The #1 Anti-Anxiety Mineral & The Super-Food That Contains It

by lydia on January 9, 2016

Are you someone who struggles with anxiety?

Since working with clients, I’ve come to learn that anxiety is a very common problem, far more so than I ever realized. Even my most health conscientious well-adjusted clients share this is a big struggle for them. What I’ve learned is that the majority of these folks all have one big thing in common.

What is that you ask? Missing minerals.

One mineral in particular is potassium. You see most people today are quite deficient in potassium and it happens to be a mineral we need in quite a high dose daily. The RDA of potassium for adults daily is 4700 mg. If you eat a diet rich in real nutrient-dense whole foods you may be able to get a fair amount of potassium, but it’s not easy and the majority of folks don’t even come close.

“Potassium is one of the most abundant minerals found in the body. It constitutes 70 percent of the positive ions in your cells and is central to electrical and cellular function. When deficiencies of potassium occur, you may experience symptoms such as excessive thirst, muscle weakness, constipation, heart palpitations, arrhythmias and dizziness. Surprisingly, low levels of potassium can also affect you psychologically: mental lethargy, depression, mood swings, psychosis, disorientation and confusion are all examples of mental disorders that can manifest.” (source)

The #1 Anti-Anxiety Mineral & The Super-Food That Contains It //

POTASSIUM has a profound effect on the functioning of the liver and is critical for heart function. It also plays a role in nerve function and cellular integrity by regulating the transfer of nutrients into the cell.

Signs of possible deficiency include over-acidity, reduced oxygenation, aches and pains, mental illness, restlessness, low energy levels, skin disorders, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, nervousness, anxiety, hypo-/hypertension.

Are You Consuming This Potassium-Rich Super Food?

Blackstrap molasses is the bomb for getting potassium! It’s one of my favorite choices for potassium rich foods to recommend to my clients. On the label of my bottle of Organic Blackstrap molasses, it says it contains 730 mg of potassium in just 1 Tbsp.

Organic Blackstrap Molasses

Remember, we (adults) need at least 4700 mg of potassium per day. Lactating women need more around 5100 mg based on the RDA (which I often find to be the bare minimum versus optimal amounts).

Now, if you are thinking to yourself, ‘but molasses is a form sugar’ or ‘it’s too high glycemic,’ please reconsider your stance and realize that you are getting MINERALS – which we need in the first place to help balance our blood sugar. Some people are more sensitive to sugar than others; however, many people find they tolerate something like molasses far better than cane sugar because it’s so rich in minerals.

So, here is my take away for today: go find some ways to get more of this magical mineral potion into your life!

Potassium deficiency correlates with depression. If you struggle with nervousness, anxiety, and depression, you really could benefit from a simple experiment of  working very hard at eating many more potassium-rich foods for several days.  Many of my clients find that drinking a potassium-rich beverage or consuming some black strap molasses when they feel this way really helps improve their depression/anxiety.

Potassium deficiency is also associated with “brain fog” and other “low metabolic rate” symptoms. Stress is particularly good at depleting magnesium, potassium, and sodium…but most people do not get enough of any those minerals. It’s a conundrum for sure, one I want to bring some awareness to. If you don’t believe me, go out and try getting more potassium-rich foods into your daily diet on purpose and see if you notice a difference in your moods.

If you have a certain time of day that you tend to get stressed more readily or moody/depressed, try having a drink or snack that contains potassium. Some great options are: coconut water, carrot juice, nettles infusions or some lovely spiced tea with molasses in it. It has worked for so many of my clients.

Healthy Molasses Recipes To Try

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Debra E January 9, 2016 at 9:19 pm

Blackstrap Molasses vs Sorghum. Do you know if there is a difference? Would sorghum be excellent as well for minerals?

Janet (Divine Health Assistant) March 16, 2016 at 5:47 pm

Hi Debra,
That’s a great question! It’s all about processing. This website answers it well:

“Difference between Blackstrap Molasses and Sorghum Syrup

Blackstrap Molasses is the by-product of processing sugar cane into sugar. The sugar cane juice is extracted from the cane by crushing or mashing, and the juice is boiled to concentrate it, which produces crystallization of the sugar. The first boiling and removal of sugar crystals is called “first molasses” (mild) and is sweetest. “Second molasses” (dark) is created from second boiling and removal of crystals. “Blackstrap” is the result of a third boiling of the syrup and is considered bittersweet. The blackstrap molasses has high nutrition content in comparison with the regular molasses. It is rich in vitamin D, B6 and minerals iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese and magnesium, and it has low sugar content as the major portion of the concentration gets converted into dry sugar.”

Rachel Tatner January 10, 2016 at 6:54 am

Thank you so very much for this article!

I’ve been so exasperated lately because a lot of my old symptoms that I’d cleared up have been resurfacing lately and yet I’ve taken care of my gut issues. So what’s up?!

Read this article and it’s check, check, check, check on down the line. About a year ago I did another food change, which was the last of clearing up my digestion problems, but looking at the picture, I realize most of the potassium sources I’d been eating were eliminated. argh!

So, again, thank you!!

Janet (Divine Health Assistant) March 16, 2016 at 5:48 pm

Thanks for reading Rachel! Glad to hear this article brought you some clarity :)

Renee Kohley January 10, 2016 at 3:10 pm

This is such a great post! I had no idea before talking with you how important potassium balance was! It has helped tremendously!

Janet (Divine Health Assistant) March 16, 2016 at 5:49 pm

Amen to that! Learn more about potassium from Lydia’s latest podcast episode here:

Lindsay October 22, 2016 at 7:28 pm

Just received this Black Strap Molasses and the label says 300 mg / 1 tbsp.not the 730 mg it shows in the picture. Not sure how the labeling could be so off, but will contact the company to see!

lydia October 24, 2016 at 1:17 pm

Yeah – I do believe it recently changed in the last year unfortunately. It’s probably accurate.

Lindsay October 24, 2016 at 1:56 pm

Yes it is correct. The company said the product hadn’t been tested in 2 years and contained the wrong amount of potassium. Yikes

lydia October 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Such a bummer – goes to show how minerals are so depleted in our soil.

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