Potassium is one of the minerals necessary for healthy regulation of each organ system in the body. It has many health benefits, including reducing the effects of chronic heart and kidney conditions. In several studies, proper potassium levels have been demonstrated to reduce stress and hypertensive symptoms. Working in a partnership with sodium, potassium helps balance your electrolytes and ensure your body is properly hydrated.
Intense workouts can quickly deplete your potassium stores. This can throw your body out of balance, leaving you feeling lethargic or nauseous. Eating a snack rich in potassium after an intense exercise session can help rejuvenate and refresh you. When your body's potassium levels drop, you could develop a chronic potassium deficiency (also known as Hypokalemia) which may have a significant impact on your health.
One very noticeable symptom of potassium deficiency is heart palpitations. It feels like your heart skips a beat, or sometimes several beats, with a very obvious thump in your chest or a "fluttery" feeling. The good news is that it isn't usually harmful on its own; several stressful situations can cause heart palpitations, including job pressure, smoking too much, or a sudden stressful occurrence. It is also a common side effect of many medications. Your doctor may order an EKG to determine the cause of your heart palpitations.
Overall stress levels raise the cortisone levels of your body; a proper amount of potassium can help your adrenal system regulate itself more effectively. It's also one of the electrolytes responsible for regulating blood pressure and keeping your heart beating in a regular rhythm.
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