Potassium is one of the most important minerals for our body; it helps our muscles work and
function properly. Without potassium, our muscles would have a hard time functioning the way they need to. Potassium also helps regulate blood pressure. Depending on the amount of potassium in your blood, your blood pressure can go up or down.
And because blood pressure affects so many different parts of our body, it is important to keep potassium at an optimal level. The question is, what is the optimal level?
How much potassium do you need?
We mentioned that potassium is one of the most important minerals in your body. Potassium is also the third most abundant mineral in your body. The mineral plays an important role in several processes. According to some older studies, 98% of adults in America do not meet the daily recommended value.
Health organizations recommend a minimum of 4,700 mg of potassium per day for adults. Children under 13 years old need between 400 and 3,800 mg of potassium per day (that applies to infants as well). In addition, adults should limit themselves to 1,500 mg of sodium per day. These two minerals are closely related. The problem is, most Americans do not meet either standard. That being said, let’s take a look at signs of potassium deficiency that should sound the alarm.
Here are 7 signs and symptoms of potassium deficiency.