I don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables and it shows up in my potassium intake:
Most days, I don't get enough potassium.
So, what’s the big deal you ask? Don’t marathon runners need salt – even moreso than any other nutrients besides carbohydrates – to be able to complete long runs or a marathon? Yes, but they need potassium in concert with salt, according to studies.
From Runners World :
Because you lose 10 times more sodium than potassium through sweat, potassium also works to conserve sodium and we know that losing sodium pulls water from a body in motion (a runner) and causes dehydration.
In fact, a recent report suggests that staying hydrated (and thus cramp free) is more about the ratio of potassium to salt that you consume . As I said earlier, I’m supposed to get three times as much potassium as sodium per day. And because I have not been a big fan of fruits and vegetables – natural foods rich in potassium – my potassium intake has been very low for much of my adult life.
So from here on, I’m going to eat more fruits and vegetables, more potassium, less sodium, and maybe, just maybe, I can solve these marathon cramps.