An upset stomach is not uncommon for most of us. Almost every friend of mine has been suffering or suffered from an upset stomach, due to so many factors that can trigger the stomach discomfort.
A quick fact check. Your upset stomach may come from:
· Food poisoning;
· Overeating or drinking;
· Eating irritating foods (like spicy, greasy, or over-salted foods);
· Emotional stress;
· Eating too fast;
· Consuming too much alcohol or caffeine;
· Medical conditions.
Sometimes the discomfort just comes and goes, but other times it may last for several days, even weeks. For an upset stomach lasting more than two weeks, it’s necessary for you to seek for medical help. If it’s not that severe, then baking soda may be one of the best home remedies to ease the condition.
Why baking soda?
When you feel the abdominal discomfort, your stomach may be producing excessive acid, which may lead to acid reflux and heartburn. The sodium bicarbonate in baking soda is natural alkali which can act as an antacid to neutralize the acid in your stomach and maintain proper balance in your inner intestinal environment.
By neutralizing the stomach acid, it keeps the pH balance of your body to ensure the digestive system works normally. In this way, symptoms caused by an upset stomach like pain and burning sensation can be relieved.
When baking soda interacts with the stomach acid, they only produce salt, which is harmless and can be absorbed by your body, and gas, which will go out while your burp. The natural remedy is totally non-toxic, so you don’t need to worry at all.
How to use?
Method 1: baking soda with water
This is the most common and easy-to-DIY method. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 glass of warm water, and stir it till the baking soda dissolves completely in water. Drink this solution every 4 hours when you have an upset stomach until you feel better.
Method 2: baking soda with apple cider vinegar
Sometimes the acid reflux may be a result of too little stomach acid. Apple cider vinegar is acidic in nature, aiding digestion by breaking down the fats, therefore preventing heartburn and acid reflux.
To make a drink with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 glass of warm water. Add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and stir it well. Wait until the bubbles appeared are settle down completely, then drink the solution to release your symptoms.
If you don’t get any relief within 15 minutes, repeat the same process again.
Method 3: baking soda with lemon juice
Similar to method 2, lemon can help digest and keep your body stay hydrated. This combination can release stomach gas to ease the discomfort.
Add 2/3 to 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice in 1 teaspoon of honey, mix it well and add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. The mixture will start bubbling, and you need to drink it immediately even the bubbles are still forming.
Drink the solution 2-3 times a day until you feel better.
Any side effects?
The baking soda remedy may cause:
· Gas and bloating;
· Increased thirst;
· Stomach cramps.
If any of these symptoms persist or are severe, contact a doctor.
Baking soda is an effective and easy-to-make home remedy for upset stomach, but remember to consult your doctor if your discomfort lasts for more than two weeks. What’s more, changing your lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, avoiding overeating, and knowing and avoiding food triggers are also perfect ways to prevent upset stomach.
Take care of your digestive system health and live a healthy life!