Baking soda is present in every home. It is commonly used for baked goods, elimination of odors in the fridge, carpets and litter boxes, and it’s a great cleaning agent, which is mildly abrasive and can be used to scrub everything. Besides these uses, baking soda offers many health benefits. Here’s what baking soda can help you with:
Bicarbonate is an alkaline substance usually produced by the body to maintain the pH levels. However, people who suffer from chronic kidney disease usually caused by diabetes or hypertension, have a harder time removing acids from their blood, leading to a condition called metabolic acidosis.
A British study treated advanced kidney disease and metabolic acidosis patients with sodium bicarbonate along their usual treatments for two years. At the end of the study, baking soda slowed the rate of decline in kidney function by two-thirds, and only 6.5% of the subjects treated with baking soda needed dialysis by the end. For comparison, in the control group that number was 33%. If you’re suffering from kidney disease, consult with your doctor and talk about this promising treatment.
According to some studies, dietary measures that boost the bicarbonate levels increase the pH of acidic tumors without increasing the pH of the blood and body. The research has not been in clinical human trials yet, but animal models of human breast cancer have shown promising results with baking soda. When you add in the fact that baking soda is safe to use and well tolerated by anyone, there is no reason why someone wouldn’t try the treatment.
Heartburn and indigestion
Over-the-counter antacids such as Alka-Seltzer, Tums or Rolaids contain some form of bicarbonate. However, why use medicine when you can try to relieve heartburn and indigestion with baking soda? Stir in a tablespoon into half a cup of water and drink the solution an hour or two after meals. You will never have to worry about heartburn again.
British scientists have discovered that adding one half of a cup of baking soda to bathwater can relieve itchiness and irritation in psoriasis patients. A paste of baking soda and some water can help you with sunburn, insect bites, allergic rashes and skin irritations caused by poison ivy. The baking soda paste also works as a gentle exfoliator for your skin.
Baking soda is used all over the household as an odor remover, and it can also act as a natural deodorant. Mix a teaspoon of it in some water to make a milky liquid, which you can rub on your feet and underarms to successfully remove the odor.
Baking soda is used in toothpastes and mouthwashes as it boosts plaque removal. You can use some baking soda on your toothbrush, but it can wear down the enamel over time, so we recommend using the commercial products that contain sodium bicarbonate instead.
Take some baking soda before a workout to suppress the lactic acid that builds up in muscles. It will also help you delay fatigue and enhance your athletic performance.
You can use baking soda topically or orally as it is safe if used moderately. Large amount of soda can disrupt the pH balance, and cause nausea and diarrhea.
Note: although it contains sodium, baking soda does not raise the blood pressure. The hypertensive effect of salt comes from the mix of sodium and chloride.