Baking Soda AddictI started taking baking soda about a year ago when i was out of my acid reflux medication. It worked great for the heartburn, and at first i stuck to the directions on the box. Even after i got my regular medication, I kept taking it. after a while, I stopped following the label directions and started putting more and more baking soda in the water and drinking it more and more often. Now, over a year later, I'm eating baking soda by the spoonful, straight out of the box. I do this several times a day, and I've found that I crave it more when I'm under stress. I usually don't actually need it for heartburn, I just love the way it tastes, and the way it feels to hold the powder in my mouth and let it slowly dissolve. The only ill effect I've experienced from doing this is water retention from all the sodium. On the other hand, my teeth are always clean and i never have bad breath.
Also, for the past 5 months or so, I have been almost obsessed with crunching ice. I eat at least 2 trays of ice a day, and the amount I eat is steadily going up. a few times recently, I have tried crushing the ice and sprinkling baking soda over it. I know most people would consider this weird, but to me it feels totally normal. Neither of these habits has disrupted my life in any way.
I have tried to stop eating baking soda, because I know that it is unhealthy to consume in such large amounts, but I haven't been successful for more than a few days at a time. I always end up buying a box the next time I go shopping and having a big spoonful as soon as I get home.
I'm very glad that I've found a group of people who are in similar situations. I haven't tried talking to anybody about it because I feel like everyone will think I'm crazy.