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Fluid and Electrolyte-week 4 Discussion Essay Water is your number one ingredient, and every cell and tissue in your body bathes in it. The fluid that circulates throughout your body also includes dissolved minerals known as electrolytes. These electrolytes help properly regulate the fluid levels inside and between cells, and theyre absolutely vital to the proper functioning of your cells and tissues, including muscle tissue. Electrolytes are minerals in your body that have an electric charge. They are in your blood, urine and body fluids. Maintaining the right balance of electrolytes helps your body's blood chemistry, muscle action and other processes. Sodium, calcium, potassium, chlorine, phosphate and magnesium are all electrolytes. You get them from the foods you eat and the fluids you drink. Levels of electrolytes in your body can become too low or too high. That can happen when the amount of water in your body changes. Causes include some medicines, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating or kidney problems. Problems most often occur with levels of sodium, potassium or calcium.... View Full Document

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