Many of us today do not get enough potassium in our diets. However it is extremely good for us and without it you might find yourself getting the following symptoms. The first and by far the most common is muscle cramps especially when working out. But this could be the least of your worries with many more serious symptoms that could develop.
Low levels of potassium have been shown to increase your chances of getting heart disease. The research found here shows the clear link between potassium deficiencies and heart disease. Including Avocados and Bananas in your diet you can greatly increase your potassium intake.
In the study listed above mice were put into 3 different groups. The 1st group were fed low potassium the second a medium amount and the 3rd a high amount. The lowest potassium group showed arterial stiffness which can lead to a buildup in your blood vessels. This is bad news for your heart and can put you at risk of a heart attack.
However the medium and high potassium groups did not have these buildups. By getting a decent amount of potassium daily you are able to protect your arteries. However this study was done on mice but the results seem to mimic the same results as seen in humans. As always eat in moderation and try and include some potassium rich foods like bananas and avocados in your diet a few times each week.