The gastric acid is produced by parietal cells in a very high energy process before released into the stomach in order to break down and begin digestion. The level of stomach acid is 2 to 3 on the pH scale. The acidity level is kept constant by the proton pump releasing hydrogen and potassium ions into the secretion in order to keep it acidic. The acid is released mainly as a result of food being ingested.
Gastric acid is a naturally occuring digestive acid that aids digestion by breaking down protein so that digestive enzymes can break down amino acid chains. Gastric acid is produced by parietal cells in your stomach lining, and the quantity of acid produced increases following ingestion of food.
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