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Potassium

The electrolyte potassium is abundant in the human body and has a critical relationship with sodium. Maintaining potassium inside and sodium outside cells is essential to both nerve and muscle function. Many health conditions have been linked to the high-sodium/low-potassium content of the Western diet. The best dietary sources of potassium are vegetables and fruit.

The Sodium/Potassium Ratio and its Importance in Human Health
Evidence suggests that the sodium/potassium ratio in the Paleolithic diet is far more beneficial to human health when compared to a typical Western diet.
By Mark J. Smith, Ph.D.
The effects of salt substitute on community-wide blood pressure and hypertension
A high-salt diet contributes to hypertension or high blood pressure, but did you know that increasing potassium in your diet can offset some of the effects
By Dr. Marc Bubbs
Ketogenic Diets: Long-term Nutritional and Metabolic Deficiencies
While the Paleo diet and ketogenic diets are often confused, they have important differences that need to be recognized. Read more about the potential drawbacks of a ketogenic diet in today's post.
By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Key Nutrient Series: The Role of Sodium and Potassium in Our Diet
The question of how much salt we should eat has become one of the biggest debates in the Paleo community. Read the series to find out!
By The Paleo Diet Team
Does a Low-Salt Diet Cause Insulin Resistance?
There's a belief in the Paleo world that a low-salt diet leads to insulin resistance, but the science shows the exact opposite - a high-salt diet causes it.
By Trevor Connor
Salt is a Killer Without Huge Intakes of Fruits and Veggies
Could sodium be compromising your health? Read more about the connection between sodium intake and the Paleo diet in a paper by the founder of The Paleo Diet, Dr. Loren Cordain.
By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
A Rare and Never Before Published Book Chapter Concerning Salt and Cancer
Read chapter two of Dr. Birger Jansson's book linking sodium and cancer here on The Paleo Diet website. Keep up with our blog for Paleo recipes, news, and tips for Paleo lifestyles!
By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Calcium: A Team Sports View of Nutrition
We can't view calcium in isolation. It interacts with multiple other nutrients in our diet that all must be accounted for in order for calcium to play its crucial functions in our bodies.
By Christopher Clark
Reversing Nutritional Deficiencies by Eliminating Entire Food Groups
Are you hurting your health my eliminating entire food groups? But wait, haven't you been conditioned to do so from the beginning of time. Think again.
By Christopher Clark
Paleo Leadership
 
Trevor Connor
Trevor Connor

Dr. Loren Cordain’s final graduate student, Trevor Connor, M.S., brings more than a decade of nutrition and physiology expertise to spearhead the new Paleo Diet team.

Mark J Smith
Dr. Mark Smith

One of the original members of the Paleo movement, Mark J. Smith, Ph.D., has spent nearly 30 years advocating for the benefits of Paleo nutrition.

Nell Stephenson
Nell Stephenson

Ironman athlete, mom, author, and nutrition blogger Nell Stephenson has been an influential member of the Paleo movement for over a decade.

Loren Cordain
Dr. Loren Cordain

As a professor at Colorado State University, Dr. Loren Cordain developed The Paleo Diet® through decades of research and collaboration with fellow scientists around the world.