Heartburn Home Remedy – Baking Soda

  posted by: Dennis

 

Heartburn Home RemedyEveryday, more people are suffering from bouts of heartburn. The causes for its occurrence actually range from the mild reasons such as indigestion up to severe ones like ulcer and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Usually, heart burn has symptoms of burning and painful sensation in the chest which backflows to the lining of your esophagus. Increased frequency of this condition can be serious, and while antacids may come in hand, there is one heartburn home remedy which is making a name on how to neutralize or reduce too much stomach acidity and it is – baking soda.

What is Baking Soda?

The fine powder chemical compound, baking soda is chemically known as bicarbonate of soda. The powder is rampant as it’s known for use in several household and kitchen applications. Some of them include removing stubborn stains from any silverware and even clothes. Health and beauty-wise, it is also proven in whitening teeth as well as removing scars caused by nasty acne.

Using Baking Soda as Home Remedy for Heartburn

To use it to resolve acid reflux, it is suggested that you add half a teaspoon of the powder into half a glass of warm water. This should be mixed thoroughly until the powder has dissolved completely. Drink the concoction immediately. Second dose may be taken after two hours. Dosage may be limited to atleast 6 half teaspoons of the powder.

Since many people complain about the unpleasant taste of the concoction, there are some who suggest to empty capsules of any vitamins and fill them with small amount of baking soda which can be drank with a full glass of water.

How Does Baking Soda Work As Heartburn Home Remedy?

Apparently, it is noted that the powder works as a natural antacid which therefore neutralizes acid in the gastrointestinal tract. Chugging it down will eventually cool the burn thus providing relief from the situation.

Although you find this home remedy a cheap way of addressing the issue, it is not advised that you use if on a long term basis. For one, it has high sodium content so using it pretty high amounts can result in high blood pressure. It is also contraindicated for use by pregnant women, as well as people who are suffering from other conditions like nausea, peptic ulcers, and cramps. It isn’t advised for use by children as well.

It’s nice to know that there are widespread and cheap remedies like this, however, nothing is better than preventing it to happen by avoiding foods or milk that may trigger the situation and seeking medical attention to cure it at the onset of heartburn symptoms.

 

 

 

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Date: July 12, 2011 | Category: General Health
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