Chloride is a vital mineral for both humans and animals, performing many important functions, all while being constantly extracted from our bodies. It is essential to move muscles, conduct nerve transmissions, maintain optimal pH levels in the body, and maintain fluids in our blood vessels.
Known as an electrolyte mineral, it plays a crucial role in Kidney health as it regulates the metabolism of fluids and the yin yang of this organ. Chloride also helps to flush out toxins and debris.
Electrolytes are constituted of acids, bases and salts, especially sodium, chlorine and potassium. When combined with hydrogen in the Stomach, hydrochloric acid is produced, a major digestive enzyme responsible for breaking down food especially protein and absorbing other minerals and vitamins. Many people take it as a supplement along with food to help improve their digestion.
Healthy sources of chloride include: seaweed, green veggies, olives, tomatoes, lettuce, celery, pineapple and melons. Substitute table salt with the many nutritious varieties of sea salt or the amazing Celtic sea salt. You will receive many more benefits and minerals, as sea salt is natural and table salt is usually not. You can also add trace mineral drops into your water daily to get all your minerals.
Not having enough chloride can produce symptoms like muscle cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea, headaches and weight loss and lead to Kidney problems.