Authentic Nutrients: All about Potassium

Are you a fairly active person? Do you look forward to working out every day? If so, listen up! It’s important that you are eating a diet full of nutrient-rich foods, especially potassium. Potassium is critical for helping our muscles and our nerves function properly. If we don’t have enough potassium, we can feel fatigued and experience muscle weakness, making it very difficult to stay active. Potassium is also important for helping maintain a good balance of electrolytes in the body. In addition to this, we need potassium to keep our calcium levels balanced, helping to promote strong and healthy bones.

How can you tell if you are deficient in potassium? Some symptoms may include irritability, chronic diarrhea, overall weakness, confusion, and heart problems. Be sure that you are eating potassium rich foods including:

  • Tomatoes
  • Kale
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Beets
  • Green beans
  • Summer and Winter squash
  • Swiss chard
  • Asparagus
  • Coconut Water
  • Bananas
  • Cantaloupe

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