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8 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Potassium

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

potassium deficiency

8. Avoiding Processed Foods

Not so much a symptom but a factor promoting potassium deficiency, processed foods generally contain very high amounts of sodium. Too much sodium signals your body to retain water in an effort to dilute potentially dangerous levels in the blood. With inadequate potassium to offset high sodium intake, the balance between the two is skewed.

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Getting Enough of the Good Stuff

The recommended daily amount of potassium for adults is 4700mg.

That may sound like a lot but you can get potassium from a variety of food sources, including the ones listed below (11). With slight changes to your diet, you can reverse your potassium deficiency.

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  • Avocado
  • Asparagus
  • Beet greens
  • Collard greens
  • Lentils
  • Lima beans
  • Mango
  • Mushroom
  • Orange
  • Papaya
  • Pear
  • Pinto beans
  • Pistachio
  • Prune, raisin
  • Spinach
  • Sweet potato
  • Swiss chard
  • Tomatoes
  • White beans
  • Winter squash
  • Cantaloupe
  • Blackberries
  • Carrots
  • Grapefruit

Oh, yes—and bananas, too.

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