The gaseous halide element Chlorine when chemically combined with other elements forms a Chloride. In the body the Chloride ion is the most abundant negatively charged Anion Cl and is normally found combined with positively charged Cations such as Sodium Na+, Potassium K+ and Magnesium Mg+, the so- called Electrolytes. Together these act to maintain correct fluid balance inside and outside cells as well as maintaining blood volume, blood pressure and the pH of body fluids. Chloride is also required for the production of the Hydrochloric Acid secreted into the stomach.

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