Potassium – Why is It MANDATORY?


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What is Potassium? Why is Potassium Mandatory? Why do I need it?  It is an electrolyte (electrolyte is a substance – a salt or ion carried by the blood and other fluids in the body that produce, and carry an electrical charge.) We have basically seven electrolytes in the human body, bicarbonate, calcium, chloride, hydrogen phosphate, magnesium, potassium and sodium are examples of electrolytes.  Without the proper balance of these electrolytes, especially if a person is dehydrated, “CAN” (if left unchecked) and most of the time will result in a medical emergency

So! What’s the BIG deal about Potassium? Most of us were told as children to eat our banana when it was given to us.  Why was this?  Bananas on the average render about 400-700 milligrams of potassium per medium banana.  This would only cover a partial Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of 3500 milligrams (mg) needed as our daily requirement of potassium. (There are other foods more potent than a banana.  These foods will be covered when we discuss the heart and heart disease).

If your potassium levels become to low, your muscles, and body will be the first to know.  It is possible that you will experience muscle cramping, fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, swollen ankles, hands and feet.  It is also possible that a person could suffer a stroke, or possible heart attack due to potassium deficiency (more covered on this under the heart and heart disease).  Potassium deficiency is so important, that it can actually be considered life threatening if not treated quickly.