Great Benefits of Baking Soda
Bicarbonate of soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) is commonly known as baking soda. It produces carbon dioxide bubbles which make the cakes, breads and muffins to rise.
Other than cooking benefits it has lots of health benefits too. It is one of the fastest acting antacids. Sodium bicarbonate has a pH of 8.4 and it is mildly alkaline.
Stops Heart burns
Heart burns occur when the hydrochloric acid from stomach moves to the esophagus carrying a burning sensation. This can be stopped immediately by taking a teaspoon of Sodium Bicarbonate. You can also take it in tablet form. When you eat Sodium Bicarbonate drink a glass of lemon juice with it to dispel gas that will be formed during the reaction between Sodium Bicarbonate and Hydrochloric acid. Sodium Bicarbonate converts HCL into Sodium Chloride and Carbon dioxide which are harmless. But don’t consume Sodium Bicarbonate too often as it may raise the blood pressure levels.
Combats tooth damaging acid
Certain types of bacteria produce harmful acids that erode the tooth enamel. Rinsing your mouth with baking soda several times a day completely removes the acid. You can also brush your teeth using baking soda.
It is slightly abrasive and it polishes the teeth without creating any harm to the enamel.
Prevents foot odor and Athlete’s foot
Wash your foot with warm water after adding a teaspoon of Bicarbonate of soda to it and this removes any bad odor. It can also be used for treating athlete’s foot.
Knock out Stings
Instead of scratching during insect bites make a paste of water and Sodium bicarbonate and apply it over the affected areas. This gives quick relief from itching sensation. This treatment can also be used for itching due to chicken pox.
Babies with nappy often get skin rashes. To remove rashes give bath to the baby with warm water which has sodium bicarbonate added to it. It removes itching sensation very quickly and heals rashes.
Get rid of sore throat
If you have sore throat add ½ teaspoon of the salt to warm water and gargle every 3 to 4 hours. This reduces the pain caused by acids and you will get quick relief.
- Rinsing mouth with Sodium Bicarbonate solution cures mouth ulcers.
- Apply a paste of salt and water to heal sun burns.
- Taking the soda salt with water after dinner reduces bladder inflammations.