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Electrolytes

Electrolytes serve three general functions in the body:

  • many are essential minerals
  • they control osmosis of water between body compartments
  • they help maintain the acid-base balance required for normal cellular activities

The sweat that evaporates from the skin contains a variety of electrolytes. The electrolyte composition of sweat is variable but comprises of the following components:

  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Chloride
  • Bicarbonate
  • Phosphate
  • Sulphate

 

 

 
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