How to Instantly Neutralize Acid Gas

Reduce gas with baking soda.
Reduce gas with baking soda. (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Acid gas is a pain -- literally and figuratively. Eating large meals, for example, with lots of grease -- and consuming them too fast -- can result in a buildup of burning stomach acid that is hard to reduce or eliminate. We tend to want to curl up and constrict our stomach when acid plagues -- this only increases the problem. Instantly neutralizing acid gas involves a straightforward remedy. Adding a few lifestyle changes can also reduce the odds of inflaming stomach acid in the future.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 8 oz. warm water
  • Lemon juice
  • Antacid

Dissolve 1/8 tsp. of baking soda into an 8 oz. glass of warm water. The sodium bicarbonate -- baking soda -- counteracts stomach acid, thus neutralizing the buildup immediately.

Add a squirt or lemon or lime juice to give the water a bit of flavor. Stir the mixture thoroughly. Drink only after the baking soda is completely dissolved.

Take an over-the-counter antacid medication as directed by label instructions. Antacids reduce acid fast and can help prevent another flareup.

Finish the rest of your meal by sitting up straight. Chew slowly. Avoid sucking in excess air. Eat smaller portions throughout the day. Carry these lifestyle habits with you when approaching every meal to reduce the odds of inflaming stomach acid in the future.

Call your doctor and schedule an appointment to follow up on the issue.

Tips & Warnings

  • Baking soda can increase your heart rate. Stick with over-the-counter antacids if you have heart problems and consult a doctor prior to ingesting baking soda.

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