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May 23, 2022

Chloride is a Nutrient but Chlorine is a Toxin

Chloride is an essential nutrient, and it's different from chlorine which is a chemical element and a toxic gas. In the body, chloride is a major electrolyte that affects muscle contractions, blood pressure, acid-base balance, digestion as a component of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, and even immunity.

Chloride is a component of sodium chloride, common table salt. Too much chloride in the blood may be associated with dehydration, kidney dysfunction, and metabolic acidosis, while too little may be associated with overhydration, diuretic use, and metabolic alkalosis. 

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