Baking soda is an extraordinary ingredient. You may know it by the name of sodium bicarbonate. Either way, it’s powerful! It is exceptionally cheap and can be used for so many things. Cooking, of course, but from a health point – fight colds, balance the stomach, oral hygiene, deodorant, prevention of diarrhea, cancer, kidney or bladder infections. Baking soda contains antipruritic properties which also keep your skin healthy and glowing.
Here are ten ways Baking Soda is good for you:
Relieve the symptoms of heartburn
Heartburn is often caused by a buildup of acid in the stomach. If the acid goes into the oesophagus it causes a burning sensation which is known as heartburn. Heartburn is not dangerous, unless misdiagnosed, but is very uncomfortable. Drinking baking soda neutralizes the acid, providing relief. Check with a GP if you have heartburn, acidity can lead to other illness in the body.
Eliminate Urinary Tract Infections
Sometimes a woman can have a UTI, feel awful, but not know why she feels awful. UTIs are pretty common and are horrible. Bacteria thrive in an acidic environment so the first thing to do is neutralise the acid. Drink baking soda mixed with water on a regular basis which on its own can clear your UTI. If symptoms persist, see a GP.
Ease the symptoms of cold and flu
Baking soda and water have been used for centuries to ease cold and flu symptoms. Baking soda can kill if virus immediately if it is taken during the early stages of infection. If you feel a cold coming on, instead of taking expensive medication that may or may not work, try a mixture of baking soda and water. Half a teaspoon of baking soda with one cup of cool water, every two hours, until symptoms ease. Do this for two days only and if you are worried about your cold or flu, see a GP.
Neutralize Stomach Acid
This goes with both the above problems. Acid enables bacteria to grow. If you drink baking soda and water (half a teaspoon BS to one cup water) you will restore your body’s pH. Not only will this help with heartburn or reflux, but can also protect your general health. Doctor Otto Warburg worked out that cancer cells cannot survive in an alkaline environment. Get rid of the acid.
Ease symptoms of Gout
If you’ve ever suffered from gout you will know how painful it is. Gout is caused by inflammation of the joints which comes from a buildup of uric acid in the body. Drink baking soda and water and prevent or get rid of the acid accumulation in the body.
Kidney stone are caused by a buildup of uric acid. Drinking baking soda and water can dissolve the stones and also stop new ones from forming. If you suspect you have kidney stones, or any illness or disease, see a GP.
Baking soda is good for you in many ways. It makes your skin glow by eliminating acid. Try and have an alkaline diet in general and drink the odd cup of baking soda and water. You’ll shine.
How do you know if you have high stomach acid levels?
Mix a quarter teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of cold water. Drink it in the morning, before eating anything. If you belch within 2 to 3 minutes, your acidity levels are probably fine. If you don’t belch, check it out. Acidity can lead to health issues. You can avoid them.
You can also drink the same mixture an hour after meals to prevent heartburn and relieve acidity.
Source: Healthy Food Team