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Potassium Supplements

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About Potassium Supplements

Potassium is a mineral essential to our survival, just as so many vitamins, minerals and macronutrients are. Potassium is one of the key electrolytes playing a crucial role in regulating fluid movement within the body. Most people in developed nations tend to consume sodium and potassium completely out of balance, which increases the risk for many chronic diseases, including heart disease. It has been suggested that a 1:1 ratio of potassium to sodium, or perhaps even higher (more potassium than sodium) would be ideal to reduce the risk for several largely preventable chronic diseases. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported on this in 2012, as have many prestigious journals over many decades. 

 

Some of the signs and symptoms that potassium intake is too low are lethargy, physical weakness and sluggish bowels. However, these can of course be caused by factors. That is, if you have all three don't necessarily assume you are deficient! Though your dietary potassium intake is always worth taking a hard look at. The most important thing to do is start tracking your sodium and potassium intake. You will soon see how hard it is to take in more potassium than sodium. It can be quite a challenge! You might find that processed and packaged food intake starts to decrease, and fresh produce increases, in order to achieve this. After all, food salting was one of the first food preservation methods invented.

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