Skip to main content

Baking Soda as Treatment of Barrett’s Esophagus, Heart burn and Digestive Upset

Baking soda to treat heartburn barrett esophagus or digestive upsetBaking Soda to Treat Barrett Esophagus
Barrett’s oesophagus or Barrett's oesophagus is a condition in which the lower end of the oesophagus is involved. The innermost lining of the lower end of oesophagus changes from oesophagal to intestinal form. The main cause of this change is the reflux of acids from the stomach. These acids damage the lower end of the oesophagus and our body tries to combat this damage. Our body has the ability to adapt itself according to the new situation. The intestinal type of tissue lining withstands the acids better than the oesophagal type. Therefore, our body changes the innermost tissue lining of the lower end of the oesophagus into the intestinal type to minimize the damage caused by acid.
The reflux of acid content has given the name of GERD (Gastro-esophageal reflux disease). Treating the GERD at a proper time reduce the risk of getting Barrett oesophagus. The risk of getting Barrett oesophagus is not very high. So if you have any symptom of GERD don’t think that It will certainly lead to Barrett's oesophagus.
Here we are going to discuss specifically the role of baking soda in the treatment of Barrett's oesophagus. Baking soda (scientifically called sodium bicarbonate) is strongly basic in nature. The base has the ability to neutralize the acid. It means that Baking soda can nullify the effect of acid. But baking soda can only give the temporary symptomatic relief. It can’t treat the cause of the gastro-oesophagal reflux. The insufficiency or damage to lower oesophagal sphincter is one of the causes of Barrett's oesophagus that can’t be treated by baking soda alone and it needs surgical correction also. Similarly, there are other causes also. Conclusively, Baking soda neutralizes the stomach acid and decreases their ability to damage the lower end of the oesophagus or stimulate the change of normal inner lining of the lower end of the oesophagus to intestinal type.
Long-term use of baking soda has a number of shortcomings or drawbacks. It provides quick temporary relief but its long-term use may aggravate the gastro-oesophagal reflux. It causes gaseous distension of stomach that may promote the reflux and increase the chances of getting Barrett oesophagus instead of decreasing them. Moreover, baking soda also contains sodium and taking it on regular basis increase the level of sodium in the body which may lead to hypertensive, heart and kidney disorders. Hence, long-term use of baking soda and relying solely on it to treat heartburn should be strongly discouraged and the opinion of a certified physician should be taken in such matters.


Popular posts from this blog

Human Parasites, Types of Parasites, and Classification

Parasite: A parasite is a living organism which gets nutrition and protection from another organism where it lives. Parasites enter into the human body through mouth, skin and genitalia. In this article, we will generally discuss the types and classification of parasites. It is important from an academic point of view. Those parasites are harmful, which derives their nutrition and other benefits from the host and host get nothing in return but suffers from some injury. Types of Parasites Ecto-parasite: An ectoparasite lives outside on the surface of the body of the host. Endo-parasite: An endo-parasite lives inside the body of the host, it lives in the blood, tissues, body cavities, digestive tract or other organs. Temporary parasite: A temporary parasite visits its host for a short period of time. Permanent parasite: Permanent parasite lives its whole life in the host. Facultative parasite: A facultative parasite can live both independently and dependently. It lives in the

How to taper off, wean off beta blocker, atenolol, Propranolol, Metoprolol

Beta blockers include, atenolol (Tenormin), propranolol (Inderal ) and metoprolol (Lopressor) and are used to treat high blood pressure, certain cardiac problems, migraine and few other conditions. People usually take atenolol, propranolol or metoprolol for many years as a treatment of high blood pressure or after having an episode of heart attack . Sometimes, it becomes necessary to withdraw these beta blockers due to their potential side effects that trouble the patients or sometimes doctor wants to change the drug and shift the patient to some other anti-hypertensive medicine. No matter whatever the cause is, whenever, a patient who has been using a beta blocker for a long period of time, and he needs to be stopped from further usage of that beta blocker, must not stop taking it. One should taper off the dose of a beta blocker. Now a question arises how to wean off or taper off a beta blocker? The method of tapering off beta blocker varies from individual to individual. Allow you

Difficulty in standing up from a sitting or squatting position, Causes & Solution

People who feel it difficult to stand up from a sitting or squatting position may have problem in one or more of the following structures. 1. Knee joint 2. Muscles of legs, thighs or buttock 3. Muscles of arms 4. Cerebellum Let’s now explain one by one, what kind of problems in above structures may cause difficulty in standing up from a sitting or squatting position. 1. How do problems in knee joints lead to difficulty in standing up? Knee joint is one of the primary and most affected joint that takes part in standing up. Other joints that take part are hip, ankle, knee, elbow, wrist and shoulder joint. Knee joint gets the most strain , and also knee joint is comparatively less supported. That’s why usually it’s the knee joint that starts to cry first because of arthritis. Knee joint arthritis causes long term knee pain , that makes the movement difficult at knee joint. Arthritis also makes the knee joint stiffer and slower and its range of motion also decreases. All these affects coll