An overly acidic system can wreak havoc not just on your digestive system but also your bones and skin. How so? Bad bacteria and viruses thrive in an acidic environment, and in order for the body to maintain its preferred pH of about 7.4, it will remove calcium from the bone to alkalinize itself.
Ben Terrany, MD
- Internal Medicine
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What are some effects of too much acid in the body?
Ashley Koff, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
How does the body control a bowel movement?
Anthony Komaroff, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredYou have stretch-detecting nerve endings in the rectum, which has walls that stretch to hold stool. When your nerves detect that the rectum is full, the internal anal sphincter opens briefly and lets a tiny bit of the rectum's contents come in contact with the external sphincter, which is rich with nerve endings. In a rapid "sampling reflex," these nerves inform the brain about whether the rectal contents are intestinal gas or liquid or solid stool. This allows you to act accordingly. You might allow gas to escape, or look for a bathroom right away if you have diarrhea. Otherwise, you might decide whether it is convenient to have a bowel movement, or whether you want to wait for a more convenient time or place.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
How does the body eliminate stool?
William Salt, MD, Gastroenterology, answeredIn the large intestine, or colon, salts and water are absorbed from the liquefied food, leaving a semi-solid residue called feces (stool). Peristalsis moves the stool from the right side of your lower abdomen (where the colon begins) over to the left side of your lower abdomen, where the colon prepares for evacuation through the rectum. When food enters your stomach, an automatic reflex -- called the gastrocolic reflex -- sends nerve impulses into the smooth muscles of the colon, causing contractions to begin. This reflex is responsible for a baby's need to pass a bowel movement either during or shortly after drinking milk. The larger the meal and the higher the fat content, the stronger the gastrocolic reflex.
When the stool enters the rectum, stretching causes the muscles of the lower rectum and anus to relax so that the stool can be eliminated by defecation. The internal and external anal sphincters are located at the end of the rectum. These sphincters serve as gatekeepers that prevent unwanted passage of the stool and permit purposeful defecation.
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