What is Potassium? Potassium is a mineral that helps keep the right mix of fluids in our body. It also helps our nerves, muscles, and heart work properly. Most people get the potassium they need from the foods they eat.
The recommended daily potassium intake is 4.7 grams a day. However, athletes who involved in prolonged, hard exercise may require more potassium per day.
On the days you sweat a lot; it's recommended that you take extra potassium to avoid potassium deficiency. This goal can be easily achieved by eating potassium rich foods.
Potassium is found in many foods, especially meat, milk, fruits and vegetables. To enjoy the benefits of potassium, we need to eat a variety of foods to get the recommended amount.
The following foods are the top six of the USDA list on foods that are good dietary sources of potassium:
Among these items, bananas are the most convenient because they require virtually no preparation. I always make sure my daughter has an extra banana after her track practices, especially if the weather is sunny and she sweats a lot. I don't want her to have her Dad's potassium deficiency experience.
Other foods high in potassium include:
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