Essay on Acid in the Stomach

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Acid in the human stomach

When people refer to acid they usually see it as a corrosive liquid that can dissolve metals or change the color of a substance. So they think of acid as a dangerous matter for the body and believe it can easily dissolve your skin. What I have previously listed are indeed properties of certain acids, such as Hydrofluoric Acid which can cause irreversible tissue damage if it comes in contact with skin, but not all acids are this strong. As a matter of fact what a lot of people forget is that we have acid in our stomachs. The human stomach contains Hydrochloric Acid but when in the stomach, it is referred to as Gastric Acid.

It may be surprising that our stomachs contain Hydrochloric Acid because it is one of
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As you have previously seen, Gastric Acid is very important for our digestion since it helps break down food and protects our bodies from bacteria. So when your body is lacking this acid, it obviously has some negative effects; this phenomenon is called hypochlorhydria. Insufficient Gastric Acid causes the following:
• Absorption of partially digested food molecules which leads to food sensitivities
• Food components that should be digested in the upper intestines might pass through the lower intestines which can fuel the harmful micro-organisms consequently increasing the numbers
• Gastrointestinal overgrowth of pathogens
• Malabsorption of minerals, vitamins and amino acids

When you have a lack of Hydrochloric Acid, it is very important to treat it because you will experience the following symptoms:
• Stomach aching/pain/discomfort or bloating after mealsAcid in the stomach
• Feeling unwell/fatigued right after meals
• Burping after meals
• Frequent nausea
• Nausea after taking vitamins
• Food sensitivities
• Constipation
• Food and water feel as if they “sit in your stomach”
• Feeling overly full easily
Some people actually have a condition named achlorhydria which means that their bodies do not produce any Stomach Acid. It is genetic or can be acquired and people that have any of the following conditions are most likely to have low Gastric Acid levels or can easily acquire achlorhydria:
• Asthma
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