February is Heart month, which means our focus will be on keeping our hearts as healthy as we possibly can! Today we will focus on Potassium and its role in maintaining proper nerve and electrical conduction to the heart.
Potassium is one of our key electrolytes that is found within the cell. This is critical because Potassium helps to draw fluids into the cell, whereas Sodium, which is found outside of the cell, draws fluids out of the cell. Potassium and Sodium work together to create a balance with the fluids flowing in and out of the cells. This creates the electrical signal that is crucial for conduction of nerve impulses, meaning this generates muscle contraction and regulates heartbeat.
Potassium is also needed for carbohydrate metabolism. Some days I get up at 3am to start my day, and I can feel myself dragging mid afternoon. We need between 3,500mg and 5,500mg of Potassium per day, but most supplements only offer 50mg-100mg per dose. This smoothie contains 2,554mg of Potassium all at once, which means you can get a big energy boost from it!
How can you tell if you need more Potassium in your diet? It is easy, just do a quick Hair Analysis test to find out all of your mineral levels!
*Caution: This drink can cause a detox reaction within your body. The first couple times you drink it, you may experience a spike in energy, then a “flush” feeling. This is only temporary and it is good for your system as it removes toxins!*
Potassium Rich Energy Smoothie
The majority of people are low in their daily potassium intake, so this Potassium Rich Energy Smoothie will boost your daily potassium levels.
- 1 cup Beet Greens
- 1 cup Beets
- 1 cup Spinach
- 1 regular Banana
- 1 medium Orange
- 1 tbsp Blackstrap Molasses
- 1 cup Coconut Water
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan (Optional. Better to balance the Salt to Potassium ratio)
- Throw everything together into a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds.
- If you want it to be a frozen drink, add ice before you blend it.