Now that I am continuing my challenge with heat failure, and since I am continuing to use diuretics the potential for flushing necessary nutrients from my system grows every day. 2 of the more important minerals are POTASSIUM and MAGNESIUM. This post will focus on getting enough potassium back in our bodies.
Low potassium levels can cause muscle weakness and heart rhythm disturbances. Reduced potassium can lead to -HYPOKALEMIA- which can cause muscle cramps, muscle aches and muscle weakness(as noted above). The heart is a muscle so cramps and weakness can be problematic. Another symptom is heart palpitations.
We can end up with reduced/low potassium as the result of the medicines we take to deal with our cardiac issues.
With all this concern- where can we get potassium in our diet?
POTASSIUM N FOODS:
- potatoes and sweet potatoes 600-900 mgs (depending on serving size)
- beans 400-600
- dried apricots 500-1500
- avocado 700-900
- banana 400
- dark leafy greens 150-200
- Squash-winter 350-500
- mushrooms 100-300
With a thoughtful but simple combination of the foods we can rest assured that we have enough potassium in our system to prevent any serious challenge with our hearts.
What will you add to your daily diet?