Are you getting enough Potassium?
What is potassium you ask? Potassium is a mineral and an electrolyte that you can absorb from your food. Your body does not store this, so it is important to get enough through eating plenty of foods that are high in potassium.
Potassium is so important that your body needs it to function! Without you even realizing, every move you make your body relies on the potassium it has to work efficiently.
You know those nasty little cramps you get… having enough potassium can reduce them. As an electrolyte, potassium helps your body to keep the right balance of water between your cells and the fluid surrounding them. It also moves nutrients into your cells and helps to keep your body’s sodium levels in check! As a diabetic, we suffer from cramps on a regular basis if our blood sugars run high, so it’s even more important to make sure we get enough potassium in.
Potassium helps your muscles to contract and it helps your nerves to communicate with your muscles. Without potassium, your nervous system simply won’t function correctly.
There are lots of foods high in potassium.
Spinach, kale, broccoli are leafy greens and so simple to add to any foods like a nice salad or low carb wrap maybe.
Tomato, zucchini, eggplant, pumpkin are a winner here! Add them to salads, roast them or stuff them with other veggies or low carb options.
Flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds are high in potassium and so simple to add to your salad or smoothie.
Salmon and tuna are also rich in omega-3 fatty acid, which can help to reduce inflammation in your body.
Yoghurt, milk, cheese and cream. But don’t over do the them as large quantities will have a negative effect on your blood sugar. They also provide your body with calcium.
So include these foods into your balanced meal plan for some extra potassium and you should be well on your way. And don’t be afraid of adding a potassium supplement if you feel the need.