What do balanced levels of potassium and sodium prevent?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Maintaining a diet that balances your body's levels of potassium and sodium can aid in preventing and/or treating heart disease, high blood pressure, hypoglycemia, diabetes, and kidney disease or kidney stones.


The daily recommended dietary intake of potassium is 4700mg. While supplements can help you reach this goal, the best sources of potassium occur naturally in a delicious variety of foods.


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