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Potassium is an essential mineral, attainable through diet, that the body uses for a wide range of functions including supporting digestion and regulating the heart rhythm. Eating good sources of potassium, such as bananas, kiwis, carrots, lean meat, and beans, can help maintain normal potassium levels in healthy people.

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1. Weakness

Potassium is an electrolyte, a mineral that controls electrical impulses throughout the body, including the ones necessary for nerve sensitivity and muscle contractions. One of the first symptoms of potassium deficiency may be weakness. One might feel as though their muscles are not working properly or their reflexes have slowed.

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