Potassium

Functions

  • Helps in the regulation of fluid balance in the body.
  • Helps in maintaining the acid base balance in the body.
  • It stabilizes the internal structure of the cells.
  • Helps in proper functioning of muscles and nerves.
  • Regulates the heartbeat and maintains normal blood pressure.

Sources

  • Green leafy vegetable (spinach, parsley, lettuce)
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Lima beans
  • Tomato
  • Potato with skin
  • Orange
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Avocado
  • Raisins
  • Apricots
  • Whole grains
  • Wheat germ
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Cod
  • Meat
  • Milk
  • Poultry
  • Low fat yogurt and other dairy products

Deficiency

  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle weakness
  • Slow reflexes
  • Insomnia
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure
  • Nervous disorder

Toxicity

Increase in the potassium levels is a common complication in renal failure and may present symptoms like:

  • Muscular weakness
  • Poor respiratory system leading to cardiac failure.