Potassium is an essential mineral, in other words, you need to get it from your diet every day. Chances are your potassium levels are not what they should be. Did you know that a whopping 5 grams of potassium per day is recommended? (Hint..bananas are NOT a good source).
Look back at yesterday’s meals, add up your potassium and discover how little (most likely) you obtain from your diet, it will shock you!
Sodium on the other hand is not in short supply. Fast food, processed food and restaurant items are riddled with salt.
Excess sodium and low potassium is a recipe for heart disease.
Studies have shown that Paleo societies with a diet of fruit, veggies, and nuts had 1% hypertension. As these people began to consume a modern Western diet, high in processed foods, blood pressure incidence increased to over 30% due to the increased sodium to potassium ratio.
Why We Need Potassium to Balance Blood Pressure
Potassium could be the best tool in your toolbox to lower blood pressure. Studies show that low potassium levels lead to high blood pressure and potassium supplementation leads to the lowering of blood pressure. Thankfully supplementation almost always lowers blood pressure and is a much better option than a pharmaceutical.
- Potassium eases the tension in your blood vessel walls. Just as magnesium, it relaxes them. It regulates muscle contractions and relays messages from the brain to your muscles. Do you get leg cramps? Make sure you are getting enough potassium.
- In addition, if you have low potassium your digestion can be disrupted which won’t allow for proper nutrient absorption. It affects the muscles in the intestine which slows the passage of food and waste. It is important to be tested. We recommend the Vibrant Micronutrient test that allows us to see exactly what your body is absorbing and what has been depleted in your body.
- Potassium is the ying to sodium’s yang. It helps to move sodium out of the body via the kidneys which ultimately lowers the blood pressure.
- Sodium in the diet without potassium (or sufficient amounts) can cause high blood pressure. The sodium/potassium pump moves sodium out of the cell and potassium into the cell. This pump is a crucial mechanism and only one-tenth of US adults have ratios consistent with guidelines for reduced risk of mortality. Live longer: get potassium in your diet via food and supplementation if needed.
Highest Potassium Foods:
- Beet greens, spinach and other leafy greens
- Coconut water
- Butternut Squash
- Sweet Potatoes
Consider supplementing with our Potassium Boost for a very large serving of potassium. In addition to over 1 gram of potassium per serving, Potassium Boost also contains 120 mg of elemental magnesium.
Note: People with kidney problems, or issues with handling potassium should be cautious about increasing potassium intake. Be sure to talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet or supplement routine.