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Every person needs at least 100 mg of potassium daily for the main functions of the body.

If the potassium levels are not normal then problems such as heart disease, stroke and heart attack can arise. Lack of potassium in the diet can cause problems like osteoporosis.

  • Last Updated:November 13, 2020, 6:32 AM IST

Potassium is a mineral that is necessary for many important functions of the body. Lack of it can cause health problems. Potassium is helpful in developing muscles, maintaining water balance in the body, and helping the nerves to function healthily. Kidney is the main part of the body that controls the amount of potassium and removes excess from the body through urine. The body needs potassium to break down and use carbohydrates and proteins. If it is deficient, many diseases can occur. According to myUphar, it is very important to maintain potassium levels. Its low level may be associated with high blood pressure.

If potassium levels are not normal then problems such as heart disease, stroke and heart attack may arise. Lack of potassium in the diet can cause problems like osteoporosis. Potassium is needed for bone health, especially in women. Low levels of potassium also damage a person’s skin. Lack of it can cause dry skin and may cause rash or pimples. Hair loss is also a sign of its deficiency. Due to its deficiency, the condition of migraine and headache persists.

Deficiency of potassium causes some symptoms, so that a person can understand that he is not taking the right diet. The signs of potassium deficiency are mild, so it has to be specially looked into. The big symptom of this is that weakness or tiredness is felt in the legs or arms, which is so severe at times that there is also difficulty in moving the feet. This is the first sign of potassium deficiency. Apart from this, skin numbness or tingling is also a symptom. It is usually felt in the legs, feet or arms. Muscle spasms or torsion, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, constipation, flatulence, etc. can also be indicated. Dr. Medhavi Agarwal, associated with myUphar, says that every person should be taken daily for the main functions of the body. Less than 100 mg of potassium is required. Its deficiency can be easily met with the help of catering. Natural and good sources of potassium are bananas, avocados, almonds, peanuts, oranges, grapes, green leafy vegetables, root vegetables, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, dates, yogurt, tomatoes and milk. Brain functions are also maintained by maintaining potassium levels. It regulates the electrical waves of the brain, which significantly affects the brain’s functions. It also strengthens the memory.

However, just as potassium is beneficial for the body, similarly its overdose is harmful. Overdose can cause kidney weakness and damage.Our article for more information, Potassium sources, advantages and disadvantages Read. Health related articles on News18 are written by myUpchar.com. MyUpchar is the country’s first and largest source of verified health news. In myUpchar, researchers and journalists, along with doctors, bring all the information related to health for you.

Disclaimer: The information in this article is for educational purposes in relation to certain health conditions and their possible treatment. It is not a healthcare, screening, diagnosis and treatment option offered by a qualified and licensed physician. If you, your child or someone close is experiencing any such health problem, which is described here, contact the doctor as soon as possible. Do not use the information given here for diagnosis or treatment of any health related problem or disease without expert advice. If you do this, neither myUpchar nor News18 will be responsible for any possible loss to you in such a situation.

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