Potassium-Rich Diet: Helping You Live a Healthier Life

As reported on August 17th, 2011 in Reuters, studies performed across 10 different countries have found that potassium has an inverse relationship with the occurrence of stroke. Over 200,000 middle-aged and older adults have participated in the study and results came out where people who have higher intake of potassium, from vegetables and fruits, beans, low fat dairy and the like have lowered risk for stroke. While the findings are connected with factors like exercise habits, age and lifestyle habits like smoking, these are still considered good numbers to establish connection between potassium and stroke.

This new finding can provide you a clue on how to deal with your diet to avoid stroke. Since stroke is one of the top medical health conditions that are continuously taking the lives of Americans, it’s time you consider to increase your potassium intake. Remember that the risk of having a stroke will be looked at when you are applying for health insurance coverage. Normal blood pressure means lower risk which can equal to lower premiums.

Maintaining healthy lifestyle gives you no trouble of securing health coverage. One of the good habits to take up would be to up your potassium intake. As the lead researcher for the study in Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, Susanna Larssson said, dietary potassium intake is inversely associated with the risk of stroke. Potassium maintains the body’s need for fluid balance. It also helps in muscle and nerve control and has a big part to play in blood pressure regulation. Eating foods rich in potassium keeps your blood pressure regulated enough to protect you from the development of heart disease and stroke.

This health breakthrough showed that the occurrence of ischemic strokes and hemorrhagic strokes are significantly reduced. Even the people in the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention are getting the same results with the 12,000 adults they followed. However, there are contraindications of increasing your intake of potassium. If you’re suffering from kidney disease or taking blood pressure drugs, you need to be careful about increasing your potassium intake more than it’s required. Otherwise, you can manage your sodium intake together with potassium intake to help lower the risk of stroke.

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