No antacids? Try baking soda & water for heartburn.

Diet & Nutrition

If you’re left without any antacids when heartburn hits, go back to the remedy your grandparents used: baking soda and water.

The sodium bicarbonate in baking soda can neutralize the stomach acid that’s causing acid reflux. You can buy it in many forms, including powder or tablets like Alka Seltzer.

If you’re using the basic baking soda you always keep in your pantry, mix 1 to 2 teaspoons in cold water after meals. You can use it more than once a day, but try not to exceed 5 teaspoons per day.

If your heartburn becomes a regular occurrence, talk to your doctor about it. If it is especially severe or worse than normal, visit an emergency room.

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