Baking soda: a natural laxative

Baking soda and constipation: uses of the natural laxative

The sodium bicarbonate represents a homemade laxative well known, a grandmother’s remedy with ancient origins. Drinking a glass of the mixture dissolved in warm water, as soon as you wake up, seems to be one of the main solutions against constipation. Although this discovery has now been replaced with more practical medicines, it is absolutely effective in guaranteeing the natural intestinal balance.

One of the advantages of this natural laxative is to allow air to circulate rapidly in the intestine, reducing many of the problems related to constipation: Limits cramps, calms stomach pain and neutralizes excess acids. By softening the stool and allowing it to detach from the intestinal walls, it also has an effect on colon cleansing.

Natural bicarbonate purge: how it works

Used for centuries for the well-being of the organism, bicarbonate expresses a specific action along the entire digestive tract, with positive effects both for the stomach that for theintestine. By facilitating the return to normal regularity, the compound allows you to fight constipation by acting on several fronts.

One of the most interesting properties of bicarbonate is its high absorbent capacity: it can hold not only large quantities of liquids, but also englobe the air. These peculiarities explain why the remedy is ideal for awakening a bowel that is too slow:

  • Excess acids: in the stomach, bicarbonate absorbs excess acids, preventing them from attacking the walls of the small intestine, generating irritation and swelling;
  • Aria: similar to vegetable carbon, the compound retains the air and facilitates its expulsion, stimulating normal intestinal motility.

In doing so, the bicarbonate eliminates air bubbles that can form both in the small intestine and in the colon, which could block the normal transit of stool. Furthermore, by reducing the irritation of the organ walls, it restores the peristalsis encouraging evacuation.

The importance of liquids

Drink water

One of the main problems of constipation is often represented by liquids: Dehydration can worsen constipation, causing stool hardening.

When food residues pass through the colon, if the body is dehydrated, the intestinal walls absorb the liquids present, making the disastrous even more solid. By drinking an adequate amount of fluids, the colon instead, it will need to assimilate less fluids, allowing the stool to remain soft. This is why it is recommended to always take bicarbonate dissolved in a glass of warm water

In any case, the right amount amount of water to be taken daily is 2 liters, even in the absence of specific intestinal disorders. It is also useful to know that this remedy is also useful for the treatment of other disorders of the digestive system, such as indigestion, acid reflux and, more generally, all conditions associated with excessive gastric acidity.

Baking soda in a jar

As already mentioned, bicarbonate guarantees numerous benefits to the body, in particular for the digestive system. At the level of the colon, it is considered a real one immediate laxative, as it can help unblock constipation from the first use.

But what are the benefits of this discovery compared to other solutions for constipation, including various drugs?

  • Sweet action: bicarbonate acts on the digestive system with a gentle action, limiting irritation and restoring the natural release of liquids along the intestinal walls. The intake rarely leads to cramps and abdominal pain, moreover the evacuation is progressive during the day, rather than violent or diarrheal as in the case of other purges;
  • Healthy mucous membranes: the compound is able to limit the inflammation of the intestinal walls, restoring the normal health of their mucous membranes. It works both by creating a sort of barrier between tissues and feces, facilitating their passage, and by reducing the attack by external agents that could make constipation even more complex;
  • Deflating effect: since it facilitates the elimination of air, bicarbonate is perfect for reducing swelling and abdominal tension due to constipation, eliminating pain and related cramps;
  • High compatibility: the compound is usually well tolerated by the body, so much so that allergic reactions are rare. In any case, before taking it, it is advisable to check the opinion of your doctor.

Bicarbonate to drink against constipation: when to use it

Stomach ache

The use of any remedy of the grandmother against constipation, therefore also including the baking soda to drink, should only occur in the presence of episodic constipation. It can happen, from time to time during the year, to have to relieve the intestine from too much accumulated stool.

On the other hand, it should not be used for chronic constipation, as it could lead to unpleasant consequences in the long run. The continuous intake of purgatives, even of do-it-yourself laxatives, could over time make the colon even more sluggish, pushing it towards more and more frequent constipation. Chronic disorders, on the other hand, should be evaluated by the doctor, also to rule out serious illnesses.

Baking soda as a laxative: the recipe

Baking soda, recipe

Preparing a bicarbonate-based laxative is very simple, so much so that the whole procedure takes no more than a few minutes.

The recipe it is instantaneous: it is enough to dissolve a teaspoon of bicarbonate in a glass of hot water, stirring the solution vigorously before consuming it.

Homemade purge: side effects

Stomach pain

Of course, even grandmother’s remedies can have unwelcome consequences side effects which could make your constipation condition even more burdensome.

While it is well tolerated by the body, there are gods allergic subjects to powder and bicarbonate cream, which could suffer a momentary swelling of the mucous membranes with angioedema or, in the most serious forms, a real anaphylactic shock.

It should be kept in mind, then, that this homemade solution should not be taken concomitantly with aspirin, benzodiazepines, sulfonamides, tetracyclines, lithium and vitamins. Given its absorbency, it could limit the active principles of numerous drugs, making their advantages null and void. Still, it is not recommended for those suffering from diverticulitis, Chron’s disease, celiac disease and irritable bowel syndrome.

So be careful not to abuse it, using it in moderate quantities, or in any case taking it only for a short time, since it is a salt. Unless otherwise specified by the doctor, the advice is to take it for a maximum of three consecutive days. Also contraindicated to those suffering from high blood pressure, to women in pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Grandma’s remedies for constipation: final thoughts


Baking soda dissolved in water is certainly one of the most recommended grandmother’s remedies to combat constipation and chronic constipation. However, its intake should always take place within a healthy and balanced lifestyle, of the factors that have the most influence in guaranteeing regular intestinal transit.

For example, you need to do physical activity o movement every day, so that the abdominal muscles are stimulated and peristalsis is stimulated. Still, it is beneficial to eat at least five servings of fruit O vegetables every day – the fibers in fact stimulate the transit – and eliminate vices such as alcohol and smoking.

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