Baking soda is found in nearly every American household and is mainly used for baking or cleaning. However, it turns out that this ingredient can be also used for health purposes!
Sodium bicarbonate, commonly referred to as baking soda, is used in the human body to regulate pH levels in the bloodstream. It also affects the pH levels of cells and tissues, increases CO2 which aids oxygenation, and it balances cell voltage.
Baking Soda Health Benefits
1. Neutralizes Stomach Acid
Being naturally alkaline, baking soda helps neutralize stomach acid. Drinking a mixture of half a teaspoon of baking soda and a cup of water restores the pH balance almost instantly. As found by Otto Warburg, the famous doctor and Nobel Laureate, cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment and cannot survive in alkaline body. Therefore, maintaining alkaline environment in the body protects you from cancer, too.
To see if your HCL is low, you can do a simple test at home. Stir in ¼ tsp of baking soda in an 8 oz. glass of cold water and drink the solution in the morning on an empty stomach. If you burp within 2-5 minutes, your HCL is fine. If it takes more time, it is very likely that your HCL is low.
2. Relieves Heartburn
Unlike Tums and Rolaids, which often cost a little fortune, baking soda is cheap and effective way to relieve heartburn and indigestion. All you have to do is to add ½ tsp. of baking powder to 2 cups of water.
3. Eliminates UTI
To treat urinary tract infection (UTI), mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a glass of filtered water and drink in the morning before you eat or drink anything else. The secret of this solution lies in baking soda`s ability to reduce the acidity of the urine, which is responsible for the burning and pain associated with UTI.
4. Relieves Gout Pain
Gout is an inflammatory-related condition caused by accumulation of uric acid in the body. Drinking baking soda water mixture prevents uric acid buildup, which in turn relieve gout pain.
5. Reduces Symptoms of Cold and Flu
Given that baking soda is naturally alkaline, it effective alkalizes the body and helps maintain optimal pH balance in the bloodstream. As reported in “Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Medical Uses,” Dr. Volney S. Cheney managed to effective reduce the symptoms of cold and flu in his patients with the help of sodium bicarbonate.
6. Kidney Disease
As mentioned a few times earlier, baking soda helps keep pH in balance. In people with kidney disease, which is often caused by high blood pressure or diabetes, the kidneys find it difficult to remove the acid from the body, leading to metabolic acidosis.
It has been scientifically shown that dietary measures to increase bicarbonate levels can increase the pH level of acidic tumors, while leaving the pH of the healthy tissues intact.
Additional Benefits for the Skin, Hair, and Body
- Fights acne and pimples
- Whitens the teeth
- Improves skin complexion
- Treats oily hair
- Removes dandruff
- Treats nail fungus
- Treats itchiness