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)
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.
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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