What is Potassium?
And Potassium Facts

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What is potassium? Potassium is a mineral which is abundantly found in a glass of orange juice.

Potassium is essential to your health and well being because it is a major electrolyte in your body.

This electrolyte or mineral is a key element in the every day functions of your body.  And potassium is needed to support your muscles as well as your heart.

One of the potassium facts worth remembering is that potassium works very closely with sodium to help regulate fluid in your cells.

A lack of potassium can cause a whole host of problems that range from fatigue to cardiac arrest, so get some facts on potassium to help you better understand its role in your body.

Some Potassium Facts

More Potassium Facts

  • Involved with Muscle Contractions
  • Involved with Protein Synthesis
  • Essential for a Healthy Heart
  • Essential for Conducting Nerve Impulses
  • Involved with Energy Production
  • Needed to Metabolize Carbohydrates
  • Essential for Normal Blood Pressure
  • Regulates Transfer of Nutrients
  • Catalyst for Certain Enzymes
  • Helps with Low Blood Sugar
  • Involved with Regulation of Sodium
  • Helps Regulate Bowel Function
  • Helps with Weight Loss
  • Helps with Calcium Retention
  • Involved with Acid/Alkaline Balance
  • Helps to Eliminate Wastes from Body

What is Potassium/Sodium Imbalance?

Our processed and fast food diets which is called the SAD diet has created an imbalance between potassium and sodium - in favor of sodium.

And high amounts of sodium can bring a lot of water into your blood and create high blood pressure which can put a lot of pressure on your heart.

You do need a certain amount of sodium to work with potassium in the regulation of your bodily fluids, but in general (Americans in particular) consume way too much sodium.

Eating more whole foods that are high in potassium and low in sodium.  And limiting the processed foods that are high in sodium and low in potassium will play an important role in the solution.

Also, replacing overprocessed white salt found in processed foods and in most salt shakers with a healthier salt like Himalayan pink salt can really help with an imbalance.

In addition, the overconsumption of sugar and diuretics like caffeine which also deplete potassium =    "Big Problem!"

Himalayan Pink Salt has Less Sodium!

Himalayan salt comes with trace minerals and even a little potassium.

Himalayan salt contains just under 37% of pure sodium. 

Processed white salt is just over 39% pure sodium and comes with no trace minerals.

What is Potassium/Sodium Salt?

Common salts like white salt will contain 98 to 100% sodium chloride or about 40% pure sodium. 

Which means that for every 1/4 tsp of salt, you will consume about 600 mg. of sodium.

Lower sodium salts like PANSALT contain only 56 to 57% sodium chloride which is about 1/2 the amount of sodium found in common salt.

Supposedly, it tastes just like regular salt and behaves like regular salt in cooking food.  And it has been proven to be clinically effective on lowering blood pressure.

It's probably because it contains a decent amount of Potassium in its formula - about 28%.

The only problem with this particular potassium/sodium salt is that it may only be found in the Philippines - until someone starts selling this salt in the USA.

What is Potassium to Sodium - Ideal Ratio?

What is potassium to sodium ratio that has proven to be effective on hypertension?

Well as far as I can tell at least a 4 to 1 ratio or 4 potassium to 1 sodium.  This ratio has been proven to be effective on hypertension which will help to keep your body more relaxed.

Before the onslaught of processed foods found on almost every grocery shelf in America - we had a 4 to 1 ratio and even a 10 to 1 ratio in favor of potassium.

What is Potassium - The K Factor?

What is potassium K Factor stand for?  It is the balance between potassium (which is represented by K) and sodium (which is represented by Na) ions in and between the cells of your body.

This creates the "Na/K Pump" which operates much like a battery which pumps sodium out of your cells and potassium into your cells.

And there needs to be more potassium in your body to make the "Na/K Pump" work properly.

When the K Factor is too low and this pump does not work very well - hypertension will be the result. 

Basically, your battery will lose its charge!

This affects your calcium pump and you will end up with too much calcium being found inside your cells instead of on the outside of your cells.

This will cause contracting muscles (hypertension) and decrease your cell's ability to function.

You will literally become "hardened" by too much calcium being found inside your cells where they really don't belong.

And at least 10 diseases have been linked to these dysfunctional pumps.

More Potassium Facts

A recent study estimates that the daily intake of potassium in America is at about 2,400 mg. with an intake of 3,000 to 4,000 mg. of sodium.

This would be a K Factor of 0 potassium!  The K Factor should (at the very least) be 4 times higher in potassium than sodium.

Which would be more like 4,500 mg. of potassium with 500 to 1000 mg. of sodium per day for most adults.

Ironically, certain circumstances like profuse sweating or being on a very low carb diet may increase the amount of sodium you will need to prevent potassium loss.

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