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Potassium-Sodium Ratio

Reblogged from Paleotrack.

What is the potassium to sodium ratio?

It is the ratio of potassium to sodium that is consumed in your diet. Example, if you consume 4000 mg of potassium and 2000 mg of sodium, then your ratio is 4000-to-2000 = 2 to 1, two times more potassium than sodium.

Why is this important?

Both potassium and sodium are essential nutrients that your body needs to control fluid and electrolyte balance. However, studies have shown that the ratio between the two is important. A ratio that is too low can lead to hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke, kidney stones, osteoporosis, gastrointestinal tract cancers, asthma, exercise-induced asthma, insomnia, air sickness, high-altitude sickness, and Meniere’s Syndrome (ear ringing).[1]

Researchers advise that the optimal ratio should be greater than 2 to 1.

Typical American Diet

Because sodium is found in almost all processed foods, the typical US diet yields a potassium to sodium ratio of 0.8 to 1. [1]

Paleo Diet Ratios

Preagricultural humans consumed a ratio over 13.6 to 1 each day. Modern hunter-gatherers consume a 7.7 to 1 ratio. [2]

Eating a modern paleo diet can produce a ratio of 12.5 to 1 [3], because it is high in fruit & vegetables (good sources of potassium) and low in processed foods (sodium).

PaleoTrack Food Journal

You can now easily calculate your potassium to sodium ratio by tracking your food with PaleoTrack. The ratio is also displayed on our food labels to help you make better eating decisions.

So, what’s your potassium to sodium ratio? Please share in the comments below.
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Winter Preparedness

Kellams Chiropractic

Entering the winter season with a vital and resilient immune system should be a priority for anyone. Over the past 15 years we have learned that the immune system is intimately intertwined with the nervous and endocrine system. Mental and hormonal states can dramatically affect the immune system and should always be supported, particularly during the time of year when colds and flu are most common.

Action Steps for Health…

  1. Drink lots of filtered water and warm liquids: hot teas (herbal), vinegar honey water, soups and vegetable broths.
  2. Keep your body warm, avoid getting chilled, wear a hat with ear covers (30-55% of body heat escapes through the top of the head). Wear gloves and maintain adequate foot warmth and dryness.
  3. Exercise out in nature. This revitalizes the endocrine system. Exposure to sunlight (no UV sunglasses) is part of this process.
  4. Take one or two hot baths during the…

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