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Potassium is an essential element that contributes essential nutrition and balance for many systems in your body. Potassium functions to balance the electrolytes in your system, keeping the pH levels in check. The micronutrient also regulates the hydration levels of your body. It works in conjunction with sodium at the cellular level to make each cell of your body function correctly.  Low potassium, called hypokalemia, can contribute to a general feeling of unwellness. Headaches, migraines, dehydration, and heart palpitations are among the symptoms of low levels of potassium in your diet. While potassium supplements are available if needed, there are many foods naturally rich in potassium - some that might surprise you - that are easy to incorporate into your meals. Adults typically need 4700 milligrams per day.

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1. Potassium-Rich Avocado

Avocado is very high in natural potassium. A whole avocado - which is considered two servings buy the FDA - contains around 670 mg of potassium. This food is rich in healthy dietary fats, as well, making it especially suitable for those with metabolic syndrome. The high concentration in avocados can make it easy to consume too much - if you are concerned with this, there are several micronutrient trackers available that you can use to log your consumption. The sweet, buttery flavor of avocados makes them a popular snack or treat. Incorporating avocado into your diet can come in the form of mashed fruit on toast, or creating delicious guacamole with tomatoes, salt, lime, and jalapeno peppers. Avocados are also a popular salad topping, or tasty on a sandwich.

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