ELECTROLYTES ARE INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO OUR EVERYDAY FUNCTION. They allow our cells to communicate with each other, contract and relax muscles, and transmit nerve pulses. When we do not have adequate amounts of electrolytes, or we have an imbalance, our bodies will respond with one or even multiple symptoms.
Did you know that the average person in the US doesn’t even get 50% of their daily needs of potassium? In fact, only about 2% of people actually meet their dietary needs for potassium on a regular basis. The RDA for potassium ranges from 3500- 4700mg. Proper potassium intake can help lower blood pressure, balance sodium in the body, may reduce the risk of kidney stones, bone loss, and even strokes, as well as help balance proper mineral status in the body.
When we do not have enough potassium, the body will hold on to what we have, while also retaining sodium and water. This creates problems in the vascular system and can lead to high blood pressure. It’s not too much sodium causing high blood pressure, but instead a lack of adequate potassium! When you receive enough potassium, even with the same sodium levels, the blood pressure relaxes.
Did you know 80% of the US population is deficient in this crucial mineral, which is a cofactor for over 300 functions in the body? From muscle and nerve function, regulating blood pressure and sugar control, to energy production and metabolic functions. Depending on if we are healthy with minimal alcohol consumption and stress, we need around 400mg a day of magnesium.
Now we have two major problems with magnesium in our diet, or lack thereof. Between modern mono-cropping leading to depleted soils, vegetables no longer contain nearly the same amount of minerals, compared to even just five decades ago. Then you have to take into account that things like stress, alcohol, medications (both OTC and prescription), and poor digestion can reduce the amount our body absorbs and/or uses up. The previously mentioned 400mg daily target increases based on the amount these factors are present in our life.
POTASSIUM & MAGNESIUM RICH FOODS
There are some incredible nutrient-dense foods that are also rich in one or both of these minerals. The following is a list of some of our favorite sources of these important nutrients!
You might notice some similarities in these lists. One of my favorite meals to help boost electrolytes, along with B vitamins and other crucial nutrients, is a salad made with spinach, salmon, avocado, and pumpkin seeds. Not only is it tasty, but it can contain 25-50% of your daily needs for potassium and magnesium, depending on the size of the salad. I made mine with 5oz of salmon, 3 cups of raw spinach, and 2 tbsp of sprouted pumpkin seeds, and it contained nearly 50% of both magnesium and potassium. The reality is though, that most of us are not going to eat these foods every day. Many of us are still suffering from some of the symptoms listed above. If you’re one of those people, this protocol may be for you.
POTASSIUM-HP (with Magnesium)
This contains a whopping 1200mg of potassium and 120mg of magnesium, a perfect 10:1 ratio in a single tsp. I recommendtaking 1/2 tsp in the morning with a glass of water. According to some studies, when taken earlier in the day potassium and magnesium may help to balance your circadian rhythm for better sleep.=
*RENAL INSUFFICIENCY, KIDNEY DISEASE, AND CERTAIN POTASSIUM SPARING DRUGS WILL INCREASE THE RISK FOR ELEVATED BLOOD POTASSIUM, WHICH CAN BE DANGEROUS. PLEASE SPEAK WITH YOUR MEDICAL TEAM BEFORE USING THIS PRODUCT.
DOSAGE: 1/2 tsp with water a day (some may need additional potassium, in which you could use an additional 1/2 tsp a day)
One of our long-time favorite products here at Destination Health, Lyte Balance is a perfectly balanced and easy to take electrolyte solution. It contains roughly 10-12% of sodium, potassium, and magnesium per capful. It also has phosphorus and chloride, two other important electrolyte minerals.
DOSAGE: 1 capful a day