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7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Potassium

Updated on July 17, 2009

Potassium is a metal belonging to the alkaline group which is an essential constituent of body cells and tissues. Some of its salts are used for medicinal purposes and in action are similar to those of sodium.

Spinach is a natural source, high in potassium.
Spinach is a natural source, high in potassium.

7 Things You Should Know About Potassium

  • As sodium pulls fluids into your body, potassium pushes wastes out. These two minerals are chiefly responsible for our internal plumbing. If you are overweight, have high blood pressure and retain fluids you probably need potassium.
  • Potassium is needed to support, repair and strengthen the entire muscular system throughout the body.
  • The heart is a muscle - a fresh crispy salad a day goes a long way to improving your longevity.
  • Potassium foods improve blood circulation, prevent hardening of the arteries, eliminate blood impurities via the kidneys and combine with iron to increase tissue oxidation.
  • Potassium is the healing mineral, with calcium, providing speedy recovery from injuries, cuts, burns and bruises.
  • Sufferers from arthritis, rheumatic aches and pains need potassium. Uric acid wastes can be stirred when potassium intake is increased - urine becomes darker and stronger and joints may be more painful as this acid waste is chemically removed.
  • A person with too much potassium may suffer from hypertension, fluid problems, muscular weakness, dry mouth, constipation, depression, rapid respiration, dull muscular aches and pains and always feeling slightly tired.


Parsley, spinach, radish, beetroot, avocado, asparagus, dates, raisins, raw walnuts, figs, cashews, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, whole grains, pinto beans, red beans, chick peas, lentils, lychee's, garlic, dried pears, black cherries, coconut.


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      Roni 6 years ago

      What a dynamic and educationally filled article. Thank you for the information. I really started looking for information about potassium because of cramps in my legs, then I ran across this article. Very well written and well explained. Thanks, good reading!

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      Glen 8 years ago from Australia

      "Vitamins are not just supplements - they are critical to this wonderful complex body of ours"... you've said that so well Kelly!

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      KellyEngaldo 8 years ago

      After my open heart surgery I had to take potassium. It is critical to the muscles and healing and you are right - we don't know about it. Vitamins are not just supplements - they are critical to this wonderful complex body of ours.

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      Deborah-Lynn 8 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      I really enjoyed reading your hub, filled with pertinent information and very concise, thank you!

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      bingskee 8 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      i remember my brother who got ill one time and the reason was because he lack potassium. news the other day shocked me when the 24 yr old son of a professor we know died because of the lack of potassium. i never really thought it could kill.

      thank you for sharing this information.

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      sbeakr 8 years ago

      I have a friend well-versed in potassium also, but he never quite put it like this! Super detailed and informative hub, and I can anecdotally vouch for the potency of this awesome little mineral!

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      Daniel Carter 8 years ago from Western US

      Terrific info. I don't assimilate calcium or potassium all that well, and supplement quite a bit to make up differences. However, I've found over time, that one can actually clean up assimilation and digestion problems if one if persistent/consistent. Pays to keep going. Thanks for such helpful info.

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Great info. I know my Mom had to take extra potassium, but never under medically why.

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      rb11 8 years ago from Las Vegas

      The body is amazing how it does it's best to balance out these elements, but it seems we are doing our best to throw our bodys out of balance. Good hub.


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      oderog 8 years ago from Nairobi

      This is great darkside, foresure I didn't know that potassium pushes wastes out from our bodies