By Paul Scicluna, 1 August 2015
People generally think of baking soda as an item for cleaning or cooking, but most don't know it can be used as a powerful healing tool. It's also known as bicarbonate of soda can be used as a great home based remedy for relieving everything from bug stings through to everyday ailments. Baking soda is an inexpensive household item that has been used for decades to help and improve one's health.
This household item is also a natural substance used in the human body to regulate and balance pH avoiding acid build up, which is critical to life. Sodium Bicarbonate also balances the pH of our tissues and cells and helps with oxygenation of the body.
So here's 5 natural baking soda health remedies you can implement straight away:
The majority of over the counter antacids, such as Rolaids and Tums, contain some form of bicarbonate. There is a more cost-effective and healthy way to find relief of indigestion or heartburn. Create your own antacid by mixing ½ teaspoon of baking soda with ½ cup of water. Drink this an hour or two after meals.
2. Bites, Stings and Sunburn
This is an easy way to help reduce the itchiness or stings from a bug bite or thorn from a plant, as well as being great for sunburn. To get relief from bug bites, sunburn and things like poison ivy, mix baking soda with a little water and stir it into a liquid paste. Then apply it directly to the sore.
Many commercial shampoos contribute to dandruff so try and have a break from your normal shampoo for a while and try this baking soda shampoo. Mix baking soda with a little water and stir it into a liquid paste. Then massage it into your wet scalp. After a few minutes rinse out thoroughly with water.
Many people will know that feeling when they have given their gym routine a good go as they'll feel that burn form lactic acid. Try this tip out! Take a teaspoon of baking soda mixed in a glass of water before intense exercise. The sodium bicarbonate minimizes the lactic acid that builds up in your muscles. It's also been shown to minimize fatigue and due to this it can contribute to athletic performance.
5. Sore Feet
Everyone knows what it feels like she you have been running around all day, to the point your feet are aching and sore. One of the top natural remedies to help ease those aching feet is to add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to a large bowl, container or foot bath, then add warm to hot water. Stir it through and then place your feet in. Let them soak for 10 minutes. This is a natural foot soak that helps to ease sore and achy feet.
All the best,
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