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The 16 Great Benefits of Baking Soda

  1. Baking soda is an almost magical product that can offer many solutions for many common ailments and ailments. It is not for nothing that it has been rumored for years that the large pharmaceutical companies want to keep the general public's knowledge of this as limited as possible. Why? Of course it's all about money: Baking soda doesn't make a living and the applications can all be done at home. Not commercially interesting for the pharmaceutical companies, and even a threat to their â € ˜normalâ € ™ trade.

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  1. Of course I cannot say whether this is indeed the truth. But the fact that these kinds of rumors are circulating does, of course, say something about the effectiveness of baking soda.

  1. In this article I will explain everything about baking soda, and not to confuse it with baking powder and regular soda. Any confusion can even be dangerous!

  1. And of course, in this article you will find 16 practical applications of the use of baking soda. Read on quick!

What is baking soda?

  1. Baking soda is known by many names. Maybe the names Sodium Bicarbonate, Bicarbonate, Baking Soda or (in English) Baking Soda mean something to you. There is a lot of confusion precisely because there are many names for baking soda, and because the names of other similar products are very similar. To get rid of all misunderstandings, let me first explain the difference between baking soda (baking soda), baking powder and soda.

  1. In chemistry class we should actually refer to baking soda as Sodium hydrogen carbonate (NaHCO3). Baking soda is a natural mineral compound made up of a combination of hydrogen carbonate, or bicarbonate, (2 parts) and sodium (1 part). Baking soda has the property of binding acids, after which they are neutralized. This process releases CO2 and water.

  1. We all know baking powder, because many people use it in the kitchen as a raising agent. But baking soda is definitely not the same as baking soda. Baking soda does contain baking soda, but it has another acid added. When baking powder becomes moist, a lot of CO2 (carbon dioxide) is released. This process causes a product to be baked, such as bread and cake, to rise.

  1. So if you don't have baking powder at home, you can also bake with baking soda, in combination with something sour like buttermilk or lemon.

  1. We also know the common 'home-garden-and-kitchen' soda by other names such as washing soda, household soda or cleaning soda. Chemically identical to baking soda, only the element hydrogen is missing. Its chemical name is: Sodium carbonate. (Na2CO3).

  1. Soda also has the ability to bind acid to itself, but in a much stronger form than baking soda. In some cases, soda can be corrosive, so it should never be confused with baking soda.

  1. But because of the powerful properties of soda, it is a great way to disinfect or clean something, but that is known to everyone by now.

The practical effect of baking soda

  1. All of the benefits, which we'll cover below, are based on three main properties of baking soda. In this section I will list them for you, after which we will quickly move on to practical solutions to everyday problems.

  1. Baking soda is known as a very effective solution if you suffer from heartburn. Taking baking soda neutralizes acids. For example, if you have heartburn, it is best to just drink a glass of water with baking soda. But more on this later.

  1. Baking soda also has a mild anti-bacterial effect. This means that it is able to kill all kinds of fungi, parasites and bacteria. For example, you can clean your toothbrush with baking soda, as well as your mouth itself: your gums, your tongue, and your teeth. For example, it will also help reduce coughs and sore throats.

  1. But be aware that baking soda can reduce the symptoms, but never completely solve them.

  1. The acidity of your body is very important for optimal performance of many bodily processes. Consider, for example, your digestion. But your blood must also have the correct PH value, otherwise it is much less efficient in exchanging important nutrients, providing oxygen and absorbing waste products. If your body doesn't have the right acidity, it will continue to run, but here and there the processes will falter.

  1. Baking soda is a cheap and efficient way to balance your body's PH value, keep it!

The 16 benefits of baking soda at a glance

  1. We now know what the effect of baking soda is based on. Now we're going to take a more practical look, by listing no fewer than 16 benefits of baking soda. 16 solutions for everyday and less daily problems:

Advantage 1: Whiter teeth

  1. Do you no longer believe in all those beautiful marketing slogans on the packaging of the toothpaste? They often promise whiter teeth within a week. Personally, I have never been able to tell the difference. But this is where baking soda can help: A natural solution with good results: Crush a strawberry, and mix it with half a teaspoon of baking soda. Mix this into an ointment and spread this on your teeth. Let sit for 5 minutes. Then brush your teeth as usual and rinse your mouth very thoroughly.

  1. Please note that you cannot apply this more than once a week. When used excessively, baking soda can affect your enamel, and that's not supposed to be…

Advantage 2: Cleaner teeth

  1. Sticking with oral hygiene for a while: Baking soda can also play a role in removing dental plaque due to its mild abrasion, and killing bad bacteria that your mouth. Not only better for your teeth, but also helps against bad breath. Clinical studies have shown that toothpaste with baking soda is more effective against plaque than toothpaste without baking soda.

  1. But you can also achieve the same effect by simply making it yourself: Mix one part sea salt with six parts baking soda. Put this whole in the blender until it is well mixed and has become a powder. Wet the tip of your index finger, press your finger into the salt / baking soda mixture, and spread it on your gums. If you apply too much, you can spit out the remainder. Let this sit for 15 minutes. Then rinse your mouth well and brush your teeth if necessary to neutralize the taste of the salt.

  1. As with the first benefit, the advice is not to use this more than once a week. Especially because of its abrasive action, baking soda can damage your tooth enamel.

Benefit 3: Sports doping with baking soda

  1. Baking soda has long been known in the running world as a means of improving sports performance, often in the form of special capsules. But this is not only very popular among runners, but also among swimmers.

  1. Baking soda is an alkaline substance that increases the pH of your blood. This neutralizes the lactic acid, which is produced by the muscles during intensive exercise. This prevents the process known as â € the acidification of the musclesâ € ™. This definitely improves performance.

  1. I think this advantage belongs in this list, but don't try this yourself. The use of baking soda in the sports world should always be under the supervision of a sports doctor, as there are risks associated with overuse.

Benefit 4: Sunburn relief

  1. Summer has pros and cons. One drawback is that there is always a risk of sunburn. Baking soda can also help here: Fill the bath with lukewarm water and add half a cup of baking soda. Relax in the water while the baking soda can do its job to relieve the sunburn.

  1. When you get out of the tub, don't dry off immediately, just let the water and baking soda air dry.

  1. Of course you can also dip a tea towel in a similar mixture and press it directly on the burnt area.

Advantage 5: Removing splinters

  1. Splinters are sometimes very difficult to remove, especially the little ones that are very difficult to grab with tweezers.

  1. The solution: Dissolve a tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of lukewarm water. Dip your hand or finger in the mixture 2 to 3 times a day for 15 minutes. Most splinters, large or small, will come out automatically after a few days, so you can easily grab and remove them with tweezers.

Advantage 6: Cleaning the hands

  1. Do you have really dirty hands? In most cases, ordinary soap will not offer a solution. Baking soda can help you in this case. Mix one part water with three parts baking soda and scrub your hands vigorously with this mixture. Not only will it clean your hands, but will also neutralize any odors.

Benefit 7: A relaxing bath

  1. Do you feel like taking a nice bath to relax? Then add some baking soda and a good splash of apple cider to the bath water. This is one way to detoxify your body, especially your skin.

  1. And you are not the only one who can enjoy this, because it also cleans the bath and the drain. So double the fun!

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Benefit 8: An invigorating foot bath

  1. To take care of your feet, you can take a nice foot bath. To do this, dissolve three tablespoons of baking soda in a container of warm water. Take the foot bath for at least 30 minutes. This is an excellent treatment to combat athlete's foot, for example. For an additional treatment to remove dead skin cells, you can scrub your feet with a paste of three parts baking soda and one part water. You can also use this paste for the rest of your body as a peeling. It is a natural and very inexpensive solution for soft skin. If you wish, you can apply this daily.

Benefit 9: Heartburn

  1. Most over-the-counter medicines for heartburn already contain baking soda, and for good reason: The baking soda will immediately neutralize the stomach acid, causing your stomach to relax. But if you need this and the pharmacy is closed, then what? You can fix it yourself, if you have baking soda at home.

  1. You can dissolve half a teaspoon of baking soda in half a glass of water for this. Drink this, but make sure that you are not allowed to take more than 7 of these types of glasses per day. And between two glasses must sit at least 2 hours. If you are older than 60 years, a maximum of 3 drinks per day applies.

  1. This can only be used in emergencies, and never as a long-term treatment. If it takes too long, you should contact your doctor for another treatment. The fact is that if you take these amounts for a long time, this can lead to a disruption of the acid / base ratio in your body. And this can have very unpleasant consequences.

Benefit 10: Insect bites

  1. Insect bites can be very annoying. Not only does your skin get irritated, but they can be itchy! Make an ointment with baking soda and a little water, and spread it on the bug bite. You can of course also smear the baking soda on it neat, but that will not last. This is very effective against skin irritation and itching.

  1. In general, we can say that baking soda clears the irritation and eases the itching by neutralizing the toxins the insects leave behind, both in your skin and on your skin.

Advantage 11: Deodorant on a natural basis

  1. Of course you can spray or smear regular deodorant under your armpits, but more and more people are avoiding this due to the presence of large amounts of parabens and aluminum in these types of products. How about a natural deodorant, which you can also make yourself? To do this, mix some baking soda with a little bit of water until you get an ointment. Apply this ointment under your armpits: An effective and natural solution to combat unpleasant underarm odors.

Benefit 12: Psoriasis

  1. British researchers have found that psoriasis patients benefit from taking a bath in which half a cup of baking soda has been dissolved. The solution is such that you can apply it daily, if necessary. Baking soda is highly cleansing and will certainly provide relief for people with psoriasis.

Advantage 13: Cystitis

  1. Bacteria like an acidic environment. And since the bladder is an acidic environment, many people suffer from a bladder infection on a regular basis. If you have a bladder infection, you can solve this relatively easily by drinking a solution containing baking soda every day, until the infection has disappeared. Drink one glass of water with baking soda daily. Do not choose a solution that is too strong, because your body can react quite strongly to this. You can safely start with half a teaspoon of baking soda in one glass of water. Listen to your body and adjust the dose if necessary.

Benefit 14: Urinary tract infection

  1. The same also applies to inflammation of the urinary tract. There too it is very acidic, which gives bacteria the opportunity to develop quickly. To fight a urinary tract infection, you can drink a glass of water with half a teaspoon of baking soda every day. This will lower the acidity of your urine, making an important contribution to fighting this infection. Here too, you must listen carefully to your body. Adjust the dose if necessary. You can increase the dose if you don't notice an effect. Reduce the dose immediately, or stop immediately if you experience side effects. Listen to your body!

Benefit 15: Hair care

  1. Of course you take good care of your hair. You wash it regularly and use all kinds of products to keep your hair in optimal condition. But there are always residues of these, mostly chemical, products. To get rid of all these residues, you can add a teaspoon of baking soda to your shampoo. This way you get really sparkling clean hair. Not all fresh and grease-free, but also stripped of all chemical residues from shampoos, conditioners and other hair care products.

  1. Have you just been to the pool? Then your hair is full of chlorine. This can damage your hair and cause the color to fade. Rinse your hair with a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a quart of water. All chlorine residues will disappear like snow in the sun!

Advantage 16: Against gout

  1. The moment uric acid starts to accumulate in your blood, in your urine and in your body tissues, you get gout. It has been said before, but baking soda has the capacity to restore the PH value in your body in order to remove the accumulated uric acid in this way. There are doctors who prescribe baking soda for gout. The dosage is strongly dependent on your current PH value in your body. The most sensible thing to do is to ask your doctor for the correct dosage and frequency. Because if the PH value in your body becomes too high, you will have other problems.

Tips for Using Baking Soda

  1. Although baking soda is almost a â € wonder remedy, â € ™ which should not be missing in any medicine cabinet, you cannot simply take it unlimited. There are a few rules that you must adhere to clearly in order to avoid other health problems.

  1. Although the names baking soda and baking soda are very similar, you cannot use baking soda as baking soda. And in no case use soda as a substitute!

  1. An adult human should never drink more than 6 glasses of water with half a teaspoon each of baking soda. If you are 60 or older, the limit is 3 drinks per day.

  1. You can't just give baking soda to children under the age of 5, in any form, unless directed by a doctor. Do you want to try it anyway? Then consult the doctor, and don't â € doctorâ € ™ yourself.

  1. Baking soda is a temporary solution to solve problems and conditions. Never use baking soda for more than 2 weeks in a row. If the conditions persist, see a doctor.

  1. Baking soda should never contain aluminum. Go to the pharmacy to buy the purest form of baking soda. You can also go to a health food store.

  1. Baking soda has the annoying property that it can affect your supply of vitamins and minerals. This is especially true for folic acid, B vitamins and chromium. For this reason, among other things, you should never use baking soda consistently for more than 2 weeks.

  1. If you have been given a low salt diet by a doctor, then of course you should not use baking soda. Consult with your attending physician if necessary.

  1. Make sure the baking soda is well dissolved in the water. Taking undissolved baking soda can have too much of an effect, with all that that entails.

  1. If you are already taking medication, consult your doctor first about any negative effects that baking soda can cause in combination with the medication.

  1. If you take baking soda dissolved in water, do this at least 1 to 2 hours before a meal. At least on an empty stomach!

  1. If you take too much, too long, baking soda, you can get diarrhea. As soon as you notice this, stop taking baking soda immediately or adjust the dosage.

Finallyâ €

  1. Baking soda is a magical substance that can be used in the fight against many ailments and disorders. But be aware that you cannot just use it unlimited. Follow the advice and consult your doctor if necessary to avoid overdose.

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  1. Do you have any other uses for baking soda? Something from grandmother's time, perhaps? Share it with us in the comments section below. This is greatly appreciated!

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