Is Stomach Acid Dangerous?

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good morning, I want to ask about the problem of stomach acid. From several articles I have read, stomach acid can be dangerous, especially if left untreated.

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Good evening, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Gastric acid is actually a normal fluid in our stomach. This liquid is basically a tool that we can use to digest certain foods. The absorption of nutrients such as iron, calcium and vitamin B12 can also occur because of this stomach acid. However, in some conditions, too much stomach acid is also not good, because it can cause stomach ulcers, esophageal inflammation, abnormalities in the lining of the esophagus, breathing problems, damaged teeth, and a number of other symptoms.


Among the things that can increase stomach acid are:

Delay eating
Eating spicy, sour, oily, fatty foods
Consuming caffeinated drinks such as tea and coffee
Stress
Eating too much
Go to sleep immediately after eating


Regarding your question, as long as you do not feel any symptoms, such as heartburn, sour tongue, shortness of breath, stomach chills, bloody bowel movements, nausea, vomiting, hot or painful chest, and sore throat, then you can say your stomach acid levels are normal. Because stomach acid does not always come back if it doesn't start with a trigger, and when it does, it will definitely cause symptoms. So if there are no symptoms and the stomach acid is always maintained at normal levels, there is no need for you to take certain drugs or undergo special treatment.


However, in some people, the sensitivity of the stomach is high enough that even a little spicy food can make their stomach ache. For people like this, usually the treatment must be more routine, especially when they plan to eat foods that tend to be spicy. But again if you don't have any symptoms or abnormalities, you don't need to worry. So, hopefully it answers your question.


dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa

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