When our bodies do not have enough potassium we crave things, salty, sweet, sweet and salty. You may think, well I’ll just eat a banana which yes has a good amount of potassium but our bodies actually need 4700 mg of potassium a day. We can get additional potassium from eating lots of greens, baked potatoes with the skin on, avocados, strawberries and broccoli.
One of the first signs of potassium deficiency is cramps in your legs although it may be magnesium as well it can also be a sign of low potassium. Potassium is essential for warding off kidney disease as well as helping to ward off heart disease. This makes it especially important to make sure we get enough in our diet, the average American according to statistics only get about 50% of the daily recommended amount.
So with all of the spring greens that are coming out make sure you’re getting plenty of salads, adding kale to your breakfast, making sure kale, swiss chard, spinach all of these different kinds of greens are in your diet.
Go ahead and eat a banana a day as well as broccoli and then you can have your potassium levels checked by your doctor. This is not a routine test you do have to ask him or her to request this blood test.