Sources Of Potassium
|Seafood -||halibut, herring, lingcod, sardines|
|Nuts/seeds -||pecans, sesame, sunflower, walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, filberts, peanuts|
|Fruits -||avocados, dates, figs, prunes, raisins|
|Vegetables -||watercress, garlic, horseradish, lentils, parsley, potatoes, spinach, artichokes, lima beans, beet greens, swiss chard, collards|
|Grains -||buckwheat, rye, wheat bran|
|Miscellaneous -||chocolate, molasses, mushrooms, kelp, yeast, salt substitutes|
Roles In The Body
Potassium has many roles, especially intracellular fluid balance, and cell membrane effects such as muscle contraction, nerve impulse conduction, and cell permeability.
Functions Of Potassium
|Circulatory -||lowers heart rate, dilates arteries, can reduce blood pressure|
|Excretory -||maintains acid-base balance|
|Digestive -||increases digestive tract activity|
|Endocrine -||helps raise aldosterone and other hormones|
|Metabolic -||involved in carbohydrate metabolism|
calcium, processed food diets are low in potassium
Hair Analysis Notes
Potassium is known as the follow-through mineral. Hair must not be washed at the laboratory to obtain accurate potassium readings.
High Hair Potassium:
- indicates high sugar and glucocorticoid levels.
- very high potassium can be a potassium loss due to excessive breakdown of body cells.
Low Hair Potassium:
- indicates adrenal gland exhaustion.
- very low potassium is associated with allergies, fatigue, low blood sugar, sweet cravings, and low blood pressure.
Reasons For Potassium Supplementation
- to lower a high sodium/potassium ratio
- to enhance energy production
The preceding statements have not been evaluated by the
Food and Drug Administration
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.