Better Mondays and Potassium

“If Monday was your last day on earth, you wouldn’t complain about it being Monday.” Gary Vee

Gary Vee has a thing about loving Mondays.  I have chewed on that one and couldn’t get it down.  The more I chew on it gets me excited.  I can say that with all of the challenges of the moment.  As a Personal Trainer/Coach, I see all of you take on challenges every day.  With every conquered challenge, I see the confidence grow and the resulting transformation.  I can’t change all of your Monday – Thursday.  I can help you enjoy a time dedicated to making you better Monday – Thursday.  And I can give you one thing to do today that can help you actually take advantage of that workout that you know will improve your life.  Because you know you improve your life when you workout.  The increased energy helps.  Sleeping better gives you even more energy.  It can still be hard.    And if you already started, make your workout even more effective. 

Get more potassium. Why?

1) Potassium is an electrolyte critical to strength. Muscles require potassium to contract.
2) Potassium is critical to muscle recovery. You can reduce soreness by consuming adequate potassium. You can also be ready more quickly for your next workout.
3) Potassium is used to keep arteries healthy and prevent hardening. As we age gracefully helps prevent heart attacks.
4) Potassium is required to regulate blood pressure.
5) Potassium is used in digestion to produce stomach acid. Without enough stomach acid, the food you eat will be less effective. And making a smoothie or juicing won’t improve this.

Where to get potassium

The recommended daily allowance of potassium is 5000mg a day. The FDA limits over-the-counter potassium supplements to 100mg because of potential dangers (Harvard health article). You’re best source is food. I’m giving you two sources that can be convenient and provide lots of other benefits. Both will improve gut health by providing food for the bacteria in your gut. Real food also provides minerals and micronutrients like fiber, vitamin K, and selenium. There are more.

1) Beet Leaves and stalks
2) Swiss Chard
3) Beets

There are more foods high in potassium. I picked these because they are from colorful vegetables low in starches. You can eat these raw or cooked for convenience. And if your immediate thought is, “I don’t have time.”. Swiss Chard, beets, beet leaves, and stalks can be prepared (just chopping or mandoline) on prep day and sprinkled on your meals throughout the week.

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