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Home Remedies

So, last night, left to my own devices, I made some Spaghetti Carbonara, extra spicy with red pepper flakes and lots of garlic. Washed it down with absinthe, of all things. So natually, I wake up around 2:00 with the most god-awful acid reflux. Took Tums. Took Pepto-Bismol. Took Pepcid. Got a little relief, but it kept coming back with a vengeance.

Finally around 4:00 I trudge downstairs, open the kitchen cupboard and pull out the bicarb. Mix a heaping teaspoon in a glass of warm water, hold my nose and drink it down. Get back into bed and within 5 minutes the expected reaction (acid + base = gas [CO2, in this case]) occurs----lots of burps, immediate relief, blessed sleep. The old remedies are the best.


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Jul. 26th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Absinthe makes the heart burn stronger!
Jul. 26th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
Haha!! I'll have to tell rootbeer1 that one--he's the King Queen of Puns...
Jul. 26th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
That's what I grew up with, baking soda and water. I didn't know there were any other (much more expensive and less effective) treatments for an upset tummy until I was 18!
Jul. 26th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Me too...that and peppermint tea for nausea. Works every time.
Jul. 26th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
The only reason it fell out of favor is because of the amount of sodium in it, which is problematic for some people. Me, I do fine on Maalox Max -- calcium carbonate and simethicone.

For a queasy tummy, my thing is ginger ale. Preferably Vernor's as it seems to actually have a detectable amount of ginger in it. ;)
Jul. 26th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not supposed to do much sodium (blood pressure) so I use it as a last resort. Mylanta works pretty well for me, and usually Pepcid does the trick too.

My mother always gave us flat, room-temperature ginger ale. Ginger is great for queasiness, and I like crystallized ginger root, or the hard-to-find Ginger Altoids.
Jul. 27th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
Obviously you need me there to keep an eye on things!
Jul. 27th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
That was me, using Ray's laptop without signing out ... didn't mean to freak you out!

But I'm sure Jim is keeping an eye on things as well!
Jul. 28th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, for a minute there I thought Jim was calling from the great beyond...

Actually, it was very healthy--whole-grain pasta, olive oil, just a little bacon, garlic, one egg, fat-free half and half. It was the red pepper flakes that did me in.
Jul. 27th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
See if you had had me over to share this yummy yet evil concoction, you would have felt much better. Especially after I got through with you.
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