Bananas, oranges, prunes, avocados, cooked spinach, cooked broccoli
Potassium is one of three principal electrolytes and is the third most abundant mineral in our bodies. It works wonders for your brain, muscles, nervous system, bones and heart.
Especially Important For
People who have high blood pressure, kidney stone prevention, osteoporosis prevention, stroke prevention.
Blood pressure reducer
Cognitive function sharpener
Muscle cramp preventer
Nervous system reinforcer
Blood sugar stabilizer
Heartbeat and blood sugar regulator
Why it's important for hydration
Potassium plays an irreplaceable role in maintaining optimal fluid balance. Cells in our body require proper water balance to function properly, which is where potassium’s hydrating properties really shine.
Why it's important for overall health
A potassium rich diet is great for your heart. Consistently getting enough can help regulate blood pressure and protect against stroke.
Potassium is a great vasodilator, meaning it promotes the free-flow of your blood without clotting. With more oxygen reaching your brain, you’ll notice enhanced cognitive functions.
A drop in blood levels of potassium affects your body’s ability to generate nerve signals.
A study at the Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center suggests that high levels of potassium correlates with thicker mineral density in your bones, which strengthens and prolongs their life.
For those feeling overwhelmed and anxious, intaking potassium helps regulate stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that can have detrimental effects to your body if built up overtime.
Evidence-based claims, or bust
ANAESTHESIA & INTENSIVE CARE MEDICINE
Physiology of fluid balance.
CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL HYPERTENSION
Potassium, magnesium, and electrolyte imbalance and complications in disease management.
SEMINARS IN NEPHROLOGY
Extracellular Potassium Homeostasis: Insights from Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis.
JOURNAL OF AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY
Potassium intake, stroke, and cardiovascular disease a meta-analysis of prospective studies.
BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL
Effect of increased potassium intake on cardiovascular risk factors and disease: systematic review and meta-analyses.
THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE
A Prospective Study of Dietary Calcium and Other Nutrients and the Risk of Symptomatic Kidney Stones.
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF KIDNEY DISEASES
On the mechanism of the effects of potassium restriction on blood pressure and renal sodium retention.