You may have seen may tennis players and runners taking banana during breaks or while running long distance races. Apart from being a good source of energy it also contains potassium in good quantity which helps them maintain electrolyte balance in their body since many salts are lost with sweating.
Potassium is an extremely essential mineral for proper functioning of our body. It performs various functions indirectly and it can affect almost all body functions. In this article let us see what are the functions of potassium.
Potassium controls the blood pressure and also regulates the heartbeats hence it is essential for healthy heart. It also controls the nerves and muscle contraction. Due to this function it can cause the digestion of the food to not happen properly in case of Potassium deficiency. In this case the stomach and the intestines do not work properly as the and that can cause indigestion and sometimes constipation.
Potassium also helps in maintaining PH balance which is another name for acid/alkali balance. Many diseases in the body including constipation happens when the body fluid are acidic in nature. It can also cause heartburn and hyper acidity. Taking potassium in sufficient quantities can help in maintaining the PH balance and hence avoiding acidity. For more information you can read PH balance is essential to good digestion and health.
Potassium also help in converting glucose into glycogen which is used by our muscles as fuel and hence helps in getting more energy. Potassium also helps in eliminating carbon dioxide from the lungs which helps in detoxification and maintaining healthy lungs. It also helps in Kidney functionality.
Usually if you suffer from diarrhea then it can lead to potassium deficiency and you should take electrolyte salt for maintaining the balance otherwise it can cause fatigue and low blood pressure and can sometimes be dangerous to health. Especially for kids you should be extra careful.
Foods which Contain Potassium
Dates, beans, banana, oranges, yogurt, spinach, raising, apricot and meat are some good sources of potassium. For more information you can read Importance of Magnesium in Constipation Cure and Epsom Salt for Constipation Relief.