How can potassium help with muscle strength and exercise endurance? Watch this quick video to find out.
0:00 My research on potassium
0:17 The primary role of potassium
1:45 Symptoms of low potassium
1:58 Causes of low energy and low potassium
In this video, we are going to talk about potassium and how it affects your muscle strength and exercise endurance.
The first thing you need to know is that you have tiny pumps on the membranes of your cells, which are called sodium-potassium pumps. They are small protein molecules that have enzyme activity. You have billions of these, and they work 24/7.
30% of your body’s energy is allocated to these tiny pumps. So what do they do exactly? All they do is push out sodium and push in potassium. Essentially, what this does is it turns your cells into little batteries to allow the muscles to do their work.
Now, if your sodium-potassium pumps aren’t working, you’re going to feel it—you may experience weakness and a lack of endurance.
There are several things that can cause a problem with these pumps:
• Low potassium diets
• Insulin resistance/diabetes
• Slow thyroid
• Low magnesium
• Too much caffeine
• Cortisol (too much stress)
Start by boosting your potassium and see if your energy levels increase.
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Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.
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Thanks for watching. I hope this video helped you gain a better understanding of how potassium, muscle strength, and exercise endurance are related.