Hi Hi..!!! This blog will talk about why we should consume foods that contain potassium, but first I must explain:
Potassium is a mineral that the body needs for it to function normally, it is a type of electrolyte. Electrolytes are minerals in the blood and other body fluids that carry an electrical charge. They are found in the blood, urine, tissues, and other body fluids. They help balance the amount of water in the body, balance the body's acid (PH) level, transport nutrients to cells, help remove waste from cells (autophagy), contribute to the proper functioning of nerves, muscles, heart and brain. Potassium helps nerve function and muscle concentration and helps keep your heart rate steady. It is the mineral that allows nutrients to flow into cells and expel waste from cells. It is important to consume potassium as it balances out some of the harmful effects of sodium on blood pressure.
We can lose potassium and sodium through sweat, or when we urinate excessively, therefore it is important to eat foods that contain potassium since we can get sodium from the salt in our meals. Remember that we all know our body and we know when we sweat too much or urinate too much. Symptoms of low blood potassium levels include severe headaches, leg cramps, dehydration, heart palpitations, nausea, dizziness due to low blood pressure, swollen glands and tissues, and more. Muscle cramps can be prevented if you have adequate potassium intake, as it occurs due to an electrolyte imbalance with a low level of potassium in the blood.
Potassium also helps regulate stress. Well yes! People who are going through high levels of stress and anxiety, by consuming foods with potassium, balance stress hormones such as cortisol. When we secrete excessive amounts of cortisol, we can gain weight, have sudden mood swings, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, acne, muscle aches, etc. Adequate amounts of potassium in the diet help lower the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. Potassium helps improve metabolic functions, if you feel that you do not lose weight due to a slow metabolism, it may be because you have low potassium levels. As you will see, potassium offers many benefits for your health.
Where do we get potassium? In vegetables and dark green leafy vegetables, spinach, arugula, kale, Swiss chard, broccoli, etc. Tomatoes, artichokes. Red fruits: raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries. Banana Citrus fruits such as orange and grapefruit, try to consume them whole, not in juice. Root vegetables or tubers such as carrots and potatoes, I prefer moderate intake of the latter two as they contain sugar and starch. Salmon, red meat (the latter not in excess). It is important that you carry out routine blood tests, and request that they measure the potassium and sodium in your blood, in this way you will have knowledge and you will be able to take measures with your diet. Do not get stressed by having a balanced, healthy diet with the intake of vegetables and vegetables being the largest amount on our plates, we will not have problems with potassium.