Dietary Reference Intakes


Editor's Note: These tables represent the last in a series of comprehensive dietary reference intake (DRI) values for healthy North American individuals and populations. The reference values for dietary electrolytes and water are established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences. Since humans have a great ability to adapt to varying amounts of electrolyte intake, and considering the impact of exercise, temperature, etc., on the needs for electrolytes and water, only adequate intake (AI) values were derived; that is, no Estimated Average Requirement (EAR) or Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) values have been established.