Low potassium levels cause a variety of health problems such as leg cramps. Leg cramps occur when the muscles in your legs contract involuntarily. In fact, leg cramps are one of the first signs of low potassium levels. Fight leg cramps and other severe issues associated with low potassium levels by quickly increasing the amount of potassium in your body.
Eat a banana or two if you find yourself having leg cramps associated with low potassium levels. The potassium in bananas increases your levels quickly, which will cause the cramps to subside. However, for continued normal levels of potassium, consider increasing your daily consumption of fruits by one to two servings.
Have a salad. A salad that contains lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers and cheese is rich in potassium. For added benefits, sprinkle peanuts on top of the salad.
Drink a glass of orange juice. Orange juice contains a significant amount of potassium, which can raise your levels quickly.
Take a potassium supplement. Potassium tablets are found in the vitamin aisle at your local pharmacy. Although it is not the best method for increasing your potassium, it is a way to quickly raise the levels. However, do not substitute fresh fruits and vegetables for supplements; your body will not absorb the supplements as well as it does the potassium coming from your diet.
- Colorado State University Extension: Potassium and Health
- "The Calorie King Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter"; Allan Borushek; 2010