While most of us are aware of the dangers related to high sodium intake, very few health sources discuss the benefits of proper potassium intake. Both sodium and potassium play a key role in cellular function. In fact, potassium is the primary ion contained within cellular fluid.
Good health is directly related to maintaining a proper balance between sodium and potassium. Low potassium intake has been shown to increase hypertension, heart disease and even high blood pressure. Unfortunately, most of us undereat potassium because it is not on the health radar screen.
Researchers in China found that moderate potassium supplementation reduced high blood pressure by a significant amount. Foods rich in potassium include spinach, potatoes with the skin left on, dried apricots, baked acorn squash, yogurt, salmon, avocados, white mushrooms and bananas.
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