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.
James T. Sing, DO
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursScott & White Temple Gastroenterology
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- Scott & White Health Plan
- Providence Memorial Hospital
- Scott & White Memorial Hospital
What are some effects of too much acid in the body?
Ashley Koff, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
How common are digestive problems in the U.S.?
Bill Salt, MD, Gastroenterology, answeredA medical study by Dr. Robert Sandler and colleagues from the University of North Carolina confirms that forty percent of the people in the study have at least one digestive symptom, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, or constipation every month. Most people rated their symptoms as moderate to severe in intensity and reported that they caused some limitations in their daily activities.
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What is the mouth's role in the digestive system?
Lawrence Friedman, Gastroenterology, answeredPop a grape, chocolate, or shrimp into your mouth. Immediately, digestion begins. In the mouth itself, the tongue and teeth help to get the process started by chewing and chopping the food so it's small enough to be swallowed. Salivary glands secrete saliva, releasing an enzyme that changes some starches into simple sugars and softens the food for swallowing. The saliva also allows the taste buds of the tongue to sense the flavors of your foods.
Swallowing is a complicated, coordinated act that begins when your tongue pushes food back into your throat or pharynx. This voluntary action sets off an involuntary chain of events that transports the food from the throat into the esophagus and down into the stomach, a journey that typically takes eight seconds.
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