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The Benefits of Potassium

Monday, May 21, 2012

A few years ago, my doctor informed me that my body was low in potassium. I never realized how beneficial potassium was for the body until I started getting the recommended daily allowance. I felt better and my foot cramps disappeared. Here are 5 facts about this wonderful mineral:

1) Potassium can help lower blood pressure by causing the kidneys to excrete excess sodium, lowering overall sodium levels and therefore lowering blood pressure.

2 )It helps your cells maintain fluid balance.

3) It prevents leg cramps and other muscle spasms. Potassium is essential for muscle contractions and nerve impulses all over the body, including the heart.

4) It acts as a blood buffer by maintaining ph ad acid levels. This helps prevent the loss of calcium and phosphorus, two important minerals for bone health.

5) It reduces the risk of developing kidney stones.

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    Wonder if my low potassium levels are what's causing my legs to hurt. Thought is was just all my walking/running
    2224 days ago
    I've started tracking it too. I just had a bout with the kidney stones. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. Now all I have to do is figure out what is high in potassium.
    2225 days ago
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