Potassium is one of the essential minerals in our body. One of the ways you can increase your blood potassium level is to consume higher amount of potassium rich foods.
To understand the importance of potassium to our body and health, I’d suggest reading this article “Potassium in your Diet: Why it Matters”.
Potassium intake should be measured. High potassium intake above the recommended level could be as harmful as consuming too little.
Therefore, you should know that the recommended daily potassium intake should be around 4700 mg daily.
As you know, I prefer receiving this mineral through better nutrition than taking supplements.
In this article, I’d like to provide you with a list of 10 healthier foods high in potassium,
Foods high in potassium
- Radishes 1 cup (116 g) 4053 mg
- White beans 1 cup (200 g) 3626 mg
- Soybeans 1 cup (186 g) 3342 mg
- Lima beans large 1 cup (178g) 3069 mg
- Pinto beans 1 cup (193g) 2688 mg
- Apricots uncooked 1 cup (119g) 2202 mg
- Carrot 1 cup (74g) 1880 mg
- Prunes uncooked 1 cup (132g) 1397 mg
- Lentils 1 cup ( 192g) 1300 mg
- Plums uncooked 1 cup (174g) 1274 mg
It’s important to know that the blood potassium level is partially controlled by the kidneys. Therefore a functioning kidney is essential for maintaining a good blood potassium level.
The superfluous amount of this mineral gets excreted through the kidneys, if these organs don’t function appropriately then the blood potassium level increases.
The individuals who have kidney failure need to limit their consumption of foods high in potassium. The optimal blood potassium level is around 4 mg/dl.
Do you know your blood potassium level?
Patients who are on diuretics for their fluid overload or blood pressure control, may require high oral intake of this mineral.
But the only way to find out how much potassium you’ll need is through a blood work and discussion with your physician.