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Facts About The Human Stomach

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The human stomach is a marvel of efficiency. It helps to digest your food. It can also cause a bit of upset when eating food and can also cause gas and bloating. Stomach health has a lot of misconceptions about it and a lot of myths don’t mirror the facts. Some of them may make you laugh, others may have you nodding your head in understanding. If you want to know more about the human stomach, take a look at the fact listed below.

Location of esophagus, stomach and small intestineLocation of esophagus, stomach and small intestine.

Myths about our stomach

Cutting down on food intake will shrink your stomach eventually is one myth that populates. A second myth says that digestion takes place in the stomach only. Even a third states that heavier people have bigger stomachs than smaller people. All of these myths are false. Digestion takes place largely in small intestine, an adult has the same size stomach no matter what the weight and cutting down on food intake will not shrink your stomach.

Size of our stomach

For an average adult, the stomach has an empty volume of about 45 to 75 milliliters and can hold about 1 liter of food. A newborn baby has a volume of about 30 milliliters.

Mucous membrane of the stomach

The mucous membrane in your stomach creates a new mucus membrane every two weeks. If it didn’t do so, then your membrane would simply digest itself and leave you with a stomach problem. Your stomach would then not be protected from the acid in it.

Sections of our stomachSections of our stomach.

Stomach acid

Stomach acid is very strong for breaking down the food into particles. It breaks down food into enzymes that the body can use. It is also said that the acid in a human’s stomach is strong enough to dissolve things such as razor blades. The main component is hydrochloric acid along with sodium chloride and potassium chloride. You can also get acid reflux from this acid which is very unpleasant and had a burning sensation.

Losing weight to stop acid reflux

It has been said that if you want to get rid of acid reflux in the stomach then lose a couple of pounds. The truth of the matter is that if you do lose a little weight, you will be able to clear acid reflux more easily. Read more about the human digestive system.