Potassium is a key nutrient for brain health and increased intelligence. However, ask any average individual about potassium and they’ll likely tell you that too much potassium is bad for your health. How do they know this? From the media, of course. I wonder what incentive the media has to make people think that too much potassium is a bad thing…
The recommended amount of daily potassium is 3500mg. 3500mg is about 9 bananas, with bananas averaging at about 400mg of potassium each. Now, it is actually possible to overdose on potassium – the lethal dose of potassium is 2500mg per kilo of body weight within 30 seconds. Meaning, for an individual with a body weight of 80kg, they would have to consume about 500 bananas within a timespan of 30 seconds. After 30 seconds however the kidneys naturally excrete excess potassium.
Many people point to “scientific studies” in the media that claim too much potassium causes bad health. However, look closely and these studies reveal that the test patients already suffered from kidney diseases and disorders, and with non-functioning kidneys the body is unable to process nutrients properly.
Given this, it is physically impossible to overdose on potassium from eating. In fact, you cannot have too much potassium!