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Potassium is a vital vitamin for the proper function of our body, and because of that we need to take it in required amounts. If this is not the case, then certain health issues will start to appear which will impede your normal function of the body. Even if this seems to you as not an important thing, believe us low levels of potassium within the body can cause great damage for your health and well-being.
This mineral is needed for proper performance of the muscles, including the heart. In fact, 98% of the potassium is present within the cells, and any small change in its level can greatly influence the muscles, heart, and nerves.
The body signals when it is lacking potassium, and we just need to recognize these signals and act accordingly.
Numerous Symptoms of Low Levels of Potassium
If your body is short of potassium you will experience general feeling of fatigue. So, if you experience exhaustion and you are feeling tired, then it would be best to check your levels of potassium in the body. Each body cell needs potassium so that it functions properly, and if there are low levels of this mineral, then the cells and the organs will not work optimally.
Therefore, if you cannot determine the reason of your general fatigue that occurs even when you are not putting any extra effort to fulfill your normal daily activities, then make sure to seek for an advice from your doctor.
Potassium deficiency impacts the heart health by causing irregular heartbeat rhythm, and heart palpitations without any particular reason. Plus, it can hamper the coordinated and balanced heart contractions that are controlled by electrical impulses. For that reason, ensure proper intake of potassium in order to protect your heart from cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks, and strokes.
Potassium has the ability to control high blood pressure. So, if you are experiencing high blood pressure levels it may indicate that your body lacks potassium.
Feeling Bloated All The Time
The sodium levels in the body cannot be controlled if it lacks potassium thus resulting in salt-induced bloating. In order to avoid this condition make sure to have enough quantities of potassium inside your body.
However, you need to be aware that there are other reasons for the occurrence of bloating aside the potassium shortage. For that reason, make sure to avoid the intake of foods that can make you bloated.
Tingling and Numbness
Potassium supports the health of your nerves, and if the body is lacking this mineral then you may start to feel pins sensation and annoying needles.
Body short of potassium can also have disturbed digestion process resulting in cramping, stomach bloating, and constipation.
More than 70 million displaced worldwide, says UNHCR
The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million globally last year – the highest number in the UN refugee agency’s almost 70 years.
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The almost 70.8 million people forcibly displaced is up 2.3 million on the previous year, according to the agency’s annual Global Trends report.
This is also double the level recorded 20 years ago.
The number averaged out to 37,000 new displacements every day.
“What we are seeing in these figures is further confirmation of a longer-term rising trend in the number of people needing safety from war, conflict and persecution,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.
“While language around refugees and migrants is often divisive, we are also witnessing an outpouring of generosity and solidarity, especially by communities who are themselves hosting large numbers of refugees.
The actual figure is likely to be higher as the Venezuela crisis is only partly reflected, the report states.
Around four million Venezuelans have fled their country, according to some figures from countries taking them in, making it one of the world’s biggest recent displacement crises.
The report identifies three main groups.
Firstly, there are refugees, or people forced to leave their country because of conflict, war or persecution. In 2018, the number of refugees reached 25.9 million worldwide, 500,000 more than in 2017. Included in this total are 5.5 million Palestine refugees.
The second group is 3.5 million asylum seekers. These are people outside their country of birth who are under international protection, but are yet to be granted refugee status.
Thirdly, there are internally displaced persons, or IDPs. These people are displaced within their country and amount to 41.3 million globally.
More than two thirds of all refugees worldwide came from Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia.
Syria had a considerably higher number than any other country with 6.7 million, followed by Afghanistan with 2.7 million.
Only 92,400 refugees were resettled in 2018, fewer than 7% of those awaiting resettlement.
The global population of forcibly displaced people has grown substantially from 43.3 million in 2009. Most of this increase was between 2012 and 2015 as a result of the Syrian conflict.
However, other conflicts have cropped up and continued across the globe, for example, in Iraq and Yemen in the Middle East, as well as parts of sub-Saharan Africa such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan.
The massive flow of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh at the end of 2017 after they were driven out of Myanmar’s Rakhine state during military crackdowns was another major crisis.
At more than 1.5 million, Ethiopians were the largest newly displaced population in 2018, 98% of them internally, more than doubling the previous number.
These were mainly attributed to inter-communal violence throughout 2018, with communities living along disputed boundaries most affected.
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