3. Furosemide is a "water pill" (diuretic) that increases the amount of urine you make, which causes your body to get rid of excess water. This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. This medication also reduces swelling/fluid retention (edema) which can result from conditions such as congestive heart failure, liver disease, or kidney disease. This can help to improve symptoms such as trouble breathing.
Why is furosemide prescribed?
When taking furosemide, be sure to increase your potassium intake. Your potassium levels may drop as a result of taking furosemide. Potassium is an essential electrolyte that is important for muscle function, your heart, kidneys, and nervous system. If you have a potassium deficiency you may notice yourself getting abnormally weak, confused, tired, and experience a lack of coordination. Potasium deficiency can even cause heart irregularities.
People who exercise regularly need more potassium intake than those who don’t. This is simply because among other things, sweat contains the potassium electrolytes. Most people know that it is very important to stay hydrated when exercising, but keep in mind that it’s also worth keeping up your electrolyte levels.
Here are a few ideas of healthy meals with high potassium that are easy to incorporate into your everyday life:
For breakfast- Make yourself a nice banana smoothie with milk. You could also add blackberries, peaches, and strawberries- all are fruits with high potassium content, and they are great in smoothies.
For lunch- Enjoy a fresh spinach salad with tomatoes, turkey, bell peppers, and fresh mushrooms. The key is to keep away from the pre-made stuff. Keep to fresh ingredients whenever possible.
For dinner- You could make a nice roasted chicken and serve it with lima beans and green beans.
For dessert- Throw together a fruit salad with grapes, blueberries, apples, oranges, and raspberries.
For a snack: Keep a banana in your desk at work for a super charged potassium snack (400 mg) with low calories (80 per banana).
Lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes
Increase blood sugar in people with hypoglycemia
Aid in weight loss
Help in athletic training (such as for body building)
Treat polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
Help with depression or other mood disorders.