Sunday, May 28, 2023

Why do you consume soda after a meal?

Baking soda is one of the substances that cannot be missing in the homes of many Colombian families and from different parts of the world. This element is known and is often used for various purposes.

“Baking soda is an antacid. It comes as a tablet and powder to take by mouth. Baking soda is taken between 1 and 4 times a day, depending on the condition. Follow the instructions on the medicine label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist about anything you do not understand. Use the medication as directed. Do not take more or less than the indicated dose or more often than prescribed by your doctor,” explains Medline Plus, the national medical website of the United States of America.

Soda water is usually consumed. So that the element does not spoil, it is advisable to keep it in a tightly closed container. It should be at room temperature and for nothing in the world it should be stored in the bathroom.

It is worth mentioning that there are many people who use sodium bicarbonate for medicinal purposes, since this substance is essential to calm down any disturbances after eating.

Sodium bicarbonate. – Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

In this sense, baking soda is ideal for fighting stomach disorders, such as refluxThis has been shown in different studies. It is remarkable to attribute this to the alkaline and antacid properties of this substance so well known to the world.

“Baking soda has antacid and alkaline properties that can help relieve symptoms of stinging and burning in the chest and throat. It is a product that has hardly any side effects and whose moderate consumption poses no risk. If we decide to drink it, we usually take small grams of coffee dissolved in a glass of water, stirring it well until the effervescence disappears”, reports the digital platform La Razón.

What is reflux?

Gastroesophageal reflux is a condition that occurs when stomach acid frequently flows into the esophagus, the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. This backflow of acid, such as acid reflux, can severely irritate the lining of the esophagus.

It is also important to emphasize that although it is common for people to experience acid reflux occasionally, when this happens repeatedly on a daily basis, it can cause gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd), belching, stomach pain, gastric ulcers, digestive system.Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), belching, stomach pain, gastric ulcers, digestive system. – Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

According to the Mayo Clinic, these are the main symptoms of reflux:

  • Having a burning sensation in the chest, which is usually felt after eating, and which may be worse at night or when lying down.
  • Suffering from a flashback of acid (regurgitation) from acidic foods or liquids.
  • Pain in the chest or in the upper part of the abdomen.
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).
  • A lump in my throat.
  • The persistent cough does not go away.
  • Inflammation of the vocal cords or laryngitis.
  • Having asthma problems for the first time or asthma that is worse.
  • It is also appropriate to emphasize that gastroesophageal reflux disease occurs when the contents of the stomach, acidic or non-acidic, frequently flow back into the esophagus.

    Finally, it should be noted that during the process of swallowing there is a ring of muscles called the lower esophageal sphincter, which relaxes to allow food and liquid to pass into the stomach, and closes again.

    Gastric refluxGastric reflux – Photo: Getty Images

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