When you think of potassium, do bananas or potatoes immediately come to mind – instead of the role this mineral actually plays? In case you weren’t sure, potassium is extremely important: It helps balance our body’s fluid levels, and helps our muscles and nervous system work right. If you experience muscle weakness, aches or cramps, you could have low potassium.
Studies show the Mediterranean diet is many things: a depression fighter, life extender, heart helper. One surprising thing it’s not? An actual diet.
The Mediterranean diet is a way of eating, like being a vegetarian is a way of eating. Unlike being a vegetarian, however, there are no hard and fast rules. You can, technically, follow a Mediterranean diet and still have an occasional (ok, infrequent) slice of cake.