Are You Low in This Powerful Nutrient?

By Dr. Mercola

Potassium, a mineral and electrolyte, is essential for your cells, tissues, and organs to function properly. It plays a vital role in heart health, digestive, and muscular function, bone health, and more.

While potassium is found in many foods commonly consumed in the US – including fruits, vegetables, dairy products, salmon, sardines, and nuts – only 2 percent of US adults get the recommended daily amount of 4,700 milligrams (mg).1

This is especially problematic because potassium is a nutrient that needs to be kept in proper balance with sodium in your blood. If you consume too much sodium, which is common if you eat a lot of processed foods, you’ll have an increased need for potassium.

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6 Ways To Lower Blood Pressure By Changing Your Diet

78159202This is a guest post by Laura Schoenfeld, a graduate student in public health nutrition, content manager at ChrisKresser.com, and soon-to-be Registered Dietitian. You can learn more about Laura by checking out her blog or visiting her on Facebook.

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a serious and common condition that can lead to life-threatening diseases such as heart attack, stroke, heart or kidney failure, and more. While 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure, this condition only affects 3% or less of hunter-gatherer populations that are following a traditional diet and lifestyle. (1, 2) This would suggest that hypertension is a disease of poor lifestyle choices, and one that can be effectively treated using simple diet and behavior changes, as well as strategic use of herbal remedies. (more…)

Potassium is Key for Healthy Blood Pressure

Science shows the clear link between low potassium and elevated blood pressure. One example comes from a Texas heart study.  Researchers collected urine samples from 3,300 people. The results demonstrated that the lower the potassium1 in the urine (meaning less potassium in the diet) the higher the blood pressure. Quite interestingly, the findings were stronger than the link between salt and blood pressure. African-Americans, who comprised half the study participants, eat less fresh fruit and vegetables and consequently had the highest blood pressure. Researchers estimate that the processed food in America has reduced potassium2 intake to 1/3 of what it should be, setting the stage for cardiovascular disease. (more…)

The International Salt Secret That Could Save Your Heart – and Your Life

The Miracle That Could Have Saved 353,000 Americans in One Year!
According to the American Heart Association: “Coronary heart disease caused 445,687 deaths in 2005 and is the single leading cause of death in America today.”2 If this 2005 death rate could have been reduced by 60%, 267,412 of our friends, neighbors, and family members would still be with us. Also according to the American Heart Association: “Stroke killed 143,579 people in 2005. It’s the third largest cause of death, ranking behind diseases of the heart and all forms of cancer. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.”3 A 60% reduction in deaths from stroke would cut 143,579 deaths to 57,432 – still too many, but very significantly less. (more…)

Reduce Stroke Risk by 34 Percent

There’s good news for people with high blood pressure (HBP). That’s because new research shows that one simple remedy can significantly lower it.

HBP drugs are big business in the medical industry. But they pose risks of their own… everything from minor ailments like heartburn to life-threatening consequences like kidney damage.

Can a simple natural remedy really cut your risk of stroke by 34 percent? (more…)

High Salt + Low Potassium = High Risk of Sudden Death

For years I’ve been saying that it’s not just the amount of salt you’re eating that’s detrimental to your blood pressure, although too much salt is bad news. But it’s also the ratio of sodium to potassium in your diet. Now, new evidence is showing just how important that ratio is to your heart health. (more…)

Potassium Reduces the Risk for Stroke

If there was a drug that prevented high blood pressure, reduced the risk for stroke, helped prevent type 2 diabetes, and also boosted bone health then you can rest assured it would be a blockbuster medication that would cost the health care system tens of billions per year. These are potassium’s credentials, readily available to any person willing to consume some. (more…)