Health Tip: Understanding Electrolytes

Electrolytes are naturally occurring minerals that contain an electric charge. They are found in your blood, urine, other bodily fluids and tissues.

Examples contained in certain foods and beverages include: sodium, calcium, potassium, chorine, phosphate and magnesium.

Electrolytes influence your body's water balance.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine says electrolytes also are important because they help:

  • Balance your body's acid/base (pH) level.
  • Move nutrients into your cells.
  • Move waste from your cells.
  • Ensure that your nerves, muscles, heart and brain work properly.

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