Why is Potassium Important?Potassium is a mineral found naturally in many foods and in your body. Potassium-rich foods will help maintain your blood potassium levels, a factor which controls many body functions. Potassium-rich foods may be needed if you are taking certain medications such as some types of diuretics (water pills), or if you have a medical condition that is causing you to need extra potassium. Taking in more potassium may help lower high blood pressure. The blood potassium level in your blood should be watched closely by your doctor. Although fruits and vegetables tend to contain the most potassium, listed below are other examples of foods that contain large amounts of potassium.
Steps You Can Take to Increase Potassium in Your Diet
To increase the potassium in your diet, try to east at least 2 high and 2 medium potassium fruits along with 1 medium potassium vegetable each day (see attached food lists). Eat whole grain breads more often. Consult your doctor or dietitian before using a potassium-containing salt subsitute.
Recommended Daily IntakeMen & Women -- (Women Specifically)
- 1-3 years 3000mg/d
- 4-8 years 3800 mg/d
- 9-13 years 4500 mg/d
- 14-70 years 4700 mg/d
- Pregnancy 4700 mg/d
- Lactation 5100 mg/d
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