Baking soda is one of the most versatile and powerful natural remedies for countless health disorders. Because I insist my patients test their urine weekly, first void of the morning, and to insure they maintain an average pH. of 7.5, questions continually arise as to what the actual health benefits include, the following is a brief summary.
3500 BC: Ancient Egyptians use natron (primarily comprised of sodium carbonate) as a soap-like cleaning agent and also used it to make mummies. 1843: Alfred Bird, a British chemist, makes the first version of baking powder to help out his wife, who was allergic to yeast. 1846: The Arm & Hammer brand is created...CLICK to continue reading...
This cheap, yet effective, ingredient can be used to prevent colds, headaches, cancer, skin, issues, and much more. Additionally, it can be used as a product for oral hygiene, as a deodorant, etc.
Baking soda is often used to treat and prevent numerous health issues, including acidity, peptic ulcer, diarrhea, drug intoxication, and metabolic acidosis.
Additionally, because it contains sodium it helps prevent bladder infections, kidney stones, and hyperkalemia. It has potent anti-pruritic (anti-itch) properties which support skin health.
Some Important Health Benefits of Baking Soda:
- Relieves Heartburn
Experts claim that a heartburn is a result of the acid buildup in the stomach, and when the acid goes up the esophagus, it causes a burning sensation or a heartburn. Baking soda can immediately relieve it.
- Treats Cold and Flu symptoms
Numerous people use baking soda to naturally treat colds and flu. Baking soda effectively destroys viruses if used in the early stages of the infection. It accomplishes this by quickly alkalizing the body pH and scientifically we know that bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even cancer, cannot survive in an alkaline environment. At the first sign of cold or flu, try the following:
Day 1: 6 doses of ½ tsp. baking soda mixed with warm water every 2 hours.
Day 2: 4 doses of the same mixture every 3 hours.
Day 3: 2 doses of the mixture – one in the morning and one in the evening.
Day 4: 1 dose a day until the symptoms disappear.
- Neutralizes Stomach Acid
Baking soda efficiently neutralizes stomach acid, as it restores the pH balance in the body. The consumption of ½ teaspoon of baking soda and 1 cup of water will provide excellent effects. Unhealthy diets often raise the acidity levels in the body, and baking soda neutralizes it and maintains a healthy pH balance.
The famous German doctor and Nobel prize winner Otto Warburg found that cancer cells cannot thrive in an alkaline environment – confirming that the alkaline body can effectively prevent cancer and all kinds of health maladies and diseases.
- Treats Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Since cancer cells and bacteria survive in an acidic environment, the use of baking soda on a daily basis will alkalize the body and treat the infection. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of warm water and consume it on a daily basis.
- Relieves Kidney Stone Discomfort
Kidney stones may often be a result of uric acid buildup, and the regular consumption of baking soda water is reported to dissolve stones and prevent formation of new ones.
- Improves Physical Performance
Due to its alkalinity, baking soda can enhance physical performance, as it lowers the lactic acid levels released by the muscles – helping you to endure a more strenuous and longer training.
- Relieves Gout Pain
Gout is an inflammation of the joints and is a result of the accumulation of uric acid in the body. Since baking soda effectively prevents the acid buildup, its consumption significantly relieves gout pain.
A Simple Test for Low-Stomach-Acid
To help digestion, our stomach produces hydrochloric acid (HCL), in order to break down proteins into essential amino acids, stimulate the function of the pancreas and prevent diseases by destroying harmful bacteria.
However, the reduced levels of HCL can lead to various gastric issues, like indigestion, bloating, heartburn, and constipation.
To evaluate acid levels in the stomach, you can do the following simple test:
Mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 8-oz. cold water, and drink it as soon as you wake up in the morning, on an empty stomach. If the HCL levels are adequate, you should belch in about 2-3 minutes afterward.