Potassium plays an essential role in ensuring an optimal functioning body. It is important in maintaining the balance of fluid with the body, and is a transmitter of information between our nerves and muscles.
Potassium helps lower blood pressure, balances sodium within the body, and aids in relaxing the walls of blood vessels, therefore lowering the risk of stroke, and cardiovascular disease.
Potassium is so important in our daily diet that many people turn to supplements to boost intake. Supplements should not take the place of nutrients that we can easily achieve through a whole food plant based diet.
There are many good sources of potassium-rich foods we can enjoy in the plant kingdom. Here are some of the winners:
Swiss chard (1 cup) 961mg Spinach (1 cup) 840mg White beans (1 cup) 829mg Avocado (1) 690mg Raisins (1/2 cup) 680mg Edamame (1 cup) 676mg Prunes (1/2 cup) 637mg Watermelon (2 slices) 640mg Black beans (1 cup) 611mg Coconut water (1 cup) 600mg Beets (1 cup) 588mg Butternut squash (1 cup) 582mg Sweet potato (1 Med.) 541mg Apricots (6) 488mg
Plants rule! Have a great day!