You probably have at least one box of baking soda in your home right now and you probably use it for cleaning or baking.
Baking soda is an ingredient that can be used for many purposes, especially in preparing natural remedies for various health problems as well as homemade cosmetic products. It has proved to be effective in many ways.
Sodium bicarbonate is used in the human body to regulate pH levels in the bloodstream. It also affects the pH levels of cells and tissues, increases CO2 which aids oxygenation, and it balances cell voltage.
Baking Soda Health Benefits
Neutralize Stomach Acid
Baking soda is alkaline in nature helps to neutralize the acids in the stomach. Restore your pH balance easily by drinking a mixture of ½ tsp. baking soda and 1 cup of water. The famous Doctor and Nobel prize winner Otto Warburg, has discovered that cancer cells can’t survive in an alkaline environment; these cells only thrive in an acidic body. In other words, keeping your body alkaline actually protects your health in general.
Conduct an at-home test to see if your HCL is low. Mix 1/4 tsp. of baking soda in an 8 oz. glass of cold water. Drink the baking soda and water mixture first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything. Time how long it takes to belch after drinking the mixture. You should belch within 2 to 3 minutes if your HCL is adequate.
Unlike Tums and Rolaids, which often cost a little fortune, baking soda is cheap and effective way to relieve heartburn and indigestion. All you have to do is to add ½ tsp. of baking powder to 2 cups of water.
Eliminate A UTI
Baking soda can work to lower the acidity of your urine to kill acid-loving bacteria responsible for your urinary tract infection. To use, drink one teaspoon of baking soda in a tall glass of filtered water on an empty stomach. Stay hydrated throughout the day to flush out the infection.
Dr. Philippa Kaye explains: “A UTI is a urinary tract infection, an infection of the bladder (cystitis), urethra (tube which the urine travels through on the way out from the bladder), ureter (tube connecting the kidneys to the bladder), or the kidneys themselves.”
“UTIs are generally a bacterial infection and tend to occur when bacteria around the anus come in contact with the genitals and then can travel up into the bladder, for example during wiping after going to the toilet.”
“Some people find that it [baking soda] helps with the pain of a UTI, and there are some cystitis relief medications available over the counter which contain bicarbonate and citrates with the aim of neutralizing acid to make the urine less painful to pass and to also change the acidity within the bladder itself to stop bacteria multiplying to treat the UTI.”
Relieve Gout Pain
What’s gout? Well, gout is joint inflammation caused by uric acid buildup in your body. You can drink a sodium bicarbonate water mixture to relieve gout pain, because it prevents acid accumulation in the body.
Reduces Symptoms of Cold and Flu
Given that baking soda is naturally alkaline, it effective alkalizes the body and helps maintain optimal pH balance in the bloodstream. As reported in “Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Medical Uses,” Dr. Volney S. Cheney managed to effective reduce the symptoms of cold and flu in his patients with the help of sodium bicarbonate.
Bicarbonate is an alkaline substance naturally produced in the body that buffers acids and helps keep pH in check. In people who have chronic kidney disease, which is most often caused by diabetes or hypertension, poorly functioning kidneys have a hard time removing acid from the body. This often results in a condition known as metabolic acidosis.
It has been scientifically shown that dietary measures to increase bicarbonate levels can increase the pH level of acidic tumors, while leaving the pH of the healthy tissues intact.
Additional Benefits for the Skin, Hair, and Body
- Fights acne and pimples
- Whitens the teeth
- Improves skin complexion
- Treats oily hair
- Removes dandruff
- Treats nail fungus
- Treats itchiness