Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Potassium for Muscle Contraction

by Kris Pitcher

Potassium is one of my favorite micro nutrients to talk about because it's all about muscle contraction. And you know nothing gets me more excited than muscle contraction!

Well, maybe some things do. But nutrition is WAY up there on the exciting scale. Potassium is one of our electrolytes. It helps us regulate fluid and mineral uptake.

Guess what you're not getting enough of? Well, sure there's that...but today we're talking potassium. Most people don't get the U.S. RDA of 4700 mg/day. In fact, most people get less than half.

We all know bananas to be a good source. But did you know that baked potatoes are an excellent source of this power house mineral? Just don't load it up with bacon, butter and sour cream.

Tomato sauce is also an excellent source with 453 mg per 1/2 cup. It's easy to make your own so you are not getting added ingredients like sugar from processed brands, which you can do without.

Eating more fruits and vegetables will help you get enough potassium in your diet. Without this important micro nutrient we experience malfunctions in muscle contraction including cardiac muscle. If you're heart isn't're in trouble.

Look up your favorite fruits and veggies to see how much potassium you're getting daily. You won't know unless you do a little research on what you're eating. But isn't that the fun part of nutrition?

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