Shed Pounds with a Potassium Boost
Potassium isn't always hailed as a major weight loss aid - but it most definitely should be. That's because it 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. If you're looking to shed pounds, here are three ways that potassium-rich foods can help you do just that:
- Potassium prevents excess fluid retention: 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.
- Potassium helps boost metabolism and energy: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 instance, people 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.
- Potassium helps build muscle: Potassium combines with magnesium to aid in muscle contraction, control and growth. Bigger, stronger muscles burn more calories.
Dark leafy greens, beans, potatoes, yogurt, fish, avocados, squash, mushrooms and bananas are just a few of the top foods rich in potassium. Visit the Metabolic Research Center website for recipes that include these and other high-potassium ingredients. And if you need a little extra guidance in your weight loss efforts,call 800-501-8090 to schedule a free consultation at the MRC location nearest
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