Excess of Hydrochloric Stomach Acid- Causes And Cures

One of the most important components in the stomach which helps in digestion is hydrochloric acid. Over and under secretion of this gastric acid can cause problems in the stomach. The stomach is one of the most significant organs that help in the digestion of food. It contains enzymes which require an appropriate PH level to function properly. This optimum PH level is provided by the hydrochloric acid present in the stomach. It helps to break down the proteins in the stomach.

The PH concentration of hydrochloric acid is as low as 1% to 2% in the stomach which has the power to melt even metals. But the stomach has a protective cover or layer, through the secretion of thick mucus that protects the cells of the stomach from being damaged.

Hydrochloric Acid

The process of digestion actually begins in the stomach when the food is chewed and broken into small pieces. A process known as chemical digestion begins in the stomach. A hormone known as gastrin is stimulated by the body as soon as the stomach fills with food. Gastrin moves through the blood stream and signals the production of hydrochloric acid which helps in the break down of food particles.

This gastric acid in the stomach has many functions. Both increased and decreased levels of hydrochloric acid can cause serious problems in the stomach. A lower level of this acid can lead to upper abdominal bloating, offensive smelling stool caused due to indigestion, frequent hunger pangs, flatulence and so forth. Lower levels of HCL can also cause infections in the stomach as this acid acts as a disinfectant. There are many treatments for lower secretion of hydrochloric acid.

A higher level of hydrochloric acid can also cause serious health issues. Increased levels of gastric acids can cause stomach aches and ulcers which can be quite painful. Stomach acid symptoms can also cause loss of appetite, heart burn and discomfort in the stomach. Consumption of spicy food can aggravate the symptoms in most of the cases. One of the most effective treatments includes the consumption of antacids which can prove to be very effective.

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