Lower the sodium and beef up the potassium

Potassium and sodium are the body’s dynamic duo. They work in concert to maintain the body’s fluid balance and control the heartbeat. Every step you take occurs because the two help fire off muscle contractions.

PHOTO: ADOBE STOCK

PHOTO: ADOBE STOCK

It’s a good relationship. Good … but not balanced. The body cannot make either of these essential minerals on its own. Instead, it relies on you for its source. That’s the problem. The general diet in this country is heavily stacked towards sodium, while potassium brings up the rear. So important is potassium that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has mandated that nutrition facts labels found on packaged foods and beverages now list its content in each serving. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, a program within the National Institutes of Health, the body requires 3,400 to 4,700 milligrams of potassium a


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