Tuesday, December 07, 2010
One of the best things about this website is the ability to see exactly what you're putting in your body down to the bare minerals. It wasn't until I started tracking my food on SparkPeople that I realized I ate waaaaaaaaay too much carbs and not even close to enough protein. That was a major start in my weight loss alone.
Recently I posted a blog on excessive sweating. After some I research, I found out that one of the symptoms for potassium deficiency is... drumroll please... "Excessive Sweating"! Actually I was lead to do the research after waking up about 1:30 one morn with a MAJOR charlie horse in my left quad.
I wrestled with that thing for at least 10 minutes. It hurt so bad I cried... no, I SCREAMED. As soon as I stretched and massaged it out, it was like I got my thigh caught in a vice grip all of a sudden and the fight was on again. It had me crying out to Jesus to the point my throat was raw. After mentioning it to a coworker she mentioned potassium. It's like a vicious cycle. You sweat a lot cause you don't have enough potassim, then you cramp alot cause you've sweated out what little you had.
According to the RDA we should be taking in at least 3500mg of potassium a day. And I don't know about you but in the past my diet was lacking on the fresh fruits and veggies side and that is the major source of potassium. Did you know there's1000mg in a cup of raisins, 500mg in a med sized sweet potatoe, 700mg in a cup of black eyed peas, 700mg in a cup of prune juice and of course 600mg in a cup of bananas. I'm feeling healthier already!!
These days I'm like a kid in a candy store watching my nutrient totals as I track my foods. The wider range of numbers across the board the better. I don't know if many of you know this but you can actually adjust your food trackers to tell you just about every vitamin, nutrient and mineral you are eating. Thank God for Spark People and Chris
Well, until next time, Stay in the WORD and Stay BLESSED
Keep in SPARKIN