Is Potassium Good for You?

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Since we are a local massage establishment we look at our world through the lens muscle health. Potassium is a crucial electrolyte for cellular function in general. As far as your muscles go, everyone has been told to eat a banana for muscle cramps since they were kids. Why is that? Well, one of the main functions of potassium in muscle health is its ability to regulate muscle contractions. It does so with the assistance of other electrolytes such as sodium and calcium.

When potassium ions move in and out of a cell they create electrical charges. Without potassium we wouldn’t be able to regulate our muscle contraction and relaxation and the body wouldn’t be able to maintain a correct balance of fluids in and around our cells. A lack of potassium can lead to muscle weakness, cramping and in severe cases paralysis. This is why lack of potassium can cause arrhythmia, which is an irregular heartbeat.

In short, yes potassium is good for you. You actually can’t live with out it. Foods high in potassium include; bananas, sweet potatoes, spinach, avocados and yogurt.

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