What are Electrolytes? Electrolytes are special minerals (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, lithium and phosphorus) that are used at a cellular level (especially nerve, heart, muscle) to maintain voltages across cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) across themselves and to other cells. They are essential for the life and function of every cell in our body. They also are essential for the efficient digestion of food, for transporting nutrients and waste in and out of cells, for enzyme function, building bone and all other metabolic functions. Some electrolytes are life-essential in maintaining proper pH in our cells and fluids.
The kidneys work to keep the electrolyte concentrations in the blood constant, despite changes in the body. For example, heavy exercise depletes electrolytes, particularly sodium and potassium, through sweating. Replacement of these key minerals is essential to keep the electrolyte concentrations of body fluids constant. Electrolytes are also diminished by the consumption of acid forming foods and by Cleansing. People who do not eat enough fruit and vegetables can easily become electrolyte deficient. Electrolyte deficiencies are common and are associated with ill health.