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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.

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                      Last Updated on December 13, 2018

                      12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                      12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                      Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

                      A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

                      1. Eat Before Heading Out

                      First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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                      2. Select The Treats

                      Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

                      3. Avoid Skipping Meals

                      Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

                      4. Drink With Moderation

                      It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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                      5. Be Active

                      You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

                      6. Get Out Of The House

                      Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

                      7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

                      Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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                      8. Set Realistic Goals

                      You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

                      9. Enjoy Yourself

                      Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

                      10. Drink A Lot Of Water

                      This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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                      11. Eat Less And More Often

                      Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

                      12. Prioritize Your Workouts

                      Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

                      So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

                      Happy Holidays everyone!

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