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Potassium Is Important For Elderly

- Thursday, July 22, 2010

There are many important vitamins and minerals the elderly should eat such as vitamin D. One of the more important minerals is potassium. It is important then for the elderly to eat food rich in potassium and everyone who takes care of them should be knowledgeable about it.

An average-sized body may contain about 5 ounces of potassium. With the help of sodium and calcium, potassium helps keep your heart healthy as it maintains the normal heartbeat, aids in maintaining the normal balance of water in the body, and as a result, it helps conduct nerve impulses and muscle contraction. Kidneys are responsible in controlling the blood levels of the minerals and help the body get rid of excess urine.

Potassium deficiency is also easy to prevent because this mineral is present in almost all foods. Potassium rich foods include whole grains, lean meat, beans, green leafy vegetables and fruits such as bananas and oranges. Eating these foods will help the body gain the needed amount of potassium and help you stay active and healthy.