Time to add another benefit of plant based foods – the almighty boost of Potassium Power! The Paddison Program for Optimal Health highlights the need of plant based potassium in our daily diets.
Potassium is an essential mineral that aids in many key functions in the body, including keeping the heart, brain, kidneys, and muscle tissue in great order. As well as acting as an electrolyte, this packed mineral aids in balancing anxiety, stress, metabolism, and blood pressure. This list is so long for this essential stress busting mineral that we definitely need to look out for packing potassium punch into our daily diets.
Plant based foods, which are inherently high in potassium boost natural anti-inflammatory hormones in the body. They provide us with some of the highest sources of easily absorbable potassium. High potassium intake has been shown to be beneficial for autoimmune conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriasis. In a recent study, it was shown that 98% of Americans do not get sufficient potassium intake of the USDA recommendations of 2,500 mg/day.
The Paddison Program for Optimal Health’s picks for filling the essential Potassium Punch in our daily diets are:
Seaweed is the greatest source of electrolytes (minerals) on the planet. Forget Gatorade, if you want to replenish lost salts then there is no better way than our delicious sea plants such as Dulse and Wakame which are both available at Whole Foods (USA) or many health food shops. They aren’t as uncommon or ‘weird’ as you might think, with many Asian cultures consuming the nutritious foods on a daily basis throughout their life. These sea vegetables are not only tremendously packed with Potassium, but they contain the elusive Vitamin B12 and are also powerfully alkalizing for the body.
Papaya is one of the greatest foods on the planet – look no further for experiencing island dreams in a single bite! It is not only packed with Potassium (781 mg/papaya) but it is also rich in an enzyme called Papain which is very effective at assisting with the break down and digestion of protein. My personal experience (and that of many of my clients) has led me to strongly believe that RA sufferers almost always have trouble with protein digestion. Try and enjoy a half a papaya with your meal to maximize the benefits of the digestive enzymes and potassium boost.
3. Orange Juice
Like Papaya, I love Orange juice as a source of Potassium not just because it contains a high concentration of this element (496 mg/cup) but in that it comes with extra bonuses. We all know that Orange Juice contains Vitamin C and this vitamin is a potent anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal! So if you have already established that you can tolerate sugar (i.e. you have found you do not have a candida yeast overgrowth) then freshly squeezed Orange Juice can become a regular treat.
4. Raw Spinach
In a handful of raw spinach (approximately the size of a cup) there is 167 mg of Potassium. The kicker with spinach is that it is the most alkalizing foods on the planet. Popeye was right on target when he chomped down on his massive doses of mineral rich spinach. There are two reasons I recommend raw, rather than boiled, spinach. Firstly for the enzymes and secondly if you boil the spinach some of the potassium is lost to the water. So, the best way is to eat your spinach raw in a salad or, even better, in a green smoothie (see below).
Delicious and packing 427 mg/cup, cantaloupe is a easy way to get your potassium intake up fast. Good for breakfast or to accompany a meal. (Don’t worry, if you are eating a 100% plant-based diet then you can eat fruit with your meals without upsetting digestion.)
Natural Cortisone Shot for Reducing inflammation
Dissolve your pain with this incredible green smoothie. This smoothie is designed to deliver a whopping 2000 mg of our inflammation-stomping potassium in one serving in a highly absorbable and alkalizing format. Not only that, it tastes great.
Natural Cortisone Green Smoothie
4 Cups of raw spinach
1/2 Cup Water
Squeeze orange juice into a blender with the papaya flesh, spinach and water. Blend. Enjoy. Feel better. If you cannot get Papaya because of your current season, then use cantaloupe and choose a ripe one so the flesh is soft and blends easily.
1. “A pilot study of potassium supplementation in the treatment of hypokalemic patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial” – Rastmanesh R, Abargouei AS, Shadman Z, Ebrahimi AA, Weber CE.