Baking soda also known as soda bicarbonate is an alkaline chemical compound. It is crystalline in form naturally but is turned into a fine powder to be used for cooking and other activities.
Soda bicarbonate when mixed with an acid releases carbon dioxide. This is the reason why ,vinegar and baking soda when mixed together in the cake batter cause the cake to rise. Apart from being used in chemical labs and for cooking, it also has many health benefits.
Helps to Slow the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic Kidney Disease is the gradual loss of the kidney function over a period of months or years. Although treatment can help, this condition isn’t totally curable.
Failure of kidneys, makes it difficult to remove acids and toxins from the body. Baking soda neutralizes acids and helps to bring the acid-alkaline level back to normal. It helps to prevent acids from accumulating in the kidneys. And also protects the kidneys from the associated damage.
A recent report mentioned in the Journal of American Society of Nephrology said that a daily dose of baking soda can help slow the progression of CKD. However, do visit your doctor before adopting this as a part of your kidney management regime. This inexpensive supplement also improves the nutritional status.
Baking Soda to Relieve Sore Muscles
Sore muscles are a result of the accumulation of lactic acid and damage to muscle fibers. Baking soda when mixed with water creates an alkaline solution which helps to buffer down the acid accumulation. It thus helps to restore the acid-alkaline balance in the muscles. The intake of this before exercising can help to prolong the accumulation of lactic acid.
Baking Soda to Treat Acne
Baking soda possesses anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Thus, it can help manage the pain and inflammation of the skin caused by acne. It is used as an exfoliant or brightener. It can be added to the existing acne treatments to boost effects. However, it is not advised to use it every day since it is super drying on the skin. It is therefore recommended that one must use a moisturizer after using baking soda.
*Spot Test- Before using baking soda on your entire face it is advisable to first test it on a patch of your skin and then proceeding further with the full face. This can help you to figure out it will suit your skin or not.
Baking Soda for Heartburn or Acid Reflux
Heartburn is also known as acid reflux. It is a condition wherein the stomach content move back upwards from the stomach back into the esophagus. This happens due to food indigestion.
Baking soda, in this case, acts as an antacid which helps to neutralize the stomach acid.
Helps to Reduce the Inflammation of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease, characterized by the inflammation of the joints. Baking soda has anti-inflammatory properties. It thus calms down the autoimmune response of the body. And also strengthens the anti-inflammatory response.
Apart from these health benefits baking soda has many other uses for example:
- Used for teeth whitening.
- Used as a mouthwash.
- To remove dandruff from the hair.
- For hair removal.
- For the removal of blackheads.