what happens to stomach acid?

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pcpooper asks:

I have an odd question. I was thinking to myself: all that acid in your stomach to process food, where does it go when it's done? Wouldn't it burn a hole if it left the stomach? Thanks.


Dear Pcpooper,

This is the type of question that results in my spending hours researching all kinds of over-my-head stuff like chemistry and quantum physics. It's really too bad that I can't get a degree in medicine through Poop Report. I could end up on the Oprah show...

Gastric acid is secreted by the stomach along with several different types of enzymes. The gastric juice itself consists of mostly hydrochloric acid, but also contains small quantities of potassium chloride and sodium chloride. Sounds like the makings of a good bomb. That explains a lot to me, having IBS and all.

I could go into great detail about the pH levels of the intestinal lumen, and the variances in the acidity and alkalinity of the gastric juices which are affected by fluid intake, food consumption, and other contributing factors. But instead, I will just try to get to the bottom of this question as quickly as possible.

We are all aware of our protective covering on the outside of our bodies called skin. Most people think that once they breathe in air, or take in food or drink that it has gone "inside" the body. This is not really the case.

Everything from the snout to the out of our bodies internally has another "skin" so to speak. This is called the mucosal membrane. The food that we eat goes into the stomach making it seem as though it is inside our body, but until it is broken down and absorbed into the blood stream it is really just simply contained within the boundaries of the internal skin. And the poop that is on the way out is also not really "inside" the body. This is why it is such a medical emergency when there is a breach of the border such as a perforation of the bowel or a bleeding ulcer that has allowed things to go into the body where they were not intended to be.

The mucus that is secreted in the stomach lining provides a protective barrier against the acid. If the mucus membrane is irritated, resulting in the mucus not being able to perform its function effectively, the acid can indeed cause damage. This is known as an ulcer. Acid can also flow upwards past the esophogeal sphincter and cause buring in the chest/throat area. This is what's referred to as acid reflux, or heart burn.

When you get a bad case of diarrhea, and the body just doesn't have the time or ability to properly absorb, adjust pH levels or slam shut the gates that normally contain the stomach acid within the stomach where it belongs, then you will notice the burning sensation at the exit door along with the loss of a few nostril hairs upon smelling it. If left on the old bung hole for too long, it would surely begin to cause some damage eventually. This can range anywhere from a mild burning to a severe rash and even skin ulcerations depending on the amount of acid and length of exposure to it.

Thanks for asking Motherload!

Motherload is a Certified Nurse Assistant as well as an IBS sufferer, which means she knows a lot about poop. Got a question for her? Ask it here.

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This is why when a baby has the runs, he gets diaper rash, I bet!

I could have purchased stock in Desitin for all the diaper rash my son had. He was a rashy little guy. But, ear infections and medication to solve them surely did not help.


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I recall going over this in college not too long ago. When the food (now called chyme) leaves the stomach, it is acidic. It gets mixed with a base (bicarbonate I think) that neutralizes the acid in the first part of the intestine.

Like Motherload says, there's the mucus lining of the stomach. And the speed of diarrhea can overwhelm the mixing of the bicarbonate. I hope I'm right. I did well on the test, at least...

Hope I could help!

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So the reason that a person's starfish burns when they get the runs is beacause the acid reaches tissue that does not have a mucosal membrane.

The stomach acid irritates the exposed skin.
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That explains my poor burning ring last night at work. I had the shits several times, and it seemed my ring was burning before I even ran the sandpaper TP across it.


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I am going to get all anal retentive again about the medical information, but what better site to do that on than poopreport.

1. The vast majority of gastric acid is neutralized by bicarbonate secreted in large quantities by the pancreas. The neutralization is extremely rapid (seconds) and would be very difficult to outpace with intestinal peristalsis. The neutralization is essential for the normal function of digestive enzymes which are also secreted by the pancreas.

2. Most diarrhea is caused by an excess of unabsorbed molecules of a substance - (eg sorbitol in gum) that carry water with them in the lower intestine (osmotic diarrhea), or through excess production of intestinal secretions (secretory diarrhea - eg. cholera infection). Excessive gastric acid isn't a cause.

3. Shit is irritating to skin mainly because of the bile salts that are incorporated into it. If it becomes acidic it's mostly because of byproducts of bacterial metabolism. Wiping your starfish raw during a case of bad diarrhea also contributes to this. Skin breakdown and ulceration is due to a combination of these factors as well as the ongoing inflammatory response of skin to these repeated irritants. Ulceration is unlikely to occur with normal hygeine.

I hereby "out" myself and admit to being an MD who never outgrew the ability to laugh at a good shit story. I come for the "Day I Ruined Thanksgiving" type of stuff, but can't help trying to clarify medical information when I think I can.

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That makes sense. When you puke up bile it burns, so if you poop out bile it should burn. Come to think of it the burning sensation feels the same at both ends.

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Yes, but what about those unlucky among us who have not-very-strong pyloric sphincters? The pyloric sphincter is supposed to slowly release the acidic food into the duodenum where it's mixed with the bile, etc., to neutralize its pH. If the pH becomes too low in the small intestine, the body's defense mechanism is to immediately try to expel all bowel contents (in an effort to rid the system of whatever toxin is screwing with the intestines). It's very connected with peristalsis...why do you think you throw up when you get food poisoning?

Food poisoning is usually caused by a bacteria that excretes toxins that the gut just doesn't like. So in an effort to get rid of the toxin, your autonomic nervous system starts to spaz and you vomit and get the shits. Hopefully, that clears out your system before the toxins do any real damage.


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Wow. Even I was unaware of how good I am at this Q&A thing. I do all this research to find just enough info to come up with a response, then---BAM!--- a poop reporter outs himself as an MD in order to provide us with genuine medical knowledge.

Kam, I hope that you will continue to provide this type of truly helpful input any time that you can. You are obviously not a doctor that practices anywhere in Kentucky. The ones that I have the misfortune to have to work around are anal retentive too, but in a shitty way.


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Runninggrrl, you raise some interesting points. A "lax" pyloric sphincter will result in rapid gastric emptying. This can cause (no joke) "Dumping Syndrome". The excessively rapid delivery of stomach contents to the duodenum causes diarrhea for a number of reasons. It is partially due to the large amount of fluid and osmoles (molecules in solution) delivered to the gut, and partially due to autonomic nervous system effects. However, there is a very significant contribution from myriad GI tract hormones which are released in response to the distention and altered pH and initiate strong peristaltic waves, causing the rapid delivery of large amounts of liquid to the colon ending up as the squirts. Cramps, sweats, rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, and other symptoms can also be present.

Vomiting is mediated by a brainstem reflex that can be triggered by GI tract related or non-GI tract related stimuli. Many things that irritate or inflame the upper GI tract can cause vomiting (eg, ipecac, viral gastroenteritis). Bacterial toxins and somteimes the bacteria themselves will have an irritant and inflammatory effect and by so doing will cause vomiting.

In the lower GI tract, bacterial toxins (eg from e.coli or cholera) often alter the handling of water and electrolytes, causing hypersecretion into the intestinal and colonic lumen and then diarrhea. Other bacteria actually will invade the cells of the intestinal wall causing inflammation and cell death resulting in further irritation, peristalsis and impaired absorbtion of fluid and electrolytes - all of which can cause diarrhea.

From what people were saying earlier it made it sound as if there was a giant gastric acid tsunami wave travelling down the intestines, dissolving everything in its path, finally crashing onto the shores of asshole beach. I am pretty confident that this isn't the case.

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Cool!

So, if you turned me inside out, I would have fabulous snot skin!
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I'm glad I found this site. I hope someone here can help me. I was diagnoised with head and neck cancer last July. Surgery in Sept where I had 2/3 of the base of my tongue removed. I've never smoked, btw. Graft from my thigh and things have healed up nicely. Have to use a feeding tube right now though. The formula that I'm on has been working just fine so far. My problem is flaming anus due to a yellowish discharge. This started sometime during my recovery from a severe radiation burn on my neck in Dec. of '07. I had no sooner healed from that when I came down with pneumonia the end of Jan. '08. I was on heavy antibiotics during a great deal of this time. My daughter said that this probably killed off all the good bugs in my gut as well as the bad ones, resulting in a huge upset in my stomach. She suggested I find some kind of drink that contained probiotics. I found an organic yogurt smoothie drink that cleared things up within days. I was symptom free for about a week. A couple of days ago it came back. I have no fever or stomach cramps. In fact, other than this I'm feeling great. My bowel movements are normaly shaped, but soft. Probably due to the fact that I'm on a liquid diet. I did see a gastric doctor who had never heard of such a thing and didn't really have an answer for me. Has anyone out there heard of this problem and what can I do next. I'm really desperate because when I have a bad episode it is extremely painful, to the point that I can't walk. Any help would be so appreciated.

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hi kaite. sounds like you've been through a lot! i hope our site can help you.

however, questions posted in the comments of other stories don't always get prompt or serious responses, so i would suggest that you ask our resident poop nurse.

here: http://www.poopreport.com/user/2191/contact


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Good advice, Pance.

Katie, in the meantime, have you considered using Desitin on your butt? You have a little bit of what might be considered diaper rash, which is your butt losing its natural balance of ph due to wiping or whatever.


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Wow! This question never occurred to me before, but I had to click just to find the answer. Thanks, Motherload. And thanks, Kam!

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I've ben unable to eat anything for days can you help me it all comes up very acidy and comes out the other end green a slimey. I'm realy sick and if I take an acid reducer I get worse. I've been able to get some cheerios down this morning without milk!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't have info but I need help Please what should I do whats good to eat even salads make me sick oil gressings tomato's applesause cheese all make me very sick and the acid burns????????????????

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OK so it seems every month or so I get it really bad 12-24hs easily and after vomiting, eliminating seems to be purely yellow stomach acid and water, -cant keep water down even only way to help is pepto ginger ale and gatorade drains my body to the point of being bed-ridden and unable to walk. no headache or cramps just massive juice flow. lasts for days but the worst is over in 24-36h

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Ok, So back about 2 months ago i was bowling and got some bad bacteria, and had nasty black D for a week. I got antibiotics and got it cleared up. But ever since then whenever i "drop the kids off at the pool," or pass gas, my browneye and skin around it starts to burn, and worsens if i move around. It only goes away if i jump in the shower real fast and wash myself. I believe I'm feelin some of my lovely burning stomach acid. my appetite hasn't been the same either. Can you give me some tips on how to fix this problem. It sucks not being able to pass gas, feel like I'm going to spontaneously combust.

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Green diarhea is sometimes a serious symptom of gallbladder trouble. Any of you troubled poopers out there with pain , vomiting, GREEN runs? Get a simple sonogram . No needles, totally non-invasive, not embarassing. They can use the doppler function to see if there is flow through the gallbladder. Sometimes it's the right size & shape & has maybe a few stones but if there's no flow through it, you could have big trouble. So don't wait like I did.
Mine blew up! Talk about pain & major poop-a-thon! Major marathon between bed & bath. My surgeon "argued with" himself whether or not to remove it!!! I didn't understand, but they don't like to operate during the episodes. He didn't know it had blown. I was insisting on pain meds & being accused of drug addiction. Took me over a month of total hell to get help.

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I have been smoking pot for 30 years and really increased my consumption to about 4 J's a day a year ago. I know I know stop it I know!!!!!!!!!!!I noticed my bowels were getting very runny lately like everyday at 5 am..DUH..............but I ended up with hemroids bad. I stopped pot cold turkey 4 days ago

How long does it take for roids to go away? I think the gastric acid in poopland burned me and caused bad roids. Im taking Clearmed and no more POT. THC is toxic to me now finally.

will that help?....plus I am treadmilling 40 mins a day starting a week ago roids are not gone yet but less pain the THC is overloaded stupid me .............I know........... shut up everyone I know! hahahaha............and I think my body is trying to get rid of the THC full time. Im in the bathroom waaaaaaaaaay too much in the past week. The doctor did say they were roids but I think its the THC. Too much on my liver I think my liver is overloaded and I got portalblock dang addictions anyways

your thoughts?

Humbled

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Anonymous roidville......I don't think your roids have anything to do with pot. I smoked about six ounces a month for 15 years and had northing like that happen. The best way to clear up hemorrhoids is with soap and water. After a dump and a wipe use a wash cloth, warm water, and a mild soap like Ivory. It will do wonders.


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6 ounces a month no waaaaaaaaaaay, but I hope you are right and wrong at the same time. Ivory soap hmmmmmm maybe Ill try

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Waaaaaaaaaaaaaay.......I started smoking as soon as I got up and smoked a plump J about every two hours until bedtime. I was pretty stoned the whole day and it did no favors for my lungs but I went through six ounces each month. I take no pride in such an achievement I only state fact.


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wow you did smoke that much. Well good that you stopped. I thought I was bad whew. well I feel better this morning and roidville is receding but I felt it this morning. Gotta sit for six frikin hours in school today shi_

Wow lungs again. It takes a while to get the THC out probably a year for me. that sucks

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roidville, try Preperation H Cooling Gel on the hemmorhoids. It works wonders and leaves no greasy stains on under-roos.br>_______
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roidville.....I spent several years in the Air Force and can pass on some more information that may be helpful. When you must sit for an extended period of time, flying a plane or sitting in school, every time you think about it WINK YOUR ASSHOLE. This helps prevent blood from pooling and in addition to absolute cleanliness (soap and water) of the asshole may help prevent the dreaded hemorrhoids. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

All the THC will be out of your system in about thirty days but lung damage takes mush longer to repair. The resins and tars in pot can be quite damaging to the lungs. If you smoke tobacco you should give that up too.


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you guys are soooooooooo kool. I had the runs bad yesterday, but roidness-ness did not come back I definitely felt the burn for an hour plus from rea-land of course. Waaay yellow. very burny. Seriously folks I think what happened is the heavy pot smoking dried up the old canal down there and when I take the big dump hahahahaha (this is so doofus) the dryness irritates and with portal liver back-up I think they developed. Its been a week with no pot an 1/8 a day guys hahahaha shi_
So here come the sweats and fatigue. So I took a dump a minute ago and I feel burny but not bad. This is frikin workinnnnnnn Im going to go treadmill right now

So how long does it take to get resin out of lungs..... a year? I can breath fine and deeply so hopefully no real damage. Damn what we do to ourselves

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I went finally for a colonoscopy today, thinking that finally I would know the reason for dahreah that has gone on for years, I am in my mid 50's and have found out that my colon and intestines etc are perfect.
I have tried, diet, gone gluten free, dairy free meat free, raw food is shocking it has me on the toilet for days... I have tried all kinds of things and wondered if anyone can suggest why this may be happening to me..has anyone had loose bowel movements for years and no one can diagnose why.

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Anonymous roidville, I doubt seriously that it's the pot causing your problems. Rather than diagnosing yourself, go see a doctor.
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Damn Anono roidville are you sure you're not smoking while typing cause I didn't understand anything you just said.
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Perhaps it takes a looooooooong time to wear off.
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Just Me from NZ -- Yeah, it's typically diagnosed as IBS when you have problems like that but they can't find any reason.

Have you tried food combining? I had daily diarrhea for 5 years, and it ended literally the first day I started food combining.

Click the link below to read my story and check out the program I used.

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I have had diarreha or colitis for 4 months. I have tried everything (it seems) to stop it. It all started after taking antibiotics for a cough. Now I am so sore from wiping etc. that it wakes me at night, either that or acid burning around my rectum, hemorroids are irritates as well, I don't know what to do, help.

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Just Me From New Zealand . . . my husband is in his mid-fifties and has the same problem as you. He is on many medications which include diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and pain management.

We have been told by his doctor that the combination of medications he is on is causing it.

He figured out how to cure it after years of the Imodium and that was eat oatmeal!

He has actually gone towards constipation now.

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I am not worried about the acid.....it is that damm taco bell food !

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PLZ, IM ONLY 15 YEARS OLD AND I NEED HELP.
Went to the washroom, Jan1st and had the nasty D. It looked ripped up, and whatever i ate,i Would usually see it in the toliet after. The top of my stomach is bothering (Acid reflex?) Can I be pooping out my acid and making it burn my bum whole?? I need to know what to do to make it stop. My stomach keeps making noises, can this also be the acid? Any medicines percribed from a doc? I really need help.. :(

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Hi i have a question can u reply in email as i prbibly willnot return to this page.Ok so i have piles at the moment and i havent saw a doctor yet and on visiting auther sites thay all say that if u have piles u shood be pasing out solid feces but i havent had a solid poop in about 5 months now could this be a problem plz reply threw email plz as i am concerned.

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Chief...take your pills before you blow a gasket on that last post...


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Passes on information to hippymandude while winking at Bilge.....How concerned could you possibly be if returning to the site is more trouble than it's worth. Oh....I forgot that you will never see this reply....maybe you should visit a dictionary instead.


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hormones and enzymes responsible for gastrointestinal tract that contributes to the disease entity of diarrhea? help me please

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Dear andrew ... You have a question mark in your post but try as hard as I can I can't find an actual question. Some type of help, or at least some wise ass remarks, will be forthcoming if you post again and do a little better job of explaining your problem.

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Well friends, I've found myself in a rather distressing situation. After 6 months of severely altered bowel habits, I finally saw a GI. I had a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy done, which revealed the possibility of superior mesenteric artery syndrome (the duodenum is pinches between the artery and the abdominal aorta). An upper GI series revealed excessive spasming of the duodenum and biopsies done during the endoscopy showed excessive acid on the lining of the small intestine. My doctor is now saying
to take prilosec to help with the nausea (that I
don't have, but apparently that is irrelevant).

My symptoms have been loose, mushy, greenish-yellow, horrific smelling poops (not quite diarrhea
but close enough for me). I'll have this up to 4
times a day. The other side of the coin has not
been much better - I'll have constipation so bad
that I can't drop one for 8 days unless I take a
laxative. Since my colonoscopy a week and a half ago, I've gone three times - once because I was told to drink milk of magnesia after the barium contrast xrays. I haven't been able to eat more than a few bites at a time for two months now because I feel so full that I could burst. I've lost 15 pounds in the last 6 weeks and my hair has been falling out like crazy!

I suppose my question is this: can too much stomach acid be causing my small intestine to spasm excessively? And can that cause
alternating diarrhea and constipation?

Any help would be greatly appreciated for these three weeks until my next appointment.

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i understand what you saying but what would happen if something makes its way pass the mucus

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My husband has had a bout of the stomach flu for six days now. He was having diarrhea like crazy. On day three he started eating normally but the diarrhea turned into stomach bile. He has taken anti-diarrhea meds and nothing is seeming to work. He doesn't have a fever and isn't feeling bad any longer, but is still pooping stomach bile. Any thoughts on what could be going on.

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I have heard from a nurse that diarrhea can be tamed (sometimes) by the BRAT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce, toast. It's supposed to firm up your bowel movements. Have hubby try that and see what happens. By the way: Has he lost weight?

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I've had experience with several severe flu infections in the past as well as e-coli for nearly 2 weeks just a few years ago. It seems that some viral and/or bacterial infections actually cause the pancreas to slow down in function. So, though you might get over the flu, you could have several days of diarrhea afterward (due to lack of bicarbonate secretion).

This effect can also come from a temporarily blocked gall bladder which stores the bile for secretion on-demand. If you get this problem, especially with white feces, for a few days, and seemingly out of the blue, consider getting the noninvasive sonogram on your gall bladder.

In some situations, to prevent periodic episodes of gall stones [causing this very sick feeling], your doctor may suggest a laparoscopic surgery (less invasive) to remove the gall bladder. My mom had that procedure done, and it eliminated some of her problems in this area. (Don't mistake "less invasive" for "less painful", she was in a lot of pain and could barely walk for nearly a month because of the tearing to her lining around the intercostal muscles for the procedure.)

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Since everyone always tries everything. Try this first. Digestion begins in the mouth. Chew your food thoroughly.

More importantly, without enzymes, acid, bile and coordination of the excretion of these digestion will be problematic.

YOU NEED MORE STOMACH ACID! Stop listening to the people making money on you. Cheap way --2 tsp apple cider shot after meals. Better way... betaine hcl with pepsin. If it is wrong --take a antacid ---never take antacids or reducers until you know that you have high acid. Reducer take 7 - 10 days to stop inhibiting your acid secretion. Most people keep piling them on.

It is most likely undigested food and tartaric acids burning your gut and the bile on the way out. Your stomach will not close until it reaches a certain acidity --on either end. Low acid = leaky gut = ALL OF THESE ISSUES.

The problem is --vinegar is $1 --Prilosec is $20 and will ensure that you keep taking it.

I have suffered, my dad has suffered. I swear to you 90% of the people suffer from low acid, not high acid. I would always try the 90% route first, but the world focus on the 10% because the 10% make them the most money. Not to mention when cancer sets in. Then the dough really rolls in.

Happy eating. I just ate a bowl of spicy chili, hummus and a jalepeno pepper. I still took an acid pill. Plus a digestive enzyme. ;) Fiber is a lie --you need it -- you do --but thats not why your toilet is a mess.

I am looking forward to a perfect bowel movement in the morning. ;) Thanks to stomach acid.

I should have never smoked cigs. That is when it started. Right when I quit and the stimulant was gone --- my system slowed to a crawl.

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've been a runner for about 10 years now (like, out on the road not the other kind.) I've done countless races including marathons. I spend anywhere from 4-8 hrs a week pounding the pavement.

My issue is that 70% of the time I have diarrhea either during or after a run, no matter the length of time I'm on my feet. It's more than just runner's trots - this is painful, bring you to your knees, dive into any bushes available kind of urgency. Worst of all, once it starts it can last for hours.

The "attacks" always feel like acid is sloshing in my intestines way low. It's a burning that feels like heartburn in my lower intestines and colon. Once that feeling starts it's only 5-10 minutes before the diarrhea hits.

I can't have anything at all in my stomach/gut while I'm running or for about an hour afterward. I have to eat like 3 hours before a run to be safe. of course this means my risk of dehydration and low blood sugar crash is astronomical. But, it's a trade-off: painful, exhausting shits for hours or dry mouth and nausea.

I've had so many races ruined with this happening while I'm on the course. I can't train with anyone or go to races with anyone. I've had it. Any other athletes out there with this type of problem?

PS - This only happens when running.

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Hey guys, this isn't poop related...well not directly anyways. My friends and I were talking, and somehow they got on the subject of the stomach lining and how the stomach acid eats away at the mucus lining. We were wondering, as it moves through the body, does the broken down mucus lining get reabsorbed into the body? The parts of the mucus lining that is. Or does it just come out of your ass as shit? I really want to find the answer to this.

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I had Ulcerative Colitis for 18 years before having my colon removed last April. I had the illiostomy reversal surgery in early October and started using the J-Pouch for bowel movements. I take prescription Imodium, Lomotil and pysllium fiber 3-4 times a day. Much of the time the poop is fairly thich and doesn't bother me a bit, but every other day or so I get burning diarrhea. I was wondering if there is an issue with the ph or there is some other cause for the diarrhea to burn so much. It is really painful. I use babywipes to keep it very clean and pat dry or use a blow dryer instead of wiping, but I still get really sore. After years of IBS, I thought the surgery was going to be a releif, and it would except for this shitty diarrhea. Any ideas?