POTASSIUM: The Most Important Electrolyte Yet an Ignored Epidemic - Dr. Berg
Learn more about potassium and why it’s the most important electrolyte.
0:00 Introduction: Potassium is the most important electrolyte
0:10 Why potassium is important
0:40 What is an electrolyte?
3:52 What does potassium do?
9:35 Potassium deficiency causes
15:34 Are you consuming enough salad?
Today, I will cover what you need to know about potassium.
An electrolyte is an electrically charged mineral. The body uses electrolytes for various things, such as:
• To help conduct nerve impulses
• To help contract and relax muscles
• To help maintain pH in the body
• To help push fluid through the body 30% of all of the energy in the body comes from the sodium-potassium pump.
The purpose of the pump is basically to maintain cellular energy.
What does potassium do?:
• It provides energy
• It provides endurance during exercise
• It helps prevent cramping
• It helps prevent arrhythmias
• It helps prevent twitching
• It helps prevent tremors
• It helps prevent constipation
• It helps prevent vascular calcification
• It helps prevent insomnia
• It helps prevent insulin resistance
• It helps prevent high blood pressure
• It protects the kidneys
• It helps prevent edema
• It counters sodium toxicity
• It helps make stomach acid
• It helps prevent gout
Causes of a potassium deficiency:
• A lack of potassium in the diet
• Refined carbs
• Consuming excess fluids
The best sources of potassium:
• Leafy greens (7-10 cups per day)
• Nuts and nut butters
• An electrolyte powder high in potassium
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