Sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, is commonly used for many
health ailments and to improve exercise stamina and performance.
It is used to relieve heartburn, sour stomach, or acid indigestion by neutralizing excess
stomach acid. When used for this purpose, it is said to belong to the group of medicines
called antacids. It may be used to treat the symptoms of a stomach or duodenal ulcers.
Sodium bicarbonate is also used to make the blood and urine more alkaline in certain
In athletes, the standard doses of sodium bicarbonate supplementation
(200-300 mg/kg) tend to reliably benefit performance when failure in the
exercise is associated with metabolic acidosis, aka “the burn.”
Benefits of sodium bicarbonate can be observed with a single dose taken
60-90 minutes before exercise, but supplementation should be
approached cautiously as it can cause gastrointestinal side effects if too
much is taken at once or if it’s consumed too rapidly.
Sodium bicarbonate reduces stomach acid.
It is used as an antacid to treat heartburn, indigestion, and upset stomach.
Sodium bicarbonate is a very quick-acting antacid.
It should be used only for temporary relief.
If you need to treat long-term stomach acid problems (such as peptic ulcer
disease, GERD), talk with your doctor about other medications.
Sodium bicarbonate is the active ingredient in baking soda.