Potassium

Potassium

potassium

Description

Potassium works alongside sodium in the body to maintain the correct fluid balance in the cells and constitutes about 5% of the total mineral content of the body.

Potassium is absorbed by the small intestines and is excreted mainly through urine and perspiration. The kidneys are able to maintain normal serum levels through their ability to filter, secrete and excrete potassium. Aldosterone, an adrenal hormone, stimulates potassium excretion.

Too much salt in the diet can deplete potassium because as the excess salt is excreted from the body it takes potassium along with it.

Coffee also increases the urinary excretion of potassium and alcohol depletes magnesium and potassium.

An adequate amount of magnesium is required to retain potassium in the cells.

 

Function

How potassium works in the body:

Works with sodium to help normalise the heart beat and nourish the muscular system

Unites with phosphorus to send oxygen to the brain

Works with calcium to regulate neurotransmitter activity

Necessary for normal growth in children

Regulates fluid balance in the cells

Maintains the correct acidity in body fluids

Assists in the conversion of blood sugars into energy

Assists in muscular nerve action

Aids in maintaining healthy skin

Stimulates the kidneys to eliminate poisons and waste from the body

Assists in the formation of muscle tissue

Assists in cell metabolism, enzyme reactions and the synthesis of muscle protein from amino acids in the blood

Deficiency Effects

Loss of appetite

Constipation

Mental apathy

Muscle fatigue

Dry skin

Headaches

Diabetes (factor)

Low blood sugar

Low blood pressure

Depression

Acne

Toxicity

There is no known toxic affect if kidney function is normal. However an excessively high intake can raise blood levels. The suggested daily recommended allowance (RDA) is 2000-2500mgs.

Medical and therapeutic Uses

The therapeutic uses for potassium are as follows:

Blood and circulatory system

Angina pectoris

Diabetes

Hypertension

Mononucleosis

Stroke

Bone

Fracture

Bowel

Colitis

Diarrhoea

Brain and nervous system

Alcoholism

Hypertension

Insomnia

Polio

Glands

Mononucleosis

Head

Fever

headache

 

 

Good Food Sources

Prunes (cooked) kiwi fruit, avocado, potato, molasses, banana, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, Legumes, including peas, lima beans, baked beans, pinto beans, soybeans, and lentils, Plantains, Spinach, Papayas, milk and many dairy products, including milk shakes, cheese and yogurt, Brussels sprouts, Orange juice, Broccoli, Oranges, Melons, Squash and other deep yellow vegetables, blessed thistle, barley grass, chickweed, dandelion and lemongrass

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