Potassium is an important mineral for normal overall body functions but most adults consume less than the recommended 3,500–4,700 mg of this mineral per day from foods. Potassium is a mineral which has several important functions in the body, largely regulating fluid levels and nerve and muscle function, including regulating heart rhythm. It is normally possible to get all the potassium we require through a healthy diet as it occurs naturally in many foods.
Natural Sources of Potassium
As potassium is present in almost all fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, it should not be difficult to get all the potassium we need through a healthy and balanced diet. Adults need approximately 3,500 mg of potassium daily.
|Food source||Potassium content (milligrams, mg)|
|1 sweet potato||694|
|1 baked potato||610|
|1 medium banana||422|
|1 large tomato||300|
|1 tbsp molasses||295|
Potassium deficiency is not uncommon, but it often eludes diagnosis. It can have few symptoms to begin with but here are a few signs to look for to determine if you are potassium deficient.
Bodily functions like digestion can slow down as a result of potassium deficiency and that may lead to abdominal cramping and bloating.
- General Fatigue