Potassium – Important For Your Body

Potassium Deficiency is not something that comes up when you are healthy. It is something that you should be aware of. Potassium is necessary for all the cells of your body, particularly your muscles.

Potassium Deficiency

Lack of potassium can be mild or severe. The mild type that can be easily regulated. The severe type is known as Hypokalemia can lead to heart attacks, strokes and other life threatening illnesses.

Some symptoms of both types are:

  • Muscle cramps and/or weakness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Fainting
  • Nausea
  • Constipation/bloating
  • Increased urination
  • Depression

Severe deficiency is related to pre-existing issues:

  • Excessive use of laxatives
  • Severe vomitting and diarrhea
  • Use of diuretics
  • Decreased caloric intake
  • Some medications

Mild deficiency can be caused by diet. Excessive use of salt can decrease your potassium levels. If you have a number of symptoms and are concerned see your doctor. If you have some mild symptoms try adding potassium rich food to your diet.

Potassium Rich Foods

Good sources of potassium

Banana – 358 mg

Sweet Potato (baked) – 542 mg

White Potato (baked with skin) – 941 mg

Tomato sauce 1 cup – 738 mg

Watermelon 2 wedges – 641 mg

Avocado 1/2 – 487 mg

There are a number of sites that have large lists of potassium food levels. A couple are Prevention and

Women’s Health.   

Diet

We have all heard that the North American diet is life threatening. Most people eat excessive levels of processed foods and little to no healthy foods. No fast food salads are not healthy. Check out WebMD for some suggestions on how to make fast food salads healthier.

Even those of us that have a fairly healthy diet can look at making sure we have certain foods in our diet. Keeping healthy magnesium levels and potassium levels in our body is important for out quality of life and our health.

PS: 100g of dark chocolate contains 559 mg of potassium. Another reason to love chocolate!

 

This Blog is Not Intended to Replace the Advice of Your Doctor.