When was the last time you ate a beautiful organic banana?
I remember as children we used to get Bonita bananas in New Zealand so I’m not sure how naturally they were grown but boy they tasted good and eating that organic banana brought back memories of the treat of having a banana as a child as we didn’t have them very often.
Probably, because they were imported and I would imagine expensive for a family of 8 children.
But, standing in my kitchen, three years ago when I peeled that organic banana I began a journey back to good health. A journey of discovery of what processed foods really do to my body – and yours.
Little did I realise how much that one moment in time would ripple out into others’ lives.
And little did I understand what had just happened. My body had just received natural potassium because bananas have a good amount of potassium in them.
So, why is potassium an important mineral for our health?
Well, potassium, alongside moderate consumption of sodium, contributes to a healthy body and in turn to a healthy bladder. Low potassium can have a detrimental effect in our overall health, but in particular with regards to kidney health.
So, when we experience poor bladder control and find ourselves visiting the loo too often, our bodies can become deficient in Potassium. It’s important to examine your diet and discover where those mineral deficiencies are and to increase your level of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Enjoying organic fruit and veges is a great way to top up potassium levels – foods like:
- Sweet potato
- White beans
Symptoms of low potassium include cramping (muscles in arms and legs), also abdominal cramping, tingling, numbness and even heart palpitations.
As I’ve mentioned before, the key to good health is consuming a varied diet of fresh organic produce and cutting out processed foods because we never really know exactly what’s in them.
I mean I’ve spent hours now checking out labels of various foods in the supermarket and can honestly say that my body is far better off not consuming all those additives, preservatives, colourings and flavourings, especially once you investigate what those additives do. If I do succumb now and again and buy something that is processed I can certainly taste the chemicals and my desire to eat processed foods (usually something I used to eat often in the past, a quick convenient food) is very quickly curbed.
Cooking from scratch is the best way to go as you know exactly what’s in your food and you can moderate the amount of seasoning and flavours you put in as you create your masterpiece!
We all know that drinking too much coffee, tea and alcohol will send you off to the loo but what you may not know is with a high level of bladder emptying comes depletion of your potassium level, so another good reason to keep a diary of your bladder habits alongside your food and drink consumption. You will soon pinpoint the areas causing an issue.
There are so many great benefits when you decide to work on improving your bladder control and your whole body is the better for it.
So, what are the benefits of potassium:
- Good levels of potassium help with oxygen to the brain
- Potassium help the blood vessels to relax and blood to flow freely
- Helps with muscle contraction (potassium ions are located in the muscle cells)
- Stops cramps
- Strengthens bones
- Regulates blood pressure
- Relieves stress
And much more.
Ensuring you eat a wholesome, whole food diet is the key to consuming balanced nutrition.
With a mixture of fruits, veges, and whole foods – and cooking from scratch – you will soon see an improvement in your bladder control and many other health benefits as well.
That’s why it’s so important to have a balanced diet.
If you have any questions, I’m just an email away.