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An educational health quiz containing smart potassium facts! Answers at end of quiz.
1. The higher my potassium level, the better!
2. Low potassium can cause:
The tongue to swell
3. This food is rich in potassium:
4. This food is also rich in potassium:
5. Potassium is one of the body's three electrolytes. What are the other two?
Amino acids and adrenalin.
Sodium and calcium.
6. Potassium is vital to the body because it balances:
The red blood cells and the white blood cells.
The water in the body.
7. Potassium deficiencies can cause:
Tiredness, weakness, irregular heart beat
Special notes on this health quiz:
1. False; too much potassium in the body can be fatal.
Potassium is one of the three central electrolytes that keeps the body's fluids in balance - and considering that the body is chiefly consisted of water, they have quite an important job.
The other two electrolytes are sodium and calcium.
2. Leg cramps is the correct response to an insufficient level of potassium in the body. In addition, lack of sufficient daily fluids can also contribute to leg cramps.
Be sure to get your 8 cups of water per day, but take care not to drown your body with fluids which will cause an imbalance in the electrolytes and may lead to serious health issues, including death.
3. Bananas are rich in potassium content:
1 extra small, less that 6" long contains 72 kcals [calories] and 290 mg's.
1 small which is about 6 to 6 7/8 inches in length contains 90 kcals and 362 mg's.
1 medium size that is 7" to just under 8" long contains 105 kcals and an impressive 422 mg's.
BUT WAIT - we aren't done yet. Now it's time to bring in the big boys..
A large banana that is 8" to just under 9" long contains a nominal 121 calories and 487 mg's.
Finally, one extra large which is 9" or longer contains a tiny 135 kcals and a whopping 544 mg's of potassium!
5. Sodium and Calcium
6. The water in the body. Their balancing act is absolutely perfection.
7. Potassium deficiency symptoms include tiredness, weakness and irregular heart beat. If you are experiencing these symptoms, see your doctor for testing.
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