Low Chloride Levels (Hypochloremia): Causes, Risks, And More

What Is Chloride?

Chloride is an important electrolyte that is found in the blood. It reacts with other electrolytes in the body (sodium and potassium) to maintain certain metabolic activities in the body. Chloride and other electrolytes in the body are help with:

  • Muscle function
  • Nerve function
  • Regulating the pH of your blood in the normal range
  • Maintaining the balance of fluids‌ of in the body

The most important source of chloride for the body is sodium chloride or salt. You can also get chloride from the foods you eat. Unlike other electrolytes, there are not many studies on the abnormalities of chloride. Studies show that 8.8% of people in intensive care unit experience low chloride levels.