With so many fast food restaurants, the fact that we celebrate everything (always an excuse to have a good time), and drink things we probably shouldn't, it's no wonder that most Americans suffer from Acid Reflux. The foods we've been accustomed to have been slowly creating more and more health problems, and this is just one of many. And there's so many solutions for relieving heartburn and other digestion issues, so why would something that's so simple work so effectively?
Note: I'm not a doctor, so please consult with your physician before trying anything explained in this article.
Baking Soda works by neutralizing acid in the stomach. While acid rises up through your esophagus, which causes all of that discomfort and pain, the Sodium Bicarbonate does it's job by trying to regulate the flow and neutralize the acid. No, there's no fancy marketing and there's no sales pitches. And, quite frankly, there's not much cost-wise. So, why should you even consider it, much less use it?
It works. In fact, if you look at the ingredients on some 24 hour solutions, sodium bicabonate is one of the ingredients on the list. This is because when you use many of the pills out there that are more expensive, they basically get wiped out by those who have a lot of acid. So what's the point of even taking those pills? Well, if they have sodium bicarbonate, which is the actual name for Baking Soda, the other ingredients will be able to do their jobs while the baking soda calms the acid down.
So how much should you use for Acid Reflux? Most people will suggest around a half of a teaspoon mixed in with a few ounces of water until it dissolves. This is about the same amount I have used in the past. I suggest that you give it a few minutes to dissolve and then drink it up!
It may take a while for it to kick in, but it's usually pretty quick. Sometimes you may burp after drinking it, so don't say I didn't warn you. This is just the fact that gas has been released after the Baking Soda has neutralized the acid. It's a good thing.
Now don't be fooled, this is not a long term solution for Acid Reflux. You should obviously check with your doctor if you suffer from Acid Reflux frequently. This could be a sign of something more serious, even fatal. That sounds a bit like the warnings in prescription commercials, I know. But you have to take these types of things seriously.
I hope this article helps you relieve your Acid Reflux, at least temporarily!