This mineral, sodium, occurs in all cells and body fluids. It is closely related to chloride. Both are vital and are an essential part of the electrolyte balance. They are important for maintaining various cellular and bodily functions (e.g., regulation of fluid volume, blood pressure, and acid-base balance). Chloride is also found in the digestive juices, especially in the stomach (hydrochloric acid). Sodium helps keep the fluids in normal equilibrium (water in the body). Sodium plays an essential role in the normal function of nerves and muscles.

  • Nerve and muscle function
  • Blood pressure
  • Electrolyte balance
  • Water balance

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