Sodium bicarbonate, also called sodium hydrogen carbonate, or "baking soda," is an effective acid-neutraliser and can help with symptoms of indigestion or heartburn when mixed with water and swallowed. Because drinking too much sodium bicarbonate can be dangerous, it is important to know how to properly mix the concoction before ingesting it.
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Things you need
- Sodium bicarbonate
Pour 1/2 tsp sodium bicarbonate in 1/2 cup lukewarm water.
Stir the mix.
Drink the mixture all at once.
Tips and warnings
- Consult your doctor if your heartburn is chronic or if you feel the need to use antacids more than three times a day. Chronic heartburn can lead to more serious conditions, including acid esophageal reflux, and so you should work with your doctor to determine its underlying cause.
- Do not exceed the recommended dosage of sodium bicarbonate when mixing the solution, as it may neutralise all of the acids in your stomach, which will cause your stomach to produce more in compensation. Also, too much bicarbonate can cause a dramatic rise in blood pressure, due to its high sodium content. This could contribute to heart disease or damage.
- Speak to your doctor about using sodium bicarbonate if you are on any type of medication, as sodium bicarbonate may cause the absorption rate of your medication to be altered. Also, certain medications may interact with the sodium bicarbonate to create dangerous side effects.
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