Potassium is an essential electrolyte that helps trigger your heart to squeeze blood through your body, one hundred thousand times a day. Its used to build proteins and muscle, to break down carbohydrates to energy, plays a part in your kidneys filtering your blood and it regulates the water balance and the acid-base balance in the blood and tissues.
Every cell in your body needs the right amount of potassium to function. When levels are low, your body tells you. Since the standard american diet doesn’t include enough fruits and vegetables for adequate potassium intake, there are a number of signals your body may send you to let you know to pump it up! Increasing the amount of nutrient dense vegetables and fruits could alleviate a number of symptoms including tingling and numbness in feet or hands, muscle cramps, fatigue after a workout, and constipation. Another reason to eat those veggies!
Foods high in Potassium include Sweet Potatoes, Avocados, Broccoli, Lentils, and Edamame.
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