Potassium Deficiency; Symptoms & Potassium Rich Foods

How much potassium do I need daily?

Daily recommendations of potassium differ according to age, sex, daily activity, the person’s status of health, metabolic, and medical conditions. But, the recommended potassium amount according to the World Health Organization (WHO) is:

  • From birth to 6 months: 400 mg
  • Infants from 7 to 12 months: 860 mg
  • Children from 1 to 3 years: 2000 mg
  • Children from 4 to 8 years: 2300 mg
  • Boys from 9 to 13 years: 2500 mg
  • Girls from 9 to 13 years: 2300 mg
  • Teen boys from 14 to 18 years: 3000 mg
  • Teen girls from 14 to 18 years: 2300 mg
  • Male adult from 19 to 50 years: 3400 mg
  • Female adult from 19 to 50 years: 2600 mg
  • Pregnant teens from 14 to 18: 2600 mg
  • Pregnant women from 19 to 50: 2900 mg
  • Breastfeeding teens from 14 to 18: 2500 mg
  • Breastfeeding women from 19 to 50: 2800 mg
  • Male seniors from 51 years and older: 3400 mg
  • Female seniors from 51 years and older: 2600 mg

People at risk of potassium deficiency may need more than the daily potassium recommendation.

Potassium rich foods