"Potassium" - why we need it
So yesterday we spoke about potassium being vital for lung health. And that many people with lung issues also have a "potassium deficiency".
You see . . . a potassium deficiency can cause breathing difficulties due to the fact that it's "potassium" that relays signaling to the lungs to contract and expand. And when blood potassium levels are low . . . the lungs may "not" expand and contract properly leaving us with shortness of breath.
Now . . . potassium is one of the most important minerals in the body. And it doesn't just help our lungs . . . it also regulates fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve signals.
And a diet rich in potassium foods . . . can help to reduce blood pressure, water retention, protect against a stroke and prevent osteoporosis and kidney stones.
Now . . . how do we know if we have a potassium deficiency???
Well . . . we would look for . . . weakness and fatigue, muscle cramps and spasms, digestive problems, heart palpitations, tingling and numbness in the body, mood changes and breathing difficulties.
So how do we fix this problem???
Well . . . many fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in potassium like bananas, oranges, cantaloupe, honeydew, apricots, grapefruit and some dried fruits like prunes, raisins and dates.
I eat 2 bananas every day to make sure my lungs stay healthy.
And we can add to this deliciousness . . . cooked organic spinach, broccoli, cucumbers, mushrooms and sweet potatoes.
So if you feel moody, fatigued, have muscle cramps, digestive problems or shortness of breath . . . try adding one or all of these yummy foods to your diet.