Sodium bicarbonate is used to treat diseases caused by excessive acidity in the body. The white powder ensures that the acids are neutralized and the pH of the blood increases. In the past, soda was also used to treat heartburn, but this approach is now considered obsolete. Before you use soda, you should always keep in mind that taking it can cause side effects such as gastrointestinal discomfort.
Deacidification of the body
Because it is mildly alkaline, it is used to de-acidify the body: it can neutralize acids in the body and turn them into salts. Therefore, it is also used to treat diseases that are due to an excess of acid in the body. Soda can either be taken in the form of enteric-coated capsules or infused directly into the veins.
The use of pure soda powder is particularly discouraged if a longer-term intake is planned. Otherwise, damage to the acid mantle of the stomach may occur. If you plan on taking it over a longer period of time, you should always see a doctor to discuss the exact dosage.
Soda in heartburn
Soda has previously been used as a home remedy to treat heartburn because it forms harmless reaction products with the acids present in the body. Today, however, this approach is considered outdated and just the more frequent intake of pure soda is probably also risks. Among other things, it can lead to increased gas formation in the stomach and an increase in gastric juice production after the action of the powder has subsided.
Side effects of soda
Taking Natron may cause several side effects. To avoid this in the future, it is already sufficient in some cases to reduce the dose. First and foremost there are gastrointestinal complaints such as abdominal pain, flatulence, bloating, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting and regurgitation. In case of severe overdose, burns can also occur.
Taking sodium bicarbonate for a long time may increase your sodium level in the blood and lower your calcium level. If the calcium level is too low, muscle cramps can occur, especially in the calves. An excessively high sodium value may favor the development of hypertension.
In addition, an overdose as well as a prolonged use of soda increases the risk of kidney stones as well as a disruption of the body's water balance.
Not recommended in pregnancy
During pregnancy, soda should only be taken after consulting a doctor. Because the powder not only affects the mother's acid-base balance, but also that of the child.
Children under the age of twelve should also take the powder only after consulting a doctor. For them, particular importance is attached to compliance with the dosage information.
Soda instead of baking soda
While in the past primarily soda was used as a propellant in baking, baking soda is now mostly found on the list of ingredients. This is a mixture of soda and an acidifier. At a temperature of over 50 degrees Celsius, soda reacts with the acidifier and begins to decompose. Among other things, this produces carbon dioxide, which ensures that the dough rises.
If you do not have any baking soda at hand, soda can only be used in certain circumstances instead of baking soda. Because while adding a baking effect is always triggered a driving effect, this is only the case with soda, if the dough contains acidic ingredients. Consequently, the two substances can not be exchanged one against the other.