A diet without potassium and magnesium is like a gorgeous dress without the perfect accessories it needs to make you look truly fabulous! These minerals are vital to digestive regularity, and when coupled with fiber, help in maintaining digestive health. Potassium and magnesium are often overshadowed by fiber, but these minerals are too good to pass up!
In technical nutrition terms, potassium is an essential mineral that, among other things, helps to maintain cell energy, which in turn regulates muscle contraction and relaxation including the muscles of the heart and digestive tract*.
An abnormally low potassium intake can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, and intestinal paralysis, which may lead to digestive problems such as bloating, constipation, and abdominal pain- and nobody wants that!
Foods rich in potassium include vegetables, fruits, and 100% fruit juices. PlumSmart contains 360mg of potassium per 8 ounce serving.
Magnesium is another essential mineral which is found most abundantly in the bones and teeth. Magnesium works along with potassium to regulate muscle contraction and nerve impulse conduction, meaning it keeps your muscles moving and your memory sharp.
Magnesium-based products are often recommended for gastrointestinal problems (think liquid antacids). In a cruel twist of fate, GI problems can impair the body's ability to absorb magnesium; so ensuring adequate magnesium intake is essential for optimal digestive function.
* Steven D. Ehrlich, N.M.D., private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Reviewed last on: 10/1/2007