So today . . . let's continue with the benefits of having "enough" healthy "potassium" in our diet and body.
Now . . . the U.S. National Library of Medicine states . . . "The ratio of "potassium to sodium" that Americans consume has "reversed" in the past 200 years"
You see . . . the "potassium to sodium" ratio used to be 10 to 1 . . . whereas . . . our modern Western diet now has a ratio of 1 to 3. Which means we are consuming a diet very "poor" in "magnesium" and "potassium" . . . as well as "poor" in fiber intake.
But . . . this diet we love so much . . . is very rich in "saturated fat", "simple sugars", "sodium" and "chloride". Which now is a diet that can induce "metabolic acidosis" (which we've spoken of before).
So we can clearly see . . . that we as Americans . . . have a big problem with eating correctly . . . and unfortunately . . . the body "DOES NOT" make or produce its own "potassium" . . . we must get this important mineral from the food we eat to maintain normal levels of "fluid" inside of our cells.
Okay . . . so let's review . . .
"Potassium" balances out "sodium" in the body. And having the right "potassium-sodium" ratio is important for electrolyte balance . . . which in turn . . . is essential for proper muscle contraction and nerve transmission. It's also important for "fluid balance" which controls normal blood pressure, proper pH balances and bone strength.
Next . . . "potassium" also helps the body "digest carbohydrates" by converting the "sugar" from the carbs we eat . . . into "energy".
And finally . . . "potassium" even has a helpful hand in controlling the "bad" bacteria I'm always talking about that is destroying our health.
How you ask???
Well . . . when "potassium" balances "sodium" and our pH blood level is in the "neutral" position . . . this creates an "oxygen-rich environment" in the body . . .
And viruses, fungi and "bad" bacteria . . . "CANNOT" live in an "oxygen-rich environment" . . .
Simple as that . . .
So in closing . . . we must consume "potassium-rich" foods such as leafy greens like spinach and collards, fruits from vines like grapes and blackberries, root vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes and citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit to mention just a few for optimal health
And tomorrow, we'll talk about this pH balance so we better understand.
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