Most people are aware that baking soda (bicarbonate of soda/sodium bicarbonate) has a multiple of uses such as that in cooking, but not so many know that it also has a number of health benefits.
Baking soda was known for its medicinal purposes as far back in time as ancient Egypt. Naturally occurring sodium bicarbonate called natron was harvested from dry lake beds… Then, fast forward to 1846 in New York, it was put into commercial production for the first time.
Baking soda as sodium bicarbonate is made naturally in the pancreas, used to achieve homeostatic balance in our bodies by raising the body’s pH towards alkalinity to counter the effects of acidity. If the body goes towards acidity too much then this could result in ill health.
As I have been saying in previous writing the best investment you can ever make is in your health. So for only a few dollars/pounds buying baking soda for its many healthy applications is a great investment! The benefits of taking baking soda include.
1. Keeping teeth clean
Baking soda prevents plaque formation. Plaque formation is acidic and cannot form in the mouth if an alkaline environment is made by baking soda.
2. As a bath detoxifier
Run a hot bath and pour into it a mug of apple cider vinegar and add a half-mug of baking soda. Bathe in this till the water cools. During this time the skin’s pores open and exude the toxins. Lactic acid will come out of your body…
3. As a foot soak
Soaking your feet can take care of those aches pains and remove toxins.
4. Lactic acid detoxifier
Research has shown that those athletes who take baking soda to remove lactic acid before performance can reduce their times in running or swimming.., by as much as 10%. In other words baking soda reduces lactic acid build up that would have slowed down performance.
5. Preventing acid reflux
A teaspoon of baking soda in some water can be taken and used as an antacid.
6. Hangover prevention
Not that I’m one to advocate excessive drinking but in tandem with water baking soda can be used for hangover prevention or cure. The water takes care of the dehydration (take lots of it straight after drinking) while baking soda oozes out the toxins.
7. Kidney health
…Another example where baking soda acts as a detoxifier. If kidney disease, infection or stone is present then consult a practitioner for the appropriate dosage.
-It must be remembered that this is for educational purposes only. A professional qualified health practitioner should be consulted when appropriate.