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Potassium food diet to prevent fatigue:
How can foods with high potassium level help to boost energy and prevent fatigue?
Potassium is a mineral or an electrolyte which along with sodium and calcium performs various important functions in the body. It is necessary for the transmission of a nerve impulse, normal functioning of the nerves, cells and muscles including the heart muscles, metabolism of carbohydrates and proteins and prevention of extra fluid retention in the cells. Excess or low levels of potassium can cause a health risk. Low potassium levels or hypokalemia can cause fatigue, general weakness, heart irregularities, confusion and sometimes muscle co-ordination problems. People who sweat heavily, exercise a lot or have hypertension may have higher needs of potassium.
Information About Foods And Potassium Levels Of Foods
Before including any potassium rich foods in your diet to correct a health condition it is important to consult a specialist and take his/her confirmation. For convenience foods are divided in to high, moderate and low potassium groups.
Foods high in potassium: All poultry, fish and meat, fresh apricots, avocado, bananas, cantaloupe, honeydew, milk, lima beans, coconut water, oranges and orange juice, kiwi, prunes, potatoes, spinach, vegetable juice, tomatoes and winter squash. Potassium content from potatoes can be decreased by soaking the peeled potato or potato slices before cooking.
Foods moderate in potassium: Apple juice, asparagus, broccoli, beets, blackberries, cherries, carrots, corn, eggplant, green peas, grape fruit, mushrooms, onions, peaches, pineapples, pears, raspberries, raisins, strawberries, summer squash, tangerines and watermelon.
If you are on a low potassium diet then a specialist may recommend eating not more than 2-3 serving of these foods per day.
Foods low in potassium: Apples, bell peppers, cabbage, cranberries, cucumber, grapes, green beans, iceberg lettuce, canned mandarin oranges, mushrooms, canned peaches, plums and pineapples.
Before making any major diet changes, especially if you have any health condition consult your specialist or a registered dietician.
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|