Potassium is an essential nutrient used to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. A deficiency in potassium causes fatigue, irritability, and hypertension (increased blood pressure).
Try adding more potassium in your diet from natural food sources:
Herbs - Herbs are packed with nutrients and potassium. Chervil contains the most potassium. It is followed by coriander (cilantro) leaves, parsley, basil, dill, tarragon, mint, ground turmeric, saffron, and oregano.
Avocados - Avocados are great when made into guacamole or in a salad.
Paprika and Red Chili Powder - Paprika or red chili powder add a nice spicy kick to any dish. Paprika provides higher potassium. Chili powder is great also while adding zip to any recipe.
Dried Apricots, Prunes, Zante Currants, and Raisins – Dried apricots and prunes can be chopped and served in a salad or eaten alone as a snack. A good source of fiber and many other vitamins.
Pistachios and Other Nuts - Nuts are a delicious snack, and a great addition to salads. Other nuts high in potassium include beechnuts, ginko nuts, chestnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pine nuts, coconuts and walnuts.
Seeds (Pumpkin, Squash, Sunflower, and Flax) – Save any pumpkin and squash seeds you have and roast them in your oven.
Fish (Pompano, Salmon, Halibut, Tuna) - Cooking fish with dry heat is the best way to preseve the potassium content.
Beans - White beans provide the most potassium. Followed by adzuki beans, soy beans, lima beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, great northern beans, navy beans, lentils, split peas and black beans.
Kiwi, Dates, Bananas - Make a great snack, breakfast bread or smoothie and a addition to any salads.