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Baking Soda Addict

I 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.
onyx412 onyx412 31-35 89 Responses Aug 3, 2010

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I too am in love with eating Baking Soda, I started it just to relieve acid reflux and I am hooked, I put it in the palm of my hand touch it with my tongue and it is so comforting to me, the strange thing is when I was little I hated touching chalk, and a black board, but now I will even rub my hands in dry laundry detergent for the feel of it and even the baking soda, I am worried about my insides but I can't stop, the other day I went and bought a box just to have so it will be fresh for me. Thanks for this site that I know others are going through the same thing.

I have the exact habits. Sonic ice is the absolute best and arm n hammer baking soda is the best brand. I have tried several other brands. I also tried several times to break this habit but its not happening.

Okaaaay. Um pica is caused some deficient nutrient in your body. Bicarb is not a nutrient, its a buffer and keeps you alkaline. Someone stated they crave and are anemic. Backing soda decreases the iron in your body hense you have the answer to your pica.. .or craving. Restore your iron.

I just got out of a surgery during which I was accidentally given a blood thinner. As a result I lost 2/5 of my blood and Doctors said I should rebuild naturally rather than a transfusion. I was really tired and weak all the time, and for some reason craved baking soda non-stop. I found your post really interesting and wanna thank you for your insight. Gonna see the doc soon, and tell him he owes me a box of NaHCO3!

I thought I was the only one for the baking soda part. Like I mostly use it to brush my teeth though, and I like th way it feels so this makes me brush my teeth at least 4 times a day and at times I get bored. My mouth becomes watery when I see it and I know I should stop but I know I can't.

Then with the ice, I chew on 4-8 glasses of ice and I've been replacing that with baking soda though I know neither is good. -Sigh- i feel so better. I thought I was going to ruin my organs or something

I been addicted to baking soda since I was a child, now I'm 24 and pregnant with my second child and the urge to eat baking soda during my pregnancy won....it's been two weeks since I gave in a started eating baking soda while pregnant and I feel guilty like I might have a cracked baby or something. I'm 29 weeks and I can't help eating it, I crave it, my mouth waters for it. I didn't have this problem with my first child, I fought the urge off but stress is the and always have been the trigger for my addiction. What should I do...?

I thought I was alone. I have Pica to for Baking Soda and Ice!
I buy a big box for everything in the house and a special one just for me to eat.

I have anemia and crave baking soda. Exactly like you said I have a certain way I like it and I eat ice as well. I'm on vitamins, iron and a certain diet. Yet I still have to eat it.

OMG!!!! I am doingg the exact same thing. Mine started with chewing ice. Now I'm chewing ice and finger dipping baking soda!

I stopped eating it, I noticed my skin becoming more wrinkle like, and my skin on my face reacted negatively to it, causing painful bumps that were large, and took some time for my skin to clear up. I think it was God telling me to give up the addiction, through Jesus Christ. Try eating grind powdered peanuts, or some other kind of nut that is slightly salted with a nice amount of iron content, like chia seeds, or flax seeds.

Hi all! What about Alka Seltzer? I've recently had these cravings for crushed ice, very little water or club soda, and Alka Seltzer - original or Lemon Lime. I love the fizzing of the tablets when crunched into itty bitty pieces. Even in this frigid weather I just can't help it!

I became addicted abt a month ago when I was 35 weeks pregnant, at first I just put bs in a bottle with water and vinegar shake it and smell it all day, then I wanted to clean everything with it, now, I have to feel it in my mouth, I do not eat it, I just dip my finger in it 5 times put it on my tongue, hold it for a few seconds then spit it out

I also eat baking soda, however I don't swallow it. I put a large amount in the palm of my hand and chew it until it desolves in my mouth then I spit it out in the bathroom sink. I too love the feel of it in my mouth and the taste of it. I also crave it. I was wondering if I am lacking some mineral or vitamin and that's why I crave it. It also seems like when I'm stressed I really crave it.

I don't swallow it either, just chew and release-lol. But I make chunks with it from the microwave first, THEN chew it and spit it out. Yummy............does your mouth feel raw if you eat too much?

Hi Baking Soda lover....i am like the rest of our funny group, I too love eating baking soda, and it must be Arm & Hammer brand. This interesting addiction started when I was merely 7 years of age. My family first introduced this lovely product as an aid to increase the power of my toothpaste and said this would definitely help whiten my teeth. Low and behold it did but in this process I became so addicted to the taste and smell. And now I am 31 years old and still ABSOLUTELY love the taste of baking soda. i find myself thinking about it every minute of every day!!! For a while I tried to stop, which lasted almost 6 months. Wow i am surprised I could last that long without my "baby" as I like to call it. But anywho, I love love love love when I mix my baking soda with a smaller amount of water considering the box size and stir it and then heat in the microwave for the right time depending on the amoun then have these hard crunchy pieces that I can suck on like a piece of candy so to speak. My mouth craves it right now as I am talking about it. my family thinks I am ridiculous for having this craving and think I am going to eventually clog my arteries, but I don't care because I know i love it.

OMG!!! I've known for a while there were other people that eat/taste baking soda but I thought I was the only one that went a few steps past that by experienting with different techniques. I too put water in my baking soda and put it in the microwave; however, I take it out the box. I have about 2-4 different tubaware containers that I use at one time. Each container has sections (only 2 sections). There is a different baking soda to water ratio in each one. My favorite is ALOT of baking soda and enough water to make at least 60% of the baking soda moist. Then I put it in the microwave for 6 minutes. I've learned over the years (been doing the microwave thing about 3 years now) that its best when I give it about 12 hours to mold and get VERY hard. I make a few of these and then in a few hours when I'm watching TV, I like to break it apart and crush it with my fingers (no eating yet). Once I get them as small as they can get usually about as a sunflower seed (with shell) to maybe as big as a pistachio. Once I have all the breakable pieces broken, I add a little bit of regualr un-microwaved baking soda to calm it down because if you eat it staright from the microwave and have alot, it kinda eats away at the inside of your mouth, tongue and gums. I eat so much for a while and then I can't for a few hours or maybe a day or 2. Right now, I haven't had any since this morning and I can still feel my tongue kinda burning/raw. MMMMMMMMMMMMM, damn, I want so right now. I can't go back to just eating it straight out the box. I ABSOLUTELY NEEDS CHUNCKS......and I leave it by the window so it can have a nice little chill. LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I stopped eating it, I noticed my skin becoming more wrinkle like, and my skin on my face reacted negatively to it, causing painful bumps that were large, and took some time for my skin to clear up. I think it was God telling me to give up the addiction, through Jesus Christ. Try eating grind powdered peanuts, or some other kind of nut that is slightly salted with a nice amount of iron content, like chia seeds, or flax seeds.

Wow I may try your method. I typically don't like the taste once it gets wet I love it dry. I pour some in my hand and use one finger to rub the baking soda on the back of my tongue. Its a very different taste when you put it on the back of your tongue.

My friends and family think I am crazy. They even hide it from me which makes me mad. Its a good thing I always have an extra box hidden in my room. I love the look, feel, and taste of baking soda. I also love the taste and crunch of crushed ice. The snow cone ice is amazing. I will eat it until my mouth is frozen. LOL its good to know I am not alone.

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Woooooow I thought I was alone....I love the taste of baking soda.

We <3 Baking Soda!! LMAO

I thought I was alone !!!! Thanks for all you post . I like it hard and Crunchy. I tend to crave Baking Soda when Stressed !

YES!!!!!! I chew it normally every night and morning but for a long period of time when I'm stressed out.

I really thought I was alone in the baking soda thing, when I was 3 I went to the fridge and got it licked it off my fingers ,and I loved the feel of it ,and fell in love with the taste. I'm now 41,six kids and love still baking soda ,I ate it through all my pregnancies ,I had to have it.i just don't no what my body may be lacking, I keep it in my bathroom,beside my bed, and at least 4 boxes in cabinet,I like it really loose and fresh no lumps,I go in the store and shake the boxes to be sure it's loose,I feel like I need to stop but I can't ,is it true it can harden your arteries ?

I have been increasing my intake and I'm kinda getting worried. I know the sodium has got to be bad but I can't stop. I've even started freezing it with a little water so I can eat it like candy?

Hey you guys..add me to the club...I can relate to all of you!!! But I ddnt realize there were more of you out there...my addiction to baking soda is starting to scare me but I dnt think I can stop.. im starting to twitch, have muscle spasms, nervousness&inability to sleep-so now ive started taking sleepaid nightly..please help.

I stopped eating it, I noticed my skin becoming more wrinkle like, and my skin on my face reacted negatively to it, causing painful bumps that were large, and took some time for my skin to clear up. I think it was God telling me to give up the addiction, through Jesus Christ. Try eating grind powdered peanuts, or some other kind of nut that is slightly salted with a nice amount of iron content, like chia seeds, or flax seeds. I remember also experiencing eye twitching and such, be careful also you are not breathing in moth ball gases, that too can trigger those reactions along with nose bleeds. For sleep valerian root powder works fast, and it's safe. Look it up from a bulk herb store online. Hope you heal up.

I am a man and I love baking soda. It is crazy to see all these people that do all the things I do with BS. I eat it, chew it, and i like to mix it with hot water too breath in the fizz. Just like one other on here i am the guy in the isle shaking the arm and hammer boxes to see which one is the most rocky and to avoid the boxes of BS that are sandy instead of being powdery. I am eating some now. It just tastes so good.

(im te one tryin to figure out which ones the crunchiest) and i've learned: the Arm and Hammer Fridge and Freezer kind is crunchiest!! My family members just rolled their eyes at me when I told them that, but if you look on the side of the fridge n freezer box, it says that its "granulation is different"...lol jus thot i'd share.

I have tried those boxes too, but the ones I've purchased have been sandy. The sandy kinds is ok, but it doesn't exactly taste like the powdery kind. I have noticed that when we are around the holidays they don't put the sandy kind in the regular boxes. At least in my area.

UGH!!!!!!!! I HATE when I get the Sandy ones. Ewwww, they are terrible.

I'mma try that today.....At the dollar store in Philly, they have one called Refrig Cleaner and Baking soda. I get them both cuz they taste the same. Usually 4 boxes a piece. I will grab some of the freezer change when I get off work. :^)

I wish my boyfriend could read this. I told him I'm sure a man out here somewhere can understand my pain LOL......We've been together since we were 12 and we are both 28 now. I've been chewing it for only 5 years now. He thinks I need to slow down. Ugh, what does he know?!?! LOL :D

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lol I read this post about a year ago just to confirmed that I couldn't possibly be the only person suffering from this bitter/sweet addiction. I wanted to post my personal experience but didn't take out the time to do so. now a year later, after just finishing doing my "deed" im back. lol these stories are bound to make anyone who has the addiction to baking soda laugh because you can always relate. I distinctly remember around age seven having an intense love for ajax (the kind used for bathroom/tub). I was in love with the smell and more importantly the texture. it was so gritty that I would place some between my fingers and move them back and forth. years later around thirteen or so, I found myself eating baby powder. it was very rare when I ate it due to all of the perfume it has but I enjoyed the silky feel. still.....my body wasn't satisfied. now, just about a year ago maybe, at age seventeen I finally came across my calling....BAKING SODA!! can't exactly remember how I started eating it but I haven't turned back since. something about the taste and texture is so orgasmic. in correspondence with the original post, I tend to crave it much more when im under stress. lol I often say "man I need some baking soda in my life" and those who know me just roll their eyes. I laughed when I read one post describe my favorite box "old fashion looking with no exact brand. you can get it from dollar tree" it definitely beats arm & hammer in my opinion. I gotta say, I think I may have every fiend on this site beat when I say that for the past month ive been considering snorting baking soda o.O lol im one snort away from becoming a baking soda crack head. not proud of it but hey. ive tried to stop eating it for awhile now but can never last for more than a week. its just so yummy :D

lol yeah that was me with the "old fashioned" baking soda.....now though, i only eat the fridge n freezer kind by arm n hammer. Also, i startd this new "ridiculous"(as my family would say) thing: i keep it inside of this clear plastice (tupperware-like) container with a clasp locking lid, that I bought at office max for 50cents. it takes just about 1/2 of a 1lb box to fill it up...plus, you can easily carry it with you, and MOST IMPORTANTLY: IT STAYS CLEAN. (it drives me crazy to discover little random pieces of lint in my baking soda

to all of you who eat baking soda aswell, to avoid water retention i recommend keeping a box in the bathroom. i pour some into my mouth chew on it until its all dissolved and spit it out, rinse, then repeat the process. i used to eat the baking soda and it gave me the runs. arm and hammer is my favourite ; )

that's exactly what I do... I go in the bathroom and on my sink is a box of Arm&Hammer, mmmmmm, I pour it in my mouth and chew and chew, then I spit it out rinse, and depending on my stress level I may do it up to 2 more times.... its so relaxing

Check that you don't have low iron and change your water to alkaline water with PH 7 (only 7 PH 8-10 is in spring or great lakes water) Happy Healthy life

I enjoy eating baking soda. It started when I was about 16 and Arm & Hammer had a sprinkle bottle. I would pour a little into my hand and lick it off. I then started mixing the baking soda with water and letting it sit for a few days until it was a little crunchy. I would call the hardened pieces "baking soda rocks" To speed up the hardening process I started mixing the baking soda and water, and putting it into a microwave until it was pretty hard. I have been doing this since I was in college. Once it was hardened and broken up, I like to eat it. I have tried to limit the amount I eat because I can gain up to 12 pounds in water weight overnight. My tongue peels when i chew on the hardened pieces of baking soda. I also have felt pressure in my chest near my heart, sometimes a pause in my heart beat which I do think is a cause of eating so much baking soda. Now, I try to chew and spit out the baking soda. However, I do fall into temptation and engage in eating the baking soda.

I so loooove the hard pieces. I can't chew it no other way!! :)

My goodness, when I thought I was all alone I found you. I also eat baking soda, I started just licking my finger with it, then I also craved crushed ice and I did start putting the baking soda on it. I put the whole ice tray ice in the blender with room temp water and add baking soda then I refreeze it and break it up and eat it like ice chips. I figured this way I'm consuming less baking soda because the box is lasting me two months versus 2wks.

Ok how about eating cans of Clabber Girl baking POWDER!!! I can eat about 4-12oz cans per week!! At only $1.46 per can, I could have a worse more expensive addiction huh??? LOL! But yes, I too have an iron deficiency as well as have had to have two full blood transfusions. I was born with low iron and well into my adult years have struggled with low blood counts and even lower levels of energy! Good luck to all of you dealing with PICA syndrome =)

I have this exact pica lol mostly I've found people who love baking soda but you are the first baking powder I've found lol....I'm not alone lol ....I like rumford aluminum free kind best ....I have less water retention with this one....;)

(sitting here eating baking soda as i type:)
I eat baking soda, all-day, everyday. This all started a few months ago when I got this familiar craving for something gritty in my mouth. (kinda like when you're pregnant, and wanna eat dirt....or if you cant relate to that, like when you smell the rain, and wanna eat dirt....you get the idea) Anyhoo...I go into the kitchen, and look into the cabinet in search of something just right to satiate the stupid craving, avoiding my first instinct to immediately grab the Comet from under the kitchen sink (because my 2nd instinct tells me that eating the cleaner cant be good no matter how bad i wanna feel the grit). So, here we are in the pantry: Flour? nope. Gelatin? nope? Corn Meal? ehh.....grrrr Corn Starch? hmmm...okay we're gettin closer........EPIPHANY! What i needed was not in the pantry....it was in the fridge. In a small, bright orange box labeled Arm&Hammer. Opened the fridge, grabbed the box, politely licked my index finger, stuck it on top of the salty sand to collect a thin layer, and greedily placed my finger against my tongue. I stood there and repeated this action a good 18 times or so, rubbing the soda around my mouth, on the insides of my lips, under my tongue. wretched taste, but oh well. Everywhere I went, I needed to have my baking soda with me. At first any would do, but now, there are different times at which I need a different soda. Like, my favorite kind is in the old fashioned looking box, doesnt even have a brand name, and comes 2/$1 at the Dollar Tree. This is because the grit of it is EXACTLY what I crave, and the flavor is not so gruesome. But there's something about that bright orange Arm&Hammer box that calls me back....then i realized, I did actually start to crave that zesty burn on my tongue too...not just the texture. Now, things are just ridiculous. I preach baking soda at everybody for everything! Remove some stains? Baking soda. Feet itchy? Baking Soda. Wanna try a new face scrub? Baking Soda. Matter of fact, a whole body exfolient? Baking soda. (and it leaves your skin feeling super soft too!) Do like I do and take a big box with you into the bathroom. (I dont leave it in there, just because of how it absorbs things, and I guess I'm a bit of a freak, with some paranoid fear of the baking soda absorbing someone's sweat n germs from the steam from their shower....etc.) I pour hand fulls of it while im bathing, and love to feel its gritty texture.....brush my teeth with it too (not everytime though) and afterwards, all the excess in the bottom if the shower is great for cleaning the basin with....and the tiled walls....grout...you can use it to rub out permanent marker....or nailpolish....see? i could go on and on. Now, I'm carrying the small (1/2lb i think) box in my purse with me evrywhere i go. ( I got tired of requesting it from whomever's house i was at and end up having to go to the store and buy some.) I wanna stop. Ive noticed my feet are swelling....im pretty sure that means theres been an increase in my blood pressure....grumble

I love the taste and feel of baking soda in my mouth. My mom first introduced me to a tiny bit for a gassy/heart burn stomach about a year ago. However, recently I've found myself craving it. I've just been consuming a teaspoonful a few times a week. I know I can definitely eat more right out of the box, but I'm concerned if its bad for me? I wish I knew the safest amount to eat without doing harm.

I love it! I only do a teaspoon once or twice a week.

Thats it?? How can you only do that much!?!?!

I am 37 weeks pregnant and googled if it was bad to eat baking soda while pregnant and stumbled upon this site. I have liked to eat baking soda since I was a child. I'd lick my finger and dip it in! I once got a little sting when i mistakenly dipped in baking powder! My parents hid the soda from me because they said my grandpa died from holes in his stomach due to drinking baking soda and water every day for heartburn. I dont know if there is any proof behind that, but I havent indulged myself as often as I used to. When I have bad heartburn, I will make the mix and add a very very tiny dash of nutmeg (gross, but it works!). This past week, I have been craving the baking soda more and more. I ate some last night and baby must not have liked it as much as I do because I nearly barfed. Then again, maybe he does like it, as my mouth started watering while I read some of the other posts!!

I'm prego too 29 weeks craving and eating baking powder lol smh

OH MY GOSH i say this exact same thing to all my friends and they think im weird im so surprised to see this :D im not alone yay!