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Farewell to Feeling of Powerless and Drowsiness: You Need Potassium.

Farewell to Feeling of Powerless and Drowsiness: You Need Potassium.

There are loads of reasons to ensure that you consume enough potassium daily. Firstly, potassium is key for efficient muscular tissue functionality. Potassium also maintains electrolyte and fluid balance and is the third highest mineral level in the body. It is required for the adequate functioning of the kidneys, heart, and the brain.

Potassium has a role in keeping the body hydrated and supports cellular function along with sodium. When potassium levels lower, the result will have severe effects.

The main causes of low potassium include diarrhea, dehydration and taking too many laxatives. Some medication affecting potassium levels in the in the body are ‘diuretics’, commonly known as water pills.

Low potassium symptoms are undesirable even though they may be mild or vague. These are usually symptoms of tiredness and weakness. Then there are also arm or leg cramps that can cause a tingling numbness, making arm or leg movement feel like a paralysis.

Other signs are stomach cramps, bloating, nausea and vomiting. Then there is constipation, heart palpitations, passing urine too often or feeling thirsty all the time. Low blood pressure can lead to fainting and mental issues like depression, delirium, psychosis, hallucinations, irritation and confusion.

It is common to hear all about what we should eat less of. This time it is all about what you need more of to protect bones, muscles and your heart. That is POTASSIUM!

What Does Potassium Do to Us?

Relaxes blood vessels

Potassium relaxes blood vessels, this decreases the risk of a stroke and reduces blood pressure. It offsets damaging high sodium effects like salt making the blood vessels less stiff, helping sodium to excrete.

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Keeps the bones strong

Foods that are rich in potassium produce alkali, and this maintains a balance of the acid base in the body, keeping the bones strong.

Facilitates muscular functions

Muscles need potassium for contraction and communication between muscles and nerves, together with full muscular function. Muscles are everywhere in the body, the arms, the legs as well as the digestive and respiratory tracts. Meaning that a diet that is low in potassium may result in digestive troubles and fatigue.

Consume fruits and vegetables for more potassium

Let us examine the best foods to level potassium intake in the body. The recommended intake per day should be 4,700 milligrammes.

Fruit has a high potassium level. The banana is the most well known. Others are dried fruit, apples, peaches, and oranges, followed by almost every other kind of fruit. Try three servings a day, fresh, dried or in a juice.

Veggies have a high potassium level with leafy greens leading along with acorn squash and sweet potatoes. Other vegetables also contribute. Four servings daily will help, so two servings for afternoon and evening meals, a cup of raw and half-cooked. Beans, nuts, and lentils contain significant potassium levels.

Top 10 potassium-rich foods

Avocado: One full avocado has 1,067 milligrams

    Researchers found that people who ate avocados tend to have healthier diets overall, as well as an increased nutrient intake and are less likely to develop metabolic syndrome [1] .

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    Acorn Squash: One cupful has 896 milligrams

      Acorn squash has high levels of antioxidants that fight and prevent various types of cancer [2] including skin, lung, breast and prostate cancer.

      Spinach: One cupful of cooked spinach has 839 milligrams

        Spinach is rich in potassium and scientific research indicates it has agents that are cancer fighting [3].

        Sweet Potato: One huge potato has 855 milligrams

          Sweet potatoes are dense in nutrients and rich in potassium. They are high in vitamin C, beta-carotene, and vitamin B6. In addition, the latest research indicates that they may be helpful in treating peptic ulcers [4]) .

          Wild-Caught Salmon: 772 miligrams per half a fillet

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            It has a load of omega-3 fatty acids that decrease the risk of strokes [5] and heart disease. These reduce depression symptoms as well as joint pain, skin ailments, and high blood pressure.

            Dried Apricots: Half a cup has 756 miligrams

              Dried apricots are easy and quick to pop up potassium levels. Studies have stated [6] that people consuming dried fruits have healthier diets with more nutrients and a lower body weight. Dried apricots are a potassium-rich choice of snacks.

              Pomegranate: One full pomegranate has 667 miligrams

                Pomegranates are awesome fruits for potassium intake. They also have load of fiber, vitamin K and vitamin C, amongst various other nutrients.

                Coconut Water: One cupful has 600 miligrams

                  Coconut water is a beverage high in electrolytes like potassium. It has been used in an emergency for hydration [7].

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                  White Beans: Half a cup has 502 miligrams

                    White beans contain a significant amount of potassium per serving and are high in fiber. High-fiber diets reduce the risk [8] of diabetes.

                    Banana: One large banana has 487 miligrams

                      The most well-known potassium source is also high in carbs and sugar. A good source of energy before a workout, bananas are rich in nutrients, helps to repair muscles and balance the retention of water.

                      Featured photo credit: Mercola via articles.mercola.com

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                      Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                      Video Summary

                      Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                      There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                      This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                      Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                      In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                      One Exercise, multiple benefits

                      There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                      By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                      When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                      Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                      In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                      What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                      What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                        1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                        Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                        • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                        • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                        • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                        • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                        2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                          Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                          Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                          3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                            Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                            4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                              Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                              A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                              A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                              On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                              5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                  Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                  7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                    Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                    How to hold a plank position

                                    1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                    2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                    3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                    4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                    5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                    6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                    7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                    Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                    Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                      How to improve your plank time gradually

                                      1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                      2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                      3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                      Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                      Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                      You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                      • Prolapse
                                      • After prolapse surgery
                                      • Pelvic pain conditions
                                      • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                      • Previous childbirth
                                      • Overweight

                                      Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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