How much potassium does iodine contain

One of the many confusing aspects of iodine is how it’s combined with other elements to make things like Potassium Iodide(KI) and Lugol’s Solution as two examples. Read more about different types of iodine at

Iodine is being combined in these different ways to help more of it become suspended in the solution, or to create a different nutrient for our body.

Some people avoid iodine because their doctor told them to avoid potassium(which is insane, maybe we should find a solution instead of just skipping a really important nutrient..). And some people ask if consuming iodine will provide enough potassium to meet their 4,000mg daily potassium amount.

Potassium Iodide

Not only do a few people use potassium iodide by itself, but it’s also one of the components of Lugols solution.

Potassium iodide is 1 part potassium and 1 part iodine. So for every milligram(mg) of iodine we get, we’re also getting 1mg of potassium.

That means we would have to consume 4,000mg of iodine via potassium iodide to reach 4,000mg of potassium. I’ve been using iodine for 7 years and do not see any reason to go above 50mg(of lugols) and I rarely take that much. People using larger amounts are using it as a stimulant, which might be ok under certain circumstances but likely isn’t a how we reach our max potential.

Lugols Solution

Lugols is 1 part Potassium Iodide(KI) and 1 part elemental iodine. And because KI is 1 part potassium 1 part iodine, lugols becomes 2 parts iodine 1 part potassium, which is about 33% potassium

This means we would need to consume 10,000mg of lugols to get roughly 3,300mg of potassium.

Calculate lugols at

So, what does this mean?

Most people are starting low and working their way up slowly. Some people make their way up to 50mg of lugols and others keep going for some reason.

I’m using 100mg of Lugols just because it’s an easy round number, which provides about 33mg of potassium, or 0.8% of our RDA of 4,000mg potassium.

Do we really need 4,000mg pot?

The RDA for potassium is 4,000mg per day for adults. Even if we eat really good food all day, it’s almost impossible to get to 4k. We would have to eat 2 head of cauliflower to get close to 4k. Or we would need to consume 8 bananas. I’ve eaten enough good food to provide this much potassium but never noticed my potassium related symptoms change from it.

This is a touch off topic, but I personally do not see benefits above a few hundred mg of potassium. I have a feeling most of us cannot use it. So it’s not that we’re not getting enough, it’s that our cells are so bound up that we can’t utilize more.

I use Seeking Health’s electrolytes for 500mg of potassium but I do not use this daily yet sometimes I use more than one dose if I notice benefits.

Solo “potassium” supplements do not go above 100mg because it’s not great to supplement potassium by itself. Certain important nutrients like this need other nutrients around or our body cannot handle or use them properly. Plus it’s extremely dangerous to get a large dose of potassium stuck in our throat which is why it’s in powder that is mixed with water.

After drinking coconut water just about daily and trying various potassium supplements, the first time I noticed potassium benefits happened directly after my 5th or so coffee enema. After completing the CE, I felt very drained. And then as I sipped a coconut water a few minutes later like I  have many time before. But this time I felt energy surge through my body, and a handful of potassium issues started resolving themselves over time.

I think what happened is the CE helped me dislodge a toxicity that somehow had potassium bound up. And now with that stuff removed I was able to replenish some potassium with coconut water. Had I consumed electrolyte powder, I likely would have noticed something similar.

In this screenshot from my write up about sulfites, we can see a few forms of preservatives that combine potassium with some form of sulfites.

Maybe this means nothing at all. But I can’t help wonder if this type of substance is created in our our cells bend over backwards attempting to mitigate an extremely toxic environment.

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