Electrolytes are elements and compounds that occur naturally in the body. They control important physiologic functions.
These substances are present in your blood, bodily fluids, and urine. They’re also ingested with food, drinks, and supplements.
Examples of electrolytes include:
An electrolyte disorder occurs when the levels of electrolytes in your body are either too high or too low. Electrolytes need to be maintained in an even balance for your body to function properly. Otherwise, vital body systems can be affected. The balance of electrolytes is maintained by several organs in your body — including your kidneys.