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How to Use Baking Soda to Treat and Prevent Acid Reflux

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How to Use Baking Soda to Treat and Prevent Acid Reflux

Acid reflux 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, the sensation of acid reflux—sometimes called “heartburn” because of the stinging sensations it can cause in your chest—is uncomfortable at best.

However, there’s no need to suffer or spend the entire day gobbling down store-bought antacid medications. Baking soda is a healthy and natural way to put the brakes on acid reflux! Read on to find out how exactly to use baking soda to get rid of acid reflux.


What is Acid Reflux and What Causes it?

Acid reflux occurs when stomach acids rise up into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation and interfering with proper digestive processes.

This happens when the muscle that separates the stomach from the esophagus is opened and allows the acids to enter the esophagus. Chronic, acid reflux can erode the lining of the esophagus and cause permanent damage. Common causes of occasional or chronic acid reflux include:


Baking Soda – a Natural Relief for Acid Reflux

There are many uses for baking soda: baking soda (or bicarbonate of soda) is not only used as a raising agent in baking or as a household cleaner. I’ve already mentioned that baking soda can also be used as a kitchen medicine as well as a natural and powerful healing compound for cancer.

Baking soda, can help end acid reflux and even keep it from coming back. It is also one of the best home remedies for treating a sour stomach.

Your body’s pancreas produces sodium bicarbonate to put an end to excessive acids in the digestive system. Smoking and other lifestyle choices can restrict this capability, thereby increasing your risk for acid reflux. Baking soda is thought to mimic the same effects as natural sodium bicarbonate production in the body.


How to Use Baking Soda for Acid Reflux

End your acid reflux by following your meals with a small yet powerful dose of baking soda mixed with water.

Mix half teaspoon of baking soda into a full 8-ounce glass of cold water until it is completely dissolved.

You can drink this mixture to treat an acid reflux. If you want to prevent an acid reflux you can drink this mixture down after a meal to treat and prevent acid reflux.

That’s all there is to it—plain baking soda and water are all it takes to kick acid reflux to the curb.


Baking Soda – Precautions

Although baking soda is a great at-home treatment for acid reflux, it’s important not to overdo it.

Do not exceed seven half-teaspoon dosages in a 24-hour period (senior citizens over age 60 should not exceed three half-teaspoons in 24 hours).

Women who are pregnant are not advised to use baking soda to treat acid reflux without talking to a doctor.

If your acid reflux is chronic and severe and baking soda mixed with water provides no relief, visit your doctor to discuss your condition—you may have severe esophageal damage from prolonged reflux issues or another underlying cause that cannot be cured with baking soda alone.

Despite the neutralizing benefits of baking soda, this method isn’t appropriate for everyone with acid reflux. Since this product contains a form of sodium, you should not use it if you’re following a low-sodium diet.

Baking soda can interact with other medications and supplements. It’s important to discuss this risk with your doctor.

Other Natural Ways to Prevent Acid Reflux

You can find more information on how to prevent acid reflux in my article about the natural treatments for heartburn.

If you suffer from stomach pain and ulcers that are a result of the bacteria Helicobacter Pylori (H. pylori) – read my article on how to treat H. Pylori (Helicobacter Pylori) naturally.

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7 Responses to How to Use Baking Soda to Treat and Prevent Acid Reflux

  1. Ami says:

    Should baking soda be used for treating acid reflux during periods? Please advice

  2. Renee Spencer says:

    Is it absolutely necessary to use a full 8 oz of water? I simply cannot drink that much of any liquid in such a short period of time. I barely managed to get an Alka Seltzer Plus for cold/flu down one time, tho the taste itself did not bother me.

  3. Nyaboke Jackline says:

    indeed baking soda did a miracle to my brother who had reflux. thanks to God. I had read about baking soda then recommended to my brother who at first did not believe.

  4. Matthew says:

    This is a confusing article. The problem of acid reflux results from the muscle that separates the stomach from esophagus does not close fully. This usually happens not because the stomach is too acid. The actual reason is if the stomach is not acid enough it does not signal the muscle to close. You would actually want to take something like Apple Cidar Vinegar to make the stomach more acid so that the stomach muscle will close. By taking Baking soda you may temporarily eliminate the pain, but you are just making things worse in the long run.

    • Jenny Hills, Nutritionist and Medical Writer says:

      Low stomach acid is just one cause of acid reflux. There are many other causes for acid reflux including high stomach acid, so if you know that you have low stomach acid – by all means take ACV. But the majority of people don’t know what causes their acid reflux and many times it is caused by other reasons. In my article about the proven health benefits of ACV, I indeed mentioned that ACV helps to relieve acid reflux. The problem is that often we cannot be our own doctor and diagnose ourselves. This is why if the problem repeats itself, it’s best to visit the doctor to see what exactly causes the acid reflux rather than treating it with home remedies.

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