Electrolytes 3 - Potassium

Electrolytes 3: Potassium


Part 3 of series of articles on electrolytes by our Hot Yoga teacher Jozef Wiewel!

Potassium is the major positive ion found inside cells. Among many other functions it regulates the heartbeat and the muscle function. Potassium reduces the amount of lactic acid in your muscles and keeps your bones healthy. Lactic acid is present in your muscles during exertion, which eventually tires your muscles out and reduces your strength and endurance. Therefore, if you ingest potassium, your muscular strength and endurance will maintain at higher level for a longer time. It also reduces how sore your muscles feel the next morning.

Foods you will find potassium in are raisins, prunes, apricots, dates, strawberries, bananas, watermelon, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, beets, greens, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, soy, products, peas, beans, turkey, fish, beef, salmon, cod.