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    baking soda??

    i read a tip that drinking baking soda dissolved in water can really help reduce the acidity of food and allow a person with ic to expand their diet. has anyone tried this? does it work? i tried it once but the taste was so horrible that i couldn't finish the glass haha. if it works, though, it would be worth it to put the baking soda in gelatin capsules and swallow it or something. any thoughts? and yes, i've tried prelief and it works pretty well. i'm just wondering about other options. thanks!
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    I've only used the baking soda and water remedy when my bladder is flaring. I've never thought of using it like Prelief.
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    I'm not too sure this would be appropriate for long term or everyday use since baking soda is so high in sodium.
    I believe the people who you've read about using it only use it when in a bad flare, or feel a flare coming on.
    If you have any health issues that require you to avoid sodium/salt intake, this would not be appropriate for you.

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    Too much baking soda - diarrhea

    Hi,

    Because of the body's inherent need to keep our blood at a certain range in terms of pH, too much baking soda can cause diarrhea. I've experienced it personally in the beginning of IC before Prelief.

    If you put it in very cold water with ice chips, it's much more tolerable. And, it does relieve burning sometimes very well.

    If you read the baking soda box, it even gives the dose for use as a laxative.

    Hope that helps.

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    baking soda

    If you google baking soda and uti's you'll get a lot of helpful info on the correlation between the two. For me, baking soda is a lifesaver during a flare. But I have no problems with high blood pressure or any other salt restrictive issues.

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    I use baking soda when ever I have a flare,and it helps me big time .

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    It really isn't a good idea to routinely take baking soda (Ask your doctor). I can't take it at all; it has too much sodium and I have controlled high blood pressure. For me Tums are safer. And I don't have a problem with Prelief.

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    Baking soda doesn't allow you to expand your diet any more than using something like tums. Sometimes I will use both tums and and baking soda at the same time when I've had some pasta with spaghetti sauce.

    I use the baking soda occasionally, not everyday. Also baking soda needs to be diluted, not taken in capsule form, and shouldn't be used if you have over ate, as the baking soda will interact with the acid and cause more expansion in the stomach.
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    baking soda & yeast infections

    Just another thought to add -- sometimes when I take a baking soda bath, I wind up with a yeast infection because it can alter the body's pH that much. So I think it's more powerful than it appears! Just be careful about using it.

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    what kind of tums do you buy? are they ok to eat? i though i saw citric acid in them

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    I do this only if I Am in a flare or feel one coming on.Is not good to do this alot because you need your natural stomach acids to digest your food and the baking doda will mess with them!!

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    I have heard that alka seltzer works good too!!

    What kind of tums Peppermint??

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    I buy the peppermint Tums.

    I also use baking soda during a flare, but only 1/2 teaspoon to a glass. I drain the first glass all at once, then mix up another which I sip slowly. YUCK! -But it seems to work! A full teaspoon of it makes me gag!

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    club soda

    club soda works well for me to reduce burning. Just thought I'd pass it along

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    Club Soda

    What about the carbonation it doesnt bother you?

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