When you hear about dietary potassium, how many of you instantly think of a banana? As a former athlete, I sure did 🙋🏻‍♂️
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More potassium than a banana 🍌 .
Potassium is a essential mineral and electrolyte. It helps to regulate blood pressure, transport nutrients and supports healthy nerve and muscle function.
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Potassium isn’t produced naturally by the body so it’s important to incorporate a variety of these foods into our diet. Along with sodium, potassium regulates the water balance and balance in the blood. This in turn helps to regulate blood pressure and is most likely why potassium rich diets are linked to lower blood pressure.
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Human body also relies on potassium balance for a regularly contracting heart and a healthy nervous system, even more reason to not skip on this mineral.
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While a banana is still a good idea, here are 6 more items to add to your nutrition routine:
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1 cup white beans = 829mg potassium
1 cup butternut squash = 582mg potassium
1 medium sweet potato = 541mg potassium
1 cup frozen spinach = 540mg
1 cup steamed beets = 518mg
1/2 avocado = 487mg
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1 medium banana = 422mg potassium.
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Hope you found this helpful!
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