Potassium is an electrolyte that not only helps regulate body fluids, but also plays a role in stimulating muscle contractions in the gut.
Rhythmic contractions of the intestinal tract are what keep things moving along. Stagnation in the gut leads to fermentation which causes gas and bloating. This is also bad for our intestinal flora because the longer food lingers, the more time the unhealthy bacteria have to feast on it leading to dysbiosis.
If your potassium levels are low, you may find yourself waiting longer than normal for the urge to go.
Those taking diuretics or antibiotics tend to lose potassium more readily. If you are an athlete or find yourself sweating a lot, you will need to make sure you are consuming plenty of potassium rich foods or consider supplementing. If you are considering supplementation, note that most supplements are limited to 99mg because of the risk to those with kidney disorders or hyperkalemia with excessive buildup. In comparison, a medium banana has about 422mg. That being said, the daily recommended intake for an adult is 4,700 mg/day which can sometimes be hard to achieve. Below are some of the top potassium rich foods. Consume lots of these in your diet and you won't have to worry!