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Question: How does acid in your stomach not burn your insides?!
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Asked by gaccers12 to Reka on 22 Jan 2019.
answered on 22 Jan 2019:
It does burn – but the cells in the lining of your stomach are constantly being replaced because of this, so it all works out in the end!
Gill commented on 23 Jan 2019:
the stomach is protected from the acid, so that it can digest food, by alkaline mucous produced by mucin cells.
If there is reflux, where the contents of the stomach including the acid go back up the oesophagus, this can cause damage to the oesophagus because it doesn’t have that protection.
Reflux can be caused by too much acid in the stomach. Also if there’s too much acid for a long period of time it can cause stomach ulcers.
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