In this article, you’ll learn why you should drink baking soda.
For decades, baking soda has been carrying the name of a powerful “magic powder.” It really can be used in many ways and can make one’s life easier. Besides being good for cleaning, facial and skin care, as well as many other clever ways, baking soda is most known as a natural medicine for stomach problems, heartburn, high acidity and bloat.
Stomach upset, also known as indigestion, can cause nausea, heartburn, and even stomach cancer. These conditions are usually caused by fast and unhealthy food, stress, certain medicines and intestinal blockage. When you drink baking soda, it helps you neutralise the acids in the digestive system, which treats a variety of stomach ailments. It acts as an antacid and is able to break down the fatty substances. Baking soda can help digest heavy foods without the pressure and pain in the abdomen.
Methods of treating stomach problems with baking soda
If you drink baking soda, it may help your stomach problems in several ways. Here are just a few of great recipes which have been tested by many people who swear it’s the best way to help stomach problems.
Baking soda with vinegar and water
Take a small cup of water and add half a teaspoon of baking soda. Stir well and add a tablespoon of vinegar in it. Vinegar will help reduce acidity. Now you will have a small chemical reaction which will look like a magic potion. It might just be that! On the surface, the mixture will begin to create bubbles. Wait a few minutes until the bubbles subside, and then drink a whole glass at once. If you feel any improvement, repeat the procedure.
Baking soda with apple vinegar
Mix a teaspoon of soda with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and add 250 ml of water. As with ordinary vinegar, bubbles will come out on the surface of the glass. Wait until it calms down and drink at once. This method can be applied without water but have in mind that the taste might be heavy and not quite pleasant.
Baking soda with lemon
Squeeze the juice of two lemons and add half a teaspoon of baking soda and a small amount of organic honey. Mix well and drink at once. This process is also used in relieving pain in the stomach and it’s known to have a mild and good taste so you will feel more comfortable using it often.
Baking soda with lemon and mint
Mix one teaspoon of baking soda, a spoon of lemon juice, and some crushed peppermint leaves. Add half a cup of water and stir. If you feel strong burning sensation in the stomach add an ice cube. Drink immediately and after a few minutes, you will feel relief.
Baking soda and peppermint tea
Peppermint tea is a known “grandma’s” home remedy for all kinds of stomach problems. Make a cup of peppermint tea and add a tablespoon of baking soda. As simple as that you will make a powerful medicine. A little bit of lemon juice will make it taste better. The tea will start to work between 10 to 15 minutes.
Why mix baking soda with water?
Sodium bicarbonate mixed with warm water will be rapidly dissolved and absorbed in the intestine more quickly, which enables the body to neutralise the acid. Carbonation that occurs in the stomach will be prevented and stopped. The belching and bloating will be reduced. It will ease stomach discomfort and pain. Try to drink baking soda always with warm water.
When not to use it?
Baking soda can be very useful for stomach problems, but avoid excessive use. Also, do not get children under five years of age to drink baking soda and do not take it if you suffer from heart failure, calcium absorption, renal failure or cirrhosis of the liver. Pregnant women should consult a doctor before taking baking soda for stomach problems.
Baking soda is very effective for pain in the stomach, but it is important to eat healthy, avoid fatty foods and exercise regularly to prevent this pain.
Other great ways to use baking soda
Baking soda is a very mild antiseptic. Being mild does not mean it’s not good. It’s not harmful to us, but for selected types of bacteria, parasites, moulds, and fungi it will be quite harmful. You can disinfect your toothbrush, shoes, different surfaces, and devices by sprinkling a little bit of baking soda powder. You can add it to your bath, shampoo or even make a facial or body scrub with it. If you run out of toothpaste, baking soda is a great substitute. To add some flavor, just wash your mouth with a strong mint tea with baking soda. Make sure that the tea is cold.
For cleaning the bathroom, use a mixture of equal parts of baking soda and vinegar. You can use the same mixture to wash the inside of a refrigerator in order to reduce the odours, as well as all other kitchen surfaces.
At the end of your day, you can add some baking soda to your bath and enjoy all the great benefits of this magic powder. Just have in mind, a small dose is the best dose of all powerful things.
By Apollonas K.