Potassium is critical in the healthy functioning of the kidneys, the heart, the muscles and the nervous system. Many consider it to be one of the most important minerals found in our bodies. When in balance, it helps regulate blood pressure by regulating body fluids. It also supports muscle and nerve functions. Potassium’s most important role is its ability to help protect against stroke, cardiovascular disease, and the formation of kidney stones.
Potassium is actually an electrolyte that is highly reactive in water and produces positively charged ions. This allows it to conduct electricity, which is important for many processes throughout the body. Your body uses this internal electricity to manage nerve signals and muscle contractions. Balance is the key! Potassium is the main electrolyte that determines the amount of water inside the cells. Sodium is the main electrolyte that determines the amount of water outside of the cells. This is why it is so important for body fluid management, which helps regulate blood pressure.
As the American Heart Association recommends, foods that contain potassium can help manage blood pressure by reducing the negative impact of eating high sodium processed foods known to increase the risk of developing high blood pressure. This can lead to strokes and cardiovascular disease. In healthy people, potassium, like that found in Zenesis Labs’ Potassium with Kelp Iodine, may lower this risk by helping the body remove excess sodium. Potassium also aids blood pressure by relaxing the walls of the blood vessels.
Studies have shown that people who eat fruits and vegetables containing potassium may develop higher bone mineral density too. This also helps maintain muscle mass in the elderly. While low potassium levels may inhibit the kidneys’ ability to reabsorb calcium, which often results in the formation of kidney stones. Good food sources for potassium include dried apricots, dried prunes, acorn squash, potato, kidney beans, lentils, bananas, orange juice, milk, coconut water, and salmon.
Too Little Potassium
A potassium deficiency (hypokalemia) can lead to high blood pressure, kidney stones, low calcium levels, and may cause confusion, constipation, fatigue, muscle weakness. If the low potassium is extreme, it may cause high urine production, glucose intolerance, breathing problems, and heart rhythm irregularities. A severe deficiency can be life threatening, so always consult a medical professional if you experience any symptoms.
Too Much Potassium
Excess potassium (hyperkalemia) can be harmful for people whose kidneys are unable to remove potassium. People with hyperkalemia may not have any symptoms, but If symptoms appear, they are similar to those of hypokalemia, including heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Potassium interacts with many drugs, and people with kidney disease, type 2 diabetes, or heart disease may develop high potassium levels more easily. It is recommended to consult a medical professional before taking potassium supplements.
How Iodine Helps!
A great source for potassium supplementation is found in Zenesis Labs’ Potassium with Kelp Iodine! Iodine is also an essential mineral found in some foods. Most importantly, it helps the thyroid gland produce thyroid hormones, which in turn regulate body functions like the metabolism.
Iodine deficiency may cause hypothyroidism to occur, which is increasingly common today. This occurs when the body does not produce enough thyroid hormones. An enlargement of the gland in the neck, known as a goiter, may become visible. For this reason, table salt was iodized, but iodized salt may not be enough for a healthy thyroid with today’s often stressful lifestyles and environments.
Iodine and the Thyroid
Thyroid hormones help the body produce energy. When your body has inadequate iodine, the thyroid may become sluggish - so fatigue may be the first noticeable symptom. Hypothyroidism slows down or prevents the metabolism of important nutrients being absorbed into the cells, which can result in weak muscles. This also means the body breaks down fewer calories to produce energy and heat. So low iodine levels may cause the body to burn fewer calories during rest - leading to weight gain, and/or the feeling of always being cold.
Perhaps most importantly, hypothyroidism can result in chronic heart problems. Inadequate iodine levels can lead to an abnormally slow heart rate. This causes general malaise or weakness, sometimes to the point of fainting. This is why it is important to treat it at the earliest stages.
Low iodine and low thyroid levels often lead to dry, cracked skin, constipation, feeling cold, hair loss, irregular periods in women, and stunted growth in infants. Pregnant women, infants, and people with heart conditions are more likely to experience iodine deficiency.
On the other hand, a high iodine level leads to a faster heartbeat. High iodine intake can also cause thyroid gland inflammation and thyroid cancer. Taking a very large dose of iodine (several grams) can cause burning of the mouth, fever, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weak pulse, and can lead to coma. It is always recommended to see a healthcare professional before using iodine supplementation.
Natural Sources of Iodine
Foods rich in iodine include seaweed, cod, shrimp, eggs, dairy products, and prunes, but our fast paced lives with quick meals may not be provide enough. So for safe supplementation, Zenesis Labs’ Potassium with Kelp Iodine provides a well-researched, healthy, balanced combination of these key nutrients to help keep your metabolism, organs, and nervous system functioning optimally. Increased energy, reduced leg cramps, balanced blood pressure, sounder sleep, and healthy thyroid function are just a few of the possible benefits.
Cautions and Warnings
Allergen Warning - Contains shellfish.
Do not exceed recommended dose. Pregnant or nursing mothers, children under 18, and individuals with a known medical condition should consult a physician before using this or any dietary supplement. This product is manufactured and packaged in a facility which may also process milk, soy, wheat, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and crustacean shellfish. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use if safety seal is damaged or missing. Store in a cool, dry place.
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