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Speed Date with Potassium

It’s me again, Potassium. I get it…you’re busy. You’re always studying for exams, rushing to get to classes and trying to balance a social life, but don’t let that old “no time” excuse ruin your nutritional well-being. Did you know that it’s recommended to get 4,700 mg of me (Potassium) everyday? However, research shows that males and females are consuming over 1,000 mg below the recommended amount per day. I promise there’s more to me than just “that thing in bananas”. Give me five minutes and I believe I can convince you that I’m the right mineral for you! 

I give off energy that is electric … I am essential for the electrical activity of your heart.

I’m focused on building something great … I can help you synthesize proteins and I’m involved in metabolizing carbohydrates. 

I can help keep you balanced … I help regulate the acid-base balance of your blood. 

I’m sensitive … I’m sensitive to your body’s hydration needs. As an electrolyte, I will help keep you hydrated and your muscles working properly.

I’m available and low maintenance. You can pick me up anytime between 7 am and 9 pm in the dining halls and at takeout until midnight.

Potato w/ skin (1 medium=738 mg)

White Beans (1/2 cup=595 mg)

Orange Juice (1 cup=496 mg)

Halibut (3 oz.=490 mg)

Broccoli (1 cup cooked=460 mg)

Banana (1 medium=450 mg)

Cantaloupe (1 cup=430 mg)

Skim Milk (1 cup=382 mg)

Dried Apricots (1/4 cup=378 mg)

Spinach (1/2 cup cooked=370 mg)

 Treat your body to a healthy relationship with Potassium!

Author: Cody Magulak                                           Reviewed By: Dr. Ariel Igal – Department of Nutritional Sciences References: Potassium. Available at: http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6801&terms=potassium Accessed on: April 10th, 2012. Potassium Power. Available at: http://www.eatright.org/Media/Blog.aspx?id=4294968401&blogid=269&terms=potassium. Accessed on: April 10th, 2012. Potassium in diet. Available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002413.htm Accessed on: April 10th, 2012. Electrolytes. Available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002350.htm Accessed on: April 11th, 2012.

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