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I know my grandfather used to use it. But do you believe it's safe to use for neutralizing stomach acid? My stomach makes too much acid.<br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://iblogbeauty.com/wp-content/uploads//2009/09/arm_and_hammer.jpeg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Without making a cursory glance at the Google, I'd say small amounts wouldn't be unsafe. We bake with it, it can't be that bad. The problem I see -- perhaps serious, perhaps comical -- goes back to the volcano experiments of youth. Stomach acids could react with the baking soda and create a very unpleasant fizz. I don't know that. Just conjecture.<br><br>
There's always milk. It gives temporary relief.<br><br>
Rolaids or Tums or some other antacid that contains calcium carbonate -- which can cause kidney problems down the line, I believe.<br><br>
Do you drink? Alcohol can cause excess acid production.<br><br>
Have you considered your diet? That would be the leading culprit, I would think.<br><br>
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I would think it would taste horrible even if it is safe to consume. Why not stick with otc antacid relief remedies? Has your dr recommended anything?
 

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It's usually ONE of the ingredients found in antacids and PPIs. Sure you can use it but I don't know how effective it is alone.
 

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I use it all the time when I run out of Omeprezole (I have a herniated stomach sphincter so it constantly leaks into my esophagus). It works better than any antacid I've ever used, and it's by far the cheapest option available for occasional upset. Long-term heavy usage can lead to issues related to huge amounts of Sodium being added to your diet, though. It's not a permanent solution, but son't be afraid of using it from time to time.<br><br>
That being said, consult a doctor if you have constant heartburn, because that's usually a symptom of some other problem (like mine) that a professional should look into. If it's self-diagnosed it can be problematic when you don't have the bigger picture looked at, IE you end up aggravating the problem until it gets too serious to easily fix.<br><br>
On a side note: It also works very well to bring down the acidity in tomato sauces. I use it pinch-by-pinch in my 'from scratch' pizza sauces instead of dumping tons of sugar into it instead. I hate sweet pizza sauce.<br><br>
Not a bad toothpaste substitute either, if you can stand the taste.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>DietBakingSoda</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2965219"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Not a bad toothpaste substitute either, if you can stand the taste.</div>
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The taste is one of the reasons why I stopped using it as a toothpaste so I can't even think of how horrible it would be to drink it.
 

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It's actually much better since it's a dilute mixture rather than a big wad of paste. I usually drink 12+ oz with it. It's barely noticeable in that much water.<br><br>
Still, yeah... It's kinda like fish-flavored salt.
 

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Without making a cursory glance at the Google, I'd say small amounts wouldn't be unsafe. We bake with it, it can't be that bad. The problem I see -- perhaps serious, perhaps comical -- goes back to the volcano experiments of youth. Stomach acids could react with the baking soda and create a very unpleasant fizz. I don't know that. Just conjecture.<br><br>
There's always milk. It gives temporary relief.<br><br>
Rolaids or Tums or some other antacid that contains calcium carbonate -- which can cause kidney problems down the line, I believe.<br><br>
Do you drink? Alcohol can cause excess acid production.<br><br>
Have you considered your diet? That would be the leading culprit, I would think.<br><br>
Anyway, do tell us how it goes! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/popcorn.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Popcorn"></div>
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Well milk can stimulate acid production. I don't drink. My diet is pretty bland. Bland is best. My Dr. has prescribed proton pump inhibitors. But the side effects bother me.
 

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<a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DR601241/DSECTION=proper-use" target="_blank">Proper use of baking soda for heartburn from Mayo clinic</a><br><br>
You should also talk to your doctor and let him/her know that the medication they prescribed isn't working out for you. They may be able to prescribe a different medication that wouldn't have the same side effects.
 
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