Get To Know Your Minerals: Potassium 2017-01-23T20:52:58-08:00

How it helps

■ Necessary part of protein formation.
■ Critical in maintaining the body’s fluid balance.
■ Needed for the transmission of nerve impulses to muscles.
■ Regulates the transfer of nutrients through cell membranes.

Where potassium can be found

Dairy foods, fish, fruit, legumes, meat, poultry, vegetables, whole grains, apricots, avocados, bananas, brown rice, dates, nuts, potatoes, raisins, wheat bran and yams.

What are the signs of deficiency?

Dry skin, acne, chills, constipation, depression, edema, insatiable thirst, insomnia and muscle fatigue.


■ Kidney disorder, diarrhea and use of diuretics or laxatives all disrupt potassium levels.
■ Tobacco and caffeine usage reduce potassium absorption.

Vitamins and Minerals: A Self-Hep Guide

This book provides a simple overview of the common vitamins and minerals available to help you supplement your diet when appropriate.
The information within this book is basic and does not claim to provide in any way comprehensive information of the subject matter but hopefully it can point you in the right direction when you need more information. All the information has come primarily from the government and authoritative bodies recommending daily intakes and pinpointing the limits of dosages per day. Experts in the field have tried to make the information easy to follow in this book.

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