Monday, September 12, 2016

Mineral: Potassium

Potassium is a important electrolyte that is responsible for balancing acids and water. It plays a key function in the nervous system, bone health, and your cellular integrity.

Some key factors to remember when it come to potassium or any other vitamin supplement and minerals is in high doses or overloads it can be toxic to your system causing issues like kidney failure, heart arrhythmia, etc... and deficiencies can be equally dangerous causing hyperventilation, extreme regurgitation, forgetfulness, and more.

I am an advocate for getting your nutrients through food first, because you are less likely to overload and because we are blessed to have so many foods with potassium, so if you don't like something you can easily find potassium in another...

Try and stick to the daily recommend value of 4700 mgs for the average person, Pregnant and breast feeding mom's you should have about 5,100 mgs.
Here is just a short list of foods that are high in potassium
  1. White beans (1/2 cup)= 502 mgs
  2. Plain Yogurt (1 cup)= 531 mgs
  3. Tomato Juice (1 cup)= 556 mgs
  4. Potato baked w/o skin=600 mgs
  5. Potato baked w/ skin=1000 mgs
  6. Salmon (1/2) fillet= 719 mgs
  7. avocado (1 cup)= 708 mgs
  8. Plantain (1 cup)= 739 mgs
  9. Prune juice (1 cup)= 706 mgs
  10. Cantaloupe (1/4) =713 mgs

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