How does vomiting alter the acid-base balance of the blood?

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In order to function as it should, human blood requires an appropriate balance of acidic and alkaline compounds, known as the "acid-base balance." While this is normally a function performed by our kidneys and lungs, sometimes this state of balance can become skewed; an example of this is acidosis, when the blood becomes too acidic, or alkalosis, when the blood becomes too basic. 

When we vomit, we are expelling contents of our stomachs—including hydrochloric acid (HCl)—from our body. These acidic contents are lost without an equivalent loss of the alkaline bicarbonates. Thus, the remaining liquid...

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Vomiting alters the acid-base balance by causing a massive loss of chloride from the stomach as hydrochloric acid (HCl).  This causes an increase of bicarbonate in the extracellular fluid (any fluid in the body that is not part of the fluid in the cells).  Information from: Thibodeau, Gary A. and Patton, Kevin T.,  Structure & Function of the Body, 2008, St. Lewis, Mosby Elsevier. 

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