Baking soda is a popular household product that also goes by the names sodium bicarbonate, bicarbonate of soda and sodium hydrogen carbonate. It is one of the most commonly used ingredients these days, and for a good reason. In fact, it is estimated that this miraculous powder is present in about 80 percent of American households.
Its uses are plentiful, to say the least. Most people associate it with an ingredient for baking or something that helps to keep the fridge odor-free, but baking soda is amazingly good for your health and the entire home. Baking soda beauty uses? There are plenty of them as well.
A box of baking soda usually costs a dollar or less. It has been long used as deodorizer, cleanser, and soother. Its uses range from daily hygiene to baking soda health benefits like kidney problems and digestive issues. A half teaspoon of the stuff can ease an acute cause of heartburn or acid reflux. Need to whiten your teeth naturally? Simply make a homemade baking soda toothpaste.
And now, baking soda is being touted as an “inexpensive, safe way to combat autoimmune disease,” including arthritis!
According to researchers at Augusta University’s MCG Department of Physiology, baking soda promotes a proper pH balance in the body. This is very important, as balancing our body’s pH level is vital for optimal health.
Getting back to the study, Dr. Paul O’Connor, a physiologist, and co-author of the study, explains that consuming baking soda works wonders when it comes to normalizing our pH levels. It works by stimulating the production of stomach acid, allowing us to properly digest our next meal, while making it less likely that we’ll suffer indigestion or stomachache.
In addition to promoting digestive health, a key aspect of keeping diabetes symptoms at bay, consuming baking soda affect the spleen as well. “Certainly drinking bicarbonate affects the spleen and we think it’s through the (cells),” says Dr. O’Connor.
To test the degree of these benefits, Dr. O’Connor used an experiment that involved both humans and rats. He administered a mixture of water and baking soda to each group over a period of 2 weeks. At the end of the study, he noticed a significant change in the immune cells of both humans and rats. Baking soda causes the immune cells to suppress inflammatory responses, even in the cells of subjects who had problems with inflammation prior to the study.
How it Works?
First, baking soda promotes a stable production of stomach acid which is critical for proper digestion of food. Body`s ability to digest food and absorb nutrients properly is essential when it comes to keeping inflammation at bay.
Second, it acts on both the stomach and the spleen, calming the immune response and strengthening anti-inflammatory one.
“While there is no fix-all miracle cure out there, there is a reason that home remedies like apple cider vinegar and baking soda have been around for ages. This could really help … patients with inflammation.” – Michelle Neilly, integrative nutritionist.