Potassium is very good for us on the whole, being a crucial electrolyte that is used to help support the nerves and the function of our bodies. Getting more potassium in your diet is one of the best ways to help combat cramps and if these are keeping you up at night, then you will do well to seek out a banana or another option.
However, if you are suffering from chronic kidney failure – which causes hyperkalemia or high potassium – then you need to try and make sure that you limit the amount that you are getting from your diet. For most of us, the recommended daily value is around 4,700 milligrams. However, if you have this condition then you should decrease your intake of potassium to 1,500 or 2,700 depending on your personal circumstances.
Symptoms of high potassium include tiredness and weakness, numbness and tingling, difficulty breathing, chest pains, palpitations, irregular heartbeat and nausea/vomiting – among others.
If you are suffering from high potassium then your doctor will likely recommend the aforementioned low-potassium diet. But in order to stick to this, you’re going to need to know precisely which foods are safest to eat.
Note that you can do this by checking the nutritional information on the packets of all your favorite foods and keeping a note of what each food contains. But better is to have some idea going in of which foods are okay to eat so that you can save yourself a lot of time and effort.
And with that in mind, let’s examine 21 foods that are low in potassium…
Most fruits will contain some potassium, which will make life a little difficult. Fruits are pretty much impossible to avoid and not only that but they also contain a lot of important nutrients that you need in your diet. For that reason, it pays to know which fruits you can eat safely without adding too much potassium to your body and one of the best options is blueberries. Blueberries will offer you 63 milligrams for half a cup and will also come packed with antioxidants that can protect your cells against oxidative damage and likewise reduce the likelihood of developing cancer.