I don’t count calories, I don’t count carbs. I don’t count sugar, fat, or macros. But sometimes, I DO count minerals, because counting minerals comes out of a place of love for my body. Love looks like ensuring I’m consuming enough metabolic and health-supporting nutrients.
Minerals are the foundation of *all* health. You can’t heal or expect your body to function properly without proper mineral balance. However, one of the hardest things when it comes to eating intentionally is sometimes knowing you’re getting enough. Which is why it’s good to plug your food into http://cronometer.com from time to time to just check where you are!
Potassium is needed for:
✅Proper regulation of blood pressure
✅Thyroid support (many people with hypothyroid/hashimoto’s are deficient in potassium - we NEED enough to support healthy thyroid function)
✅Motility and optimal GI health - as potassium helps with the contraction of muscles, we need it to help our GI system to contract and move our food through and out💩
✅And so much more
I’ve been making a hugeeee effort to hit my potassium goal lately, and this is how I’ve been doing it.⬆️
Other great sources of potassium include beets, avocados, squash, fruits and fruit juices, potatoes and sweet potatoes, mushrooms, etc. Whether or not your potassium is low, it’s extremely important to ensure you’re getting enough of this good stuff in your diet daily.
How do you find out if you have low potassium? The best way is through a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis test (HTMA). AKA one of the BEST, most comprehensive (and cheap) functional tests out there. You can learn more about the HTMA under the Intensive Healing Bootcamp link in my bio.
Swapping out supplements for real food IS possible, it just takes time, consideration, and intentionality.
**Be sure you’re consuming your potassium in conjunction with plenty of sodium. Potassium and sodium work together and need to be in balance with each other to function properly**
*information in this post is from http://cronometer.com. I cannot ensure that it is 100% perfectly spot-on, but it’s a good guideline and great place to start*