Add Potassium to Shed Pounds


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If you're looking to slim down, a top priority should be adding potassium-rich foods to your daily diet. That's because potassium assists in multiple muscle, cellular, cardiac and other functions that help boost energy and metabolism, build and support muscle and make weight loss efforts successful. Here's how:

  1. Potassium helps your body shed excess fluids: As an electrolyte, potassium combines with sodium help regulate fluids around your cells and keep you from retaining too much water. This is important because at any given time, you may be holding on to three to five pounds of water weight.
  2. Potassium helps build muscle: Potassium combines with magnesium to aid in muscle contraction, control and growth. Bigger, stronger muscles burn more calories.
  3. Potassium helps boost energy and metabolism:Potassium  gives your body components necessary to provide energy for physical activity by aiding in its use of metabolism-boosting nutrients, including iron, magnesium and calcium. For example, those with low iron levels invariably have low metabolisms. But the issue may have less to do with an iron deficiency than with a potassium deficiency. Without proper potassium levels the body cannot effectively process iron and make use of it. By boosting potassium levels, you'll also boost your iron levels, which can improve energy and better assure you'll stay off the couch.

Boost your potassium intake with dark leafy greens, beans, potatoes, yogurt, fish, avocados, squash, mushrooms and bananas. You'll find plenty of delicious recipes that include these and other potassium-rich foods on the Metabolic Research Center website. And if you need a little extra guidance in developing and maintaining a healthy, weight loss-friendly diet and lifestyle,call  800-501-8090 to schedule a free consultation at the MRC location nearest you.

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