the standard american diet is lacking in potassium

Hey Vibrant You!

Want to know what every single cell in your body is craving—every single day?

Want to know what humans used to get in abundance in their diets (we’re talking 10,000 milligrams daily) and now, with a modern Standard American Diet, are sorely lacking (3,000 milligrams daily, and that’s if you’re lucky)?

Want to know what happens when you burn any plant to ash?

Of course you do!

A fun historical anecdote: That burnt plant material, if added to water and left to evaporate, leaves a residue called pot ash. Humans have been putting that residue to all kinds of uses since, well, forever. Soap. Glass-making. Fertilizer. Bleach…Why do we buy anything at the store again?!

In 1807, scientists discovered a new element in this pot ash, which they called…potassium! Get it? Pot-ash-ium? 😉

Yep, that key nutrient most of us are lacking is none other than potassium. The recommended daily minimum is 4,700—and 98% of Americans (and, presumably, Australians consuming a Standard American Diet) are not getting enough.

To put things in perspective, 4,700 milligrams of potassium would be the equivalent of at least five bananas. 

Bananas are just one source of this crucial element! Plants, as that potassium-rich pot ash demonstrates, are chalk-full of it. Get your plant-based eating on, and you’ll have all the potassium you need!

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