The Power of Potassium!

The human body needs a variety of nutrients and minerals to function properly, and potassium is  one of them! Consuming potassium-rich foods help the nerves communicate with each other and also keeps your sodium levels in check. In the absence of potassium, your body may be more prone to several harmful conditions or diseases. Let’s first consider some of the key benefits of potassium, before gettingt to the list of potassium-rich foods. Among other things, potassium can: 

Fight against a variety of diseases
Control blood pressure
Safeguard the heart and brain
Protect against the onset of osteoporosis
Reduce the appearance of cellulite
Now that you know the importance of including potassium-rich foods in your diet, here are our top picks for foods that contain significant amounts of this useful element:

One of the most popular sources of potassium is plain yogurt. The regular, good old yogurt contains a whopping 573 mg of potassium per cup, and a single serving gives you a daily fix of calcium, too. It is advised to go for natural, homemade yogurt rather than the commercial variety or the Greek yogurt. Remember, it has probiotics too!

Sweet Potato
Sweet potato packs a massive punch of potassium. One serving of sweet potato contains 542 mg of potassium, and is also a good source of vitamins A and C. Being a fibrous vegetable, it also offers a good dose of fibre needed for your body and, as importantly, it tastes great too!

Often referred to as a superfood, avocado is packed with protein and fibre. It is considered one of the healthiest foods, and offers phenomenal benefits to the body. Avocado can help with weight loss (when consumed in moderation), and also gives your body a healthy dose of oils and fats that aid in digestion. Those who incorporate avocados into their diets are much less prone to suffer from metabolic diseases.

Believe it or not, watermelon is a great source of potassium; just two slices will give you 641 mg of potassium! Watermelon also contains other essential nutrients, including lycopene, vitamin A, and vitamin C. In case you don’t fancy eating watermelon, try a cold-pressed watermelon juice, a small glass of which gives you a whopping 825 mg of potassium!

This leafy vegetable is a mineral- and potassium-rich food that is extremely beneficial to your health. Also rich in calcium, vitamin A and magnesium, it can be added to your morning smoothie along with carrot, kale and ginger.

A healthy vegetable that can be used in soups, salads, juices, or even added to certain snacks, beetroot offers 518 mg of potassium. Beetroot juice is also a great source for boosting oxygen, especially for athletes. 

White Potatoes
Contrary to common belief, white potatoes are low in calories, fat and sodium, and at the same time they’re quite rich in potassium. A good addition to your diet, one serving of white potatoes offers a whopping 941 mg of potassium!

Butternut Squash
A rich source of potassium and vitamin A, butternut squash instantly boosts the body’s immunity. Since it also contains magnesium, folate, calcium and vitamin A, including it in your diet will give you 482 mg of potassium per serving. 

Coconut Water
Coconut water is a potassium-rich drink that is both refreshing and extremely healthy. One cup of coconut water gives 600 mg of potassium to the body. Also used frequently to rehydrate patients, it’s power-packed with many benefits to the body.

On a concluding note, these food items that are rich in potassium can also help protect one against heart failure or stroke. So go on and include at least some of these fruits and vegetables in your daily diet… your body will thank you!          

 --- Sumana