What Is Potassium & Where Do I Find It?

June 1, 2015


Potassium is one of the most important minerals necessary for good health. “It aids in maintaining heart health by helping to regulate the fluid balance in the body,” says Alexa Schmitt, a clinical nutritionist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Since Potassium is actually an electrolyte, it is crucial for carrying an electric charge through our bodies, which means it helps us regulate the levels of blood chemistry so our bodies would function properly.

A healthy body needs balanced amounts of electrolytes including potassium, sodium, magnesium, etc, and Potassium makes sure your body uses all the right protein it gets from food for building muscles, bones, and other cells which make up our body.

Where Do I Find Potassium?

Actually, most of us already eat foods that are high in this important mineral, but it is always a good idea to check if your potassium intake meets your body’s requirements.

Bananas should be your choice number one as this delicious fruit is practically nothing but potassium. However, there are a number of other foods we eat every day that are also high in potassium, which means they have at least 350 milligrams of potassium per serving.
According to Schmitt, our high-potassium food choices other than bananas should include:

  • dried apricots
  • cantaloupe
  • beets
  • figs
  • honeydew melon
  • orange or natural orange juice
  • potatoes (with the skin on)
  • soy products
  • dairy products

“Cantaloupe and honeydew are great for potassium because people tend to eat more cantaloupe in one sitting than they would bananas or dried apricots,” says Schmitt.

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