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Baking Soda As Cause or Solution?

Posted by Liberty (California) on 11/23/2006

Can you tell me if the 1/4 tsp. of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water remedy will help with burping? I initially wanted to take this remedy because of the chronic burping I've been having, but I am not sure why I'm burping (e.g., acid reflux, "bad" bacteria, etc.). I read elsewhere online that taking the baking soda and water remedy will actually MAKE you burp. So should I still use it to see if it will correct the underlying problem or is there something else that would be better to try? Thanks!

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Liberty: If you worry about excess burping from the said formula then just modify it. Try 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda + 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid, then add 1/2 glass of water. Or try one whole freshly squeezed lemon juice and add baking soda until the fizz stops. Then then add to 1/2 glass of water, taken once in the morning and once in the evening.

In some case it is a bug issue. So taking some zinc supplements can help, usually zinc acetate 25 mg. 3 days out of a week, weekly not exceeding two months.

Clove leaves can also help kill the bugs, but so can glycine 2 grams/day and licorice extract taken on alternate weeks. Assuming it is a bug issue. But most alternative medicine are food for the body anyway, it is the question of taking them, rather than not taking them.

I have seen one case of excess burping and one woman did persist to take this for a week. Yes she burped like an elephant, but apparently her body's acid was so strong, that she need a lot of it. It stopped on the second week and her complexion improved tremendously.

I also had a terrible excess burping too. One way to know is my body is extremely acid and about to get very sick is if I take baking soda and I burped, then I always know I need more of it.

So when I take more of it, I don't burp at all. If I refused to take it, then I get very sick and my urine pH is dangerously acid about 5. So I guess the condition for my burp is at least the lack of bicarbonates in my body as the cause.