Baking soda has been used to treat digestive problems for generations. This simple but very effective natural remedy works quickly to relieve acid reflux.
How Much Baking Soda Should I use for Acid Reflux?
Add ½ teaspoon baking soda to 4-6 ounces of water, mix it completely and take it internally. This baking soda water will not taste bad, just somewhat salty. It will not only neutralize the acid in your stomach, it will neutralize the acidic feeling in your esophagus as well. Ideally, the baking soda remedy is taken at least 30 minutes after a meal. Taken with a meal, it can neutralize stomach acid before it has time to digest your food, which is the purpose of the stomach acid.
It is quite likely that the baking soda will cause you to burp, so plan ahead if you don’t want this burp to come while you are around your coworkers or at a social event! This burp will help you to feel better. The burp is a result of the sodium bicarbonate mixing with your stomach acid and producing carbon dioxide gas.
Baking Soda for Acid Reflux – Cautions
If your stomach is overly full of food or drink, baking soda may not be the best option because the resulting carbon dioxide gas in your stomach can make the overly full feeling worse, especially if you are unable to burp. There may also be the rare concern of the stomach actually rupturing from severe distention.
Anyone on a salt restricted diet, with kidney disease or high blood pressure or taking prescription medications should consult a doctor before using baking soda for acid reflux.