Ever had a muscle cramp? Sure you have. Most people experience cramping from time to time. Those of you with more active lifestyles may run (pun intended) into that problem more often than you’d like.
It’s possible that you’re not getting enough potassium.
Potassium is an essential mineral. It has a large impact on how your muscles contract. It also plays a role in maintaining proper fluid balance and blood pressure. In other words, potassium equals good for you equals less risk of heart and kidney problems.
Fortunately, many common foods contain a significant source of potassium. You could take a supplement, but why not indulge your sweet (sort of) tooth? Go on. It’s for a good cause. And who among you would turn down a nice, cooked beet?
Anyway, here’s a list of some potassium-packed chow:
- citrus fruits
- soy products
- veggie burgers
Consider what you eat. Are you getting enough potassium in your diet? To determine how much potassium is recommended, use common sense (shameless self-promotion) and the chart below.
|Age (years)||Recommended potassium intake (milligrams a day)|
|14 and older||4,700|
|Women who are breast-feeding||5,100
Beware: certain conditions, like those affecting the kidney’s, may have a negative impact on your potassium levels. Too much or too little potassium is a bad thing. Contact a health care professional before limiting your potassium intake.
What You Can Do Today To Get More Potassium:
- Add spinach or other leafy greens to your sandwiches.
- Toss fresh or dried apricots into plain nonfat yogurt for a snack.
- Enjoy a cup of low-sodium bean soup for lunch.
- Try a fresh banana for a mid afternoon pick me up
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