Hydrochloric Acid Overview
Hydrochloric acid or hydrochloric acid overview is a common, colorless, odorless, and caustic inorganic substance with the molecular formula HCL. Hydrochloric acid normally has a fruity odor. It is usually classified as caustic and highly corrosive because the hydrochloric acid completely dissolves in an aqueous solution, as the hydrogen ionizes in an aqueous medium.
The typical symptoms of hydrochloric acid burns or stings include redness, swelling, irritation, burning, itching, blistering, peeling, cracking and/or bleeding. In small amounts, hydrochloric acid presents no health hazards, but in large quantities, it causes serious burns and damages the tissues of the body very quickly.
Hydrochloric acid may be recovered from many sources. Commonly, hydrochloric acid overview is recovered from water used to clean house. Chlorine and other chemical contaminants in the water may react with amino acids in proteins to produce hydrochloric acid. A number of compounds are believed to cause this problem. One such compound is the by-product produced in distillation.
Water purification using activated carbon filters and a process called ion exchange removes large amounts of hydrochloric. The water that is cleaned also contains large amounts of other strong acids and other substances that react with the hydrochloric acid. The water is again filtered and purified using more weak acids and then again sent through a purifying process called reverse osmosis or by boiling to remove the final inactive component.
Hydrochloric acids are formed in our stomach when our food reacts with certain amino acids and produces excess hydrazine. When the hydrochloric goes down the esophagus, it neutralizes the hydrochloric acid. This reaction causes it to enter the lower intestine where it damages and alters the protein structures. This results in the formation of small stones known as dyspepsia. The strong acids have the ability to damage and dissolve the intestinal lining and allow for infection of the stomach lining.
As a result of hydrochloric acid damage in the stomach, food does not digest properly. The hydrochloric acid, due to its ability to dissolve and change amino acids, is able to enter the bloodstream where it can be absorbed into the muscle tissue. In the muscle tissue, the hydrochloric combines with bacteria that live in the intestines and in the colon to form waste products that contribute to disease. The resulting effect of hydrochloric is what is known as acidosis.
It has been estimated that makes up to 40% of the total volume of our bodies, which makes it one of the strongest acids known to man. It has many uses and side effects and is especially dangerous in its pure form. Hydrochloric are usually stored as solid salts in our bodies, and these salts vary greatly in concentration. The amount of hydrochloric in the average body is less than 1% and is only used when it is necessary. If we are exposed to large amounts we can suffer serious health consequences including:
Hydrochloric acids can also enter water supplies through food or drink. It is estimated that most people consume approximately two liters of per day without any adverse effects being noticed. However, the use of chlorinated water for drinking has been banned in some countries and so people must now drink bottled water.
Hydrochloric acids are very useful as they react with the hydroxyl ions (OH-), creating hydrolyzed carbon. This highly soluble form of carbon is useful in the manufacture of collagen, ink, etc. However, because of their great reactivity with water and protein solvents, they are not well absorbed by the skin. Instead, he is absorbed by the cells in the epidermis and helps to repair cell damage caused by UV exposure. Like all chemical compounds, the consumption of all can have serious health consequences if taken in excess or overdose.