Mon June 25, 2012 By:

If our stomach has dilute HCl , when we drink water does it get more diluted?

Expert Reply
Tue June 26, 2012
The stomach acids do not get diluted to a great extent by drinking sufficient amounts of water.
The food consumed doesn't fully digest in five minutes but takes several hours. Also we rarely drink a full 200 ml of water in one go while eating, we usually sip it. Food itself, protein specifically, induces a rise in pH anyway. Drinking water therefore probably has very little effect on gastric pH or on digestion.
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