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Potassium Broth

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vitamins2When people are sick I tell them to make chicken soup using the old Simon and Garfunkle song, “Are You Going to Scarborough Fair.” The chorus to this song has all the antiviral and antibacterial herbs our grandmothers used to use for various colds and flu-Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. But even though you have some great herbs on board, you will still need to alkalize your body by eating lots of raw fruits and vegetables and a good dose of cooked vegetables. This is where Potassium Broth comes in.

Potassium Broth-An Alkalizing Drink

• To 1 1/2 quarts of water add:

• 2 large potatoes, chopped or sliced to approx. 1/2 inch slices

• 1 cup carrots, shredded or sliced

• 1 cup celery, chopped or shredded, leaves and all

• Some beet tops, turnip tops, parsley, onion or whatever you have from the garden (or whatever is in season at the store)

• Add some fresh herbs like sage, rosemary, thyme & garlic

• I also add a touch of red pepper seeds

• Sometimes I add a teaspoon of miso or beef bullion after straining off the liquid for some extra flavor.

Directions: Cover and cook slowly for about 1/2 hour using only stainless steel, glass or earthenware utensils. Strain the broth off and cool. Serve warm or cold. If not used immediately, keep in refrigerator and warm up before serving. Give the cooked vegetables to your chickens or put them on your compost pile.

Makes about 3 servings.

This is a standard beverage for all the health spas and healing clinics in Sweden. Fasting patients always start the day with a big mug of potassium broth–a cleansing, alkalizing and mineral-rich drink.

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Potassium and osteoporosis

Electrolyte mineral potassium is essential for nutrition. Cells need a high concentration of potassium inside cells to function normally.

Source Naturals Potassium Iodide (120 tablets)
The studies have found that diets rich in fruits and vegetables lower the risk of osteoporosis.
There are many nutrients in fruits and vegetables, including potassium and calcium.
Potassium in food and in supplements decreases calcium loss through the kidneys, which increases bone formation and lowers bone loss.
Potassium-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables, increase the available acid buffers in blood, especially bicarbonate. Bicarbonate reduces blood acidity.
In modern society diets became to be low in foods that leave an alkaline residue in the body, which unprocessed fruit and vegetables are characterized. At the same time, American diets tend to be high in foods that leave extra acid residues in the body, such as meat, fish, eggs, and cheese. Normal metabolism also leaves acid residues in the blood that need to be buffered.
If the amount of potassium-rich fruits and vegetables eaten is not sufficient to produce enough alkalinity to buffer blood acids, the body has the ability to remove calcium from bones. This calcium helps neutralize the blood, but leaves the bones depleted in calcium. This increases the risk of osteoporosis.
Increasing the amount of potassium-rich fruits and vegetables in the diet helps to preserve calcium in bones. The calcium can then stay in the bones because the extra potassium in fruits and vegetables buffers blood acidity. In support of this theory, potassium bicarbonate supplementation has been found to decrease urinary acid excretion and to decrease urinary calcium excretion. Of course, it is best to obtain potassium from the diet. Decreased urinary calcium also helps lower the risk of kidney stones.

So potassium is very important for health as it used for prevention of stroke, osteoporosis, kidney stones, and in the treatment of high blood pressure.

Potassium deficiency

Potassium deficiency (hypokalemia) is common and caused by prolonged diarrhea or vomiting, alcoholism, kidney failure, laxative abuse, anorexia, or magnesium deficiency.

Deficiency symptoms include fatigue, muscle weakness and cramps, bloating, constipation, and abdominal pain. Severe hypokalemia may result in muscular paralysis or abnormal heart rhythms.

Potassium food sources

Bananas, baked potatoes, oranges and orange juice, raisins, artichokes, avocados, spinach, beans, meat, cod, chicken, and salmon

Potassium side effects

Adverse effects of potassium include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea; symptoms of toxicity include tingling in extremities, muscle weakness, temporary paralysis, and abnormal heart rhythm.

Potassium help regulate blood pressure

Potassium is electrolytes that help regulate blood pressure and heartbeat. The influence of potassium in the body connected with into many physiological events that include nerve transmission, muscle contraction, enzymatic reactions, carbohydrate synthesis, basic cell functions, and acid-base balance.
Inadequate potassium in the diet might causes of development high blood pressure, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.Jarrow Potassium Citrate, 99 mg (120 tablets)

Several studies have shown that increasing the potassium foods in our diet can reduce blood pressure.
Potassium supplement may be even more beneficial for a person over age 65 who often does not respond well to antihypertensive drugs.

The frequency and severity of side effects associated with potassium supplementation are much less comparing with the frequency and severity of side effects associated with conventional antihypertensives.

Too much sodium in our diet may raise our blood pressure to unhealthy levels, but potassium in our diet could help.

Potassium food sources

Most people get plenty of potassium from their food and too much sodium from salt (sodium chloride). Bananas, baked potatoes, oranges and orange juice, raisins, artichokes, avocados, spinach, nuts, seeds, lima beans, meat, cod, chicken, and salmon

Potassium side effects

Potassium side effects include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Symptoms of toxicity include tingling in extremities, muscle weakness, temporary paralysis, and abnormal heart rhythm.

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