Importance of Potassium

With the combination of starting to exercise regularly again and becoming a vegetarian, I’ve really come to realize the importance of nutrition and adequate calorie intact has been at the front of mind lately.  I’ve started to subscribe to different online resources to get educated on some do’s and don’ts so I can eat right to fuel my daily activities plus a decent workout.

I did some reading about the importance of potassium that I would like to share with you. “Potassium is a major dietary mineral that helps to balance your body’s pH and body fluids. It’s important for normal blood pressure regulation (it works in opposition to sodium). It’s also needed for normal muscle growth, for the nervous system and brain function. According to the Institute of Medicine, the average person should consume about 4,700 milligrams potassium every day.”

That’s a lot of potassium. The average banana is 7 inches long and has 422 mg of potassium.  That means you would need to eat about 11 bananas a day!  I love bananas, but I don’t know if I could eat that many bananas in a day.

Fortunately as  vegetarian or vegan, having a plant based diet of fruits & vegetables we don’t fall short on potassium like the usual Western diet that usually falls short of the 5 servings of fruits & vegetables.  The article states – STAY AWAY from potassium supplements and get your daily intake from the food you eat. It’s the natural way to fuel your body.

sweet potatoA few examples of high potassium foods you might eat regularly:

  • sweet potato (1 medium size) 542 mg
  • avocado (1/2 fruit) 487 mg
  • white beans (1/2 cup) 502 mg
  • plain yogurt (1 cup) 579 mg
  • spinach (1 cup) 839 mg

Here are a few places to read more about potassium

15 Potassium Rich Foods

5 Foods with More Potassium than a Banana