We’ve all heard about potassium in health class, but in case you were sleeping or passing notes 🙂 I’ll give a brief explanation of what potassium is.
WHAT? A mineral and electrolyte found in food that plays a significant role in .. Deficiencies of potassium have been linked to an increased risk of hypertension, kidney stones, osteoporosis, carbohydrate intolerance, stroke and cardiovascular disease.
USED FOR? Metabolism, water, and chemical balance in the body
HELPS PREVENT? (Potassium deficiences have been linked to the following) Hypertension, kidney stones (ouch!), stroke, osteoporosis and cardiovascular (heart) disease.
HELPS WITH? Regulate your heartbeat, muscle contractions, nerve impulse—->Sounds pretty important right? ESPECIALLY if sweat a lot, then you need to make sure to replenish your potassium supply.
DisclaimerI’m not a medical professional, but I’ve done lots of research, and one of my favorite articles (where I got the majority of this info) is HERE, you should read it, it’s really great!
So how do you get potassium? Well the first thought that comes to mind is probably “Eat a banana!” And you’d be right. However, for those who don’t like bananas…well you’re screwed right? Actually, bananas are most definitely NOT the only food that contains potassium, and in fact, they don’t even have the largest amount like some people may think.
One banana has approx. 422 mg which isn’t bad, but nothing compared to 1.5 g found in apricots 😀 Crazy right?
Also, avocados have 975 mg! For a Cali girl like me who eats like 4 avocados per day, this is heavenly news!
There really are sooooo many foods w/potassium in them, that I can’t name them all. But here is a list of my favorites. You can find otheres on this list HERE
Sweet Potato-694 mg
Green beans (half cup) 600 mg
~~~Hope that this was helpful and informative. Be healthy, and if you don’t like bananas, you no longer have to force them down in fear of becoming potassium deficient 😉