Signs You Are Not Getting Enough Potassium.
Potassium is one of the body’s most important minerals. It is present in every cell of the human body.
In fact, it is one of the body’s four main electrolytes, along with sodium, magnesium and calcium.
Being an electrolyte, potassium helps maintain a proper water balance in the body as well as regulate blood pressure.
It also plays a role in the digestion of proteins and carbohydrates.
In addition, this important mineral is needed for muscle strength, nerve functioning, proper digestion and a healthy cardiovascular system.
Here are the top 10 signs and symptoms that you are not getting enough potassium.
01:02 Muscle Cramps
02:05 Muscle Weakness and Damage
03:08 General Fatigue
04:06 Tingling Sensations
05:11 Heart Palpitations
06:08 Mental or Emotional Issues
08:03 High Blood Pressure
1, Muscle Cramps.
Frequent muscle cramps, whether during the day or night, is a very common sign of a potassium deficiency. Cramping in the legs, feet and arms is common.
Potassium is one of the electrolytes found in all body cells, including muscle and nerve cells.
It works with sodium to maintain your cells’ electrical charges, which control muscle contractions and functioning.
2, Muscle Weakness and Damage.
A low potassium level can have a huge impact on your muscle health. It can impair the function of muscle cells as well as damage the muscles.
This leads to profound weakness and muscle stiffness, aching and tenderness.
Also, potassium is needed for healing the muscles on a cellular level. Hence, there may also be an increase in muscle tearing or straining with little or no effort.
3, General Fatigue. 02:55
Another common symptom of low potassium is a general feeling of fatigue. This kind of fatigue is not due to overexertion or overworking.
In fact, the feeling of fatigue and tiredness has no explainable reason. Every cell in the body needs the right amount of potassium to function, and an inadequate amount of this mineral can affect the functioning of cells as well as organs.
4, Tingling Sensations.
Potassium is important for the health of your nerves. A low level of this mineral can affect the electrical impulses that pass from the skin and muscles to the spinal cord and brain.
This can lead to a loss of sensation along the outer extremities, resulting in the tingling sensations.
5, Heart Palpitations.
A potassium deficiency can also affect your heart health. It can cause an irregular heartbeat rhythm and heart palpitations for no apparent reason at all.
Low potassium can disrupt the rhythmic, coordinated contractions of the heart that are controlled by electrical impulses.
On the other hand, an adequate amount of potassium in the body helps protect your heart from heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.
6, Mental or Emotional Issues.
Potassium is important for mental health and brain function. It helps maintain the electrical conductivity of the brain and nerve transmissions.
Tips to correct a potassium deficiency
1, The best solution is to get this mineral from natural fruits. Some of the best sources are bananas, avocados, strawberries, oranges, mangoes, kiwis, apricots and dates.
2, Vegetables high in beta-carotene also contain a good amount of potassium. Some examples are carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, Swiss chard and red peppers.
3, Fish, such as sardines and salmon, also contain plenty of this mineral.
4, Gradually include more potassium-rich foods in your diet each day until you are getting the recommended amount. It is best not to try to compensate for a potassium shortage all in one day.
5, If you opt to take a supplement, always consult your doctor first.
The recommended daily amount of potassium is :
3.000 mg per day for ages 1 to 3,
3.800 mg per day for ages 4 to 8,
4.500 mg per day for ages 9 to 13,
4.700 mg per day for ages 14 and older,
5.100 for women who are breastfeeding.
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