Q: I feel embarrassed even worrying about this, but I have been dealing with an annoying twitch in my eyelid for the last couple of weeks. Sometimes it stops for a little while — but it always seems to return. It’s become a full-blown nuisance and is even preventing me from sleeping. Should I be concerned?
Dr. Wright: Any time you are concerned about a health issue, particularly if it disrupts your sleep or normal routines, you should talk to your doctor. Very often, your body is trying to tell you something.
In the case of persistent eyelid twitching, your body is very likely sending you the signal that it needs more potassium. Perhaps you haven’t been getting as many fruits and vegetables — the best dietary sources of potassium — as your body needs. If that’s the case, you’ll need to make some adjustments to your diet.
In the meantime, there’s a simple switch you can make — starting today — that should eliminate those eyelid twitches and give your body the potassium it needs even faster than fruits and vegetables alone. Go to your local natural food store, or even the supermarket, and look for 100 percent potassium chloride salt (not sodium chloride). It’s usually sold in 3-ounce “twist-lid” shakers.
Once you get home, switch out your “regular” salt with the potassium chloride salt and sprinkle as much of it on your food as your taste buds can tolerate. One note of caution: Be sure to taste as you go! Some people find that potassium chloride salt is “stronger” or more pungent than regular sodium chloride salt.
If you don’t prefer it in your food, you can dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of potassium chloride salt in water and swallow that once a day. Use potassium chloride to get your eyelid twitching quickly under control, and use a potassium-rich diet to keep twitches from coming back. And always remember — when your body is talking, be sure to listen.
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