Do You Have a Potassium Deficiency?

As a health and wellness blogger, I know all too well the importance of getting adequate amounts of important vitamins and minerals in order to keep the body functioning to its optimal capability.

When picking out your meals for the week, it’s important to plan out a diet that’s nutritious and has a good balance of various nutrients that you can only get from outside food sources. One of the more important nutrients we need is, of course, potassium. If you’re anything like me, you learned from an early age that bananas are full of potassium. As a result, you may not be too familiar with many other foods that can offer this important nutrient to you; while bananas are delicious and nutritious, there are other ways to get potassium in your diet as well, so you’re not doomed to eating a banana a day, if that’s not really your thing.

While I don’t believe I’ve ever suffered from a potassium deficiency, I still wanted to get some knowledge on the condition, so I could be onthe lookout for symptoms, either present in myself or my friends and loved ones. I came across a highly informative post by Care 2 that delves into the symptoms and warning signs; I want to share them with you, along with tips on getting more of this vital nutrient into your diet.

It’s first important to note that many of these symptoms are often linked to many other health issues as well, so it’s always best to go visit a doctor if you’re feeling any sort of discomfort or general malaise at all. Dry skin and extreme thirst are come of the most common signs of a potassium deficiency; so is high blood pressure, weakness or stiffness in the muscles, a rapid heartbeat, and constipation. Irritability often commonly occurs when a person is lacking adequate amounts of potassium. So why do these symptoms occur?

Potassium is essential for keeping your kidneys, skin, blood, heart, nerves, and muscles healthy – that’s quite a lot of responsibility for just one nutrient. Potassium relaxes the muscles, regulates blood pressure, and converts glucose into energy, so you see why it is so important. In addition to bananas, you can get potassium from many vegetables and whole grains, as well as leafy greens. Apricots and tomatoes are also more great sources of this vital nutrient. 

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