What Is the pH of Stomach Acid

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What Is the pH of Stomach Acid? By Nancy Drummond , eHow Contributor Stomach acid, also known as gastric acid, is the primary digestive agent in the body. Dr. Ronen Arai, writing for YourTotalHealth.com, says stomach acid is designed "to help break down foods and aid digestion." Consequently, stomach acid is most effective in digestion when it has a low pH level, making it highly acidic. Incorrect pH and abnormal levels of stomach acid can lead to medical complications, including acid reflux, ulcers and gastritis (stomach inflammation). The Facts 1. The American Heritage Dictionary defines pH as "a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution, numerically equal to 7 for neutral solutions, increasing with increasing alkalinity and decreasing with increasing acidity. The pH scale commonly in use ranges from 0 to 14." Simply put, solutions with low pH are highly acidic. The normal pH range for stomach acid is between 1.5 and 3.5, making it highly acidic. This acidity creates an ideal environment for pepsin, the main digestive enzyme, to
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