Potassium Powers Muscular Moves

Potassium Powers Muscular Moves Potassium is an electrolyte that plays an important role in muscle contractions and nerve transmissions. It's also involved in storing carbohydrates as fuel for exercise. A deficiency of this mineral can contribute to muscle weakness and even cramping. So what types of food should you include in your pre-workout meal to make sure you're ready for a session of heavy lifts?

According to a blog post on the Times-Picayune's nola.com site, bananas are an abundant source of potassium and carbohydrate energy. Cantaloupe is another good source of potassium, and an 8 ounce serving contains about half the calories of a typical 120 calorie banana. Then you have protein food sources including fish scallops and pork loin which all provide between 450 and 550 mg of potassium.

True Strength Moment: Vary your nutrients for best results, and be sure to keep up with hydration. Losing as little as 2% of your body weight through fluids can contribute to a 10% decrease in exercise performance. For some tips on clean protein, see today's Performance Blog post at ABBperformance.com
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