Potassium is not only an essential mineral, but an energy conductor. To function properly, your body needs adequate amounts. Yet, most people are not getting enough. Low levels of potassium can lead to high blood pressure, muscle cramps or weakness and even lead to changes in heart rhythm.
Here are few benefits of potassium :
- Supports Brain Health – Potassium plays a role in the osmotic balance between cells and the interstitial fluid. Simply put, when you’re low in potassium, fluids don’t move around your body like they are meant to.
- Reduces Risk of Stroke – Potassium plays a role in the regulation of the nervous system, heart function, and even water balance, a high-potassium diet helps reduces the risk of stroke.
- Improved Heart Health – The contraction and relaxation cycle is dependent upon potassium and this includes the heart.
- Alleviates High Blood Pressure – Focusing on eating foods high in potassium and reducing foods high in sodium can help restore balance and reduce blood pressure.
- Supports Bone Health – Researchers found that potassium reduces bone resorption, which is the process by which bone is broken down. This results in increased bone strength.
- Reduces Muscle Cramps – Potassium is needed for both muscle movement and balancing the right amount fluids in and out of all cells. That means a deficiency in potassium can and will result in muscle cramps.
- Decreases Cellulite – Eating healthy fruits, vegetables and legumes rich in potassium and other nutrients helps you reach a healthy weight while reducing cellulite.
- Supports Healthy Weight – Potassium helps ease weak and fatigued muscles, boosts heart health, helps your nervous system work properly and even keeps the water in your body balanced all contributing to maintain a healthy weight.
Good sources of potassium include: potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, tomato sauce (without added salt or sugar), orange juice, tuna (fresh, frozen or tinned, but avoid tuna packed in brine), yoghurt and fat-free milk.