Did you know that a potassium-rich diet can help improve the health of your heart? Your daily diet should include at least 4,700 milligrams of potassium, which is almost double what the average person normally consumes! If you’re aiming to have the healthiest of hearts, be aware of your potassium intake.
When your body’s potassium levels are too low or too high, you’re at a greater risk for cardiac arrest. Consuming just the right amount of potassium can help control your blood pressure, which will lead to a reduced risk of heart attack, stroke, and hypertension. You will also avoid atrial fibrillation; an irregular heartbeat that could cause a multitude of heart disorders. Keep a steady beat by eating potassium-rich foods.
It’s not hard to find foods that are filled with potassium. Here are a few food groups with their top three choices:
- Potato (medium-sized) – 926mg
- Sweet Potato (medium-sized) – 540mg
- Spinach (½ cup cooked) – 290mg
- Soybeans (½ cup cooked) – 440mg
- Lentils (½ cup cooked) – 370mg
- Kidney Beans (½ cup cooked) – 360mg
- Banana (medium-sized) – 420mg
- Apricot (¼ cup) – 380mg
- Orange (medium-sized) – 237mg
Too Much Potassium
Yes, it is true that too much of a good thing can be bad. However, it is extremely difficult for a person to consume too much potassium as many Americans don’t consume nearly enough. This is especially true for those who excessively sweat while exercising since you can lose potassium this way. As long as your kidneys are properly functioning, you should be okay with eating a high-potassium diet.
There are many ways to improve your heart’s health, but the easiest way is by adding a few potassium-rich foods to your daily diet. For other useful tips and information, visit our blog! If you’re interested in learning more, or visiting The Arbors Assisted Living community, schedule a tour by contacting one of our five convenient locations: