Baking soda really has many uses, you might already be using it in baking or cleaning your home but you will be surprised to know that it has many health and beauty benefits too.
Chemically baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, when it is mixed with an acid it makes bubbles by giving off carbon dioxide gas. This quality makes it a good leavening agent during baking and making other foods that required rising of dough. You can mix equal parts of lime juice (acid) with baking soda to raise your dough quickly.
Various Uses of Baking Soda
It is also an incredibly effective natural cleaning agent. Make a solution of 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a liter of water and use it to remove dirt and pesticides from your fruits and vegetables. An equal portion of baking soda and warm apple cider vinegar can be used to unclog your drains; remove stains and burned food deposits off the pans; and get spotless dishes. Also you can disinfect your brushes and combs by regularly washing them with baking soda and water.
Besides these uses you can try baking soda as a natural and least expensive home remedy for getting following health and beauty benefits:
Health Benefits of Baking Soda:
Acidity related Diseases
Baking soda is an effective antacid, as it balances body’s pH by neutralizing stomach acids. For this purpose you can take ½ teaspoon of baking soda in half a glass of water and fully dissolve it and take 2-3 times a day.
Heartburn and Indigestion
It is a cost-effective antacid, which helps in relieving heartburn and indigestion. It is also found effective in treating ulcer pain. However, do use it for occasional treatment of heartburn and indigestion and be careful with amounts, as chronic use or excessive amounts can cause serious electrolyte and acid-base imbalances inside the body.
Most over-the-counter antacids, such as Alka-Seltzer, Tums, and Rolaids, contain some form of bicarbonate. But a more cost-effective way to relieve occasional heartburn and indigestion is to stir justs half a teaspoon of baking soda into half a cup of water and drink it an hour or two after meals.
Diabetes and hypertension often induce chronic kidney disease in people, where kidneys find it difficult to remove acid from the body leading to a condition known as metabolic acidosis. Research shows promising result in treating patients with advanced kidney disease and metabolic acidosis with oral sodium bicarbonate in conjunction with their usual treatment. The sodium bicarbonate was found effective in slowing down the rate of decline in kidney function and the need for dialysis.
Helps with Blood Sugar Regulation
We know that sodium bicarbonate slows the progress of chronic kidney disease but few are aware that baking soda could be a front line defense against diabetes. Common baking soda is an essential tool in working with diabetic and metabolic conditions and can certainly be used for reducing blood sugar spikes. Obviously it does not take the place of an alkaline diet and water but bicarbonate is an easy solutions that can be used orally and transdermally.
But sodium bicarbonate can be used safely at home orally and transdermally (and should always be used with magnesium chloride for greatest effect) in all stages of diabetes.
In animal models of human breast cancer increasing dietary bicarbonate levels was found effective in increasing the pH of acidic tumors and inhibit metastasis, without upsetting the pH of the blood. Though this is yet to be confirmed in human clinical trials, but considering the effectiveness of baking soda it can be safely introduced into the treatment regimen of patients dealing with cancer.
Baking soda has also been used in combination with magnesium chloride; apple cider vinegar; and lemon juice to treat health problems. These ingredients when interact together make a powerful solution to eliminate excess acids and toxins from the body.
Itching from Insect Bites or Burns
Baking soda neutralizes toxins and irritants on your skin’s surface and thus helps in relieving minor itching and skin irritation. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water, apply it onto the affected area from insect bites, and wait for the paste to dry completely before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. You can also rub dry powder onto your skin to get relief from allergic rashes and even skin exposed to poison oak or ivy. Research shows that adding one-half cup of baking soda to bathwater helps in soothing itchiness and irritation in patients with psoriasis.
Baking soda is effective in plaque removal and because of this quality it has become a popular ingredient in toothpastes and mouthwashes. Besides, polishing, cleaning and deodorizing your teeth baking soda has antibacterial activity that helps in killing Streptococcus mutans bacteria that contribute to tooth decay. However, if you directly use baking soda on your toothbrush, its mild abrasive qualities may wear down enamel over time. So, use commercial toothpastes that contain baking soda to enhance plaque removal effectiveness of your tooth brushing.
Baking Soda is an alkali substance, which helps in increasing the pH of the blood. This quality of baking soda benefits athletes when taken before intense exercise, as it buffers the lactic acid that can build up in hard-working muscles during intense, anaerobic exercise such as fast running or swimming. This process also helps in delaying fatigue, enhancing athletic performance of distance runners and improving speed of swimmers.
Splinter & Wart removal
To remove splinter add a tablespoon of baking soda to a small glass of water and then soak the affected area twice a day. Often splinters come out on their own after using this treatment for a couple of days. To remove warts, wet the wart and apply some baking soda directly onto it and gently massage. Repeat this procedure until the unwanted wart is removed.
Beauty Benefits of Baking Soda
You can make a natural and effective deodorant by simply mixing about a teaspoon of baking soda with enough water to create a milky liquid. Simply brushing some dry baking soda under your arms also works as natural deodorant and helps you in avoiding the harmful chemicals and metals found in commercial deodorants and antiperspirants.
Baking soda helps in relieving You can either add ½ cup of baking soda to your bathwater and then soak in the tub or add a mixture of baking soda and water to your cool compress and apply it to the sunburn directly.
You can make a natural and inexpensive exfoliator by mixing three parts of baking soda with one part water. This paste is gentle enough to use every day on your face and body for effective exfoliation.
Makes Relaxing Soak
You can use baking soda for making a wonderful and relaxing soak bath. This bath also helps in cleansing toxins and heavy metals out from your body. Besides relieving muscle tension and fatigue, soaking in this bath helps in removing dead skin cells.
To make a natural hand cleanser you can mix three parts baking soda with one part of water. This mix not only scrubs away dirt and neutralizes odors from your hand, but also leaves your skin light, soft and smooth.