Stomach Acid In Throat

 ... stomach acid to back up into your esophagus. This can cause heartburn

You need stomach acid for one simple reason - to help your body digest and break down the food you eat each day. It's part of the bigger process of digestion but without it you wouldn't be able to absorb the nutrients you need from the food you eat every day. The acid that's in your stomach is hydrochloric acid which is a very potent acid and it's miracle of nature that your body can even contain this type of acid nevermind actually use it in a useful way. 

Stomach acid is also known as gastric acid and helps your body to digest food by breaking down the chemical bonds of the food and forcing the food to disintegrate. Next enzymes start to work on the broken down food. What's an enzyme? It's a type of molecule that helps speed up checmical reactions in your body. This is really useful for when your body is trying to digest food - enzymes make the whole thing happen faster.

Gastric acid also has the extra benefit of helping to kill off any harmful bacteria or organisms which you may have swallowed from tainted food or water. Hydrochloric acid is acidic enough to corrode most metals so your stomach is a very hostile environment for anything. In a lab this acid is always labeled with a yellow warning sign, and in order to safely store this dangerous solution, the stomach has a very strong and reinforced wall of muscle just to shield the rest of the body from being harmed by this powerful acid.

The proteins from the food are then broken down even further into amino acids. What's left of the food is then absorbed through the small and large intestine; these will extract all the nutrients they can find or need from the food. The rest is then passed from the body as waste later on.

Heartburn is when this stomach acid gets out of the stomach and works its way back up the throat. When it does this it causes a burning sensation in the chest and throat so we call it heartburn. It also tends to leave a nasty vomit-like taste in the back of the throat. These are the first warning signs of an attack of acid reflux.

The esophagus is like a pipe or tube running from the mouth to the stomach and at each end of this tube is a small muscular flap that acts as a valve. In order to prevent the gastric acid entering into the esophagus, the valve located directly above the stomach is kept closed and only opens when food is about to enter into the stomach. Heartburn results when this valve doesn't do its job properly and allows acid to leak back out of the stomach and into your throat.

Stomach acid is something your body needs to complete the basic function of eating. Without it our bodies couldn't function properly. The bad news is that sometimes this acid can and does cause you pain but it's a necessary evil of the human body.

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Frequently Asked Questions

    How would you relieve stomach acid burn in throat?
    For the past week or so I been dealing with a puking issue. I haven't been able to keep food down at all. Last night I threw up pure stomach acid. All day today my throat as been killing me from the stomach acid. Is there anything I can do to relieve the irritability?

    • ANSWER:
      1) drink mint water, mint always helps indegetions and acid problems

      2) buy some "Rennie peppermint" antacids, they really work, and they're not dangerous, you can like suck on 3-4 a day, they helped me a lot when i had a similar problem to yours, they help get rid of the nausea so you wont puke anymore ..

      3) drink ginger water, boils some ginger and wait till the water cools down and drink it, it doesnt sound really tasty but it works

      4) if all fails, go see a doctor, if you're puking EVERYTHING that goes into your stomach, GO SEE A DOCTOR. you could actually die of this, plus you get dehydrated everytime you puke, coz you're letting water out of your body so keep a big bottle of water close by.

    How to cure acid feeling in stomach and throat?
    A week ago I vomited due to food poisoning and since then my stomach felt very acidic and churning a lot. Today I have had a horrible acid feeling in my throat and my tonsils are swollen.

    What is wrong with me and how can I cure this horrible sore throat?
    Thanks for answering so quickly! I've had an antacid drink a couple times over the last few days. Didnt help in the slightest :(

    • ANSWER:
      Take about 1/2 to 1 tsp. baking soda, mix in a little water with sugar....drink up. Not the most delicious thing you've ever had, but it'll do the job.

    Can stomach acid burn your throat?
    I burped and then I kinda thew up in my mouth. Like 5 sec later my throat began to burn for like 5 minutes. Did I burn my throat? I'm scared.
    should i go to the doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't need to see a doctor for that. You vomited, it happens to everybody.

      Yes it burns your throat. takes a lot more than that to burn a hole in your throat though. It most commonly happens in people with Acid reflux disease and people who have bulemia

    HELP! What does it mean if you wake up with stomach acid in your throat?
    For the past couple of nights now ive woken up with stomach acid in my throat. i hadn't thrown up recently so i don't know why it was there. can anyone help?
    please and thank you :]

    • ANSWER:
      Could be GERD - Gastroesophageal reflux disease.... You should see your doctor

    Stomach acid in throat?
    Oh, god. 5 minutes ago, I just coughed really hard and a ton of acid came up into my throat. I drank milk right now, but my throat is still burning and it's making me want to cough and it hurts a ton right now.

    What's happening? :( This never happened before and I'm scared, a bit of sweating and my throat burns really badly.

    • ANSWER:
      This has hap pend to me before. Relax. Your stomach acid did burn your throat, but it will get better. Don't have a panic attack. Good, keep drinking milk. It's smooth and cold and will relieve it quick. Don't drink anything carbonated or acid (like fruit juice), until it's healed. You'll be fine.

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