In summer with heat and humidity it is very easy to suffer from a lack of potassium, a fundamental mineral for our body. It serves, in fact, for the proper functioning of many phenomena within our body, such as the regulation of the balance of fluids inside and outside the cells and the maintenance of normal blood pressure levels. Among all the mineral salts it is the one that has the highest requirement, about 3,000 mg in adults.
If you sweat a lot but also simply because of too much heat, we can run into a lack of potassium, and it is good to take action.
3 disorders that should not be underestimated because they can indicate a strong deficiency
The main symptoms of potassium deficiency are fatigue and lack of energy sometimes associated with nausea, dizziness and poor alertness. But we must also be alert to other signs that we are about to explain better.
Potassium plays an important role in the contraction of muscles and the heart is also a muscle, the so-called heart muscle. Low levels of this mineral can therefore be the cause of throbbing or irregular heartbeats.
Potassium dilates blood vessels, which is why it is very important during physical activity. Its lack or in any case non-optimal values cause a slowdown in the activity of neuromuscular cells. This means that the muscles find it difficult to contract, thus giving rise to pains and spasms, the so-called cramps. Very painful especially at night.
Finally, low levels of potassium in the body can also slow down the functions of the digestive system, which results in constipation, bloating and abdominal cramps.
We have thus seen that, even if it is believed to be just fatigue, in reality there are also these 3 disorders that should not be underestimated because they can indicate a strong lack of this very important nutrient.
Established through a medical examination and special tests to suffer from potassium deficiency, you can try to enrich our diet with all those foods that are rich in it. Here are some examples: bananas, cantaloupe, apricots, green leafy vegetables, courgettes, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, beans, peas, almonds, poultry, dairy products and fish such as cod, salmon, plaice and sardines.
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