How do I increase my potassium?

Potassium is a very important mineral in the body that helps to maintain normal body functions.  Potassium helps to regulate blood pressure, maintain bone density and transmit electrical activity between cells allowing muscles to contract.  Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables can help you maintain your potassium levels.  Potassium supplementation should not be used without the oversight by your doctor.  Excess potassium intake can result kidney injury, muscle weakness and cardiac arrest.  

Good sources of potassium include: 

- fruit: banana, prunes, orange juice, tomato, raisins, apricots, cantaloupe, kiwi  

- vegetable: artichoke, broccoli, peas, spinach squash, potato

- other: seeds, nuts and fish

Be sure to get a variety of foods to increase your intake.  Use the MyPlate guide to help you build a personalized approach.  Our recipes page has lots of ways you can prepare fruits and vegetables to help increase your intake.