Have you ever felt a bit under the weather but unable to put your finger on why? Do you go through periods of increased fatigue that affects the quality of your daily life but dismiss it and carry on?
Living increasingly busy lives, we often don’t spend time to respect how our bodies naturally function best, but once you start to examine why we feel the way we do, correcting potential imbalances and restoring energy and well-being is pretty much common sense.
If you’ve ever had blood tests done as your health has felt under-par, it is likely that if the tests came back as normal, you never considered what exactly was being tested for and why. But in standard blood tests, it is often usual for your potassium levels to be tested. Why? Low potassium, or hypokalaemia to give it its full medical name, can cause symptoms such as extreme fatigue, nausea, tingling, palpitations, muscle cramping and abdominal bloating. Any combination of these symptoms are likely to make you feel unwell, yet restoring potassium levels to normal can often be enhanced with the simple addition of potassium rich foods.
As an electrolyte, potassium is essential in the body for ensuring that the muscles work efficiently, inclusive of the heart, and it also helps maintain a healthy blood pressure level. Potassium levels can become low due to taking medication such as diuretics that are processed via the kidneys, as well as being more common in people with eating disorders.
If your levels are reported as low, foods such as bananas, avocado and spinach can help add potassium back into the body. Also, coconut water, a natural rehydrating fluid, is known to be potassium rich. Recently gaining a reputation as a sports drink as it can help to replace fluids lost in the process of sweating, try making a smoothie with all the stated ingredients for an instant and tasty potassium rich boost.