Baking soda – “first aid” in our life (from health to space hygiene)

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Do you know that there is one food that you have in your own household, which is attributed these effects on health: it has anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal effects, it affects the reduction of the body's acidity which is responsible for the development of a number of diseases, it alleviates skin problems, it has a positive effect to the treatment of certain types of cancer…?

It is the most common baking soda that is used in many recipes, and it is recommended to take it in case of stomach ache.

Baking soda or sodium hydrogencarbonate (NaHCO3) is a crystalline white powder that found its function in baking (an indispensable ingredient of many bakery products), but also in cosmetics, the production of artificial mineral waters and sp

arkling drinks, and the production of textiles, paper and ceramics.

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What is the health effect of baking soda?

  1. Treatment of heartburn
    Heartburn is known as acid reflux, an unpleasant burning sensation that rises from the upper stomach region towards the throat and oral cavity. Heartburn is caused by acid reflux from the stomach and esophagus, the tube that connects the stomach to the mouth. Some of the common causes of reflux are overeating, stress and the intake of fatty and highly spicy foods.

Baking soda can help treat heartburn by neutralizing stomach acids. Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of cold water and drink the mixture slowly.

  1. Rinsing the oral cavity
    Rinsing the mouth is a procedure that many dentists advise as additional oral hygiene. Namely, the rinsing liquid can reach parts of the teeth, gums and oral cavity that are impossible to reach with a toothbrush.

Many cleaners use baking soda instead of mouthwash because it can freshen breath and has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

The recipe is simple: mix half a teaspoon of baking soda in half a glass of warm water and gargle with the liquid, like any other mouthwash.

  1. Alleviation of canker sores in the mouth
    Canker sores are small, painful ulcers that form inside the oral cavity. Unlike canker sores caused by a cold or flu, these canker sores do not occur on the lips and are not contagious. Studies have confirmed that rinsing the mouth with baking soda significantly helps in the treatment of canker sores in the oral cavity.

The recipe is the same as mentioned in the previous chapter.

Teeth whitening
Baking soda is a widely accepted and often used agent for teeth whitening. A number of studies have confirmed that toothpastes containing baking soda are better at whitening teeth and removing plaque than those without baking soda.
The reason for this is probably that baking soda has mild abrasive properties that allow it to break up the molecules that build up on the teeth. It also has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help fight harmful bacteria.
Instead of deodorant
It will surprise many, but human sweat has no smell. Namely, sweat takes on a smell when bacteria found in the armpits penetrate it. These bacteria turn sweat into an acidic, foul-smelling waste product.
Baking soda eliminates sweat odor by reducing the acidity of sweat. Apply baking soda to your armpits and notice the difference in the smell of sweat.
It can improve sports performance
Baking soda is a well-known dietary supplement among athletes. Namely, studies have shown that baking soda can help prolong performance at the highest level of intensity, especially during training such as HIIT or sprints.
As stated in the conclusion of the study conducted by Krustrup et al., “the performance of HIIT training was improved in the case of the previous intake of baking soda in trained young men, with a simultaneous increase in blood alkaloids and peak blood lactate levels, as well as a reduced subjective feeling of exertion.”
During high-intensity training, the muscles begin to produce lactic acid, which is responsible for the burning sensation in the muscles. In addition, lactic acid lowers the pH within the cell, which accelerates muscle fatigue. Baking soda has a high pH which can help delay the feeling of fatigue, allowing the exerciser to maintain their highest exercise level for longer.
A study by Egger et al confirmed that people who took baking soda before training could train at maximum intensity for an average of 4.5 minutes longer than those who trained without baking soda.soda bikarbona
  1. Reduces skin itching
    A baking soda bath is recommended for people who suffer from itchy skin. These baths are especially effective in cases of insect or bee stings.

Additionally, baking soda can help relieve itching from sunburn. Additionally, it is more effective when combined with other ingredients such as cornstarch and oat flour, Han and Maibach point out.

If it is about specific areas, make a paste of baking soda and a few drops of water and apply it to the damaged areas.

  1. Can help heal blisters
    Calluses are hard thickenings of the skin caused by long-term friction or pressure, and the activities that most often cause calluses are walking, sports activities or physical work. Although they are not dangerous skin problems, blisters are more uncomfortable and painful when pressed.

A study conducted by Braun-Falco confirmed that soaking blisters with baking soda helps to soften the skin in the thickened area and reduce pain and discomfort.

  1. It can slow down the progress of chronic kidney diseases
    People with chronic kidney diseases slowly lose the function of these organs. The function of the kidneys is to expel excess waste and water from the body, but also to maintain the balance of minerals such as potassium, sodium and calcium.

A number of studies have studied the influence of baking soda on kidney diseases and its effect on slowing down the progress of this group of diseases has been confirmed. A study by de Brito-Ashurst et al. it was conducted on 134 adults with diagnosed chronic kidney diseases. It has been confirmed that people who took baking soda as a dietary supplement have a 36% lower risk of accelerated kidney failure than people who did not take baking soda.

  1. May improve the treatment of certain types of cancer
    After cardiovascular diseases, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world. This type of disease is most often treated with chemotherapy, which works by slowing the growth of cancer cells. Normally, cancer cells divide and multiply very quickly.

Some studies have studied the influence of baking soda on the growth of tumor formations and have shown that baking soda can help classical chemotherapy to be more effective. Namely, “baking soda can make the tumor environment less acidic, which has a positive effect on chemotherapy treatment”, Raghunand and Gillies point out.

However, these theses are currently based only on studies conducted on animals and cell studies, so human studies are needed to confirm the effectiveness.

What is the best way to consume baking soda?
One of the best ways to take baking soda is in combination with lemon juice. The recipe is simple, as follows:

1 teaspoon of baking soda
250 ml of water
1/2 lemon, squeezed
All ingredients should be mixed well and drunk, preferably in the morning, on an empty stomach.

Who should avoid baking soda?
Before starting regular consumption of baking soda, it would certainly be good to consult a doctor, especially if it is pregnant or nursing women and people who regularly take certain medications. People who are not recommended to take baking soda are:

People suffering from liver disease
People suffering from kidney disease
People with cardiovascular diseases
People with high blood pressure
People sensitive to baking soda
Children under 5 years old
Baking soda in the household
In addition to food, baking soda can also be used in the household:

Neutralizes unpleasant odors from the refrigerator
Freshens the air in the room
It helps whiten laundry
Excellent cleaning agent
Reduces the smell of garbage
Removes stubborn stains from carpets
Helps to polish silverware
Reduces the unpleasant smell of shoes
Baking soda is one of the tools that are used in hundreds of everyday situations, from those related to people's health, to maintaining the hygiene of people and the spaces in which we live.

Additionally, baking soda is very reasonably priced and easily available, so we advise you to always have it in your home because it is, one could say, “first aid” in many life situations.

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