Plenty of Potassium

A spread of fruits and veggies containing potassium.

When you hear potassium, what do you think of? You may picture a supplement or remember that bananas are high in it. But there’s more to potassium and what it can do for your body.

Potassium is a mineral that’s also classified as an electrolyte since it’s highly reactive in water. It’s the third most abundant mineral in the human body, helping to regulate fluid, send nerve signals, and regulate muscle contractions. Most of the potassium in your body is found in your muscle cells.

What are the benefits?

Eating a diet rich in potassium as well as staying hydrated can help maintain fluid balance. This refers to the balance of fluid and electrolytes inside and outside of your cells. When they are out of balance, you can become dehydrated, affecting your heart and kidneys.

Potassium helps generate nerve impulses, which help regulate your muscle contractions, heartbeat, reflexes, and other body functions. Getting enough potassium helps maintain healthy nerve function.

According to the National Institutes of Health, too little potassium can increase blood pressure, deplete calcium in bones, and increase the risk of kidney stones.

What foods are high in potassium?

  • Beet greens
  • Yams
  • Bananas
  • Pinto beans
  • Portobello mushrooms
  • Avocado
  • Salmon

Experts recommend getting 3,500-4,700 mg of potassium daily.

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-does-potassium-do