Potassium is found in many meats, grains, dairy products, nuts and fruits and vegetables. Including these in your diet, particularly low-fat fruits and vegetables can ensure that you are getting significant potassium in your system. This is good for heart health because it aids the proper working of your heart and counteracts the effects of salt (sodium).
Some foods rich in potassium include:
- Melons (Cantaloupe and Honeydew)
- Prunes, Apricots and Raisins
- Milk and Yogurt
- Molasses and Honey
- Tuna and Halibut
Depletion of potassium in the body, sometimes caused by loss of it in the urine or intestines, can lead to a condition called Hypokalemia, which is characterized by low energy, weakness, muscle cramps, digestive problems, heart problems and irregular heartbeat. This shows how crucial potassium actually is, important for the normal functioning of organs of the body and responsible for giving the body energy and allowing you to use your muscles.
So, next time you're snacking, grab a banana, an orange, some raisins or nuts. Your body will thank you for it!