What is Potassium?
Potassium is an essential macro-mineral. It is the most abundant mineral in the body. We find it in foods such as; vegetables, bananas, avocados, apricots, dates, herring and nuts. Supplemental potassium comes in the forms of potassium citrate and potassium gluconate.
What does it do in the body?
Potassium works in balance with sodium in the body, so the higher your sodium intake, the higher your potassium requirement is. Potassium is an essential electrolyte in the blood and tissues along with 6 other macro-minerals. Having balanced electrolytes is essential for hydration, water and PH balance. Potassium especially is a key in regulating fluid levels in and out of bodily cells. Potassium contributes to the maintenance of normal blood pressure. Potassium contributes to normal functioning of muscles and the nervous system as it plays a massive part in nervous signalling and helping muscles to contract. Low levels of potassium can result from excess sweating, diarrhoea and vomiting.
How can I take potassium supplements?
Potassium can be taken as a supplement in the form of tablets or capsules. It is also found in many multi mineral formulas. The recommended daily allowance of potassium is 2000mg. This is the minimum recommended daily intake.