Stefanie Senior

By: Stefanie Senior

Registered Dietitian, 
in collaboration with Live Right Now

While most people know that a diet high in sodium can increase blood pressure, many people don't know that a high-potassium diet can help lower blood pressure.

In your body, potassium plays a role in heart, muscle and nervous system function, fluid and electrolyte balance and bone health.

Ideally, your diet should be about five times higher in potassium than sodium. While potassium is in most the foods we eat, it is abundant in fruits, vegetables, fish, milk products, beans, lentils and grains.

Sodium is found in processed foods such as packaged, canned and frozen foods and fast foods. Potassium supplements are not recommended for healthy individuals unless advised by a physician. Instead, eat a variety of whole, unprocessed potassium-rich foods every day.

Curious how much potassium you should be getting? Click here to use our Get Enough tool.

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