Hi peeps
Media can have a huge influence on people’s beliefs and therefore subsequent actions
We now live in an aftermath of the clever marketing strategies, that for years made us believe that ‘ DIET’ and ‘LOW FAT’ products, were healthy
The more research that has been done, proves this to be false
We are now slowly beginning to accept education from experts who have proven that these products have been altered so much from their natural form, that some of them now barely resemble food at all
Fake additives, chemicals and preservatives are now pumped into natural foods, to make them tastier, last longer and become addictive
Again a complete marketing ploy by greedy, money monsters
Companies that profess to care about our health, when in actual fact, health is so far down their priority list, as that is not profitably
I could go on about this all day long, but I don’t want to bore you with my conspiracy theories 😉
So this morning listening to the radio, the news reported that eating 7 bananas a day will give you the much needed daily requirement of potassium
The claim of potassium being important is absolutely true, in fact we require 4700mg per day
BUT! the claim that it is then ok to eat 7 bananas daily to reach this is absurd
What these claims fail to tell us, is the negative effects of in this case easting 7 bananas a day
Bananas are very high sugar fruit and for a lot of people in sedentary jobs, struggling with their weight, this will have a massive impact on their weight
Which people will not think of, as they just believe banana is a fruit and so healthy for them to snack on frequently
So big claims like this in the media, do actually have negative consequences
There will be lots of people who heard that on a national radio station this morning, and who will trust in this as accurate, sensible, healthy advice, so not doubt it in the slightest, and go ahead and eat several bananas a day, thinking they are doing right
So here’s some more facts, for you to make up your own mind
Yes potassium is essential for optimum health

Potassium is a mineral that is found in foods we eat.

Potassium is an electrolyte.

Electrolytes conducts electrical impulses throughout the body.

They assist in a range of essential body functions, including blood pressure, water balance, muscle contraction, nerve impulses, digestion, heart rhythm and PH balance

Potassium isn’t produced naturally by the body, so it’s important to consume the right balance of potassium-rich foods and beverages.

Consuming too little potassium can lead to serious health consequences.

However, taking in too much can also cause temporary or long-term health problems.

Potassium plays an important role in the body’s normal signalling process. In the brain, it helps the communication within the nerve cells.
Potassium tells muscles when to contract.
Potassium plays a big part in heart function, it keeps the heartbeat regular and makes sure the heart contracts the ways it’s supposed to.
Potassium is also used to build proteins and to break down and use the carbohydrates that enter your body.
If you have a healthy, balanced nutrition, then you should be getting enough potassium, however, the use of diuretic medications or laxatives can affect potassium levels.
Severe vomiting and diarrhoea, also affect potassium levels
As well as people who have certain kidney diseases can also end up with low potassium.
Ensuring your daily nutrition contains potassium rich foods will help with this
Foods rich in Potassium

All meats including fish and poultry are good sources of potassium, tofu, vegetables like broccoli, peas, lima beans, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and squash, and many fruits, like bananas, citrus fruits, cantaloupe, kiwis and apricots.

Potassium Deficiency

When potassium levels drop, all of the organs that require potassium are affected.

The heart rate can become irregular, muscles become weak and blood pressure can increase.

Severe cramps and intestinal problems are also common with potassium deficiency.

Kidney stones, and high blood pressure.

Excess sugar on the other hand, even natural sugar from fruit, can contribute to diabetes, metabolic dysfunction, obesity and heart disease.

So guys please be mindful when you hear these types of ‘health quotes’ and either do some more research yourself, or seek some professional advice, before you give in to these crazy ideas

I know that sometimes an overload of mixed info can be confusing, misleading and make you feel more lost than when you started

But it really doesn’t have to be that complicated!

Eating a balanced healthy diet, exercising regularly, managing stress and balancing all of this with enough rest and recovery

Honestly will enable you to lead a healthy lifestyle

If you suffer and illness, go off track and have a 2 week holiday drinking and eating excessively, start competing intensely in exercise, then maybe you need some additional supplements to support this

But for an average person, leading a normal lifestyle, with no underlying health issues, will be fine

So moral of the story here guys, just live in moderation, choose healthy, natural foods, in moderation, vary what you eat so you get a wide range of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to support your body

You really DO NOT have to worry too much about being deficient in anything

I do highly recommend that you get a full blood count done to check everything is good, and especially if you have been run down, ill constantly, fatigued etc

At least this will show if you require any additional supplementation

Within my Shapes Change Fitness and Fat Loss programme, I support you and educate you on leading a healthy lifestyle

A lifestyle that isn’t complicated, and can be maintained forever

Doors open for the new Programme Monday 13th So get your space booked here NOW

Keep fit, happy and healthy. Invest in yourself, remember health is wealth

Emma xx