bowl of salad everyday. I recently weighed it and it was nearly 3 lbs. It’s a raw, multi-vegetable salad consisting of 8oz of leafy greens, hand full of baby carrots, 4 portobello mushrooms, 6 shaven brussel sprouts, 1 cup broccoli tops, 2 miniature cucumbers, 1/2 cup of raw onion, 1 cup bell pepper, 1/3 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup of sauerkraut, 1/4 cup kimchi, 3 pickle wedges, salt, pepper, garlic powder, EV olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Then I eat 85 – 100g of protein (beef, salmon, sardines, and/or eggs). This makes my one meal a day. I drink 2 cups of coffee in the morning and then drink 2-3 liters of filtered water with 3 scoops of Dr Berg’s Electrolyte Powder. I also walk 8-9 miles every other day. The powder alone gives me 3,000 mg of potassium and I know the salad gives me plenty of potassium to reach 4,700.

    • awesome routine ,very healthy ! what benefits have you noticed overtime sticking to that diet ?

    • That’s a lot of chewing. Why not cook some of the vegetables? Blanching or lightly sautéing them with garlic, will break down the cell walls and make the nutrients more bioavailable. Most of what you are eating gets crapped out in the toilet and your body isn’t absorbing a lot of nutrition from the raw vegetables

    • Hey that’s all great but check out how paul stammets the mushroom expert talks about portabella mushrooms! They’re such a big industry that it’s kept info, but they are poison! Unless cooked to a perfect point. Scout out a healthy mushroom! 🍄

  5. My husband thought he might have gout, so i picked up some of your electrolyte, and he is doing that multiple times a day. I am interested to see if it also helps his blood pressure now!

  6. I use your electrolyte powder after trying every other alternative because of the price. Absolutely worth it! 👌

    • I wish I could get it in Western Canada! The best electrolyte drink I can get has 400mg of potassium and it has a great effect. Btw, Thank You for content . I’ve been following since my type 2 diagnosis 7 years ago and it has changed my life! @@Drberg

    • @@Drberghi Dr I’m currently taking Your vitamins and the wheat grass juice powder for insulin résistance. can i add your electrolytes powder as potassium supplement as well please ?

  7. Understanding the dynamics behind how human body works is fundamental. Love how you explain everything so clear and straight on point, Dr Berg. Thank you ❤

  8. What I like about Dr Berg is that he goes straight to the point, unlike others on YT who would take about 30 minutes to say something Dr Berg would say in 5 minutes.

  9. Eat healthy, exercise, take vitamin tabs, drink green tea and sleep well … That’s what I’ve done and just celebrated my 85th birthday lately. 😊

  10. This came right on time. I’ve been experiencing high blood pressure for the first time this year.

  11. This is great insightful video, Dr Berg. Natural sources of Potassium (K) are in spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, avocados, beet greens, leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, nuts, dairy, fish and eggs among other fruits, vegetables and legumes, also it’s important to point out that drinking excessive amounts of water may deplete potassium as well. Thank you 🙏🏻❤

    • And drinking water without electrolytes can add to that problem.

      I also think that so many people now drink bottled water, that is filtered and / or never had the necessary minerals in the first place!

      The bulk of the people living in the cities are most likely drinking bottled water, and if they are drinking city water, it going to be processed through the city’s system and get stripped of any relevant minerals it may have had.

    • @@a.williams45I was actually referring to people with HBP. A lot of us could be on less meds if we only drank enough water. I don’t think I had said anyone was denying anything? Please go away, I can sense your ugly attitude. Go in peace ❤

  12. I’ve been on blood pressure meds for a couple of years but I have been two hundred and twenty pounds overweight plus I was diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes. At my doctor’s advice i changed my diet omitting bread,rice, starches, sugar ,pasta and started eating protein and salad with no dressing except for vinegar and have been losing eight pounds per month. One of the meds I’ve been talking is Rybelsus 3mg which helps my body to lose weight. My last doctor’s visit yielded an A1C of 6.9 which was 10.2 last November and 15 two years ago. I’ve also had low kidney function so my potassium was elevated and a low sodium indication but my doctor said that my kidney function has improved. So far my weight has come down from 376 to 345 as of last month and weigh around 338 as of now. I got more weight to lose while eating healthy as my ideal weight is around 145.

    • Blood pressure meds say to not take potassium. I lost a ton of weight and my bp is still high.

    • I’m glad you are making progress. Gradual weight loss is best & the healthy way is by eating nutritious whole foods & NOT processed foods that lack nutrition. You have a good doctor who gives sound advice.

      Eliminate sugar & especially high fructose corn syrup. It cause insulin resistance.

      Eliminate vegetable oils & switch to Extra Virgin Olive Oil

      Be Well.

  13. My mother’s Cardiologist had a hunch as to why she had high bp even with meds; ordered a angiogram and discovered that she did NOT have atherosclerosis in the traditional sense, BUT what she DID have was KIDNEY STENOSIS of 60% on the right side and 40% on the left. When the kidneys are starved of blood, signals are sent to increase supply and increases blood pressure. Stents placed, she went from 145/85 to an average of 120/80.

  14. My blood pressure became constantly high 145/105 so I decided to eat only vegetables for a week. After 5 days it went way down back to normal 125/82

  15. The no. 1 reason why people are so deficient in K today and have high blood pressure is sugar and starches consumption. My dad (71 years old) was for over 10 years on HBP medication. Completely ineffective, treating the symptom not the root cause. Of course doctors told him “It comes with aging, nothing you can do about it”. I introduced him to keto, through dr Berg, Eckberg and others videos – problem solved in 2 weeks. Ever since, he doesn’t need any medication and his BP is average 117/75. And that’s stable blood pressure, for years. Keto also solved other health problems for him, but that’s another topic.

    • I’m a few years younger than your dad. I was diagnosed with HBP in October 2018. Thankfully, our nurse practitioner isn’t like most doctors. When I told him that I would not be taking that water pill the rest of my life, he smiled at me. I started watching Dr. Berg and another MD the first week of May 2019 and started strict Keto with my husband. Within three weeks, 15 pounds of fluid went down the toilet. My pressure was normal. I had run out of the medication a few days before seeing the NP. Pressure normal. He said that if my pressure is normal for another week, that he’d take me off the medication. I haven’t needed the medication since then.

  16. After so much struggles I now own a new house and my family is happy once again everything is finally falling into place!!

  17. Im 67 yrs old. I have your electrolyte powder. My GP died, I ran out of BP meds, I started watching your podcast, I went. From 195 to 155lbs and my BP is like 135-145 over 80.

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