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Potassium – The Alkalizing Mineral

 

Potassium is called the “alkalizer” because it neutralizes acids and restores alkaline salts to the blood stream. This important mineral works with sodium in all cells and is critical to cardiovascular and nerve function. Potassium performs a variety of important functions in your body:

  • Regulates the transfer of nutrients into cells
  • Facilitates muscle energy
  • Contributes to a sense of well-being
  • Is a natural pain desensitizer
  • Regulates water balance
  • Assists recuperative powers
  • Promotes joint health (causes acids to leave the joints, easing stiffness)
  • Helps eliminate wastes
  • Speeds healing of cuts, bruises and other injuries

 

If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have a potassium deficiency:

  • Bad circulation
  • Insomnia
  • Intestinal pain
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Muscle weakness
  • Diabetes
  • Oppressive breathing
  • Earaches
  • Pain in the eyes
  • Edema
  • Prolapsed uterus
  • Headaches
  • Swollen glands
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hypertension
  • Water retention

Foods high in potassium (more than 200 mg per serving)

  • 1 medium baked potato, with skin (925)
  • 1 baked medium sweet potato, with skin (450)
  • 1 medium raw tomato (290)
  • ½ cup of mushrooms (280)
  • ½ cup of fresh brussels sprouts (250)
  • ½ cup of cooked zucchini (220) or winter squash (250)
  • ¼ of a medium avocado (245)
  • ½ cup of broccoli (230)

Other foods that contain significant amounts of potassium (below 200 mg) include: corn, raw or cooked carrots, cauliflower, asparagus, peas, lettuce, green beans, and cucumber.

 


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