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The Amazing Health Benefits of POTASSIUM is a video that looks at the benefits of potassium and how it can improve your health. Its estimated only 2% of people hit the potassium intake they should so we need to watch for potassium deficiency symptoms if we want to stay health and feel well. High potassium foods are necessary when it comes to increasing potassium levels in the body.
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The Amazing Health Benefits of POTASSIUM
It’s estimated that only 2% of people meet their recommended daily intake of potassium. That’s not a good thing, considering potassium is the most important electrolyte in your body.
Potassium is a mineral that is very important for conducting electricity within your body. Remember, your body is an electrical system. So if our nervous system is going to function appropriately, then we have to make sure that we have adequate amounts of potassium.
We’re going to talk about the deficiency, how it happens. We’ll talk about different things such as the symptoms that you’ll face, how you can actually replenish potassium amounts in your body, and then the things that can go wrong, if you don’t have adequate amounts of potassium, long-term. And lastly, what happens if you get too much potassium in your body?
Why does potassium deficiency happen?
1) Following a ketogenic diet. It’s not that the ketogenic diet is bad. It’s a very healthy diet by pretty much all standards. But the fact is, it actually can lead to potassium deficiency. And if you are following the ketogenic diet, that’s why it’s more important to make sure that you’re eating lots and lots of fresh green vegetables.
2) Diet, in general, it’s not just the ketogenic diet. If you’re following healthy, low carb, you can still fall into this category. So just be aware of that.
3) Sugar. Consuming excessive amounts of sugar, I mean, we talk about how the average American consumes over 125 pounds of sugar.
4) Vomiting or diarrhea. If you’ve maybe been sick or maybe you have a stomach issue and you find yourself having lots of bouts of diarrhea, then this is a reason for that deficiency
5) Insulin resistance. Over a hundred million people in the United States. Have prediabetes and they have unknowingly.
6) Surgery or stress on your body. If you have excessive stress you may be at risk.
7) Using diuretics
8) Consuming too little sodium or too much sodium.
9) Excessive alcohol intake
10) Using antibiotics
11) Magnesium deficiency. Minerals need other minerals in order to synergistically and appropriately function within your body.
If your magnesium’s imbalanced or you have a deficiency, or your sodium’s off, or maybe you don’t have proper amounts of calcium, what’s going to happen is you’re going to get imbalances anyways. So it’s important to make sure that you’re using multiple minerals all at once. Electrolyte balance is essential.
12) Excessive sweating
Symptoms of Potassium Deficiency:
1) Extreme fatigue. If you find yourself in a position where it’s like, oh my gosh, like I wake up and I feel like I’m walking through water all the time. The fatigue is just awful. That’s probably a potassium deficiency, and you’ll want to start focusing on electrolytes.
We want to make sure that our body has proper energy and we only get proper energy if we have balanced electrolytes.
2) Muscle spasms. If you just get a lot of cramping or muscle spasms, you definitely want to start considering electrolytes and potassium.
3) Weakness, overall. So if you just feel your strength is down, maybe you’re somebody who’s in the gym and you’re like, ah, I just feel so weak. It could be a potassium issue.
5) Irregular heartbeat. This is where it actually gets a little bit scary because you can start getting irregular heartbeats and arrhythmias. Your heart is a muscle, and your muscles don’t function properly if you don’t have adequate amounts of potassium.
Hydration powders, with potassium and sodium and all the things that are necessary are a great (and often delicious) way to help maintain electrolyte balance. There are a lot of delicious foods that are naturally high in potassium content, too.
1) Beet greens
3) Pinto beans
4) White potatoes
5) Portabella mushrooms
7) Sweet potatoes
These are all good sources of potassium that you can include into your diet so that you don’t have these efficiency issues.
Benefits of Improving Your Levels of Potassium and How It Actually Impacts Your Body
Studies suggest that it reduces blood pressure. It’s estimated that one in three Americans have high blood pressure; this is an enormous problem. We want to make sure that anything we can do to counteract that, we’re actually implementing. So potassium is a good option.
Potassium reduces water retention. If you’re somebody who feels that you’re just in a position where you’re holding water all the time, it could be because of a potassium deficiency. When you consume adequate amounts of potassium, you increase your urine production and decrease your sodium levels. When you have decreased potassium, you actually get a sodium buildup in the body that becomes unhealthy, because your body’s not able to clear it out well.
You’ll be able to regulate muscle contraction much better when we have adequate amounts of potassium. Things like avoiding muscle weakness, avoiding cramping and muscle spasms, and also making sure that we are able to have a well-functioning heart, because your heart is a muscle. So if we want to avoid arrhythmias and regular heartbeats, then potassium is really important.
It is very important for nervous system function. Our nervous system is an electrical system and it conducts nerve impulses, basically electricity within the body. If it can’t do this correctly you could start getting all kinds of weird symptoms associated with a potassium and electrolyte deficiency, including numbness and tingling in certain areas or shooting pains.
Helps digestion. People with potassium deficiencies can have all kinds of digestive issues, like constipation.
pH balance. Okay. So pH balance is really important because our body has all of these different pHs in it. Our body uses pH (acid or base levels) as a mechanism to operate correctly. For instance, our gut uses pH to make sure that bacteria within the gut doesn’t enter into areas that shouldn’t be and cause infection. It’s very important to make sure you have proper pH in your stomach, so you can break down food and keep out viruses and bacteria from getting into your system. Potassium helps balance pH in our system.
How much potassium do I need a day? Your daily intake should be somewhere around 4,000 to 4,700 milligrams of potassium. Only 2% of people meet these requirements. We want to make sure that we increase the amount of potassium-rich food that we’re consuming. And we also can even use electrolyte powders.
But, we don’t want excessive amounts. Potassium overdose is very hard on the kidneys. Read the label before you start taking a powder or pill; some may have as much as 4,000 milligrams of potassium – that’s hard on the kidneys.
Balance is the key here when it comes to anything to do with your health.