Soda: dangerous for the kidneys and heart
What they promise: most often on the Internet there are suggestions to use baking soda for the treatment of diseases of the stomach and esophagus: gastritis, peptic ulcer, esophagitis. This is explained, as a rule, by chemical properties – the ability to alkalinize the medium, and, as a result, reduce the level of acidity (change in pH).
4 reasons why you can not “treat” with soda:
– You can use soda to neutralize stomach acid in extremely rare cases, if you are, for example, in the mountains, away from civilization, and there are no antacids at hand that can quickly and safely deal with this problem (Renny, Maalox, Phosphalugel, etc.). As a last resort, you can use alkaline mineral water (Borjomi, Jermuk, etc.).
— It is strictly forbidden to influence the pH level of the bloodonly doctors in intensive care units and hospitals can do this.
— Using baking soda as a remedy for heartburn is dangerous, firstly, this is a solution to the problem for a maximum of 30 minutes, followed by the “rebound” phenomenon, acidity increases significantly an hour after using soda, the resulting carbon dioxide actively irritates the gastric mucosa. Secondly, heartburn with a frequency of once a week is already a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease, and it already has its own diagnostic and treatment algorithm, it does not include soda, or sometimes even antacids.
– A certain amount of soda solution enters the bloodstream, changing its acidity, which is fraught with problems with the kidneys, blood clotting and the cardiovascular system. At one time, the term “Chronic metabolic alkalosis” was proposed, which develops in patients with peptic ulcer due to prolonged intake of large amounts of alkalis and milk, it is also known as Burnett’s syndrome, or milk-alkaline syndrome. It is manifested by general weakness, decreased appetite with aversion to dairy food, nausea and vomiting, lethargy, apathy, pruritus, in severe cases – ataxia, deposition of calcium salts in tissues (often in the conjunctiva and cornea), as well as in the tubules of the kidneys, which leading to progressive renal failure.