Chloride, commonly found in table salt, is an anion which interacts with sodium and potassium, to maintain acid-base balance in body cells and fluids. It is essential for normal health and is absorbed in the intestines and excreted in the urine and perspiration. It is also necessary for the production of hydrochloric acid involved in digestion in the stomach. Other uses include helping the liver remove toxic waste from the body and ensuring hormones are properly distributed in the body.
The best source is found in common table salt (sodium chloride). It is also found in salt substitutes such as potassium chloride and sea salt.
Chloride deficiency is very rare as many foods contain salt. However, symptoms include nausea, abnormal calcium deposits in soft tissues, vomiting, kidney damage, confusion, and weakness in body