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Dates - a potassium powerhouse!

dates can help with leg cramps

Leg Cramp?  Have some dates!

That’s right - dates might be your new favorite post workout food.  

Dates are high in potassium - 835 mg per 5 date serving to be exact.  That’s twice the potassium of a banana which comes in at only 420 mg)

So what does potassium exactly do for you?

Here are just a few of it’s benefits

  • Potassium balances your sodium level to prevent your blood pressure from getting too high.
  • Potassium helps regulate blood pH.  Dates are actually an alkaline fruit that helps balance out overly acidic diets that come from eating highly processed foods.
  • Potassium is used to convert glucose into usable energy.
  • Potassium is also involved in hormone secretion and balance as well as nerve transmission.
  • Potassium is involved in muscle contraction.

Ah ha! There’s the reason so many of us have been told for years to grab a banana after working out - to help with muscle cramping.

Next time you finish a leg day and feel that calf about to tighten up for the day - grab a handful of dates.  Your muscles will thank you.

 



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