Why Potassium Imbalance Leads to Health Problems
Potassium is a mineral that helps your body create electricity and energy. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t get enough of it, which can result in numerous health problems.
POTASSIUM AND SODIUM BALANCE
Potassium has a positive charge and works on energy-production inside of cells, while sodium works on the outside. In balance, they carry on nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction and heart function. If potassium levels are low, however, and out of balance with sodium, depending on degree, you may experience fatigue, muscle weakness and intestinal problems. (source)
Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health say that most Americans eat far too much sodium and not enough potassium. (source)
WATCH WHAT YOU EAT
The biggest source of sodium (salt) is consumed in processed foods. It’s in everything, from crackers to potato chips to muffins.
Potassium-rich foods include vegetables and fruits, especially green vegetables (Green Nutrients) like parsley, spinach and collards. It’s also in sweet potato, oranges, grapefruits and dried beans.
UNNATURAL BALANCE IN THE MODERN DIET
“Our diet is remarkably different from what we evolved on,” says Lawrence Appel, professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore who has examined potassium’s importance in the human diet. “We evolved on a low-sodium, high-potassium diet. Now we eat a high-sodium, low-potassium diet. This flip may be in part responsible for many of the [health] problems that are commonplace today.” (source)
Extreme imbalance can increase risk of dying from heart attack or other causes. (source)
GREAT SOURCE OF POTASSIUM
A great source of potassium can be found in our Green Nutrients formula which is packed with green vegetables.