YOU’RE CONSTANTLY WIPED OUT
Every cell in your body needs the right amount of potassium to function, and a sustained dip can result in generalized fatigue. So if your regular sweat session leaves you exhausted and you know you’re getting enough sleep, potassium might be the cause.
YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Potassium helps relax blood vessels, says Brill. Without enough of it, they can become constricted, which causes blood pressure to soar. Not sure how often you should be checking your blood pressure? This handy guide on how frequently you should get various health checks done should help.
YOU EAT PRIMARILY OUT OF BAGS AND BOXES
Consuming processed foods almost ensures that you have low potassium because of all the sodium chips, crackers, and frozen meals contain, says Brill. Cut back on the salty stuff to help your body hold on to more of the potassium you’re eating.
YOUR MUSCLES FEEL WEAK OR CRAMPY
Potassium plays a role in smooth muscle contraction, so when levels are low, you might experience aches and even spasms, says Brill