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Not to sound like a cheesy pharmaceutical commercial, but did you know over 98% of Americans do not get anywhere close to the recommended daily intake of potassium? (That almost certainly means you, too.) This is one of the reasons that the FDA will be putting out guidelines for new nutritional labeling soon.

Why is potassium important enough to earn a spot on the new nutrition labels anyway?  Potassium is a mineral that, together with sodium, regulates your body’s fluid levels.  According to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, increasing potassium intake lowers the risk of stroke by 21%.  In addition to delivering oxygen to the brain, potassium is key to heart health, managing blood pressure, assisting the nervous system, and metabolizing carbohydrates.  Potassium becomes even more important as you age, reducing your risk of kidney stones and bone loss.

Potassium is only one of several minerals lacking in the traditional American diet.  Here is a brief list of some of the minerals you should be looking for and where you will find them.  Stop in Verde Juice and we’ll give you a tour of juice blends, which are a fantastic source of plant-based minerals essential to a healthy diet

 Potassium regulates the body’s fluid levels, reducing the risk of stroke.  Find potassium in root vegetables like carrots and beets; green leafy vegetables, especially parsley and spinach, almonds and bananas

Calcium keeps bones strong, but it is also critical to heart health.  Plenty of plant-based calcium is found in parsley, spinach, wheatgrass, kale, oranges, almonds and chia seeds.

Silica is an important anti-aging nutrient responsible for collagen production, but it is also important for the growth of hair, skin and fingernails.  Foods high in silica include cucumber, celery, carrots, nuts, and seeds.

Sodium controls blood pressure and blood volume and is key to maintaining proper hydration.  Natural sodium can be found in celery and beets.

Iron is essential for transporting oxygen through the blood to all parts of the body.  Good sources of iron include wheatgrass, kale, parsley, spinach, coconut, and pumpkin seeds.

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body, essential to bone formation and body temperature.  Magnesium also allows energy to be released from muscles and is often called “nature’s valium” for its stress relieving properties.  Top foods for magnesium include spinach, kale, pumpkin seeds, almonds, bananas.

 

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