THE IMPORTANCE OF ELECTROLYTES
Electrolytes are minerals present in the blood and body fluids which influence the control of the amount of water present in the body, as well as blood acidity, muscle function and other important physiological processes. An adequate balance of electrolytes helps the body maintain fluids at the proper concentrations. Examples of electrolytes include chloride, potassium and sodium. Electrolyte levels may become too low or too high when the amount of water in the body changes (causing dehydration or over hydration). The imbalance in electrolytes can be caused by diarrhea, vomiting, sweating, kidney problems and certain medications.