Why do you need potassium in your diet?


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There are a number of reasons that you need to have potassium in your diet and there are a number of food sources that are high in potassium to assist you in achieving the recommended daily requirements.

 

 

 

 

Food sources high in potassium include:

  • Tuna (avoiding tuna packed in brine)
  • Salmon
  • Yogurt
  • Fat-free milk
  • Eggs
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Almonds
  • Potatoes
  • Bananas
  • Mushrooms
  • Bran
  • Wheatgerm
  • Wholemeal pasta

Potassium is a mineral and belongs to a group of minerals known as electrolytes and these have the ability to carry electrical impulses.  In addition to transmitting impulses that stimulate muscles and nerves, potassium works with other electrolytes to maintain the proper amount of fluids in your body. When you consume acidic foods or drinks, it helps ensure that your body’s level of acidity stays in a healthy range.

  • Potassium also regulates your heartbeat by controlling the rate at which heart muscles contract. When levels of potassium get too low or high, your heartbeat becomes irregular — and your heart can even stop beating.
  • Sodium and potassium both affect blood pressure, but they have opposite roles. Sodium raises your blood pressure, while potassium lowers it.
  • Potassium affects the amount of calcium in your bones and if your levels of potassium are too low your body produces less new bone while also losing more calcium and minerals from existing bones. In addition to weakening bones, this loss of calcium increases the risk of developing kidney stones.

The above information has been sourced from https://www.livestrong.com/article/404269-why-do-people-need-potassium/

If you would like to know more about the effects of different minerals and vitamins that your body needs on a daily basis then a qualified dietitian or nutritional therapist will be able to help you work out your own personal needs and requirements. The Medigest Business Directory could help you find a qualified professional in your area. https://www.medigest.uk/directory/

 

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