What are electrolytes?

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Electrolytes regulate our nerve and muscle function, our body’s hydration, blood pH, blood pressure, and the rebuilding of damaged tissue. Various mechanisms exist in our body that keep the concentrations of electrolytes under strict control.

Our muscles and neurons are sometimes referred to as the “electric tissues” of the body. They are reliant on electrolyte movement between extracellular, interstitial and intracellular fluid (fluid inside, outside or between cells).

A muscle contraction needs calcium, sodium, and potassium to be present. Wrong electrolyte levels can lead to either weak muscles, or muscles that contract too severely.