- 02-26-2009, 04:38 PM
Potassium is one of the electrolytes requires for maintaining health. Potassium balances the levels of acidity, blood pressure and transmits electrical signals between nerve and cells, along with helping in regulating the body?s water balance and neuromuscular function. It is required for carbohydrates and protein metabolism.
Potassium is found in fruits (one banana can contain 500mg), beans, milk, whole grains, fish citrus, un-process meats, and vegetables contain significant amount of Potassium.
Potassium has uses in connection to high blood pressure and kidney stones (citrate in combination with magnesium citrate). High deficiency of potassium in human are rare except cases of prolonged vomiting, diarrhea, or use of potassium depleting drug, ?diuretic? drugs.
Potassium and sodium work together in the body to maintain muscle tone, blood pressure, water balance and other functions. In hospitals, use of Potassium and Sodium Chloride are often use in IV's for patients to assist in improving their health conditions. Though the amount of Potassium needed for maintaining health is minute, it is essential.
High blood pressure made worsen when there is too much salt and too little dietary potassium in our body. Excess potassium is excreted through urine and sweating. Excessive potassium is toxic and will affect the heart but mainly a problem in the case of kidney failure.
Deficient in potassium may cause fatigue, leg cramps, muscle weakness, slow reflexes, acne, dry skin, mood changes and irregular heartbeat. 3,500 milligrams is the recommended daily intake of potassium. Include in your daily diet a banana, citrus fruit, or a dash of apple vinegar will help replace lost potassium through your daily activities especially in body building.
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