Potassium is essential for life. It allows your nerves to respond to stimulation and muscles to contract (tighten), including the muscles in your heart. Potassium is a mineral that needs to be balanced with sodium for optimal health, stabilizing the body’s water and acid/alkaline balance and allowing the nerves and muscles to function properly. The standard modern diet tends to be high in sodium, so adding some potassium-rich foods will promote this equilibrium. Excess sodium is also known to increase blood pressure, with potassium mediating this effect.
The Key Benefits of Potassium
- Aids in healthy fluid balance
- Regulates muscle contractions (including heart muscle!)
- Helps maintain healthy muscle and nerve function
- Supports a healthy cardiovascular system
- Supports the nervous system
- Supports healthy function of the kidneys
You are at risk of developing low potassium levels if you:
- Take one of many common medications such as antibiotics, diuretics, asthma medication, cortisone medications, insulin.
- Vomiting or diarrhoea
- Have a very physically demanding job
- Live in extremely hot climates
- Are a professional athlete
- Don’t get enough potassium from your diet
However, it is worth noting that there are certain groups of people who should not consider dietary supplementation with potassium.
High concentrations of potassium are found in all vegetables, especially leafy greens and Brussels sprouts, potatoes with skins, bananas, strawberries, tomatoes and most other fruits.
If you think you are Potassium deficient, talk to us about this in store and we will recommend the best options for you. We stock Potassium in the form of Tissue Salts, Celloids and Practitioner supplements.
Before beginning any new supplementation regimen check with your healthcare team especially if you have kidney disease or are taking heart or blood pressure medicines.
Mineral-rich Potassium Broth (all ingredients should be organic if possible)
To really give your potassium levels a boost, this healthy broth is a must. It’s easy and quick to prepare, and although not the most delicious soup you could make (remember, you can’t add salt!), it will certainly leave you feeling nourished.
4 well-scrubbed potatoes
4 celery stalks
1 bunch of parsley
2 cloves of garlic or 1 small onion
Seaweed (wakame, dulse, kelp)
4 litres of filtered water
Peel the potatoes, and chop the celery and carrots into 2 inch pieces. Place the potato peels with the celery and carrot into a large pot of filtered water. Bring to the boil, add seaweed and chopped garlic or onion, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add chopped parsley and simmer for a further 5 minutes.
Allow to cool, strain the liquid and store in a glass jar in the fridge or freezer.
There’s no need to waste the veggies! Just eat them as a side dish, or to make a thicker soup, don’t strain the liquid but rather, wait for it to cool and blend it all together. To use the rest of the potatoes, boil in water until soft, or bake in the oven, and then allow to cool in the fridge overnight. This creates a resistant starch which is a fabulous pre-biotic!