Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, generally used in baked goods. This is one of the highly neglected kitchen ingredients often found tucked in the corner. What we barely know is that baking soda is used for leavening and fluffing cakes and muffins. Did you know that baking soda has health and beauty benefits too?
Baking soda is power-packed with antacid properties and is known to be a great alkalizing agent. It is known to have many antiseptic properties along with being an amazing exfoliator. In its natural form, baking soda is also known as nahcolite, a part of the natural mineral called natron.
Natron is rich in sodium bicarbonate, which is believed that Egyptians used as a soap because of its cleansing properties. Later on, people started manufacturing and selling the compound we know as baking soda. Baking soda has wide use such as a natural deodorant, hand cleanser, toothpaste, teeth whitener, and cleaner.
When it comes to our health, consuming small quantities as regular intake support reducing general body functions by regulating the blood’s natural pH levels by reducing acid levels. Moreover, baking soda is one of the most ancient and highly effective remedies worldwide when soaked in water.
1. Natural antacid
Baking soda has a neutralizing agent for acidity or acid reflux. Sodium bicarbonate in baking soda neutralizes the stomach acid and relieves the many symptoms of acid reflux and other stomach related issues.
2. Natural alkalizing agent
Baking soda is known for its natural alkalizing agent. It is also used to reduce the effect of acid, inflammation in the body, balancing the body’s pH level and for improving overall health.
3. Helps alleviate UTI
The neutralizing agent property of baking soda, reducing the acid levels in the urine, helps alleviate urinary tract infections (UTI).
4. Exercise enhancer
Drinking baking soda will help prevent muscular and joint fatigue caused by the lactic acid released during physical activity or rigorous workouts.
5. Boosts kidney function
Baking soda reduces acid levels in the body and helps to keep the pH levels in normal level. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), the rate of decline in kidney function was greatly reduced – about two-thirds slower than in patients as compared to those who didn’t take baking soda.
6. Treats gout and other joint problems
Baking soda helps neutralizes the high levels of uric acid in the urine and blood in tissues that cause pain and chronic diseases like arthritis and gout.
1. Natural exfoliator
Baking soda is known as an excellent skin exfoliator that has mild abrasive nature, removing dead skin cells and allow cell production. Just pour the right amount of baking soda in water and apply it on your face. Repeat the solution twice a week, not daily.
2. Prevents Acne
Baking soda reduces the inflammation on the skin and lowers the chances of developing acne and pimples. Its anti-bacterial properties help prevent breakouts on the skin.
3. Perfect for dark lips
If you have dark lips, baking soda is good for you. Just mix honey and baking soda and apply it on your lips. let is stay for three minutes and rinse it with water. Tadaah!
4. Helps in teeth whitening
Baking soda also whitens the teeth. It helps to remove the plaque on teeth and removing discoloration due to the alkaline power.
5. Use for hair care solution
Though there’s no proof that baking soda is used as a hair care solution, people believed that it helps to soften your tresses and further promotes hair growth.
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Source: NDTV FOOD