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The Importance of Potassium

Potassium is a mineral the body uses to help muscle growth, and to maintain proper functioning of cells and tissues. All meats, poultry and fish are high in potassium. Other foods include apricots, avocado, banana, cantaloupe, honeydew, kiwi, lima beans, milk, oranges and orange juice, potatoes (including skins), prunes, spinach, tomatoes, vegetable juice and winter squash.

Are you getting enough potassium? Muscle weakness, fatigue, decreased heart rate, and slow reflexes are signs that you may need to increase the potassium in your diet. Potassium supplements aren't recommended without a doctor's approval.

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