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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: 

I'm looking for low sodium meals to help maintain my blood pressure as well as heart healthy.

Almost all of the recipes on EatFresh.org qualify as low-sodium and heart-healthy recipes. I recommend double checking the nutrition facts at the bottom of a recipe for saturated fat and sodium, however, before you cook it. It is best to work with your doctor to develop a plan that fits your specific health goals. You may also be able to work with a Registered Dietian through your health clinic for more specific guidance.

These are a few recipes that might fit your needs:

Why is there no cholesterol info listed for the recipes? Is there anyway that we can get that listed? I need the info to determine if the recipe is doable for me. Thanks!

Great question! Our recipes on EatFresh.org don't list cholesterol in the nutrition facts because the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans does not recommend a specific limit of cholesterol for a healthy diet. However, they do recommend eating a little dietary cholesterol as possible. Foods that are higher in dietary cholesterol (like fatty meats and high-fat dairy products) are also higher in saturated fats. Saturated fat should be limited to 10% of total calories per day.

I have Crohns disease, kidney disease, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, and obesity. What is a diet that I can follow that won't exacerbate my conditions?

Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, I am unable to answer questions about existing illnesses over the Internet. It sounds like you have many health conditions to consider. It is best that you talk to your doctor since they know your personal medical history. Ask your doctor if you can have access to a dietitian so you can both create a custom meal plan together that will help alleviate your symptoms. I wish you the best!

l have heart problems. Would it possible to show cholesterol (mg) in the recipes shown and in the future?

I'm happy to hear that you are creating healthy habits to improve your heart problems! We don't list cholesterol information in our recipes and do not plan to in the future because there is not enough research showing that dietary cholesterol alone increases blood cholesterol levels. In fact, the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines no longer recommend a limit for dietary cholesterol.

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