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Cramps: The potassium connection

potassiumSome time ago I wrote to you about muscle spams and cramps, however I thought I’d touch on it again.

While many people are aware that potassium rich foods are good for avoiding cramps, they still manage to get nocturnal cramps. It’s that feeling you get when you wake up in the middle of the night with painful cramps that contort your calf or foot.

Bananas and muscle cramps

Some people believe that eating a banana right away will rectify the problem. It is interesting to discover what science has revealed about this.


Human beings need around 3500 mg of potassium daily, and a banana provides around 300 mg of potassium. So eating a single banana at the time of the cramping is simply not going to do the job.

Bananas are a good source of potassium as they do not require cooking, and therefore, no potassium is lost. They taste great and make a nice addition to cereals. Some people even like to eat banana and peanut butter sandwiches.

Other sources of potassium

Combine bananas with other potassium rich foods and you will have a great start to the day.

Yogurt and milk are both rich in potassium. This will help you to get the right balance of sodium and potassium in your body. People who do not have the right balance of sodium and potassium in their bodies are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure. Furthermore, this imbalance will disrupt nerve function, and this is when the cramps start.

Because humans need 3500 mg of potassium each day, some people opt to take a potassium supplement

As it is possible to overdose on potassium, the FDA has enforced that each over the counter potassium tablet contains no more than 99 mg of potassium. Alternatively, you can take ionic liquid potassium, which is easier to absorb than the tablet variety and is administered in minute quantities.

Potassium has many benefits and some of them include:

  • improved athletic performance
  • improved heart health
  • superior nerve function
  • healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • strong skin tissue and
  • normal blood pressure levels

Other benefits of this great mineral include negating stiffness of joints, healing of bruises and cuts and pain relief.


More importantly, potassium is an electrolyte that helps the body to maintain the right balance of water, and it aids the process of eliminating waste from the body.

If you suffer from muscle cramps, it is is a great idea to give Mineralife Liquid Ionic Potassium a try. Because the minerals are water soluble and angstrom sized, they allow maximum utilization and absorption within the body. One bottle lasts 2-3 months.

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6 Responses to Cramps: The potassium connection

  • good morning. Saw your blog comment this morning on the We blog better blog. just wanted to say hello and introduce myself :-)
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    • Hi! Thanks for stopping by :-)

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      • It keeps the heart beating regrlauly helps to maintain fluid balance and allows the nerves and muscles to work properly.The kidneys maintain the correct level of potassium in the blood. People who take certain medicines or who have chronic kidney disease must limit the amount of potassium in their diet to keep their potassium level close to normal.This article will discuss the normal level of potassium how it is measured in the blood and how to eat a low potassium diet.

        • Hi Clarice. That’s correct. However, the article is aimed more at people who require more potassium. Athletes lose a lot of potassium when they train.

    • Amy, Probably not much! One thing to note is Potassium is very dangerous and you shdolun’t attempt to increase your potassium levels without medical guidance. Increased potassium and decreased potassium levels in your blood can cause dangerous heart arrythmias or irregular heart beats. I am surprised they didn’t start you on a potassium supplement if they are wanting your potassium levels to go up. I am afraid I don’t know enough about your medical history to answer your question more in depth but under no circumstances should you play around with potassium. To prove my point its one of the main ingridients in immates that are put to death by lethal injection. If I were you I would just go in tomorrow get your lab work done and leave it at that. If its still abnormal just let the physician know the situation and he or she will decide from there what to do next. I mean after all they know your situation and your health status and from that they will most likely make a safe intervention.

      • Hello Ruslan. People with certain health conditions do need medical guidance when they take any medication or even natural ingredients. The problem is that most people are deficient in at least some of the essential minerals.
        @Amy – please do speak to your physician and let us know what happens.

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