What is the purpose of a salt solution?

Textbook of Human Physiology pp 227-232 | Cite as


Nutrients are usually defined as those organic compounds which are changed by our metabolism in such a way that the energy released is made available for work and for warming the body, and which are at the same time capable, either directly or after a corresponding transformation to act as a substitute for lost body substance. If the emphasis is placed on the second half of the definition, the term nutrient also includes inorganic salts, because they are just as necessary to compensate for losses in the body as the organic compounds. For this reason, they were already listed among these before, when food substances were mentioned for the first time (see p. 14), and we must deal with them afterwards in order to be clear about what purpose they serve meet our body.

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  1. 1.Physiological InstituteUniversity of KielKielGermany