The Purpose of Potassium
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okay we’re going to talk about a very important mineral potassium okay why is it so important well number one because we need so much of it out of all the nutrients vitamin A vitamin B calcium magnesium potassium being a mineral is needed in large amounts I’m talking forty seven hundred milligrams okay because it’s used in all the cellular reactions it’s also used to store your sugar in your liver and your muscle now let’s explain what I mean by that stored sugar is a good thing we need to store some sugar to be able to handle a quick release of energy and glucose being the molecule of sugar if you stick them together in a group they’re called glycogen so glycogen is the storage of glucose mainly in the liver mainly in the muscles and it’s used like you know very instant so you can regulate that so we need that it just so happens potassium is the mineral that allows glucose to be stored as glycogen so for every glucose molecule you need one potassium molecule or element so that’s one thing okay so let’s say you’re deficient potassium that means you’re not going to store the glucose as well so if you don’t store glucose your body then stores more fat yeah that’s interesting so a couple of points where do you get your potassium mainly from vegetables but you can can get it from animal proteins as well but you know like the Greens of leafy greens beet tops are really high avocados are very very large amounts in avocados so how do we know we’re getting enough potassium well one cup of greens vegetable or salads on average equal one ounce okay one cup equals one ounce and you need 4,700 so you’re going to you’re going to need about between eight and ten ounces or eight seven it will actually seven to ten cups okay or seven to ten ounces that would be like one of those salad containers or bags of salad that you see at the grocery store just need one of those per day it’s not too much right when you take a cup of salad I’m not talking about like pack it down extremely tight just kind of like put it in like a good handful that’s like one cup or one out you need to leave seven up to ten i consume more than that i consumed probably twenty it doesn’t hurt if you have more because the kidneys will also get rid of anything that’s too much especially when it comes down potassium a lot of people supplement potassium because it’s hard to get the potassium and they get it straight into the body and also in certain conditions you need more potassium to improve these conditions one is rheumatoid arthritis big time you go up into the six thousand seven thousand milligrams you can really put those symptoms in remission another one is diabetes or insulin resistance why because insulin does control it’s like the door that allows insulin uh potassium to go into cell so insulin controls level of potassium and when you have instant resistance you can’t pull that potassium in the cell so if you don’t hold the task in the cell you have a lot of problems to make a long story short and make it really simple if you increase more potassium in the diet you decrease the stress on the insulin dysfunction you decrease the need for insulin so having a little more will actually help insulin resistance and diabetes so they both work kind of like a teeter totter if you have enough potassium you won’t have um sugar cravings why because you to store the sugar and you’re good at your body you’re going to have better blood sugar levels because potassium stabilizes blood sugars so you don’t have this dip down so potassium helps blood sugars insulin dysfunction and cravings for sweet if you crave for sweet we know your potassium deficient so we need more potassium when I consume a meal I always have the vegetable first now at the end of the meal why because I’ve experimented if I do the protein first I tend to will keep eating more and more protein is like no turn off switch verses the vegetable first which gives me the potassium and it kind of turns off that hunger and I don’t need as much protein my son for example you’ll sit down and eat chicken wings he can eat talking like massive quantities so I get in to have the vegetable first and they doesn’t need as much protein because we just need like three to six ounces so I was to have the vegetable first for that reason when you consume potassium you help you balance the sodium okay so we need this potassium sodium ratio so we need four times as much potassium sodium and that’s why we need this most people have way too much sodium and not enough potassium so they’re going to retain fluid when you have a little potassium retain fluid in your salt sensitive high blood pressure if you take potassium your blood pressure comes right down probably is in in many cases the cause of high blood pressure low potassium now as you do a ketogenic diet that’s real low carbs low carbs and you’re going to dip a lot of fluid it’s one of the things one one thing is that with carbs especially refined carbohydrates sugars cause retention of fluid okay because when you consume carbohydrate you also deplete your potassium so when you have like cakes and cookies and sugar and donuts and breads and pasta you’re automatically depleting the potassium now why is that well because in nature sugar cane is probably one of the one of the highest things with potassium that you can consume not one the highest but it’s very very high okay so there’s a lot of potassium in sugar cane but what they do is they refine it and they get rid of the potassium and other minerals like iron into molasses and they put as white refined sugar and brown sugar as a really depleted potassium deficient sweetener when you consume this refined sweetener over here without the mineral you tend to your body almost like starts deplete it’s a potassium depleted it’s almost like your body will start trying to recombine that glucose with sugar and starts pulling from reserves so in other words to make a long story short when you consume sugar I’m trying to make this really simple when you can turn refined sugar junk food you’re depleting your potassium and you’re you’re increasing your sodium and you’re increasing your fluid retention so we cut that out you dump a lot of fluid okay so you can you can drop a lot of weight in one week that’s good but you better put your potassium back in there because if you’re dumping a lot of fluid you need to put the hydration back in there so you have the volume of fluid not just water you need the electrolytes that help the conductivity so when people do the ketogenic diet and they feel really tired or you just need to add a little potassium and boom the energy comes up sometimes little sodium even with low blood pressure you know you need potassium and sodium to help get more fluid in there not just water so our bodies need fluid okay so I wanted to just give you an overview of potassium and what it can do and how important it is so make sure you your vegetables on this program 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