I've been helping one of my staff with tracking her iron intake because she is experiencing highly common symptoms of iron deficiency: fatigue, weakness, cold hands and feet, pale skin.. etc. Well what have we found out is her iron intake is actually very normal however a common nutritional link of experiencing iron deficiency symptoms that is overlooked is actually a diet low in potassium.
Potassium is one of the important vitamins that i am definitely guilty of not always hitting the recommended daily requirement for my profile type (height, weight, activity level). Potassium is an electrolyte: conducts electricity in the body, which is critical for heart function, proper digestion and muscle contraction. Potassium aids in protein building and breaking down carbs for energy/usage.
What can happen if you consistently don't feed your body enough potassium? Hypokalemia- weak muscles, abnormal heart rhythms, and a potential rise in blood pressure. Signs of deficiency are typically to fatigue, irritability and tension in muscles.
Unless you are on dialysis, overdose of potassium from whole food is rare but it is possible to consume too much potassium salts which can lead to nausea and vomiting.
What foods to find potassium in? "BANANAS." FALSE! Well no not false at all BUT bananas actually fall on the back end of the potassium rich food scale; here are some top choices: Lima beans, Avocado, Spinach, Sweet potato, Coconut Water, Yogurt, Beats, Banana, Acorn squash, Dried apricots, Mushrooms. Many fish choices (halibut and salmon) are also high in potassium!