7 Baking Soda Health Benefits

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Baking soda is a natural remedy with a long list of health benefits and an endless list of uses.

Many people today lead a very fast and an unhealthy life. Therefore our body struggles every day to find the necessary balance in order to eliminate all the toxins and properly absorb the necessary nutrients.

If you go and look in your kitchen you will probably find a pack of baking soda. Baking soda is very beneficial for you because it helps you eliminate the acid-induced odors in your refrigerator, carpets and litter boxes. Also baking soda can be used as a cleaning agent and therefore you can use it to clean everything from dishes and sinks to vegetables and fruits.

Aside these household applications, baking soda also has several medicinal properties.

These are the 7 uses of baking soda that can help you improve your help.

  1. Kidney Disease.

Bicarbonate is an alkaline substance naturally produced in the body that buffers acids and helps keep pH in check. This means that people who have chronic kidney disease, which is most often caused by diabetes or hypertension, have a hard time removing acid from the body because of the poorly functioning kidneys. This condition is commonly known as metabolic acidosis.

A while ago a study was conducted by some British researches, who treated several patients with advanced kidney disease and metabolic acidosis with oral sodium bicarbonate in conjunction with their usual treatment for two years. According to this study the sodium bicarbonate slowed the rate of decline in kidney function by two-thirds, and just 6.5 percent of the patients treated with sodium bicarbonate required dialysis by the end of the study, compared to 33 percent in a control group. Now before applying this therapy on yourself, you should consult with your doctor. However you should know that this promising therapy can slow the progression of this devastating disease.

The consummation of this therapy is very easy. All you need to do is mix 12 g (2 rounded teaspoons) of baking soda with 2 cups of water. You can add a low calorie sweetener to improve the taste, because this mixture is quite salty. You should drink this mixture an hour or two before a meal. Repeat this procedure three times a day.

  1. Heartburn and Indigestion.

Many of the antacids, such as Alka-Seltzer, Tums, and Rolaids, contain some form of bicarbonate. However the most effective way to relieve the occasional heartburn and indigestion is drinking a baking soda mixture. For preparing this mixture all you need to do is mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with a half a cup of water. You should drink this mixture an hour or two after the meals.

  1. Oral Health.

Did you know that baking soda is one of the ingredients in toothpastes and mouthwashes since it has been shown to enhance plaque removal? Some people just dip their toothbrushes in baking soda and wash their teeth only with baking soda. However you should note that baking soda has abrasive qualities and it may wear down the enamel over the time. Therefore we recommend you use the commercial products.

  1. Cancer.

According to some studies dietary measures to boost bicarbonate levels can increase the pH of acidic tumors without upsetting the pH of the blood and the healthy tissues. Even though these studies haven’t yet been studied in human clinical trials, animal models of human breast cancer show that oral sodium bicarbonate does indeed make tumors more alkaline and inhibit metastasis. This means that this therapy can be very beneficial for the overall nutritional and immune support protocol for patients who are dealing with cancer.

  1. Dermatological Conditions.

A recent study that was conducted by British researchers found that adding only a half cup of baking soda to the bathwater can sooth the itchiness and the irritation in patients with psoriasis. Also you can make a paste of baking soda mixed with a little water and use this mixture to treat sunburns, allergic rashes, insect bites and skin exposed to poison ivy/oak. This paste is also a good and gentle defoliant.

6. Natural Deodorant.

If you are having a problem with smelly feet or underarms, all you need to do is mix a teaspoon of baking soda with enough water to create a milky liquid. Now all you need to do is rub your feet or underarms with this mixture and the unpleasant smell will be gone.

  1. Athletic Performance.

If you consume it before an intense exercise, the baking soda can buffer the lactic acid that builds up in hard-working muscles, delays fatigue and enhances athletic performance.

Know that the topical use of baking soda is safe and non-toxic, as it is the oral use. However you should know that the oral use of baking soda is safe as long as you consume the baking soda in the recommended doses. If you consume baking soda over the recommended doses you could upset the body’s acid-base balance and therefore you will feel temporary nausea and diarrhea.

The baking soda can also neutralize the acid in your body and it can alleviate digestive problems caused by acid.

Digestion

The very fast and poor lifestyle that we are leading nowadays along with the very unhealthy and poor eating habits can lead to an unbalanced pH that tends to be more acidic than basic. When this happens the body no longer eliminates the toxins and therefore it stops absorbing the nutrients as it normally would. This is why it is so important to maintain the pH balance of your body. The regular consumption of baking soda can help you achieve it.

Note:even though sodium bicarbonate contains quite a bit of sodium, it cannot raise your blood pressure.The hypertensive effect of salt (sodium chloride) comes from the combination of sodium and chloride.

 

Source: Natural Medicine Box

Links included in Natural Medicine Box`s article: http://www.drwhitaker.com/7-baking-soda-health-benefits/

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