According to the National Nutrient DataBase, Potassium can be found in foods such as:
Raisins Prunes Dates Honeydew Melon Mango Kiwi Orange Pear
Apricots Bananas Strawberries Watermelon Cantaloupe Citrus Fruits Papaya
Lentils Beets Greens Spinach Tomatoes Mushrooms Peas Beans Sweet Potatoes
Avocado Cucumbers Cabbage Cauliflower Chard Bell Pepper Eggplant Squash
Brussel Sprouts Parsley Broccoli
Soy Products Veggie burgers Tumeric
Turkey Fish Beef Salmon Cod Tuna Halibut
Some of you may have heard of Restless Leg Syndrome, or you possibly even have the Syndrome. It starts with burning, cramping, and sheer restlessness in your legs especially when you are just trying to relax or to fall asleep. It may even feel almost like its your nerves that are acting up.
Studies have shown that a combined deficiency in the minerals, calcium, potassium, and magnesium may be responsible. According to an article on mothernature.com, Dr. Ross Hause, a director of Caring Medical and Rehabilitation Services in Beulahland Natural Medicine Clinic in Illinois, says that a depletion is these natural minerals may cause "hyperirritability" in the large muscles of the calves.
All of these minerals aid the body in nerve transmission, and on muscle contraction and relaxation. Dr. Hauser, among others recommend a daily dose of the following at bedtime.
800 and 1,000 mg of calcium
300 mg of potassium
500 mg of magnesium
Potassium is an essential mineral in the body. It is used by the body to maintain the nervous system and brain function, and for normal muscle growth. It is also needed as an essential electrolyte for normal body function.
The potassium found in the body is mostly found in cells, and very little is found in the bloodstream.
Blood levels of potassium may vary with changes in the body, such as disease, including diabetes, vomiting, and as a result of medications and changes in hormone levels.
HYPERKALEMIA: TOO MUCH POTASSIUM IN THE BLOOD
May be from Diabetes or Kidney Disease; High potassium levels could damage your heart.
HYPOKALEMIA: NOT ENOUGH POTASSIUM IN THE BLOOD
Chronic Diarrhea or Excessive Vomiting may deplete the K in your blood. Laxatives and Diuretics, such as excessive coffee or alcohol, or certain medications can cause a depletion in K levels. Other diseases such as Cushings Disease can cause low K levels.