The scoop on potassium
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Like calcium or magnesium, potassium is an electrolyte that helps your body function—it’s also one of the nutrients that nutritionists can’t get enough of and can be found in citrus, bananas and tomatoes, among other foods. Potassium lowers your blood pressure and helps with digestive and muscular function, so keeping these levels steady and knowing when to get tested for a potassium deficiency can help keep you healthy.
You have a poor diet
It’s easy to reach for cookies, chips, and comfort snacks, but if your day-to-day diet isn’t balanced, you could end up with a potassium deficiency. “If this is someone not good at eating fruits and vegetables, and eating a lot of processed foods and junk foods, they’re at risk for lower potassium levels,” says Manuel Villacorta, RD, the founder of Whole Body Reboot in San Francisco, CA. Add 10 high-potassium foods to your diet instead.