May 10, 2018; by Briana McDonald-Staff Writer, Silver Bulletin (UtopiaSilver.com) Potassium is one of the seven major minerals required by the body to maintain overall health and well being. Each and every cell contains potassium and relies on this mineral to support a healthy metabolism and contribute to healthy cellular function. Low levels of the nutrient are detrimental to your health and can have a profound effect on your nervous system. Discover some of the hidden powers of potassium and feel a major shift in your energy levels and overall health of your body.
Warning Signs of Potassium Deficiency (Hypokalemia)
- irregular heartbeat (heart palpitations)
- muscular paralysis or weakness, tiredness or cramping in arm or leg muscles which causes an inability to move those muscles
- kidney stones
- tingling or numbness
- nausea or vomiting
- constipation (1)
The Hidden Powers of Potassium
How Potassium Affects The Heart
The body needs a delicate balance of potassium in the blood to help the heart and other muscles work properly. Too much potassium can be just as harmful as not enough potassium. Potassium helps keep your heart rhythm in check, so if you’re experiencing heart palpitations it is more than likely from having a potassium deficiency but it could also be contributed to other factors as well.
How Potassium Affects the Nervous System
Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system and is responsible for the passage of impulses along the nerves. It’s a vital mineral used to help treat mental and physical exhaustion with nervousness and over sensitivity caused by extreme stress or over exertion.
How Potassium Regulates the Level of Fluids
Potassium is an amazing electrolyte in the human body and aids in regulating the level of fluids. Electrolytes help transmit electrical charges throughout the body from the brain and nervous system. Keeping your potassium levels in balance also means keeping the level of fluids in your body in balance.
How to Take in More Potassium Naturally
Nature provides a bounty of potassium rich food sources. These include:
- Winter squash, cubed, 1 cup, cooked: 896 mg
- Sweet potato, medium, baked with skin: 694 mg
- Potato, medium, baked with skin: 610 mg
- White beans, canned, drained, half cup: 595 mg
- Yogurt, fat-free, 1 cup: 579 mg
- Halibut, 3 ounces, cooked: 490 mg
- 100% orange juice, 8 ounces: 496 mg
- Broccoli, 1 cup, cooked: 457 mg
- Cantaloupe, cubed, 1 cup: 431 mg
- Banana, 1 medium: 422 mg
- Pork tenderloin, 3 ounces, cooked: 382 mg
- Lentils, half cup, cooked: 366 mg
- Milk, 1% low fat, 8 ounces: 366 mg
- Salmon, farmed Atlantic, 3 ounces, cooked: 326 mg
- Pistachios, shelled, 1 ounce, dry roasted: 295 mg
- Raisins, quarter cup: 250 mg
- Chicken breast, 3 ounces, cooked: 218 mg
- Tuna, light, canned, drained, 3 ounces: 201 mg (3)
When To Supplement
If you feel you aren’t getting enough potassium in your diet, supplementation is always an option. Finding a supplement that not only has potassium but magnesium and calcium as well to help the body better absorb the nutrients are a better place to put your money.
I strongly recommend the Membrane Complex formulation from Professional Formulas.
Briana MacDonald- Natural Health Writer
Briana McDonald-natural health writer is a Staff Writer of the Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (Utopia Silver Supplements). She does website ad designing for the company as well as free-lance health article writing.