If there was 1 mineral that deserved a little more attention than the rest, which would you say that is? We would argue Potassium should! Why? Because today nearly everyone does not consume enough of it.
In fact, blood potassium levels have been on a decreasing trend in this country since 1999. (1) Potassium deficiencies have been more common-place, and it's now been reported that more than 99% of the population does not get the recommended amount of Potassium! (2)
With studies consistently showing that people do not consume enough of this critical nutrient in their diet, the 2021-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans has identified Potassium as a Nutrient of Public Health Concern. (3) The reason for this level of seriousness is because you can not live or function properly without Potassium in your body's cells. In general, it serves 2 main purposes while working hand-in-hand with sodium.
1. It maintains transmembrane electrochemical gradients. Potassium and sodium are well known electrolytes, meaning they carry electrical charges. This is important because it allows your body to have an electrical system, otherwise known as your nervous system. Without potassium, your nervous system will not work. This is also important for your muscles contracting and your heart beating properly. (4)
2. It maintains intracellular volume. This matters because it helps keep your body hydrated and keep your blood pressure down. There is a reason behind athletes consuming rehydration drinks with electrolytes like Potassium. Nobody wants to be on the ground cramping up or passing out from dehydration. Plus, everyone with high blood pressure always hears about how they should decrease their sodium levels. But what is not emphasized enough is that they also need to focus on increasing their Potassium levels. (4)
Why have supplements not helped the Potassium crisis? Because products almost never have more than 99 mg per pill. The Adequate Intakes (AI) of Potassium are 3,400 mg and 2,600 mg for adult males and females respectively. So why do pills have such a low dosage? Because it's an unwritten rule companies follow. The FDA frowns upon dietary supplement pills including more than 99 mg in a product. This is because some potassium drugs are limited to 99 mg. (4) There is also a fear of hyperkalemia, or very high blood potassium levels.
However, the Institute of Medicine has stated there in no need for an Upper Limit for Potassium. They also state that healthy people with normal kidney function have no health risks from very high amounts. (4) So it's not only safe, but most people can take as much as they want!
Therefore, we offer Potassium Powder to help resolve this Potassium crisis. Powder is not only less expensive than pills, but it's also so much easier to incorporate into your diet. You can sprinkle it in any kind of food, any drink, a pre-workout mix, a protein shake, a sleep aid; truly anything. It won't cause a taste difference in anything, and since 99% of people do not get enough Potassium, it's a safe bet your body could use a little extra :)