Health Tip: Understanding Electrolytes
(HealthDay News) -- 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.