If one were to take a plant and burn it to ash, and then take that ash and boil and evaporate it, the residue would be pot ash.
Our extremely resourceful ancestors did just this. They once gathered plants, burned them, then took the ash, the pot ash; boiled and evaporated it for the residue to make soap, which everyone knows to be a cleansing agent, an alkalizer, antacid, or neutralizer.
Much later in 1807 the element garnered, or collected from this pot ash, became known as Pot-ash-ium, or, Potassium.
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Every single vitamin and mineral has a story just as interesting, and there is nothing more fascinating because we are these elements, and they are the very essence of human beings.
Organic raw honey is replete with life enhancing potassium.
“It is no mere theory but has been proved that bacteria cannot live in the presence of honey for the reason that honey is an excellent source of potassium.”
Pg. 95 Folk Medicine,D.C. Jarvis M.D.
This is due to the fact that potassium much like magnesium has an insatiable, or unending hunger for water thus dehydrating the bacterium to its demise.
Interestingly enough, although bananas contain some potassium they are far from an adequate source for someone seeking more of this essential nutrient. This was simply another clever marketing campaign. The most concentrated bio-available forms are from plants, or organic greens, beans, tomatoes, dates, and of course my favorite, organic apple cider vinegar with the “mother.”
The information in the images below however concerning, was published in both the New England Journal of Medicine and The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The summary of the above information is that less than 2% of American adults receive even the bare minimum “recommended” intake of potassium today.
Imagine now the children and what they receive.
The typical American now seems to take in less than a 1/4 percent of what our ancestors did.
“Every cell in our bodies requires potassium to function”
~Dr. Micheal Greger M.D.
It has been stated and written by numerous others that there are four vital elements required for life and they are Oxygen, Water, Sodium, and Potassium.
The largest concentration of any mineral inside our cells is, or should be, Potassium. Potassium is essential for life and when enough potassium is absent from the body, we swell, because too much sodium alone enters the cell which of course is where one would get high blood pressure.
Low potassium levels also equate to pain because without enough potassium the body will inevitably have no, or low levels of the crucial circulating steroid hormones known as glucocorticoids.
I now have just described the symptomatology of arthritis.
By the way Cholesterol is the precursor, or initial building block of all steroid hormones such as glucocorticoids.
“Vermont folk medicine holds potassium to be the most important mineral, in fact the key mineral in the constellation of minerals. It is so essential to the life of every living thing that without it there would be no life.”
Page 57 Folk Medicine ~D.C. Jarvis M.D.
Mother Nature has provided for us what we need to thrive and most of it is in what we know to be plants.
When we ingest food we are consuming information. Information that can build and strengthen or degrade and weaken.
This is OUR DNA and I say we protect it.
“A real scientist is someone who is infinitely curious and humble at the same time. A real scientist is someone who asks questions of nature, then humbly waits for the answer.”
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