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Benefits of Potassium and The Risks of Potassium Difficiency

Humans evolved with diet instincts. As we moved away from those instincts and moved towards farming and animal husbandry, we started to develop nutrient deficiencies.

One such deficiency is potassium deficiency.

Our paleolithic ancestors consumed 10-15,000 mg of potassium daily. Today we average 2,800 mg, below the RDA recommendation of 4,700 grams per day.

Potassium deficiency sets the stage for high blood pressure, heart arrhythmia, fatigue, depression, osteoporosis, constipation, and muscle spasms

Certain things can increase the risk of potassium deficiency including: diuretic use, dieting, diarrhea/vomiting, kidney failure, magnesium deficiency, and strenuous exercise/sweating

Benefits include: lower blood pressure, protection from cardiac arrhythmias, longer life, improved quality of life, and improved energy.

We should aim for 6-8,000 mg of potassium per day from diet and supplements as long as you do not have medical problems such as kidney failure and cardiovascular problems that may interfere with your body’s ability to regulate potassium