We all know that potassium is a mineral which is found in the food we consume. It can’t be produced by our bodies so it is extremely important to consume it trough food.
Potassium is also an electrolyte that conducts electrical impulses throughout our organism.
It is essential for vital body functions such as regulating blood pressure normal water balance, digestion, heart rhythm, nerve impulses and muscle contractions. (1)
The deficiency of potassium can lead to serious health disorders. Here we are going to give you 7 signs that you are not getting enough potassium.
1.High Blood pressure
If you notice that your blood pressure levels have increased it may be caused by deficiency of potassium. Potassium helps relax our blood vessels and without enough of it they become constricted and leads to hypertension.
If you have muscle weakness it can be caused by low levels of potassium because it plays important role in smooth muscle contractions. (2)
If you experience heart palpitations you should immediately consult your doctor. It can be caused of potassium deficiency but also can be a sign of some serious heart condition such as heart attack.
Most of people ignore this symptom but it may indicate that your body needs more potassium. If you have fatigue which is not caused by overwork or exercise, then you should improve your diet and consume food rich in potassium. (3)
5.Mental or Emotional issues
Low potassium levels may also be a reason for depression, hallucinations, confusion and delirium. (4)
People who don’t consume food rich in potassium often feel light-headed or dizzy. If you are one of them you must try to eat more: avocado, bananas, pears, mango, tomatoes, carrots sweet potato and spinach
To have a normal digestion we must have proper muscle contraction. Without enough potassium it isn’t possible. That is why this people suffer from constipation. (5)