Enough potassium is essential for your body to bring key nutrients into your cells. The only way to know if your body gets the amount it needs daily is to use the evaluation to assess your total potassium intake (from foods, drinks, supplements), your current health and lifestyle. Lab tests will only tell you about acute or very serious issues.
Your health depends on enough potassium and not too much sodium!
Potassium works opposite sodium to bring water, water-soluble vitamins (Bs, C), and antioxidants into your cells. Healthy adults need about 47000mg of potassium, a banana only has about 400mg so eating one banana will not give your body what it needs and eating 11 bananas, isn’t a better nutrition plan!
What foods are high in potassium?
Get it in deliciously with fruits and vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, leafy greens, sweet potatoes, beans, bananas, coconut and watermelon water too. Check out the Better Potassium Menu for 7 days and lots of delicious ways to get in enough potassium.
Does eating less salt lower blood pressure?
It might. But it might not. Your sodium intake could be fine (check right now and see with the sodium evaluation). For healthy blood pressure, your body needs better electrolyte balance. Individuals have different responses to salt – it’s called “salt sensitivity” – but every human body requires potassium to bring water and nutrients into your cells.
Did you know your sodium intake affects your potassium needs?
These two minerals go hand-in-hand, so it’s important to find out if your sodium intake is affecting your potassium needs. Surprisingly, the majority of the sodium we consume does not come from the salt shaker – most of it hides in sneaky sources like processed foods (think snacks, canned soups, frozen foods) and food prepared in restaurants.
Is sea salt a better choice?
While some sea salt may give you minerals and less sodium, they don’t help you meet your potassium needs. Switching to a quality sea salt (make sure its from clean seas!) can be a delicious choice. But it could hurt your iodine intake. Read here to learn more about sea salt and your iodine needs.
Should I take a potassium supplement?
No. Unless your practitioners prescribe a supplement or medication. It can be healthy and helpful to get in about 100mg of a good quality source in a multi-mineral or electrolyte support product. But you are better to enjoy the foods and beverages from quality foods mentioned above or in our menu.
Are your daily activities increasing your potassium needs?
They sure can, so can health issues. Heavy exercise, lots of sweating, loose stools, alcohol, frequent use of diuretics or laxatives, certain GI disorders and airplane flights may increase your daily or specific day needs. It’s smart to travel with some food sources and or electrolyte powder as well as have some on hand at home.
How do I know if I need to talk to my doctor about my potassium needs?
Key symptoms include excessive thirst, headaches, frequent loose stools, abnormal fatigue, muscle weakness, muscle cramping and constipation are all symptoms. BUT they are also symptoms associated with many nutrient and health concerns so don’t guess. Do your evaluations and take it to your doctor to discuss!