Potassium is a mineral found in almost all foods in varying amounts. The richest sources of potassium are vegetables, especially the green leafy varieties.
Potassium is an electrolyte as is; sodium, chloride, calcium and magnesium. Electrolytes help to conduct electrical charges throughout the body.
Potassium is particularly important as the heart and nervous system can completely shut down if levels get too high or low. Most of us get enough potassium in our diet, but a diet low in fruits and vegetables can become compromised.
Our kidneys are constantly keeping electrolytes in a healthy range in our blood. There can be a number of factors which may impact on potassium levels, so it always worth keeping an eye on the levels. As the blood is usually kept within a healthy range it may be more beneficial to have a hair, tissue, mineral analysis to determine potassium levels outside of the blood.
Foods rich in potassium;
- Beet greens
- Brussel Sprouts
- Citrus fruits
- Coconut Water
- Fish (all types)
- Nuts; almonds, cashews and pecans
- Red meat
- Seeds such as; sunflower seeds, pepitas, sesame
- Soy including; milk, beans, tofu and tempeh
- Sweet potato
- Tomatoes (sundried)
- White Beans