High blood pressure is one of the most dangerous risk factors for heart disease, and a high potassium intake alongside reducing your sodium intake will create a double barrier effect against high blood pressure. Naturally, our bodies should contain twice as much potassium as sodium. However, a typically highly processed diet is very high in sodium and affects this internal balance, which causes an elevation in blood pressure and irregular heartbeats.
Not just that, but potassium is also important if you train regularly and want faster recovery from exercise, not to mention it also helps maintain high muscle mass by helping to form protein in the cell from amino acids. Potassium is a mineral easily lost during sweating, so replacing it post-workout by eating any of the below foods helps re-balance electrolyte levels within the body.
Sources of Potassium
- Dark leafy greens (e.g. spinach, arugula)
- Sweet Potato
** Potassium is easily lost during the cooking and processing of foods, so eating the above foods with minimal cooking will help you absorb as much potassium as possible.
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