What is Cl?
Cl is the anion of the chloride ion. It is generated when the element chlorine receives an electron, or when a molecule such as a hydrogen chloride is dissolved in water or other polar solvents. Cl salts, such as sodium chloride, are frequently very water-soluble. The salt you eat provides the majority of the Clin your body. When you digest food, your intestines absorb Cl. Although the extra chlorine in your body is released in your urine.
Functions of chloride:
- Keep amount of fluid inside and outside of your cell in balance
- Maintain proper blood volume
- Helps maintain blood pressure
- Maintain pH of your body fluid
- Help our nerve carry cell messages
- Aid in the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between red blood cells
- Plays role in digestion of food
Sources of chloride:
How much do I need per day?
The amount of Cl you require per day varies depending on your age, gender, and life stage. The DRV* for healthy individuals (over the age of 18) is roughly 3 g of Cl per day, including during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Similar to sodium chloride (salt), the recommended amount for this (salt) is considered both safe and adequate, which means it’s enough to meet our bodies’ needs while lowering our risk of health problems associated with high-salt diets.
How much chloride is in these foods?
- Table salt: 97% DRV
- Shrimps: 189% DRV
- Raw carrots: 7% DRV