Last Modified on May 02, 2016
A variety of health aids, personal hygiene products and household cleaners on the market today are laced with toxic cleaners and other concerning substances. Baking soda, on the other hand, is a natural chemical compound that restores health, cleanses the body and eradicates toxic substances. From its use as a medicinal substitute to a household cleaning product, baking soda is effective at restoring balance in the body and the home without harsh chemicals or toxins.
What Is Baking Soda?
Baking soda, otherwise known as sodium bicarbonate, is a natural substance that helps regulate pH. This regulation keeps a substance from becoming too acidic or too alkaline, which is important in maintaining health. As baking soda contacts another substance, it naturally neutralizes the pH of the substance and prevents further imbalance or buffers the pH. With this effect, baking soda is able to neutralize odors, remove stains, detox the body and eliminate infection.
While baking soda is a particularly effective health treatment, it should also be noted that the substance can deplete the body of essential vitamins and minerals, particularly B vitamins, folic acid and chromium. Baking soda is best used for short periods of time in conjunction with other nutritional supports to prevent nutritional imbalances.
Health Benefits of Sodium Bicarbonate
With its natural pH neutralizing effects, baking soda serves a variety of purposes. The compound is effective for reducing pain, eliminating infection and treating inflammation.
As such, sodium bicarbonate is used to treat a variety of conditions. Acne, allergies, canker sores and bacterial infections can successfully be treated using a baking soda regimen. Burns, bee stings, and cysts also respond well to treatment with the compound. Other conditions including fatigue, cough, congestion, flatulence, gout, gum disease and others can also be treated using baking soda.
While baking soda is a readily available product in most households, few individuals are aware of how many different ways the product can be used. Baking soda is an effective treatment for a variety of health conditions and can be used to detox the body and eliminate infection safely.
Remedies for Baking Soda
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Details from the box of Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda:
Serving Size: 1/8 teaspoon (600mg) **
Total Fat: 0g
Sodium 150mg (6% Daily Value)
**Amount in a serving of baked food.
* acid indigestion
* sour stomach
* upset stomach due to these symptoms
Do not use if you are on a sodium restricted diect unless directed by a doctor.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking a prescription drug. Antacids may interact with certain prescription drugs.
Do not administer to children under age 5.
STOMACH WARNING: TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY, DO NOT TAKE UNTIL POWDER IS COMPLETELY DISSOLVED. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT NOT TO TAKE THIS PRODUCT WHEN OVERLY FULL FROM FOOD OR DRINK.
Consult a doctor if severe stomach pain occurs after taking this product.
Stop use and ask a doctor if symptoms last more than 2 weeks.
Add 1/2 teaspoon to 1/2 glass of water every 2 hours or as directed by physician.
Dissolve completely in water.
Accurately measure 1/2 teaspoon.
Do not take more than the following amounts in 24 hours:
Seven 1/2 teaspoons
Three 1/2 teaspoons if you are over 60 years
Do not use the maximum dosage for more than 2 weeks.
Other Information: Each 1/2 teaspoon contains 616mg sodium
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Posted by Eileen (St Andrews, Fife, Scotland) on 03/24/2009
Ted mentions ACV with Baking Soda. I assume the latter is Sodium Bicarbonate (and not what we call Baking Powder here in the UK). I live in UK and tried to locate pharmaceutical grade Sodium Bicarbonate but was confused that it came under the heading of Industrial Chemicals with other cleaning agents!! Have I got the right stuff. I don't want to end up swallowing something I'm supposed to claen my kitchen sink with!!
Many thanks, Eileen
EC: Baking soda is both used for cleaning and for heartburn! Here are 2 posts from apple cider vinegar + baking soda page that may clarify the issue:
04/23/2007: Janelle from Brisbane, Australia replies: "After reading a lot of comments regarding this remedy, it seems that people are getting confused between Bicarb Soda and Baking Soda. They are two different products. Could you please make it clear to those people who are referring to Bicarb Soda. Thanks.
4/24/2007: Janelle writes again: "Hi, I wrote to you yesterday asking if you could advise people about the difference between Baking Soda and Bicarbonate Soda. It seems that it was actually my mistake. In Australia and England (it seems) we don't refer to a product called Baking Soda. We call it Bicarb Soda. I think some people outside the US are getting confused because we also have Baking Powder which is a different product, usually Wheat/Corn flour with added Mineral Salts. Bicarb Soda is definately Sodium Bicarbonate and is the correct product. Hope this clears things up. Thanks for the great website."
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Posted by Swatantra (Bhopal, Mp - India) on 11/18/2012
I had taken Sodium Bicarbonate powder about 1 tsp in a glass of water first thing in the morning and also 1 tsp at bedtime for 6-7 days. Later on the quantity was reduced to about 1/2 tsp for another week. In all for about 15 days. I felt completely releived of my sevear acidity and heart burn problem. I have stopped continuous use because I am not sure how long Sodium Bicarbonate can be consumed safely. I shall be extremely thankful if any one can guide me weather it is safe to consume SB on daily basis?
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Posted by Shotzie (Lynchburg, Va) on 04/05/2010
Last night I had such an attack of gastric acid reflux I thought I was going to have a heart attack and die. I am not exaggerating. I tried everything ice, tums, milk.... Then I went on line and googled your site. I tried the baking soda 1/4 tsp in 8 oz of water and what a difference. WOW I am singing your praises today. Did sleep upright in the recliner finally got some sleep. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! Why hasn't a doctor told me this before? Today I do have some chest congestion ( I think I got some acid in my lungs) but what a difference. I have bookmarked your site and will be here again. Thanks so much!!!
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Posted by Barbara (Greenbrae, Ca) on 01/25/2010
I have been researching all the info I can find about whether it's safe to take baking soda to reduce acid in the stomach/body. (I have gastritis and GERD). The conclusive evidence I've found states that NO, it isn't safe-- if you add bicarbonate to the stomach and blood directly, over time it actually interferes with the body's natural ability to produce necessary acid for digestion. For example, many OTC remedies such as Tums aren't made to be taken on a regular basis, just for an emergency aid now and then. So I just wanted to share this perspective, since so many folks are adding baking soda to ACV, or drinking it alone on a daily basis. I'm going for barley juice to alkalinize, plus the proper diet, supplements, etc.. Barbara
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Posted by Phil (Dearing, Ga/usa) on 01/15/2010
Hello to all. I was wondering about some things I have read and need to know the differance.
It is said as people get older that their stomach acid decreases and maybe Iodine should be supplemented.
Then it is said to take baking soda on an empty stomach before meals to help with alkalinty.
My questions is... Would the baking soda decrease stomach acid futher or is there a differance???Someone please answer this if you know.
Also, say I want to use blackstrap molasses for sweet tea, instead of sugar. I currently use a half of cup of sugar per gallon of tea. How much Blackstrap would be equivalent?
Thanks in advance!
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Posted by Sandy (Salisbury, MD) on 05/09/2008
WOW! I googled whether using sodium bicarb frequently for acid reflux might be harmful - and was amazed at all the information and other uses for it! I will be printing this for future use, and for my sister, who is a nurse suffering with gout, to see if it helps her. I am getting extremely interested in finding more natural ways to treat symptoms and illnesses after working in the medical field for 25 years, and seeing how frequently prescribed medications don't help, or the side effects or interactions are too much to deal with. I'll check your site frequently!! Thanks!
Posted by James (Houston, TX) on 01/18/2008
Hi I have occasional acid refulx and my wife has it severe at times. DO NOT TAKE ACV for Acid Reflux! It just doesn't make any sense. Acid Reflux is an Acid - you neutralize Acids with Bases (Alkaline).
pH less than 7 = Acidic, pH > 7 = Basic (Alkaline). Vinegar pH = 3ish
An antacid is any substance, generally a base, which counteracts stomach acidity. In other words, antacids are stomach acid neutralizers. I truly believe that adding an ACID to your stomach to reduce Stomach Acid is the wrong approach. You should add a BASE like baking soda. Rolaids & Tums are both Calcium Carbonate. Alka-Seltzer is Soduim BiCarbonate. Baking Soda = Sodium BiCarbonate. In the duodenum, gastric acid is neutralized by sodium bicarbonate. So Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) is used internally by the body to naturally regulate stomach Acid. The equation is HCl NaHCO3 → NaCl H2CO3. HCL = HydroChloric (Stomach) acid
NaHC03 = Baking Soda.
Just add a little bit of baking soda to some water, swirl it around, and drink it. Within a few minutes you will belch. The belch is the gas released when the baking soda neutralizes your stomach acid (or if its crept into your throat it will neutralize it there). You will feel much better immediately. Baking Soda is completely safe.
'Why would you ever want to add an acid (vinegar) to another acid (HCL) with the hopes of reducing acid? That doesn't make any sense.
Vinegar is acetic acid (CH3COOH). Some of these recipies recommend you add Baking Soda to ACV. When vinegar is added to sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), it produces a volatile mixture of carbonic acid rapidly decomposing into water and carbon dioxide bubbles, making the reaction "fizz". It is exemplified as the typical acid-base reaction in school science experiments. The salt that is formed is sodium acetate. Basically, this little experiment proves that its better to just take baking soda. The Vinegar is the acid and the Baking Soda is the base. The Baking Soda neutralizes the acid. Its the same way in your stomach, just add the Baking Soda and it will neutralize the acid. All you need is about a teaspoon of baking soda in an ounce or two of water. Problem solved immediately.
Good luck and I hope this helps.
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Posted by Gina (Newport, United Kingdom) on 12/23/2007
Thank you for this site. I had lump in throat, uncomfortable in the back discomfort in the chest area. ACID REFLUX was taking over. Now honestly I do not have any symptons I drank southern comfort last night for the first time in years. The cure for me was, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in the morning and night, still taking omeprazole in the day. NO CHOCOLATE OR FAT WHAT SO EVER. Porridge for break fast. No more pain honest.
Posted by Marty (Lake Alfred, FL) on 05/05/2007
I use baking soda in all my drinking water for better health in general. Use only enough too nuturalize the acid found in nearly all municipal water supplies and [unbeliveably] in bottlrd water too.I got relief from acid reflux, not nearly as much cold or sinus problem, and better joint condition.I did the PH test several times and found a pinch of baking soda about the size of the small finger nailin every glass or bottle of store bought water does the job. Most people have an acidic Body PH and the object is to keep the body PH above 7. 7.2 would be great. There are many other health benifits to this. 6 to 8 glasses per day recomended, the water taste better too. If you mix the soda with water and can taste the soda you are using too much. Be Healthy Be Happy!! Marty
Posted by Alakhi (Livingston, Mt) on 02/20/2013
I have been using baking soda internally to treat my acne and it has really worked for me! I also ocasssiinally wash my face with it, about once per week. I realize how well it worked now that I have not used it for a week. I have about 10 pimples on my face. Back on the baking soda!
Posted by London (Sandusky , Ohio) on 08/08/2010
Baking soda is very good for acne. I've been using it as a face wash in place of soap for the last 6 months, and I have seen a great difference. However, I wash my face with castile soap in the mornings in the shower as well. I do the baking soda when I wash my face at nite. Make a paste, rinse, etc
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Posted by Sweetpea (Henderson, Nv, U.S.) on 10/29/2009
Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) for Acne
My son is 12 years old and has bad acne for about 1 1/2 years. I tried many of the over the counter products: cleansers, facial scrubs, toners, astringents, and moisturizers, but nothing worked. While doing some house cleaning using sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and water it occured to me to try that for a face wash for him. I made a paste and have him use it every morning and every night ~ he uses it like any other facial cleanser and it has been fantastic! The pimples have shrunk in size and many are gone. His pores are much smaller. It doesn't burn, sting, or dry out his face. And best of all, it is really inexpensive.
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Posted by Missy (Thief River Falls, MN) on 02/25/2008
I have been using baking soda in the mornings with my face wash for over 6 months now and I have been acne free since. I am 35 and was still experiencing mild acne with more breakouts around my menstrual cycle. I don't even experience a single pimple around that time of the month! It's truly amazing to me! I started using Hydrogen Peroxide after I washed my face and shortly after I added the baking soda, so I thought it was the combo, but I started to get lazy and stopped using the peroxide, and didn't get any flare ups so now I know it was just the baking soda doing the work!
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Posted by Fet (Hampton, Va, United States) on 11/08/2011
Baking Soda for an acidic ph
How long would I have to drink water w/ baking soda for it to balance out my ph? And would I have to make it a regular part of my water drinking routine? I know in small amounts it's good for you, but I'm hoping a few weeks of doing it daily would be fine.
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