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Vital Benefits Of Commonly Ignored Potassium
How to Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Potassium
While potassium deficiency can be serious, the good news is that fixing the problem is quite easy.
While potassium supplementation is an option, it is usually of a synthesized variety. Multivitamin supplements marketed as having everything you need are usually extremely inadequate as far as potassium goes. Supplements are not recommended for anyone who has kidney disease or is using an ACE inhibitor.
The best way, by far, to get proper amounts of potassium is through diet.Remember: Your body cannot store potassium, so it is important to consistently eat the proper foods to ensue you are getting enough and keeping your sodium and potassium levels balanced.
The most potassium-rich foods are vegetables, legumes, and certain types of fruits. To provide a general idea of what you should be eating, below is a list of ideal sources for potassium along with how much is found per serving:
- Avocado (975 mg per fruit)
- Beet Greens (650 mg per 1 cup)
- Baked Potato with skin (919 mg per single potato)
- Banana (360 mg per banana)
- Baby Carrots (320 mg per 10 carrots)
Other excellent sources of foods high in potassium include spinach, broccoli, fresh tomatoes, oranges, cantaloupe, coconut water, black beans, and lima beans.
For those who want more protein, canned salmon (286 mg per 3 oz) and yogurt (320 mg per 6 oz) are also good sources of potassium.
Note: If you already have a kidney disease, there is some evidence suggesting that eating more potassium can sometimes make it worse. Speak with you doctor before making any changes in your diet. A kidney problem is never something that should be treated lightly.
All it takes to fix a potassium deficiency a few simple changes in diet. Since a potassium deficiency can be linked to a wide variety of health problems, speak with a doctor if you suspect you are severely deficient. Otherwise, pick up some avocados and begin your journey toward a healthier and happier life!