Focus On Vitamins & Minerals: Potassium

If you run or workout with any regularity, I am sure you have heard caution of not only rehydrating but also the need to replenish key vitamins & minerals which can be lost during strenuous activities.

I previously did a post on electrolytes (which can be read here: Focus On Vitamins & Minerals: Electrolytes ) and gave a basic definition. Potassium is one often mentioned electrolyte.

Potassium is very important to the proper function of our body. It is required for smooth muscle & cellular functions, nerve impulse transmission, cardiovascular, blood pressure and for converting glucose into glycogen.

The body naturally “loses” most of its excreted potassium through sweat and urine. As increased physical activity breaks down our stores to supply energy for the workout a depletion of potassium occurs and as a result an even greater concentration is lost.

Here are a couple of resources to get you informed on how to naturally get and/or keep potassium in your diet: High Potassium Foods List & Potassium Rich Foods Chart

DISCLAIMER: As always this is not meant as a means to diagnose but rather as a tool to inform, promote and facilitate health & wellness dialogue. Please consult your physician with any concerns and questions you may have, they are able to measure levels and provide definitive diagnosis.

~Peace & Blessings~

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