How Potassium Boosts Intermittent Fasting!

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How Potassium Boosts Intermittent Fasting! - Thomas DeLauer

There's a few minerals that are critical when you're fasting. If you've ever done some intermittent fasting or prolonged fasting, you might find that you get a little bit weak or maybe your workouts suffer or you feel like your digestive system just isn't working right. You can just feel a little bit out of whack.

Well, I can almost guaran-darn-tee you it has to do with one of three minerals: sodium, potassium, or magnesium. In this video, we're going to focus predominantly on potassium. However, potassium and sodium work so closely together we can kind of talk about them a little bit in tandem. I'm going to help you out with your intermittent fasting regimen by teaching you a little bit about potassium and also how you can get it while you're fasting without breaking your fast.

See, potassium is, in essence, the counter mineral to sodium. It's not quite the opposite of sodium. It just assists sodium by sort of countering it, which I'll explain in a minute. You see, sodium and potassium come from the same elemental family.

It doesn't mean that they're the same mineral, but it means they're in the same category in the sense that when they are immersed in water, they both gain one positive charge. Now, that's for biology nerds. I know most of you watching this video don't even care about what that means.

I'll explain it all with fun analogies, but bear with me for just a moment. You see, in water, potassium gains an electrical charge. So does sodium. This means that we have energy, and between the two, with sodium and potassium, we can create what's called an energy gradient.

You see, what happens is sodium is usually outside of a cell, whereas potassium is inside of a cell. What happens is when we have an electrical charge, when we actually have what's called an action potential, when we go to create energy, like flex our muscles or move, we trigger a neuron to send a signal.

Now let me explain how this really works from a physiological standpoint, and then I'll give you a fun computer analogy that makes a lot of sense, and it'll all click with you. What happens is a neuron fires to send a signal. Let's say you want to flex your bicep. Let's say you want to lift a weight. Neuron fires to send a signal called an action potential. Just like the name implies, it's the potential of an action.

That's how powerful it is. It's a huge, huge mechanism within our body, and it makes it so that if you're deficient in potassium, you're weak, you have heart palpitations, your digestive system doesn't work.

You have mood swings because your electrical system in your brain is all out of whack. It is a huge, huge deal. If you have too much sodium and not enough potassium, you also retain a bunch of water because you have sodium with it's isotonic state outside the cell and potassium deficient inside the cell.

Sodium is making it so water isn't able to get inside the cell. It's just staying outside the cell, making you puffy. That's complicated. The point is is if you're weak when you're fasting, and you just don't feel right, most of the time it's going to be a potassium deficiency.

If you'd like to take 40 of those pills, then that's great, and that could work, but I don't know anybody that really takes pills for habit or out of fun. Right? What I would recommend is use some kind of potassium chloride or potassium salt.

That works, and that has a balance of like 1,800 to 2,000 milligrams of potassium in just a teaspoon with a tiny bit of sodium. Then, what I would do is also add some real salt to that, some Redmond Real Salt, so you're having a balance of potassium and sodium.

Then, also comes into the equation is magnesium, and I've talked about that in other videos. Magnesium symptoms are a little bit more clear and defined or magnesium deficiency symptoms I should say, but it's always safe to take it probably about 500 milligrams of magnesium as well.

For all intents and purposes, for the sake of this video, make sure you're getting potassium in along with a little bit of sodium. As always, keep it locked in here on my channel. I'll see you in the next video.

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