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How Much Hydrochloric Acid Is In The 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
See below: Acid reflux is one cause of heart burn. The latter is a symptom. You may consult this site for information in this topic: http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/guide/reflux-disease-gerd-1#1 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...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 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
Do Tums (calcium carbonate) cause indigestion due to lowering stomach pH ? Does this stop the release of enzymes in the small intestine b/c thechyme isn't acidic enough?
Not that way: Tums (calcium carbonate) act as antacid (for the acid already made), and will raise stomach ph. Small intestine is alkaline not acidic. Tums can cause constipation (all calcium supps can), gassiness, bloat, calcium carbonate can increase risk for kidney stones (calcium citrate won't-as much). Calcium also stimulates stomach to produce more acid. ...Read more
Is reflux not damaging when one is on prilosec? Does the lack of stomach acid make the backflow into the esophagus not damaging?
Less damaging: taking medication that reduced the acid in the stomach will minimize any damages to the esophagus when the gastric content reflux up into the esophagus, but does not eliminated. the medication will reduced the amount of acid but not all the acid, and if the medication did neutralized completely the acid in the stomach, it might turn alkaline. that why patient need to be monitored by endoscopy. ...Read more
Can you tell me if throughout digestion, hydrochloric acid (hcl) lowers the stomachs pH and this causes the enzyme?
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
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
I heard that the stomach makes acid in response to food, but also the stomach pH level rises when food is present. Im confused. Which is it?
Both are true: There is always acid in your stomach. The amount increased when you eat to help digest your food. Because there is more stomach acid produced when you eat the pH level changes. ...Read more
Digestion and anti-: Microbial. Acid facilitates digestion of foods. Stomach enzymes work better in acid environment. Acid also destroys most the organisms that we swallow with food and prevents countless intestinal infections. ...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
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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