Written by John Immel, Asheville, NC
A high potassium diet just may be the ideal low sodium diet. Sodium increases water retention in the body, stressing the circulatory system and raising blood pressure. With obesity levels at near epidemic proportions and high blood pressure rampant, a low sodium diet is a must for many. As a diuretic, potassium actually reduces water retention and thus counteracts the action of sodium in the body. Caution: People with weak kidney function should avoid diets that are high in sodium and potassium.
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