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The Power of Baking Soda

Baking Soda

Baking Soda

Hi Folks,

Hope everyone is ready for Halloween.

Speaking of Trick or Treat, don’t be tricked by over the counter remedies that do more harm than good.

Here’s some easy applications to a common item found in most kitchens….

Baking Soda ~

Baking soda is often thought of as a baking necessity and not much else.

It turns out this natural salt can help with health in ways most people simply aren’t aware of.

These baking soda uses are safe and effective and can help out with common ailments many people suffer from.

1: Baking Soda Can Help Treat Symptoms of GERD 

GERD  (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is usually displayed in people’s lives as indigestion, ulcers, and heart burn.

Most people turn to anti-heart burn medications to to treat the symptoms of GERD.

And while effective, they can also exacerbate the problem.

Baking soda works similarly to many medication as it neutralizes the stomach acid that causes that distinct burning and pain.

Though not recommended for consistent and long-term use (baking soda can disrupt electrolyte balance) baking soda treatment can be quite helpful for temporary relief of these common maladies.

For dosage:

“½ teaspoon fully dissolved in a half a glass of water, taken every two hours (do not take more than seven ½ teaspoons in 24 hours, or three ½ teaspoons if you’re over 60″
2. Baking Soda Can Improve Athletic Performance.

Using baking soda to help with athletic performance is known as soda doping.

It’s not a common use of baking soda but there has been research to prove athletes who participate in endurance events experience positive effects.

The researchers write:

“Essentially, sodium bicarbonate is an alkali substance that increases the pH of the blood. This seems to reduce and offset the acidity produced in the muscles during intense, anaerobic exercise that produces lactic acid most quickly, such as fast running or swimming.”

Again as reference in point one, sustained and continued use of baking soda to increase athletic performance isn’t recommended, only because doing so can disrupt electrolyte balance.

However in the vent you have a race or something similar coming up in the future then “soda doping” might help.

3: You Can Use Baking Soda to Treat Bug Bites

Dr. Wiggy saunders writes:

Baking soda has the remarkable property of working to neutralize the irritation associated with things like mosquito bites, bee stings, and the annoying itchiness of poison ivy.

Things most of us will deal with several times every year.

I recommend making a baking soda paste for the best use of baking soda to treat the irritation. To create the paste mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a few drops of water so it creates an easily spreadable paste. Then apply the paste to the irritation and place a bandage over it. That should do the trick in helping to relieve the irritation.

If you’d like to enhance the treatment process you can make the paste with aloe vera. This will actually cause it to stick to your skin a little bit better and will provide a cooling and soothing sensation as well.

4:  Use it to Remove Splinters 

Perhaps one of the most unique uses of baking soda is for the removal of splinters.

Baking soda applied to the wound site can actually cause the skin to swell and dislodge the splinter from within.

This eliminates the need to damage skin with tweezers as you seek to dig it out on your own.

To make this work simply “Make a paste of out of the baking soda (similar consistency as described in point #2) and then place it over the splinter. Bandage it and let it sit for a few hours. This should cause the skin to swell slightly and expel the particle. If that doesn’t work then try it again in a few more hours.” 

With a few applications you can get a splinter out with relative ease.

Here’s to a Boundrylessly Happy ~ Healthy Fall-Winter Season !

Baking Soda

Baking Soda

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