Home remedies: How baking soda can help ease the symptoms of indigestion
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This week: Indigestion
INDIGESTION occurs when the contents of the stomach, which are acidic, start to move up the oesophagus, causing a burning pain.
This can occur after a large meal, as a result of pressure on the valve at the top of the stomach. Other causes include a fault with the valve.
Bicarbonate of soda, otherwise known as baking soda, is helpful because it is alkaline, so it can neutralise the stomach acid.
"If you have nothing else in the house and the pharmacy is closed, it will buy you some relief," says Christopher Hawkey, a professor of gastroenterology at the Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre.
Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it. This can be used as an occasional treatment. Those with persistent heartburn should see their GP.
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