“Bloated stomach? Try drinking baking soda.”
“Baking Soda! Are you mad?”
I bluntly dismissed my friend’s suggestion to drink baking soda as a home remedy to my bloated stomach. I had used it only to remove stains from my burnt dishes. My friend, however, did not give up and insisted on the cheap and miraculous power of baking soda. He shared his personal experiences and online articles, penned by professional medical personnels, until I was convinced to give it a try. And…voilà, 1tsp of baking soda dissolved in small glass of warm water became my mantra for good digestive system!
What is Baking Soda?
Do not confuse baking soda with baking powder. Although, both are used for baking goods, they have different individual uses. Baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate which causes baking goods to rise. Whereas, baking powder contains sodium bicarbonate with some other acids.
Excited and curious, I started researching and trying out baking soda for home remedies. Some turned out to be unbelievably helpful and some well…Oops! Let’s dive into know the amazing health benefits of baking soda.
Why use expensive chemical induced skin creams when a pinch of baking soda can soften your skin without any side effects? Half a cup of water with a teaspoon of baking soda can help you get rid of dry skin. However, its frequent use can unbalance the pH level of your skin. Just avoid it if you have a sensitive skin. I personally use it every two weeks.
Eases Urinary Tract Infections
UTI is a common infection in different parts of urinary tract like kidney, bladder and urethra. People tend to intake antibiotics as its general treatment which weakens our body with other side effects. It is claimed that baking soda neutralizes the acid in the urine and helps to detoxify kidneys which stops the infection from spreading. Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda in lukewarm water and drink it on an empty stomach. If it is not helping you, consult a professional right away!
If used correctly, baking soda will definitely turn out to be better and safer alternative for removing plaques than any other fluoride based toothpaste! Make a slightly runny paste in a bowl with a pinch of baking soda and clean water. Simply use the solution to brush your teeth. This remedy will not only remove your plaque but will also whiten your teeth.
Relieves Insect Bites
We all hate bug bites, especially the after effect, where you just can’t stop scratching the bite until it leaves a big mark on your skin. But worry not guys, we have baking soda on the rescue! Another surprising benefit of baking soda is relief from insect bites. Make a baking soda paste and apply it on the affected area. Let it dry and wash it with clean water. You can also combine it with other ingredients like oatmeal and cornstarch. This combination is a blessing for itchy skin. However, daily application of baking soda is not good for the skin.
Increases your Energy
Get energy with baking soda! Yes, you heard it right. Lemon juice with baking soda not only revitalizes your body but also helps you fight with chronic illness. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and the juice of 1 lemon in 250 ml of water overnight. Drink the mixture early in the morning. This combination will maintain your energy level for the whole day. However, daily consumption of baking soda is not recommended if you suffer from high blood pressure and kidney disease.
Excessive pressure and friction in the skin causes calluses. Yes! Although it’s not that very painful, it obviously is very irritating. Get rid of this bump with just the combination of baking soda and lemon juice. Mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon juice in a half bucket of water. Add in the baking soda and let your calluses relax. Studies have found that soaking calluses in a baking soda helps alleviate them and reduces discomfort.
Balances Chemotherapy Side Effects
According to Dr. David Jockers, bestselling author of the book Supercharge Your Brain, “unhealthy metabolic functions caused by cancer can be reversed using …baking soda, which heals and stabilizes natural healing dynamics.” Sodium bicarbonate helps the body in detoxification process and it also regulates pH of cells, tissues, and voltage homeostasis within cells. Drink a glass of water with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and organic apple cider vinegar or lemon juice 30 minutes before or after the meal. Be advised to have your pH tested before using this remedy.