Top 10 Potassium-Rich Foods and Potassium BenefitsRandall Smitham August 14, 2019 92 Comments
Dr. Axe here, founder of draxe.com and doctor
of natural medicine.
In this video, I’ll be going through the top
10 potassium rich foods you should be getting
in your diet every single day along with the
incredible benefits of potassium and how to
get more in your diet every single day.
And I’ll tell you, this key nutrient is something
that almost everybody is not getting enough
of in their diet.
Most of us get way too much sodium, not near
enough potassium, and it’s a major reason
for holding extracellular fluid, cellulite,
heart disease, and a number of other health
So let’s dive right in and talk about some
of the dangers of low potassium.
So if you have any one of these symptoms,
it can be caused by low levels of potassium.
Fatigue, so if you have those low energy levels
and maybe you even get a good night’s sleep
and you’re still tired the next day, you can
have a mineral or vitamin deficiency.
One of those minerals is potassium.
Also, chronic constipation.
Now, I’ll say this, both magnesium and potassium
help with constipation.
Vitamin B12 and potassium help with fatigue,
irritability, muscle cramping.
So again, if you tend to be an athlete and
get muscle cramps on a regular basis in your
hamstrings and your calve muscles or even
your arms and shoulders, that can be a warning
Weight gain, blood pressure issues, heart
palpitations, nausea, depression, all of those
are warning signs that you might have low
So here are some of the biggest benefits that
medical research has shown, through clinical
studies, of what happens when you get more
potassium in your diet and some of the benefits.
Number one, overall health for your heart.
Your heart is a smooth muscle.
Potassium helps with something called your
“sodium-potassium pump” which is one of the
things that really helps support healthy rhythms
within your body.
So again, potassium is great for your heart.
Number two, fewer cramps.
If you’re a person that gets any type of cramping
especially in your calves or feet, that’s
a warning sign that your potassium levels
are low and you have an electrolyte imbalance
in your body.
Remember this, staying hydrated is not just
about drinking water, it’s about getting plenty
of fluids and electrolytes like potassium
in your diet on a daily basis.
Number three, it actually lowers your risk
of a stroke.
You know, most people don’t know they’re going
to have a stroke until they’re having it.
So for you and everybody, everyone you love,
50% of people struggle with some form of heart
disease or 50% or more in their lifetime.
It’s one of the top two killers in America
You want to reduce your risk?
Get more potassium in your diet.
Number four, helps lower blood pressure.
We know high blood pressure, it’s very taxing
on the heart, causing your heart to wear.
Also, high blood pressure increases your risk
of having a heart attack.
You want to get more potassium because it
naturally lowers blood pressure by helping
bring more nutrients into your cells there
Number five, it hides cellulite.
If you’re a person with cellulite, a lot of
times, the big part of that is fluid retention.
If you want to get rid of cellulite, here’s
what you need to do.
Cut down on your sodium intake, increase your
potassium rich food intake, and also make
sure that you’re getting foods like bone broth
and collagen in your diet on a daily basis.
So those help strengthen connective tissue.
And number six, fights osteoporosis.
You know, when it comes to bone health, our
mind always goes to calcium, but our mind
should also go to other minerals like magnesium,
phosphorus, and potassium here are all important
minerals for your bones, as is vitamin D,
and vitamin K2, all of these can help with
Now, here’s the secret on getting potassium
rich foods in your diet every single day or
how to get potassium in your diet via the
foods you’re eating.
Number one potassium rich food are avocados.
Now avocados, they’re not a fruit, they’re
not a vegetable, they’re not a nut, they’re
actually a one seeded drupe.
And avocados are incredibly benefit for having
healthy fats, high magnesium, but also potassium.
This is one of nature’s, sort of, great mineral-rich
Do an avocado a day.
All right, number two here, acorn squash.
Now, I love squash in the fall time, and I
love doing this just with a side of chicken
or beef, but acorn squash and all types of
squash including butternut squash, those are
high in potassium, as is pumpkin.
Also, by the way, with the avocados, just
cut up a few, add them to a salad, add them
to a burger, or make guacamole.
Lots of great ways there to get avocado in
Number three, spinach.
Now spinach is high in lutein, xanthine, vitamin
K, vitamin A, magnesium, calcium, also potassium.
Getting green leafy vegetables in your diet
is a great way to get more potassium along
with alkalizing your body by increasing the
minerals available to your body.
Number four, sweet potatoes.
We know that sweet potatoes are a very, very
potassium dense superfood.
And again, this is good for anyone and everybody.
Most likely today needs to get more potassium
because we’re getting too much sodium in our
diet as well.
Number five, wild caught salmon fish can be
a good source.
Number six, dried apricots can be great as
Number seven, pomegranates.
Now pomegranates are also very high in certain
types of antioxidants that really help with
anti-aging, out as potassium.
In fact, this is one of the greatest foods
to help tighten and tone and firm your skin,
helping you look younger.
Number eight, coconut water.
Coconut water is known as nature’s sports
It doesn’t have any of the food coloring or
any of the chemicals that a lot of today’s
sports drinks has.
It just has lots of potassium, lots of electrolytes
to help you stay hydrated.
It’s a great thing for a young athlete to
Coconut water, sprinkle a little bit of sea
salt in there, drink that throughout the day
Number nine, white beans.
White beans also have lots of potassium.
And number ten, of course, bananas.
We all know that bananas have potassium.
I want to mention another good food high in
potassium, it’s actually bone broth has good
levels of potassium.
If you just do like a bone broth protein supplement,
bone broth protein mixed with a banana for
Great way to get more potassium in your diet
on a daily basis.
So remember this, potassium is critical for
your heart pumping.
It’s critical for your muscles firing and
to keep your muscles from getting cramped.
It’s also so important for your body’s exchange
of fluid and the health of your kidneys doing
it in proper ratios.
Now again, if you do have a kidney issue or
on kidney dialysis, those people want to stay
away from potassium for a time being and consume
lots of vegetables and fruits that aren’t
rich in potassium.
But for the most part, most of us, 98% of
the population, needs to get more potassium
in our diet on a daily basis.
As you can see here all of the many benefits.
Guys, so remember most of us today, way too
much sodium, 10 times too much, one-seventh
of the potassium we should be getting on a
And you get potassium through eating lots
of fruits, lots of vegetables every single
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many benefits of potassium.
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