# Nutrient balance question

For potassium and sodium circle at the bottom of the screen, this is on an iPad, what does the 0 and the 6 on both sides of the graph mean?

• @kizzy

This is the scale on the dial; starting at zero on the left and 6 on the right.
Your ratio (calculated from the foods you have added to your diary) is shown in the middle.

Best,

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• I can understand it starting at zero but what does the six mean?

• The 6 represents the top of that particular scale. In other words the dial goes from 0-6. Since we are representing a ratio on the dial, there are no units.

This is meant to give you a quick way to visually see where your ratio is currently sitting.

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• Thanks a big help

• If one is trying to control BP by using the DASH eating plan the goal is to get the diet Na to <1,500 mg and the diet K to >4,700 mg. It is customary to use the Na/K ratio rather than the other way around as the lower the Na/K ratio gets the more likely you are going to get a BP effect from DASHing. In milligram ratio this would a ratio of < 1,500/4,700 or ~ 0.32. I can provide the ratio if one thinks in mM as well.

• I am not clear why the ratio Cronometer is using is Na/K rather than K/Na. Can this be changed by user?

• if I prepare a ketogenic dessert at home, how can I add it to the "cronometer"? that is, how do I enter the right quantities of Protein, Carboidrai and Fat?

• @Lowerbp2

We don't have the option to customize nutrient ratios - thanks for the suggestion!

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• @Lucio5325

You can create custom recipes in Cronometer. When you add ingredients to your recipe, the software will calculate all your macros from the ingredients you have added.

We have a great article in our user manual walking you through making a recipe, here: https://cronometer.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360018510311-Create-Custom-Recipe

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• Can you then add Na/K as a general option. This would be useful for those with CHF or renal disease including the 1 Billion in the world with high blood pressure that should be on the low Na DASH eating plan. Seems to me like a pretty big market but then I am not in marketing.

• Hi Lowerbp2,

I will talk to the team about making this change.

Cheers,

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