One of the nutrient minerals that can be included in one’s diet which can help maintain the body’s normal fluid balance is potassium. If an individual has low levels of potassium in his bloodstreams, he can develop a disease called hypokalemia. This disease has different symptoms but nevertheless do not produce dark circles under the eyes. Let us then know more about low potassium and dark circles.
About Low Potassium
It was listed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s PubMed Health the potential causes of hypokalemia. This includes the use of diuretic medications, use of antibiotic medications, sweating, diarrhea, vomiting, bulimia or other eating disorders and the presence of any disease which can alter the kidney’s ability to filter out potassium and return it to the blood stream. Hypokalemia can also be developed if you consume licorice and any licorice containing products with the ingredient glycyrrhetinic acid. Glycyrrhetinic acid is banned from licorice which is made in the United States.
Effects of Low Potassium
The normal blood values for potassium ranges from 3.5 and 5.5 mEq/L. If you have potassium level that is slightly below this normal average, the “Merck Manual for Health Care Professionals” said that you will unlikely experience any related health problems. However if your potassium deficits is bigger, you will likely experience muscle spasms or weakness, muscle paralysis, lung paralysis or failure, heart rhythm abnormalities, constipation, fatigue and rhabdomyolysis, a form of muscle tissue damage. If a person suffers from hypokalemia for a longer period of time, he will develop malfunction of kidney which can lead to urinary ailment called polyuria and secondary polydipsia.
Causes of Under-Eye Circles
As mentioned by Mayo Clinic, the possible causes of dark circles under the eyes are inadequate sleep, emotional or physical stress, alcohol intake, smoking, fatigue, allergies, nasal congestion, genes, and a skin rash known as atopic dermatitis or eczema. Rubbing the eyes or scratching it can also lead to the development of dark circles. Also if you have skin coloring irregularities, too much sun exposure or experience skin thinning related to aging and if you suffer from fat and tissue loss, all of these can cause the blood vessels under the eyes more prominent.
According to Mayo Clinic, there are some cases that shadows cast by puffy eyelids can mimic the look of under eye circles. The same is true with age-related hollow under the eyes, it also look like dark circles. For irregularities of skin coloring that are related with under eye circles usually seen in African and American people and also with Asian-American descent. However, if you observed unexplained dark circles under your eyes, you must see your doctor for proper diagnosis and for more information about your condition. Ask your doctor also about some information regarding the potential consequences of low blood potassium.
Low potassium and dark circles, like fatty foods and dark circles, are not related directly. However, you know very well that a healthy body will make sure your skin is healthy as well. With this said, you have pay attention to having a properly-balanced diet to prevent dark circles from happening.