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Are There Risks In Using Baking Soda For Heartburn?

Aug 17, 2007
Baking soda for heartburn symptoms is an effective home remedy which has helped out many a sufferer yet, it's such a common ingredient in the home that it's probably overlooked as a serious relief option for the uncomfortable symptoms of heartburn.

I remember baking soda being one of the products I would see first sitting on the shelf of my mom's pantry when I raided it as a kid but it's not until later in life when heartburn is a factor that I have really paid any attention to it.

Using Baking Soda For Heartburn Sensibly

One thing to remember is if it's at a chronic level in your life and you haven't seen a doctor then what are you waiting for. Baking soda for heartburn is only a temporary relief option and should be treated as such. Abusing it in large amounts will get you into a lot of bother.

Basically, baking soda acts as an antacid, neutralizing stomach acids that digest food. When producing too much, the feeling of discomfort associated with heartburn and related symptoms becomes a factor. If too much acid is neutralized the body can overreact and you'll find yourself with even more acid, and in even more pain.

Did You Know?

While baking soda used in the right amount has an effect of relieving heartburn symptoms did you also know it's very effective as a cleaner for your home surfaces. It will clean anything from a bench top to a bath tub. And this is the stuff you want to swallow to relieve heartburn? Use it only in moderation!

When To Avoid Baking Soda For Heartburn

Check with your doctor before taking baking soda just to be on the cautious side. People with conditions such as high blood pressure would be advised in not going down the baking soda route. Why? Because it contains lots of sodium which will be like waving a red flag at a bull for high blood pressure sufferers. The human body is not accustomed to handling sodium in large amounts and if it is being bombarded with it, then complications can set in especially for high blood pressure sufferers.

When you consider baking soda can be used for several applications, even deodorizing and freshening objects in the home such as kitchen sinks and carpets it may make you think twice about using it as a relief for heartburn but such is the nature of this sodium packed product. Just remember, if you are on a sodium restricted diet, then look for other alternatives to baking soda.

For those without restrictions, just a teaspoon in a glass of lukewarm water, make sure it's dissolved completely and sip in moderation. It then goes to work on limiting the effects of the symptoms of heartburn you may be experiencing.

The Effects Of Heartburn

If you are a sufferer then you don't need me to tell you why it's occurring in your life. Everything from food to drink to body posture could bring on an episode but it's not something you need to put up with everyday. There are ways which can lead you to enjoy a heartburn free life and your doctor is best placed to guide you through the process of identifying what causes it and establishing a plan of action to avoid it. Baking soda for heartburn should only be used as a temporary relief method.
About the Author
Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. Just how effecting is baking soda for heartburn as a relief option? We'll tell you plus, improve your quality of life with the latest heartburn and reflux news and reviews at:http://www.heartburnandyou.com
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