Health Tip: Why You Need Electrolytes

(HealthDay News) — Electrolytes are minerals in the body that have an electric charge. They are in your blood, urine, tissues and body fluids.

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Sodium, calcium, potassium, chlorine, phosphate and magnesium are types of electrolytes that are absorbed from foods you eat and fluids you drink.

The U.S. Library of Medicine mentions these roles of electrolytes:

  • Balance the amount of water in your body.
  • Balance your body’s acid/base (pH).
  • Move nutrients into your cells.
  • Move wastes from your cells.
  • Help make sure the nerves, muscles, heart and brain work properly.

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