Not having enough Potassium (K) can trigger symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, muscle cramps, and even anxiety. Are consuming enough potassium? Let’s see
Our bodies need enough electrolytes to function properly and potassium is one of the most important mineral as electrolytes. You need 4700mg of potassium as compared to 2300mg of sodium (Na), 1000mg calcium (Ca), and 420mg of magnesium (Mg) daily.
Immediately you see potassium is ranks the highest in the daily intake requirement but often not talked enough about. For reference, a single banana, the food that often picked for their high potassium content, contains only 300mg of potassium. Do you eat 16 bananas everyday? Nobody does.
What does potassium do?
- Keeps us energetic
- Prevents cramping
- Prevents arithmia
- Prevents twitching
- Prevents vascular calcification
- Relaxes the body, aids against insomnia
- Relieves constipation
- Reduces insulin resistance
- Prevents high blood pressure
- Prevents edema and swelling
- Helps make stomach acid
Why are you more likely to be deficient in potassium?
Diet. Our staples as Malaysians are usually high in carbohydrates and not enough green leafy vegetables. Even when there’re vegetables, we stir fry the heck out of them to the point they no longer retain their precious nutrients.
And yes leafy green vegetables are naturally high in potassium. Still, you’d need 7-10 servings of medium cooked leafy greens to fill your potassium quota. Avocados, they’re high in potassium too. An average sized avocado contains 700mg of this nutrient. You’ll need 8 of them a day and they cost RM5 each. Good luck.
So if you’re feeling your body is getting out of whack, you’re probably just low on potassium. Supplementing your diet with potassium may be a good idea. Best yet, get your doctor to do a blood work for you to confirm it.