Hydrochloric Acid Research Paper
The life of hydrochloric acid in our stomach
Chapter 14 section 1
Ms. Sara Kassem
Sharjah American International School
Discuss the role of hydrochloric acid in the digestion of foods. Point out how excess acid contributes to the discomfort known as indigestion. Explain how the stomach secretes a mucous layer, which protects it from being damaged by the hydrochloric acid it produced.
Hydrochloric acid (HCl) is a clear, liquid. Which is produced in our stomach when we eat a meal. The major role that it plays in our stomach is to break down food and cause the release of enzymes that further aid in digestion. It is also used as a solider in our body; it protects the body from illness by killing …show more content…
By the following of mechanism there simultaneously the parts of mechanism take place. First one is (k+) potassium ions, the diffuse from the partial cells then go into the lumen. A lumen is the inner space of a cellular compound or structure. The second step starts when (k+) potassium ion is brought back by an active transport pump. Simultaneously secreting (h+) hydrogen ions from cell to the lumen as much (k+) comes back by this route as leaks in. The third step is related to (cl-) chloride ions. They diffuse passively from the cell to the lumen. The negative and positive charges balance each other. The (cl-) balances with (h+). The fourth step is on the opposite side of the partial cell the exchanger balances this loss of (cl-) chloride ions by getting it from the blood in exchange for bicarbonate ions …show more content…
Basic electrolytes, such as HCO3-, trapped inside the layer of mucus neutralize any HCl that penetrates the mucus.
Indigestion, also has another name which is dyspepsia, it is often used to describe one or more symptoms including a feeling of fullness during a meal, uncomfortable fullness after a meal. Sometimes people feel a burn or pain in the upper abdomen which is also referred to as indigestion.
Indigestion is caused by a lot of factors; such as: lack of friendly bacteria, intestinal obstructions, Peptic ulcers and so on. But one of the most important factors that is related to my topic is drinking too much liquid with meals dilutes the enzymes needed for digestion.
The reason behind that is while we eat, our stomachs are producing digestive enzymes and acids such as hydrochloric acid to break down foods. When we drink liquids while we’re eating our food, the acids get diluted and are unable to do break down foods properly. This leads to undigested chunks of food. And you don’t want bad digestion because it can cause a myriad of unwanted symptoms such as weight gain, heart burn, crazy cravings, and confusion to your body’s “full meter”.
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