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Potassium Plays a Key Role in Your Everyday Functions

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  • Ideally, an adult with healthy kidneys should consume 4,700 milligrams (mg) of potassium daily, preferably from dietary sources, whereas those with kidney disorders should consume less — around 1,500 to 2,700 mg per day
  • The normal amount of potassium in the blood ranges from 3.5 to 5.2 millimoles per litter (mmol/L)
  • Low potassium intake has been linked to kidney and adrenal disorders, such as kidney stones and Addison’s disease, so increasing your body’s levels of this mineral may help sustain normal kidney and adrenal function

Potassium is one of the major minerals that your body needs in large amounts in order to continue functioning properly. It's widely available in a diverse array of foods. But despite its abundance, statistics show that less than 3 percent of the U.S. population is actually getting the recommended daily intake for potassium.

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