How To Get Your Daily Potassium Without Living On Bananas.

Experts recommend that Americans get 4,700 milligrams a day of potassium. Fruits and vegetables are a great source of potassium.  It is known to counteract the negative effects of sodium.  Lona Sandon says, “The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet does just that and has been around for quite some time now,” she stated. “It encourages people to eat more foods high in potassium (fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy) while eating less sodium-laden foods.”

Sandon noted that this is consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It encourages eating more fruits and vegetables while reducing foods high in sodium. They have proven a link between lower levels of potassium and high levels of salt leading to higher risk of cardiovascular disease..

Athletes also may need more potassium to replace that lost from muscle during exercise and the smaller amount lost in sweat. Low potassium can cause muscle cramping and cardiovascular irregularities.

Taking potassium supplements is generally not recommended for people with high blood pressure. Instead, a variety of potassium-rich foods should be eaten daily.

Some of the best ones are:

*IOM- percent of the daily intake (4700 milligrams) recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM)

-clams (4 oz. cooked) 170 cal. 15% *

-yellow fish tuna or halibut 160 cal. 14%

-acorn squash (1/2 cup cooked) 55 cal. 10%

-lima beans (1/2 cup cooked) 110 cal. 10%

-edamame shelled 130 cal. 10%

-spinach (1/2 cup cooked) 20 cal. 9%

-fat free plain yogurt (6 oz.) 100 cal. 9%

-banana(1) 105 cal. 9%

-cantaloupe (1/4) 45 cal. 8%

-raisons (1/4 cup) 110 cal. 6%

-apple 95 cal. 4%

-romaine lettuce (1 cup raw) 10 cal. 3%

Potassium, as part of a healthy diet, can counter-balance the negative effects of sodium and is part of a healthy, clean eating diet. Try to integrate the foods that include potassium into your daily food plan.


Workout Diary :

Pure Barre class- 55 minutes

Legs/ back DVD- 55 minutes

 Food Diary:


1 cup egg whites, organic spinach, cherry tomato, 1 tbls chia seeds (160 cal)

1 whole wheat wrap (100 cal)

2 tbls organic almond butter (186 cal)

1/2 banana, 1/8 cup strawberries (70 cal)

A.M. Snack-

whey protein shake (125 cal)

Lunch- restaurant

grilled veggie open face sandwich (420 cal.) * approximate

small salad, spray on balsamic vinegar (55 cal)

P.M. Snack-

apple, one small wedge of  Laughing Cow cheese (177 cal)


4 oz roast turkey, with light-sodium au jus (310 cal)

1/2 spaghetti squash, apple cider reduction (50 cal)

1/2 cup sauté mushrooms, onions, garlic, Italian spices (spray with butter flavored non stick spray)(40 cal)

dark chocolate Acai berries (80cal)


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3 Responses to "How To Get Your Daily Potassium Without Living On Bananas."

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  1. Stephanie Galleher

    June 23, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Hypertension occurs in approximately 8–10% of pregnancies.Most women with hypertension in pregnancy have pre-existing primary hypertension, but high blood pressure in pregnancy may be the first sign of pre-eclampsia, a serious condition of the second half of pregnancy and puerperium…`”.

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    • Paula

      June 23, 2013 at 6:28 am

      Thanks for sharing that important info! Proper doctor supported health care during pregnancy is critical to health of Mother plus child!

  2. Young Guilmette

    July 1, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Most people who eat a healthy diet should get enough potassium naturally. However, many Americans don’t eat a healthy diet and may be deficient in potassium. Low potassium is associated with a risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer, digestive disorders, and infertility. For people with low potassium, doctors sometimes recommend improved diets — or potassium supplements — to prevent or treat some of these conditions.,`.^

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