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Chloride works with potassium and sodium to regulate the flow of fluid in blood vessels and tissues, and to regulate the acidity in the body. It is also present in the stomach as hydrochloric acid. Increased intake of chloride in the form of salt can cause fluid retention, but this is primarily because of the sodium in the salt, not the chloride.

A deficiency of chloride can be caused by fluid loss as a result of excessive sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea. Use of medications such as diuretics can also cause a deficiency.

Different forms or alternative names for Chloride:
sodium chloride
calcium chloride

Importance of Chloride:
maintains the body's acid-base and fluid balance.
essential component of the gastric (digestive) juices.

Good sources of Chloride are:

Deficiency of Chloride may cause:
excessive alkalinity of the body fluids (alkalosis)
low fluid volume (dehydration)
loss of potassium
muscle weakness
lowered blood pressure

Adequate Intake (AI) for Chloride:
children 1-3 yrs 1.5 g
children 4-8 yrs 1.9 g
Males 9-50 yrs 2.3 g
Males 51-70 yrs 2.0 g
Males 70+ yrs 1.8 g
Females 9-50 yrs 2.3 g
Females 51-70 yrs 2.0 g
Females 70+ yrs 1.8 g
Pregnancy 19-50 yrs 2.3 g
Lactation 19-50 yrs 2.3 g

For further information on nutrients RDA see our complete list for recommended dietary allowance.

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