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{August 26, 2011}   High K, you say?
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Alright faithful readers!  I have had a request to post some High Potassium Vegetarian Meals.  I certainly aim to please, so for the next week or more, I will be posting a recipe a day that is high in potassium.  They will, of course, be vegetarian meals, and quite often they will be vegan too, which just means there will not be any dairy or eggs in them as well.  I hope you enjoy this first series of posts.

Potassium is an element recognized by the symbol “K.”  It is considered a solid and has a melting point of 1398 degrees F.  Whew, that’s some hot stuff right there!  It is, however, necessary for the function of all living cells.  It is a salt actually, and is very similar to sodium in it’s chemical makeup.  They are both alkali metals (potassium is a very pretty silver color, if you were interested) and were not scientifically differentiated until 1807, when they were able to separate the two metals by electrolysis.

Potassium deficiencies are fairly rare in the US in a healthy individual with a varied diet.  But, there are certain illnesses that can cause a deficiency, such as those that cause urinary or gastrointestinal issues.  In these situations, the potassium is literally being flushed out of the system due to high usage of the restroom.  Or in some, severe cases of perspiration can cause deficiencies.  On extremely rare occasions, it has been published that excessive amounts of cola intake have caused severe potassium loss, enough to constitute it being labeled a deficiency. In these cases, it’s uncertain if it’s the amount of caffeine, working as a diuretic, or if it’s the high amounts of fructose causing diarrhea. Either way, it’s another reason to not drink em’, am I right or am I right??

Muscle and nerve activity require potassium. One of the chemicals functions is to bring cell membranes back to a resting state by repolarizing them after an action potential has passed. An action potential in a muscle cell is when it contracts (as in you’re working out) and an action potential in a nerve is when a nueron fires (sends signals). If there isn’t enough potassium to allow the cell membranes to revert back to a resting state, then this leads to hyperpolarization and as a result much more stimulation is required to depoalarize in order to initiate further action potentials. Basically, if you don’t have enough potassium, you are making your body work harder to do what it needs to do, and you are going to suffer for it somewhere. However, in the heart, instead of hyperpolarization, not having enough potassium forces the myocytes to become hyperexcitable, which can lead to arrhythmias.

We’ve established what potassium is, what is does and and what happens when you don’t have enough, let’s move on to the fun stuff! Which leads me to my first recipe! I’m not going to post them in any specific order, and if it’s not my original recipe, I will give credit where credit is due!

This first recipe is very simple and it’s one I created on my own!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Nutrition Information

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

 Ingredients:

1 Medium Banana

8oz (1 C) Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (Or use the chocolate variety)

1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder

3 T PB2 – Powdered Peanut Butter or 1/8 C Natural Peanut Butter

1/2 Tray Ice Cubes (Optional)

1/2 t Ground Flaxseeds (Optional)

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend away until smooth! Add a few ice cubes at a time until you reach your desired consistency!  I prefer to use the PB2, as it’s lower in fat than the regular peanut butter is.  I also like to add the flaxseeds as often as I can, as it adds healthy omega 3 fatty acids and it also contains vitamin b1, which is great at helping muscles recover from intense workouts!  Actually, that’s how this recipe was born!  Everything in it contains something that leads to muscle recovery.

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