Trace minerals are required for almost every biochemical reaction in the body. They are found in dissolved form in the blood stream, lymphatic fluid and both intra and inter-cellularly. In their ionised form, many trace minerals act like electrolytes, capable of creating and maintaining the electrical currents that regulate the heartbeat, muscle contractions and nerve transmissions.
Electrolytes are required to regulate acid-base balance and fluid distribution throughout the body. They act as cofactors in many enzymatic processes, and are important for the production of energy via cellular respiration and the electron transport chain. Electrolytes work both individually and collaboratively, therefore balanced levels of all electrolytes are needed for proper functioning of the body’s many systems.
The specific electrolytes, sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium help to transport nutrients into the cell and move toxic waste across the extracellular space into the bloodstream and lymphatic vessels. A healthy mineral balance is required for natural detoxification by the body and is critical for any heavy metal detoxification program to be successful.