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Potassium is crucial for our heart health, but it’s often forgotten in our daily diets. It’s like the quiet hero of our body, keeping our hearts beating steadily and our muscles moving smoothly. Many don’t realize just how vital potassium is until we learn what it does for us. 

Whether you’re a busy parent, someone trying to stay fit, or dealing with heart problems, knowing about potassium can make a big difference. It’s not just about eating bananas; it’s about giving your heart what it needs to stay strong. Let’s explore why potassium should be on everyone’s radar for a healthy life.

Potassium and the Heart 

Potassium is a vital player in keeping our hearts healthy. It acts like a natural pacemaker, helping to keep our hearts beating at a regular rate and rhythm. This mineral ensures that our heart beats not too fast, not too slow, but just right, which is crucial for pumping blood effectively throughout our body.

Potassium also plays an important role in managing our blood pressure. It works hand in hand with sodium to balance the fluids in our body, helping to keep our blood pressure in check. This balance is essential; it means our heart doesn’t have to work too hard, reducing the risk of heart-related issues. 

Magnesium: The “Cooler” Kid In Town 

If potassium is so important, why don’t we often hear about it? Unfortunately, it’s typically overshadowed by its more popular counterpart: magnesium.  

We tend to think of magnesium more than potassium for a few reasons. One of the main reasons is the publicity and attention magnesium has received in health and wellness circles. It’s often highlighted in media and health literature for its benefits, such as helping with muscle and nerve function, supporting a healthy immune system, and keeping the heartbeat steady. All of these things are true. Magnesium is vital for heart health. 

However, magnesium can’t work without potassium and vice versa. Think of potassium and magnesium as best friends working together to keep our hearts in tip-top shape. Magnesium has a special role—it helps potassium get where it needs to go, right into our heart cells. Without magnesium, potassium can’t enter our cells. 

This teamwork is super important. Why? Because it keeps our heartbeat steady and strong. It’s like they’re both holding hands, making sure our heart’s beat doesn’t skip a beat. So, while magnesium might be the one we hear about more often, remember that potassium is just as important. Together, they’re the perfect duo for our heart’s health.

Why Are So Many People Low in Potassium?

It’s a surprising fact, but nearly all of us, 98 percent to be exact, are not getting enough potassium. The recommended daily dose is 3,400 mg, yet most don’t come close. This shortfall has led to a growing concern among health experts, as cases of low potassium, known as hypokalemia, are rising.

Why is this happening? Well, it boils down to our eating habits. The typical American diet leans heavily on processed foods. These foods are often lacking in essential minerals, potassium included. Food manufacturers often add extra salt to make up for the lost nutrients and flavor. But here’s the catch: while salt can make food tastier, it can also reduce the amount of potassium in our bodies.

Potassium is crucial—it’s like our body’s own natural balance keeper. It plays a big role in keeping our blood pressure in check by keeping our blood vessels relaxed. Plus, it helps our body get rid of excess salt. 

How Do I Check My Potassium Levels?

When it comes to checking our potassium levels, it’s a bit more complicated than just a simple blood test. Sure, a regular blood test can give us a snapshot, but it doesn’t give us a complete picture. Most lab tests will show that potassium in our blood stays within a tight range of 3.5 – 4.5 mmol/L. 

To really understand what’s happening, doctors must look at the potassium INSIDE our cells. This gives a clearer picture of how much potassium we really have and how well it’s doing its job.

Our Advanced Cardiac Analysis looks at the potassium not just floating around in your body, but right where it counts—in your cells. That’s where the real magic happens. This way, you can know how much potassium you are getting and if you need more. The test panel looks at all vitamins and minerals, inside and outside the cell. 

Getting More Potassium In the Diet 

How do we make sure we’re getting enough potassium? It’s all about what we eat. Foods like avocados, meats and seafood are packed with potassium. Include the following in your diet to boost your potassium levels:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Avocados
  • Salmon
  • Potatoes
  • Beet Greens
  • Pasture-Raised Chicken
  • Acorn Squash        
  • Mushrooms (Shiitake and Portobello) 
  • Pistachios
  • Clams 

Supplementing Potassium 

Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to meet our potassium needs through our diet alone. For an extra helping hand, our Potassium Boost supplement has got your back. 

Potassium Boost® is designed as a simple solution to help maintain healthy potassium levels in the body. Each teaspoon of this powder supplement contains 1,200 mg of potassium and 120 mg of magnesium. 

Regular use of Potassium Boost® can help maintain healthy blood pressure and heart rate, ensure normal heart rhythm, and support brain function. It may also be helpful for those experiencing muscle cramps and can assist in enhancing bone health, boosting metabolism, and reducing feelings of anxiety and stress.

Next Steps 

Understanding your body’s unique needs is the first step toward optimal health. An intracellular micronutrient test can be an invaluable tool to truly know where you stand with potassium and other essential nutrients. 

If the test shows your potassium levels are lower than ideal, Potassium Boost® could be a sensible addition to your diet, designed to replenish this essential mineral and support your overall well-being. 

Making decisions about supplements and your health can sometimes be overwhelming. If you have questions or need guidance, consider taking advantage of a complimentary 20-minute call with an expert health coach. This conversation can offer personalized advice and insights, helping you achieve your 100 year heart. 

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I’d like to receive an online second opinion from Natural Heart Doctor. What do I do next?

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Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Tonia Rainier. Get details.

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Alternatively, you can email health@naturalheartdoctor.com. A member of our care team will help guide you through the process of starting a second opinion.

What is the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

The cost for most second opinions varies by team member. This fee includes information collection, a phone or video consultation, a second opinion from a Natural Heart Doctor specialist and guidance throughout the process from your personal Care Team at Natural Heart Doctor.

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Is my medical and payment information secure?

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