Did you know that only 2% of people get the recommended daily value of potassium? Potassium is a vital nutrient that’s needed by all of the tissue in your body. Our ancestors had 3 times more potassium in our diets than we have now.
If you are experiencing, or have experienced any of the following, it could be due to a potassium deficiency:
- Heart Palpitations
- Muscle Problems
- Numbness & Tingling
- Gut Issues
Potassium helps maintain your body’s proper fluid levels, and it’s constantly battling sodium inside your body to do so. Sodium often wins that fight and dehydrates you because there’s a ton of sodium in the processed foods we eat today.
But salt isn’t necessarily the problem—you just need to take in enough potassium to balance it out. The recommended daily intake of potassium is 4,700 milligrams per day. To encourage a healthy balance, we need to eat less than 2,300 milligrams of salt. I suggest a 5:1 ratio for eating potassium and salt.
Potassium helps with the following:
- Contraction of Muscles
- Balance of Fluid
- Nerve Conduction
- Lowers blood pressure, osteoporosis risk, stroke risk, and the possibility of kidney stones.
So how do we get more potassium in our diets?
Here are some delicious-tasting foods that you can eat in order to increase your daily potassium intake:
- Cucumber – You can soak these in vinegar in the fridge and/or use a natural sweetener to make them taste even better. I eat at least one cucumber every single day, and I’ve made a video discussing all of its benefits
- Broccoli – Broccoli is a superfood when it comes to potassium. I have another video that covers broccoli’s many health benefits.
- Spinach – Cooking spinach and broccoli actually releases more potassium, so gently cooking it is a good idea.
- Melon – Honeydew or cantaloupe are hydrating and have a lot of potassium. I recommend eating them by themselves in the morning so you can burn off the fructose that comes with it.
- Sweet Potatoes – Chop these up and throw them in a toaster oven with a side of ketchup for a delicious snack. I don’t recommend these if you’re cutting back on sugar and fat.
- Mushrooms – Chop these up and put them in a salad, dipping them in dressing, or put them on beef for a good boost of potassium.
- Grapefruit – You shouldn’t have grapefruit if you’re on certain heart medications, but they’re a great source of potassium.
- Oranges – Oranges are another great source of potassium.
Energyze – You can use this supplement with any of these foods to reach the 5:1 ratio of potassium you need.
We need potassium in our bodies, and there are so many forgotten superfoods right here that can load you up with it.
Magnesium and potassium are like buddies. If you want to learn more about magnesium, another super mineral that works well with potassium, check out my video here.