A diet rich in potassium is recommended if you are lacking potassium, taking certain medications (diuretics, corticosteroids) or if you have certain health problems.
Potassium is found in large quantities in milk and meat, as well as in vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grain cereals. In order to increase your intake of potassium, it is suggested that you add at least five portions of potassium-rich foods to your normal diet.
Examples of potassium-rich foods
✓ Milk, yogurt, ice cream.
✓ Fresh or dried apricots, avocado, banana, cantaloupe, fresh cherries, cooked pumpkin, fresh strawberries, kiwi, watermelon, nectarine, orange, grapefruit, plums, raisins.
✓ Artichoke, cooked broccoli, carrot, raw celery, mushrooms, cooked Brussels sprouts, raw cabbage, cooked squash, cooked spinach, cooked potato, fresh or canned tomato.
✓ Juice: pineapple, fresh carrots, vegetables, grapefruit, apples, grapes, tomatoes.
✓ Chicken, turkey, veal, beef, pork, lamb.
✓ Haddock, halibut, cod, salmon, tuna.
✓ Almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds (unsalted), cooked legumes.
✓ Molasses, wheat germ, English muffins.
Potassium can interact with certain medications. If you are taking medication to control high blood pressure, check with your pharmacist to make sure it does not interact with potassium.
Keep your appointments for checking the potassium levels in your blood.
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