Potassium helps your muscles and nerves work properly, helps your body to maintain the electrolytes and acid-base balance in your body and helps to lower your risk of high blood pressure. Potassium aids in the storage of carbohydrates for use by muscles as fuel.
Athletes tend to lose potassium through sweating. So its important to add foods rich in potassium to your diet, as low potassium levels in an athlete can lead to tiring more easily during exercise, muscle cramps, irritability and even irregular heart beats.
Potassium is an important nutrient for good healthy. It is easy to meet adequate levels of potassium by eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. The current percent daily value (DV) for potassium is 4.7 grams.
Here are some high potassium foods (200+ mg per serving):
Note: Potassium supplements are not needed, unless recommended by your doctor. Eating an abundance of high potassium foods from natural food sources is relatively safe, except from certain conditions like dialysis and other special conditions where you may need limit high potassium foods. If you have concerns or questions about eating a diet rich in high potassium foods, please consult your doctor.
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