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The Wonders of Baking Soda


Everyone has this amazing mineral in their home, but I will bet you are not using it to its full potential.  From everything from kidney care to skin care, check out what this incredible powder can do for you.  Also known as nahcolite, it is a mineral mined in California, Colorado, Botswana, Mexico and Kenya.  When taken orally, it raises the serum levels of bicarbonate, which is made by the kidneys and acts as an acid buffer in the body.  Remember cancer loves an acidic environment in the body, and baking soda alkalizes the body. (1)

            According to the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, “Nutritional parameters improved significantly with bicarbonate supplementation, which was well tolerated. This study demonstrates that bicarbonate supplementation slows the rate of progression of renal failure to ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) and improves nutritional status among patients with CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease)” (2) This study involved 134 patients and the supplementation was tolerated well.

            Baking soda can be an alternative to taking antibiotics for a urinary tract infection, and it is something you can start taking the minute you think you have one.  One study concluded, “Urine alkalization with NaHCO3 (baking soda) orally (4 grams 2x per day) in female patients with LUTS and acidic urine pH has a significant level of positive effects on symptoms and symptom scores. Our results show that this new treatment modality-which is inexpensive, easy to use, and has a low side-effect profile is effective in this chronic patient group.” (3)

            As I mentioned, baking soda neutralizes acid and balances the pH of the body and is useful for acid reflux or heartburn.  Remember, more is not better, if you over consume, it could cause an increase in acid production.

            Baking soda is antibacterial and antifungal.  Specifically, baking soda has been proven to kill Streptococcus mutans (the bacteria that causes CAVITIES) (4)  It is also very effective against fungal groups, yeasts, dermatophytes and molds, responsible for human skin and nail infections.  “We first evaluated the in vitro antifungal activity of SB (Sodium Bicarbonate) on 70 fungal strains isolated from skin and nail infections: 40 dermatophytes, 18 yeasts and 12 molds. A concentration of 10 g/L SB inhibited the growth of 80% of all the fungal isolates tested on Sabouraud dextrose agar.” (5)

            Baking soda has also been used for over 80 years as an athletic performance enhancer, boosting energy and speedy recovery.  “The effect of chronic use of bicarbonate supplementation prior to high-intensity workouts to promote better training performance and adaptations is worthy of further investigation.” (6)

            As an aesthetician, I would be remiss if I did not mention how wonderful baking soda is for your skin!!!  It is a wonderful exfoliator, and because it is so inexpensive you can use it on your whole body, including your face! You can simply mix it with water to form a paste or add it to coconut oil to make a scrub. It will also even out your skin tone, lightening any dark spots or red scarring from acne.  Don’t forget your hands, elbows, knees and feet!  BS is effective against sunburn, itchy rashes, allergic rashes and poison ivy or oak, bug bites too.  Soaking a splinter in BS and warm water will remove it.

            Around the house it is indispensable!  Use it as a kitchen and bathroom scrub and freshener; for pots and pans, carpet cleaner, silverware cleaner, oven cleaner, coffee/tea pot cleaner and if you should have a small grease fire - a fire extinguisher!!!

             
 
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