If everything in your stomach is functioning normally, you probably don't give it any thought. But you can't ignore it once it starts acting strangely. It's clearly speaking to you right now. Because your stomach acid has suddenly disappeared. You have a strong stomach. And the most extreme of all the digestive juices it produces is hydrochloric acid. Rubber, steel, fireworks, and fertilisers all use this liquid form of hydrogen chloride. Breathing and nasal problems may arise if you breathe it in. However, you need this harmful acid for your health. You would be in serious trouble without it.
Cancer that originates in the cells lining the stomach is referred to as stomach (gastric) cancer. The digestive organ located on the left side of the upper abdomen is called the stomach. A group of muscular, hollow organs connected in a long, winding tube from the mouth to the anus is called the digestive tract, of which the stomach is a component.
Thus, we will follow a food item as it travels through your stomach, which is acid-free, and into your digestive tract. First, let's look at what usually happens when you eat. The gastric juices begin to flow from your stomach immediately away. Through three glands in the stomach lining, it creates this acidic concoction. As you chew and swallow your food, it becomes what's known as a bolus. This travels down your oesophagus and into your stomach, where it combines with the gastric secretions. As I've said, this mixture is strong.
Fortunately, the lining of your stomach contains epithelial cells that act as a protective barrier. Your stomach lining would be eroded by gastric acid in the absence of epithelial cells. Even though stomach acid is extreme, it has four vital functions for your body. It begins by dissolving protein. We refer to this process as proteolysis. Secondly, it stimulates the activity of pepsin, aiding in the breakdown of protein. Thirdly, it eliminates any dangerous bacteria that may have gotten attached to your food. Ultimately, the food is moved into your small intestine by a chemical signal that is sent by your stomach acid. Food enters your large intestine after passing through your small intestine. You already know what follows. Your entire gastrointestinal system, extending from your mouth to your back,
However, the highlight of your digestive system is your stomach. So what would happen if you had no stomach acid? You would bite into that yummy bagel, chew it, and then swallow it. After the food enters your stomach, nothing happens. No stomach acids are there to rip it apart. The food is left undisturbed, allowing bacteria to grow and potentially infect you. You would have nutritional deficiencies as a result of not being able to absorb proteins and other nutrients. Additionally, the food may enter your intestine too quickly. It might emerge completely from the other end. It is known as "dumping syndrome" and is a sign of low stomach acid. You would experience numerous problems as a result of your inability to absorb nutrients.
Let's just say that you would experience severe dyspepsia, heartburn, gastrointestinal tract infections, and ultimately neurological problems because the list is so lengthy. Every two to three hours, you would need to eat. To aid in your body's digestion, you should chew your food well and take tiny bites. Alternately, you could just throw every meal into a blender. Drinking your dinner would be easier on your damaged digestive system, but it would not be enjoyable. To lessen inflammation, you would also need to watch what you eat and avoid processed foods. Additionally, even though taking so many supplements could make you queasy, would be necessary.
But returning to normal would be impossible with just these steps. Fortunately, stomach acid doesn't go away on its own. However, hypochlorhydria, or insufficient stomach acid, is a common medical condition. Age, stress, processed foods, and antacid abuse can all lead to digestive issues. The good news is that apple cider vinegar, fermented veggies, and ginger are always options. They can improve the health of your digestive system by lowering inflammation, breaking down food, and raising stomach acid.
It's simple to undervalue your physical condition. However, it is a laborious machine, and we ought to all treat it as such—a magnificently intricate instrument. Even when you're travelling a long distance, taking care of your body can be as easy as stopping for a bathroom whenever the urge arises. And what if you waited a week to urinate? But that is a tale for a different What If.