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Are You Getting Enough Potassium?

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Are You Getting Enough Potassium?

What is potassium and what does it do for you?

Potassium is an essential mineral found in every cell in the body. It has a strong relationship with sodium, calcium, and magnesium. Maintaining a balance between all of these minerals is important for good health. Potassium is the third most abundant mineral in the body. It is an electrolyte that regulates the proper function of every cell in your body. It is often referred to as the wonder mineral and, when you read the list below, you can see why!

When most people hear about potassium they usually think about eating ‘bananas‘.  Bananas are a good source of potassium, but they’re not a great source as they are a high sugar food–so no more then one a day.  You should also make sure you want more potassium!

Potassium helps your body:

  • keep your heartbeat regular
  • makes sure your muscles work right
  • aids rheumatic or arthritic conditions by causing acids to leave the joints, thus eases stiffness
  • maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body
  • transmit nerve impulses
  • regulate your fluid and electrolyte balance, keeping you hydrated
  • maintain healthy, strong bones
  • maintain blood pressure
  • regulate the transfer of nutrients into cells
  • eliminate wastes
  • control convulsions, headaches and migraines
  • in the healing of cuts, bruises and injuries faster
  • promote balanced pH levels
  • decrease bone loss associated with aging
  • reduce kidney stone risk
  • increase energy

Keeping the right amount of potassium in your body is a balancing act made possible by healthy kidneys. If your kidneys are not healthy, it may be beneficial to limit high-potassium foods so the potassium in your blood is doesn’t reach dangerous levels.

Next page: Symptoms of potassium deficiency and top potassium foods. 

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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2:17PM PDT on Oct 16, 2014

Thank you for the article! My last CBC revealed I was a little low on potassium. I have struggled for many years with eating disorders and wonder if that's a contributing factor. I'm working on adding more K to my diet!

3:19AM PDT on Jun 11, 2013

i feel it depends too on our levels of energy expense. the more you put out, the more you need to replenish.

9:07AM PDT on May 15, 2013

I doubt that I get enough of it.... I only eat a banana and stuff like that once in a great while

11:42PM PDT on May 14, 2013

I would love to read more about this

11:15PM PDT on May 14, 2013

I sometimes feel this muscle spasms and leg cramps and I didn't know that it's the symptoms of deficiency in potassium until I read this article. Oh my, thank you for this article!

3:22PM PDT on May 10, 2013


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1:50AM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

It's funny how many different ways there are to eat correct and survive life...

11:49AM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

INCORRECT: HYPOKALEMIA IS TOO LITTLE POTASSIUM IN THE BLOOD! HYPO means "small" just as hypoglycemia is too little glucose in the blood.

2:02AM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

thank you for sharing

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