What is Potassium?
Potassium is a very important mineral that our bodies need to keep functioning properly. Potassium functions as an electrolyte. An electrolyte conducts electricity when it is dissolved in water. The electricity is useful for many processes such as fluid balance. It is known to be found in bananas, but potassium can be found in many different types of food.
The Benefits of Potassium
So, what can potassium do for you? First of all, potassium helps you remove sodium from your body through urine. Second, potassium helps the wall of your blood vessels to relax. These blood vessels such as the arteries, veins and capillaries are used to carry blood throughout your body as well as deliver oxygen to tissues and organs and remove waste products from our
bodies. When the blood vessels are too tight or tense, it can lead to high blood pressure and heart problems.
Thirdly, potassium is good for our muscles. With potassium, we can flex or contract our muscles in the way we should. And lastly, potassium is good for our nerves.
Foods Filled with Potassium
Potassium can be found in the foods that we eat. It can be found in supplements. Yes, potassium is found in bananas. Potassium can also be found in oranges, cantaloupes, honeydew, apricots, grapefruit, dates, raisins, prunes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, peas, cucumbers, cooked broccoli, cooked spinach, zucchini, pumpkins, and leafy greens.
Potassium can be found in juice such as orange juice, tomato juice, prune juice, grapefruit juice and apricot juice. Potassium can be found also in tuna, halibut,
trout, cod, rockfish, lima beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, soybeans, lentils,
milk, and yogurt.
What happens when we don't have enough Potassium?
We need to have the right amount of potassium in our systems. If we don't, we can experience weakness, fatigue and abnormal heart rhythms when we don't have enough potassium in our bodies. We can also experience muscle cramps, aches and stiffness. There are problems with our breathing and we may have digestive problems as well.
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