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Potassium for a Healthy Body

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hello everyone!!!!

I am so sorry that it has been such a long time since I have last posted. I hope life has been treating you all well.

I just got back from a well-needed vacation with my best friend. It was really awesome getting out for a few days. Out and away from all of the stress and all of the junk that was bringing me down.

We indulged in some amazing food (okay overindulged is more like it) and I definitely added some water weight, but thankfully I got back and have jumped right back into my normal eating and all those extra pounds have been flushed away. Potassium is your friend, sodium…not so much!

The buffet we went to you could pay for all day and you could come back as many times as you wanted. It really cut down on the food costs for me, but they didn’t offer too much healthy fare. So I definitely didn’t get the amount of potassium I should have in a day.

From organicfacts.net : Potassium, the third most abundant mineral in human body, is the synonym for health insurer. It contains the qualities for maintaining a high level of human well-being and a cheerful lifestyle. There is no way one should overlook the inclusion of potassium in routine diet plan. Apart from acting as an electrolyte, this mineral is required for keeping heart, brain, kidney, muscle tissues and other important organs of human body in good condition. Potassium chloride is the main variety of this mineral amongst others. It works in association with sodium to perform a number of critical body tasks.

You know my favorite way to get potassium? Bananas. I probably have at least one a day. And the best way to enjoy bananas? Banana soft serve of course!

I drizzled some peanut butter into that and it was so decadent. Then again, I think eating anything out of a martini glass makes it feel more special.

I also, of course, love grilled bananas on French toast.

Smashed all into it with some almonds on the side? Makes a perfect breakfast for me!

Feeling a little hungry, but it’s not quite time for dinner yet? A melon bowl works for me.

Scoop out the seeds, add your favorite yogurt, and top with sliced almonds or some granola if you like that better. I prefer the huge amount of protein in Greek yogurt; in this one I used Chobani vanilla.

I love summer, because it seems easier to get potassium in. There are fresh fruits and veggies available at any farmer’s market and they taste SO much better than what you can buy in the store.

Let’s just say that these berries didn’t last very long in our house!

I’ll have to post another blog showing all of the crazy eats I indulged in. I knew I couldn’t get online to add everything to SparkPeople so I took pictures of pretty much every single thing I ate. Yeah…it’s not pretty! lol

I tried to guesstimate how much sodium I got and I probably averaged 8,000 mg a day (btw, you’re supposed to try to stick to less than 2,300 mg a day.) At home I average more like 1,500 mg a day….

Do you track your potassium levels here on SparkPeople? Or your sodium levels for that matter?
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    I LUV BANANAS in my Protein shake.. yum
    2864 days ago
    Wow - you're not just knowledgeable about the benefits of potassium (so good for one's blood pressure), but you know where to find it AND some creative ways of incorporating it into your day-to-day eating! Hats OFF! - Sandi emoticon
    2864 days ago
    YUMMY! All of those looked so delicious! Thanks for the tip!
    2864 days ago
  • JUGE300000
    I love bananas too.

    2865 days ago
  • DNJEN471
    Glad you had a good vacation. It sounds like you are feeling better now too? I don't track my potassium, but do track my sodium. We eat tons and tons of berries too!
    2865 days ago
  • *AMBER512
    The great thing is that unless you ONLY eat fruits and vegetables, it's pretty hard to eat too much potassium. I have gotten a little high before, but nowhere near the toxicity level! Gotta love that produce! =)
    2865 days ago
    I do track both, although I admit that I am not a stickler on the sodium. I think I am ok, since I add virtually NO salt to anything and don't eat processed food.

    Potassium is always on the low side for me. And I read that it is not really a good idea to take a supplement--it is one of the elements that you shouldn't get too high in your system.
    2865 days ago
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