Electrolytes are chemical compounds such as liquids or gels that contain ions and can conduct electricity when molten or dissolved in a solution. Electrolytes are necessary for batteries to function and for cells to regulate their electrical charge and the flow of water molecules across cell membranes. Excessive sweating, dehydration, vomiting or diarrhea can cause a loss of electrolytes and can severely impact the healthy functioning of the body.
Here you will find some examples of electrolytes.
Electrolytes are also found in the bodily fluids and assist in fluid flow between cells. Common electrolytes found in the body include:
Each of these substances are examples of electrolytes because they have the specific property of being able to conduct electricity when they are in molten form or when they have been dissolved into a solution.