Issues with Potassium Gluconate


Hi there,

In order to achieve 4700.00 mg of potassium daily I need to ingest approximately 30 g of potassium gluconate. When I first added this to my Soylent recipe I began getting the following symptoms:

  • Severe diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Headaches
  • Mental confusion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pains

The only other things I was consuming throughout the day were green tea, coffee and water.
I believe that these are symptoms of hyperkalemia. I dropped the potassium gluconate down from 30 g to 3 g - which brought me into a daily intake of 680.75 mg of potassium. After doing this all negative symptoms disappeared.
I was wondering if anyone else has had this experience. My thoughts are that I could try and increase my dosage of potassium very slowly until I reach the RDA amount, watching out for any unfavourable reactions. What do you think? I do have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) but as far as my specialist is aware, my kidneys are working just fine. I would like to hear your thoughts on this matter, any input that you may have is deeply appreciated.

Warmest regards,


I wouldn’t be surprised if the body basically gets a system shock by the sudden change in electrolyte ratio… but as you can see here, it does indeed seem some of your symptoms are listed as side effects


Some people have the reported symptoms when taking Soylent 1.0. It’s been attributed to the sudden increase in potassium and is temporary. One advantage of doing DIY soylent is you can slowly ramp up your intake over time and give your body a chance to adjust. I would increase the dose by 3g a day till you either have a reaction or you get to 30g whichever happens first.

I personally use enough potassium citrate (7.7g) to achieve the recommend 4.7g of potassium and suffer no symptoms. I could just be one of the lucky ones that doesn’t have a reaction.


Sorry for the bump, but was looking for a cheaper sorce of Potassium, and just had to reply to this one.

@Lucy You need to check your maths.

5.99g of “Potassium Gluconate” = 1gram of Potassium

so your intake of 30 grams of “Potassium Gluconate”, would give you 6.95 grams of Potassium
(Female RDA being around 4.7 grams)

So you were overdosing to the tune of 15+ Grams a week, no wonder you had noticeable effects.

Wiki - 5.99 g of potassium gluconate contains 1 g of potassium


Seeing as the OP doesn’t post a link to her recipe we can’t be sure she is using pure potassium gluconate or even what brand she is using. Potassium Gluconate from Bulk Supplements says that 435mg of the powder gives 69mg of potassium. So to get the full 4.7g exclusively from the powder she would have to add 28.63g of the powder. I would think that at least some of the other ingredients would of given at least some potassium. So its not impossible she was/is over doing her potassium intake.

I prefer Potassium Citrate from the same company. It has a much higher potassium per gram ratio and other health benefits. 275mg of powder gives 99mg of potassium. So to get the full 4.7g exclusively from the powder you would need about 13g of the powder.


I was looking at Citrate, as Gluconate is the second most expensive thing in my recipe.
However being in the UK, the recommended intake over here, and around the EU is 2g a day, so I’m still researching exactly how much would be most beneficial.