Potassium is a very important mineral for the proper function of all cells, tissues, and organs in the human body. 

It is also an electrolyte, a substance that conducts electricity in the body, along with sodium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium. 

Potassium is crucial to heart function and plays a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, making it important for normal digestive and muscular function. 

Many foods contain potassium, including all meats, some types of fish (such as salmon, cod, and flounder), and many fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Dairy products are also good sources of potassium.

Potassium level in our body is very important. What will happen if the potassium level in our body is too high, or too low?

HYPERKALEMIA (High Potassium Level)

may cause:
- muscle cramps --> weakness --> paralysis
- drowsiness
- hypotension
- ECG changes
- Dysrhythmias
- abdominal cramping
- diarrhea
- oliguria (low urine output)

HYPOKALEMIA (Potassium Deficit)

may cause:
- alkalosis
- shallow respirations
- irritability
- confusion
- weakness
- arrhythmias
- lethargy
- thready pulse
- decreased intestinal motility

Excellent sources of Potassium:
- chard, crimini mushrooms, and spinach.

- fennel, kale, mustard greens, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, winter squash, blackstrap molasses, eggplant, cantaloupe, and tomatoes.

- parsley, cucumber, bell pepper, turmeric, apricots, ginger root, strawberries, avocado, banana, tuna, halibut, cauliflower and cabbage.