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How Much Acid Is In Your Stomach
Stomach acid: About 700 ml from a meal. For more info go to http://www.Madsci.Org/posts/archives/2000-01/946931069.Bc.R.Html. ...Read more
Not sure it's acid: Heartburn is a symptom that develops when stomach contents reflux into esophagus. Acid is a common cause of heartburn, but alkali, bile, regurgitated caustic ingestion, medications, food, pepsin, etc. Are all non-acid substances that can also irritate the esophagus ; cause a "heartburn"-like presentation. Consider also delayed stomach emptying, stomach outlet narrowing, esophageal dysmotilities. ...Read more
Hard to tell: Stomachs can "growl" regardless of the amount of acid in the stomach. If there are new symptoms such as reflux of stomach contents up the esophagus, stomach pains, too much "growling", getting abdominal bloating, changes in stool (too constipated or too loose), one's primary care doctor can evaluate to be sure there is not a medical problem going on. ...Read more
How much can you lower the pH of your urine by eating only acid-forming foods, and how long does it take?
When is stomach pH highest and why is it recommended to take nsaids with food if food in stomach actually triggers acid production? Thanks!
Gastric pH: Remember now on the pH scale, low pH is more acid, high pH is more alkaline. Your stomach is always an acidic environment but when more gastric fluid contents are elaborated the pH may be lower. When it is recommended to take medicine with food it is because it coats your stomach and can protect from the direct interaction of dissolved pharmaceuticals with the gastric mucosa. Talk w/pharmacist plz ...Read more
Variable : Migraine headaches often are associated with nausea and/or vomiting. Once the stomach is upset, it is difficult to get relief from oral meds. If a migraine begins, it is best to take a triptan within the first 30-60 min so it gets absorbed. A nasal spray may work better if nausea and vomiting are present. ...Read more
Stomach emptying: Most people's stomachs empty at the rate of 1-2 hours after liquids, 3-6 hours after solids. Carbohydrates ; proteins exit faster than fats. Large meals take longer to empty than frequent grazing on small low fat meals. ...Read more
Is the the stomach more or less acidic after a meal? The stomach makes acid to aid digestion, but then food buffers acid. I'm confused.
Good question: The acidity is maximum as you start eating, when all the acid pumps are triggered by smell of food, chewing, etc. Food may or may not buffer the acid, based on the food acidity. The acid pumps are then turned down as the stomach fills up. In other words the acidity is max when we start eating and minimum after a meal. Or it should be. ...Read more
Can antacid medication like Tums (calcium carbonate) damage your stomach if your stomach is not having any high level of acidity in the stomach?
Can you determine if you have too much iron in your body by your folate (folic acid) levels? My doc says its pretty much the same thing.....
Is it true:drinking coffee on empty stomach forces your body to produce less hydroclhoric acid in the long run , so you cant utilize protein ?
Not true: Not true . Enjoy your coffee.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can you tell me if throughout digestion, hydrochloric acid (hcl) lowers the stomach's pH and this causes the enzyme?
Can you clarify?: The stomach ordinarily produces HCl lowering the pH and it is at this pH that the stomach enzymes work best. Further down, other enzymes are present that work at neutral pH. The stomach's acidity is largely about removing calcium from bits of bone. Does this answer your question? Best wishes. ...Read more
Neither: Gastritis is a condition in which the stomach is irritated or inflamed due to erosion of the lining. Various causes include stress, infection, use of anti-inflammatory medications, chronic vomiting, excess alcohol use, and bile reflux. Bile is the digestive substance made by the liver. Acid reflux is backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus. Often hard to distinguish because of overlap. ...Read more
After eating, stomach pain/burning travels down abdomen esp. left and right sides. Abd. hurts when pressed on.Dr.says too much acid in body. Thoughts?
Maybe: There are many causes of belly pain, some of which are simply annoying, others are deadly. Assuming your doctor did thorough interview & exam, if stomach acid seems to be most likely cause, then high dose omeprazole (Prilosec) can help determine if acid is to blame. If symptoms persist, then other causes should be investigated. Acidity usually affects only upper, central abdomen. ...Read more
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