Health Benefits of Potassium
Everyone thinks of potassium as soon as they start to experience cramps, which could be terribly painful, especially with a deficiency in…you guessed it, potassium! There are other great, useful benefits of potassium as well. It isn’t just a cramp-aid, although that is one of everyone’s favorite advantages. This list doesn’t include every single benefit of potassium, but these are my personal faves.
Firstly, potassium intake can reduce the risk of two very critical health issues, including cardiovascular disease and strokes. There are certain studies that show a decrease in these issues, while some still believe that it has no effect on such health matters. Whichever you believe, it is better to be safe than sorry; plus, later I will list some healthy foods that are high in potassium, so it’s a win, win!
Second, potassium can defend against muscle mass loss and (in the same aspect) can help prevent heart burn. Potassium can relieve an overly acidic diet, which can dismiss heart burn, or help in doing so. For those of you that eat overly acidic foods, this can be of help to you. If you are finding yourself with heartburn more than normal, read my article about Apple Cider Vinegar. P.s. It will help!
Another advantage of eating foods high in potassium is its strength in providing electrolytes. Electrolytes aid your cells in conveying electrical impulses to and from the brain. It’s safe to say that having a healthy quantity of electrolytes is significant to our daily operations. In addition, if you are recovering from a flu or stomach bug, where you have lost some fluids, it is always a good idea to replenish your electrolytes.
These benefits of potassium can go on and on, ranging from keeping your bones healthy to regulating a healthy blood sugar level to constipation relief. But wait, there’s more! Fatigue, mood changes, and low/high blood pressure are all symptoms of a potassium deficiency. Now that we know of the many benefits of potassium, look over this list and see how you can improve your potassium intake. Don’t forget, everything in moderation, so don’t go eating 5 bananas for breakfast!
Foods High in Potassium
½ Avocado – 500mg
½ Sweet Potato – 300-350mg
1c Broccoli – 450mg
Banana – 425mg
4oz Salmon – 425mg
½ c Raisins – 500mg
These are just a few. There are many other foods that are potassium-rich, including pistachios, white beans, and chicken! Since there are so many foods that are high in potassium, none of us really have an excuse. Thanks for reading and leave your thoughts in the comments section below!
Kim Shapira MS, RD