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What If Your Stomach Acid Disappeared?

A Great Gift, Gastric Acid

By Shah Fahad KarimPublished 3 months ago 3 min read
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When your stomach is working normally you probably don’t think about it at all. But when it starts acting up, you can’t ignore it. Because all of a sudden, you have no stomach acid.

Your stomach is powerful. And it produces all the digestive juices. Hydrochloric acid is the most extreme and the liquid form of hydrogen chloride is also used in fertilizers, fireworks, rubber and steel. If you inhale it, you could suffer from nose and breathing issues. But still this dangerous acid is essential for your well-being. And without it, you’d be in big trouble.

So, we’re going to follow a piece of food as it travels through your digestive system, first in normal stomach and then into your acid-less stomach.

let’s see what normally happens when you eat? When you bite into a delicious bagel

Immediately, your stomach begins to release gastric juices. It uses three glands in your stomach's lining to create this acidic concoction. As you chew and swallow your food, it becomes what's called a BOLUS. This travels down your esophagus and into your stomach, where it gets mixed with the gastric juices.This acid does four important things for your body.

First, it breaks down protein. This is called proteolysis.

Second, it activates pepsin which helps you digest the protein.

Third, it kills any harmful bacteria that hitched a ride on your food.

And finally, your stomach acid sends a chemical signal that moves the food into your small intestine.

After the food moves through your small intestine, it goes into your large intestine.

And then, well, you know what happens next.

Your whole digestive tract, from your mouth to your anus, is vital for breaking down food.

But your stomach is the star of your digestive system.

So, Now

How would things change if you lacked stomach acid? You'd take a bite of that delicious bagel,

then chew and swallow it. The food hits your stomach, and then, the food just sits there nothing happens. There are no gastric acids waiting to tear it apart.

Growing bacteria that could give you a nasty infection.

Proteins and other nutrients wouldn’t be absorbed, leaving you with nutritional deficiencies.

And the food might move into your intestine too quickly. It could come out whole at the other end.

It is called DUMPING SYNDROME, It's a symptom of low stomach acid.

When you aren’t absorbing nutrients, you’d suffer from a lot of issues. The list is so long, here is it

1) terrible gas problems

2) heartburn

3) gastrointestinal infections

4) neurological issues

and here is the thing you must be willing to do,

1) You’d have to eat every two or three hours.

2) You’d need to take small bites, or chew your food thoroughly to help your body digest it.

you’d simply put all your meals in a blender. It wouldn’t be fun to drink your dinner, but it would be easier for your wrecked digestive system.

3) You’d also need to be careful about what you eat, and stay away from processed foods to reduce inflammation.

4) And you'd need to take a ton of supplements, although they might make you nauseous.

But even these steps wouldn’t get you back to normal.

Luckily, stomach acid doesn’t just disappear. But not having enough stomach acid or hypochlorhydria, is a common health issue.

Age, stress, processed foods, and overusing antacid can all cause problems for your stomach.

TIPS for you:

The good thing is that you can always eat some ginger, fermented vegetables, or drink some apple cider vinegar. They can reduce inflammation, breakdown food, and increase stomach acid, giving you a happier digestive system.

It’s easy to take your body for granted. But it works hard, and we should all treat it like the beautifully complex instrument it is.

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