Good for you for wanting to educate yourself about the medication you have started..........you are a very wise lady
Patients on Digoxin have to maintain normal serum potassium, magnesium and calcium levels because low potassium, low magnesium and high calcium may predispose you to Digoxin toxicity. Drs. usually advise their patients to consume foods high in potassium and magnesium and foods low in calcium.
Patients are advised to consume foods high potassium
such as bananas, potatoes, beets, parsnips, turnips, broccoli, melons, peaches,
cantaloupes, kiwi, prunes, dried apricots, dates, figs, oranges, tomatoes and
squash, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements.
Digoxin causes magnesium to leak of the cells and be
excreted in urine. Foods high in magnesium are encouraged when patients are
taking Digoxin. Examples of Foods high in magnesium include spinach, bananas,
beans, soybeans, cashew nuts, almonds, peanut, peanut butter, halibut,
potatoes, oatmeal, bran flakes, wheat bran, yogurt, brown rice, raisins and
milk, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements.
Patients taking Digoxin are advised to limit
consumption of foods high in calcium such as milk, yogurt, cheese, tofu,
salmon, spinach, kale, ice cream, soy beverage, broccoli, sardines, calcium
fortified orange juice and calcium fortified cereals, according to the Office
of Dietary Supplements.
If you have not already, I would strongly suggest that you ask your Dr. for a referral to a Registered Dietician who can help you set up your meal plan as well as provide you with print materials re what to eat and the amounts of certain foods to ingest to help you with meal planning.
You may want to ask the Dietician for some smoothy recipes.
Keep talking with us and remember we are not medical professionals so always check with your Dr. before making any drastic changes in your diet as well as keep your lab appoinments to monitor your Digoxin levels.
I wish you peace and happiness,