Baking Soda:What It Does for Acid Reflux

Baking Soda:What It Does for Acid Reflux

Acid reflux AKA “Heartburn” can plague anyone from time to time.

Whether because you’ve just finished a spicy dish or decided to lie down too soon after eating a full meal. 

When you have acid reflux, the sensation is uncomfortable at best because of the stinging sensations it can cause in your chest.

Thing is, the pancreas in our bodies produces sodium bicarbonate to stop our digestive system from producing excessive acids

When you smoke or indulge in other bad lifestyle choices, you can restrict your body’s capability of producing sodium bicarbonate thereby your risk for acid reflux is increased.

Baking soda is a healthy and natural way for you to put the brakes on acid reflux because it is thought to mimic the same effect as natural sodium bicarbonate production in your body.

Causes of Acid Reflux

You can suffer Acid reflux when

  • your stomach acid rises up to your esophagus causing you to have a burning sensation and interfering with your food digestive processes.

If allowed to continue, it could erode the lining of your esophagus causing permanent damage. 

Other common causes that could make you have occasional or chronic acid reflux include:

  • Eating spicy, acidic or greasy food
  • Being overweight
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain medications such as Aspirins and or NSAIDS 
  • Smoking

Baking soda can help end your acid reflux and keep it from coming back. 

Takeaway

  • The recommended dosage for adults is ½ teaspoon dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of cold water.
  • It’s best for you to sip this drink slowly to avoid side effects like gas and diarrhea. You can repeat every two hours
  • You should not exceed seven ½ teaspoons in a 24-hour period
  • If you are over age 60, do not exceed three ½ teaspoon in a 24-hour period 
  • If you are pregnant, it’s not advised that you do not use baking soda to treat acid reflux without talking to your doctor. 
  • Baking soda isn’t recommended as a long-term treatment, especially if you have GERD or need to be on a low-salt diet.

If you experience heartburn and need to use a heartburn remedy more than twice a week, you should see your doctor.

You may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and your doctor will be able to recommend more effective treatment, including prescription medications.

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