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Electrolytes (cont.)

Potassium (K)

Potassium is most concentrated inside the cells of the body. The gradient, or the difference in concentration from within the cell compared to the plasma, is essential in the generation of the electricial impulses in the body that allow muscles and the brain to function.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/30/2014

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