Are they really important? What is the role of Electrolytes?
What role does Magnesium Chloride have?
Electrolytes are crucial to our heath. In fact a chronic high electrolytic imbalance leads to disease or even our detriment. Fortunately the human body is the design of a master creator, and so endures such imbalances for quite some time before disease effects us. Even so, we need to give our body all the support we can for balance and harmony. Being aware of body electrolytes is one way we can support our defense system.
There are many ways to view the human body and one of those is as electrical circuitry. For our electrical circuitry to function well it requires the right connections and conduction. Chloride is one of the most important electrolytes in the blood. It helps keep the amount of fluid inside and outside of our cells in balance. In so doing, a favourable conductive environment is established for electrical signals, impulses and exchanges. There are several common electrolytes found in the body, each serving a specific and important role, most are in some part responsible for maintaining the balance of fluids between the intracellular (inside the cell) and extracellular (outside the cell) environments. This balance is critically important for things like hydration, nerve impulses, muscle function, and pH level. Chloride is regarded as a highly important and vital electrolyte required for both human, and animal life. Without chloride, the human body would be unable to maintain fluids in blood vessels, conduct nerve transmissions, move muscles, or maintain proper kidney function.
It is highly negatively charged and primarily found in extracellular fluid. It is vitally important for maintaining proper acidity in the body, passively balancing out the positive ions of blood, tissue and organs.
Other electrolytes are Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Phosphate and Sulphates, but none play as a significant role as Chloride.
Magnesium has come of age, and is now a sought after mineral either in the form of Magnesium Chloride or Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom salt), both very effective sources of Magnesium. Besides its role as an electrolyte, it is necessary for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body; plays a vital role in the synthesis of both DNA and RNA and helps maintain normal nerve and muscle function, boosts the immune system, maintains stable heart rate, stabilizes blood sugar, and promotes the formation of bones and teeth.
The Chlorides in Magnesium Chloride provide the body with necessary Chlorides for body electrolytes. Regular soaking in a Magnesium Chloride bath, or applying Magnesium Oil over the body should ensure healthy chloride levels are maintained. This could be done a couple of times a week as maintenance Chloride & Magnesium top-up. If one is very athletic, or does hard manual work, or tends to sweat a lot, a 2 - 3 times per week to-up may prove very beneficial.
If we have prompted you to ponder your own electrolyte levels the good news is there is a test available which measures both blood and urine Chlorides, and other electrolytes. Contact your GP or Health Care Professional.
Stay tuned for Part 2:
'Digestion & Magnesium Chloride'