In tandem with potassium and
sodium, chloride is an electrolyte that helps to keep the fluid
balance in and out of the body's cells. A diet containing lots
of natural, whole food should contain adequate amounts of
Natural Food Sources
Sea salt, table salt, salt substitutes, processed food.
Chloride regulates fluid and acid-base balance, plus forms part
of gastric juice necessary for digestion. It is necessary for
the proper functioning of the liver and for healthy joints and
Chloride deficiency is essentially unheard of in the developed
world. Excess vomiting or acute acid-base disorders may lead to
symptoms such as digestive problems, muscle issues, hair loss,
tooth loss and even coma.
Weakness, confusion and coma may result with either too much or
too little chloride.