It is fairly common knowledge that Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and the painful symptoms that accompany it such as heartburn and indigestion are heavily influenced by what foods you eat.
Perhaps the most common long-term solution to prevent and counter GERD is simple and also well-known: Ingest more alkaline and fewer acidic substances.
Obviously, it’s best to avoid acidic products such as soda-pop and junk foods entirely. This doesn’t mean you should abstain from all acid-forming nourishment, however.
An acidic bloodstream and the debilitating symptoms that can only occur while in this state can be avoided quite easily. Simply consume a balanced ratio of acid/alkaline nourishment and you should be fine.
Throw some chopped apple and banana into your oatmeal. Mix in some broccoli and onion with your beef.
Focus on how your body feels after you eat and make the necessary changes to improve it accordingly. Do your own science.
Also, be sure you aren’t eating too fast or laying down immediately after a meal, as these factors have been found to contribute to acid reflux problems as well.
The Emergency Plan
Unfortunately for many, all it takes is a quick binge of acidic substances for their esophaguses to be burning for hours. This is especially common when you’re eating out or spending your time at the bar or coffee shop.
Regular consumption of salads and other pH balancing substances such as apple cider vinegar is a great long-term health investment to prevent GERD. However, they won’t deliver the quick fix you’ll need if you ever find yourself in this excruciatingly unpleasant bodily state..
The most effective, inexpensive and fast-acting solution is actually quite simple: Mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with water and drink it.
That’s it. Seriously.
I am appalled by how few people (especially those suffering from GERD) are even aware of this, but it really should be common knowledge.
Why It’s the Best
Baking soda is the cheapest and most common high alkaline substance you’ll find. You’re literally paying less than 3 cents per treatment and using a product that can be found everywhere.
Everyone I’ve ever convinced to try it has told me how pleasantly surprised they were with its results. They usually comment about how immediate (within a minute) and long lasting (for several hours) its effects are.
Are There Any Side Effects?
The only significant side effect of occasionally drinking baking soda is that it’s a natural laxative. This could be a good or a bad thing, depending on what you need at the moment. (It will make the urge to defecate much stronger while making the process much easier as well.)
Also, baking soda is high in sodium. Even 1/8 teaspoon still contains 12% of the RDA. This shouldn’t be a problem unless you’re on a high sodium diet to begin with, though.
Just don’t overdo it. Remember: this is the emergency treatment for acid reflux problems, not the long-term solution. Any more than a teaspoon a day is probably overkill.
Otherwise, give it a try next time the GERD gets the best of you.
Your body and bank account will thank you.