Baking Soda Health Benefits

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Skin
Posted by Ttecha (Montego Bay, Jamaica) on 02/01/2008
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Hi, I read the caveat that Baking Soda can deplete vitamins in the body. Recently, I started using it to clean my face instead of using soap. I use about 1 tablespoon full mixed and apply it directly to my wet face twice per day. Is this safe? I have combination skin but no matter what I used, my face would become very dry and tight after cleansing. Then I would have to moisturize which makes my skin very very oily afterwards. The baking soda seems to be helping with this problem. Thanks!

Multiple Cures
Posted by LorenP (Henderson, Nevada USA) on 06/14/2009
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For constipation and relief of muscle and knee pain, I take half a teaspoon of baking soda when I get up in the night to void. It produces results soon after getting up for the day, muscle pains are much less and after doing this for several days my knee pain is gone. There is no happiness like an empty rectum. I'm 82.

Alkalizing pH
Posted by Bill (Milwaukee, WI) on 10/22/2008
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I find the 1/2 to a full teaspoon of baking soda is the only thing that alkalizes my urine ph the next morning. Does anyone know if this much baking soda is bad for the liver, kidneys, or the body in any way?

Allergies
Posted by Rhonda (Ny) on 04/25/2016
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I started suffering from allergies as an adult.

This season, allergies hit me about six weeks ago. Every year I go to the doctor. Every year she says the same thing: "This year is going to be the worst year when it comes to allergies." I get prescribed the same medicine, which doesn't relieve me of the the symptoms.

This year, I suffered the normal symptoms. Stuffing noise, tearing eyes, excessive coughing and a lot of phlegm.

Last week I started drinking about 4 ounces of luke warm water with a tablespoon of baking soda (sodium bicarb). All of the above systems have stopped. I haven't felt this good in weeks.


Alkalizing pH
Posted by Just Chillin (Vannes, France) on 12/08/2010

Just joined this wonderful site, its amazing to read about natural cures. I have been taking bicarb of soda and lemon for quite a while, (for alkalizing) and didn't realize needed to have a break of 2 days or so. I now do that, but am still uncertain of the correct mix of the solution. I have been taking half of a small spoon ( coffee spoon)of bicarb with juice of half a lemon twice a day. I have tried adding the bicarb slowly till it stops fizzing, but it never seems to do that. I have also been trying to get off of beta-blockers Propranolol that my dr prescribed back in March for anxiety, & mild high bloodpressure ( I think it was just white coat syndrome) They made feel worse than I did before, am now down to less than a quarter of a tablet twice a day. I wondered whether I should take Apple Cider Vinegar as well. Any advice would be most welcome,
Thank you in advance


Alkalizing pH
Posted by Bill (Satellite Beach, FL) on 03/20/2009
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I have found that the only thing that alkalizes my body is aluminum free backing soda. I take about a teaspoon a day, usually at night on an empty stomach. It does work, as the ph strips confirm, but I wonder is it healthy to do this everyday? Does someone know the accurate answer to this?

EC: FYI -- Aluminum-free baking soda is a bogus product. Read the feedback here:
https://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/baking_soda.html#ALUMINUM

Skin Cancer
Posted by Barbara (New Zealand) on 03/14/2016
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I was recently found to have BASAL CELL CARCINOMA on my nose. The day before Christmas 2015 had a biopsy which showed cancer cells. I treated it 50-50 with baking soda and coconut oil daily, covered with a small plaster.

Each evening, I cleansed it with APPLE CIDER vinegar and applied an antibiotic cream to promote healing.

Febuary 15th 2016 had a piece removed for testing and there was no CANCER there. Unfortunately, the hole left in the side of my nose is now being reconstructed, Hopefully worth the pain to prove it worked.


Baking Soda Details
Posted by Mesem (Toulon, France) on 01/05/2011

I grew up in the 1970's with parents who took cidre vinegar, brewers yeast, molasses, kelp, yogurt etc. My mother did not like using bicarbonate of soda in cooking because it destroys B-vitamins. Many restaurants use it to make their greens look greener - beware. I cannot follow Ted's advice of SB with ACV because of this."


04/01/2011: Peter from Eden, Nsw Australia replies: "In my own case or personal experience. For the last 20 years I have suffered from reflux or upset stomach. Many doctors have prescribed reflux medication, some helped but nothing fixed the problem. So after cleaning a drain with Bi Carb (Baking Soda) I thought I would try it on myself. I took half a small teaspoon of bi carb in about an inch of water in a glass. This instantly fixed the reflux. (Great) and lasted for a week.

Note: If you suffer chest pains, as the above take half a small teaspoon of bi carb in about an inch of water in a glass. If you only have Reflux or indigestion it will instantly neutralise the acid causing reflux and related pain. If however the pain persists after 5 minutes it could be angina or heart related.

However over the years the daily dosage needed to keep the reflux in check rose to 5 teaspoons of bi-carb each day. Finally in desperation I looked through the Internet. The cause of the reflux I had been having all those years was caused by sugar. 8 to 10 cups of coffee and tea each day with 2 spoons of sugar in each cup, also several glasses of soft drinks. That's about 8000 yes eight thousand spoonfuls a year. So I simply cut out sugar and soft drinks (No artificial sweeteners or chocolate) Since that day I have never had reflux or needed to take anything to combat it.

I also had a problem over many years with painful mouth ulcers. Constantly reoccurring. I cut out using tomato sauce and this problem also went away (could be the high levels of sugar and acids).

Everyone who eats sugar suffers from an upset stomach in varying degrees. It does not worry some people. However the human body makes a natural antacid to balance this. However it uses the calcium in your body to produce this natural antacid. So if you consume large amounts of sugars in your diet you could have to take calcium supplements.

Regards, Peter


Body Odor
Posted by Denise (Massachusetts) on 11/22/2016 22 posts
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I recently tried baking soda under arm as a deodorant and I gotta tell you, it is fantastic. If I knew about this years ago oh life would have been so much better as I had struggled with commercial deodorants that didn't contain aluminum, which were hard to find in the past and they don't work ANYWHERE as good as baking soda. Just one point - I apply the tiniest amount to dry underarms. I don't use water. It lasts for days I tell you! An absolute god send!


Baking Soda Teeth Abrasivity
Posted by Myway (Usa) on 01/31/2016

In an effort to stop the misinformation about the abrasive nature of baking sodanon teeth, I found the research data on the RDA (relative dental Abrasivity) for common dental toothpastes and baking soda. From this chart, it can be assumed that baking soda is greatly LESS abrasive then everyday commercial toothpastes with a rating of "7." Here is the link....

http://c2-preview.prosites.com/131248/wy/docs/131248_rdh sheet.pdf

Some person on this site had stated that baking soda was abrasive to teeth......grrrrrrr. The studies are clear...it has low abrasivity!

Let me go brush my teeth.....with my baking soda, coconut oil, frankincense tooth polish - diy of course!!!!!

MyWay :D

Aluminum in Baking Soda
Posted by Ginger (Quebec, CA) on 12/20/2014

I want to use baking soda as a remedy. I would like to know if the regular baking soda available in stores, contains aluminum?

I am hesitant to use this remedy as aluminum is so dangerous. Thank you for your replies. I appreciate your help.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Alakhi (Livingston, Montana) on 08/08/2013
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Baking soda for pcos and acne: I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the baking soda remedy!! It has helped me better than anything with my skin issues, and there is no comparison in how I feel. It seems to help me with all of my food allregies too! I drink the baking soda and use it to wash my face. When I stop using this my issues come back.

Acne
Posted by Alakhi (Livingston, Mt) on 02/20/2013
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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!


Acid Reflux
Posted by Shotzie (Lynchburg, Va) on 04/05/2010
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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!!!

Acid Reflux
Posted by Mike (Sydney, Australia) on 01/11/2012

Here is my formula for curing serious heart disease.

1. Stop Red Meat

2. Filter your water and shower water: Chlorine causes heart disease as does fluoride.

3. Take as much Spirulina as you can - 40 grams a day is a good start. You need the protein.

4. Start taking at least 2mg of Magnesium chloride or Magnesium citrate from a quality supplier. Keep some handy. If you get chest pains, take another 2mg Magnesium is emergency room medicine for heart patients - why? Because people are deficient in it, that's why their hearts are giving out. It also helps prevent and undo the calcification of the arteries, relaxes the heart.

5. Get Cayenne pepper super hot in pills. If you get chest pains or heart attack, together with the magnesium, take that stuff. Known to stop heart attacks.

6. Start taking quality fermented (if possible) organic rice protein - I recommend Boku Protein, or Sun warrior protein every day. You need the protein, this is easily absorbable. Don't over do it though. Relaxes the heart, helps the body rebuild.

7. Plenty of clean water, but not too much. Don't stress the kidneys out. Relax, take it easy. If you have stress in your life, take practical steps to remove it.

Go nuts on the spirulina. It's a food not a supplement. It has everything you need. Do not supplement with iron. Get your blood levels for Iron tested by blood test. If it is high, donate blood to a blood bank to help relieve excess iron. Excess iron is common and can kill you from heart attack as well. Excess calcium is also a problem do not take calcium supplements unless under direction of a naturopath or doctor who has properly tested to determine you are deficient (most westerners are NOT).

Get adequate mid day sunshine. VERY important also. At least 30 minutes in full mid day sunshine to at least 50% of the body is preferable. Do not shower until the following morning if possible. This is giving you Vitamin D3 in the sulfate form which is best. If youc an't do this, get supplements, they are cheap. Vitamin D3, not D2. Take 5000 to 10,000mg per day.


Acid Reflux
Posted by James (Houston, TX) on 01/18/2008
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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.

Multiple Cures
Posted by DrJ (Bombay, India) on 03/29/2009

Dear Linda, the reason for the genital yeast infection is because your urine become too alkaline, above 7, try taking 1/4 teaspoon instead and mix in lemon juice also it will still do the job but wont give you the infection afterward. Bicarb will not harm your good bacteria, as this is anerobic, and bicarb increases oxygen due to its base action.


Severe Indigestion and Acid Reflux
Posted by Mark ( Queensland) on 03/05/2022
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I have been using Bi-Carb regularly for about 20 years with good to great results, I get severe indigestion and Re-flux. Drinking alcohol, water, eating basically anything whether it is meat, wheat products, sugar products, if it enters my mouth it gives me indigestion and Re-flux. I'm not a glutton, in fact I eat very little, I am a T2 diabetic so I shy away from the sweets, and I mean anything sweet, no soft drinks, I eat a little fruit and probably 1 slice of bread per month, I do eat 1 biscuit per day with coffee for lunch, but that is my lunch.

I would say my worst "habit" is potato but even that isn't as much as it used to be. 3 glasses of beer per week is usual, 1 Friday night, 1 Saturday and the same Sunday, an extra one if I'm cooking a BBQ. My problems started with a dose of "Hydrogen Cyanide" poisoning while working as a plastic fabricator. Many Doctors and Nutritionists have tried to help over the last 30 years and all have given up.

I could go on forever on things that have gone wrong with my health, 5 years ago I had a fairly severe stroke which I'm still having problems with including Dysphagia which only added to my stomach problems, BUT where here to report on the side effects of what you Americans call Baking Soda, We in Australia call Bicarbonate of Soda or Bi-Carb. To me Baking Soda is a mix of Bicarbonate of Soda and cream of Tartar, a different product, so that may need checking out. I love Bi-Carb, I have 1 teaspoon in water (since 2008 we have used distilled water) I use that 3-4 times per day (mix a 250 ml glass and drink 1/3 - 1/2 and leave the rest to have if and when I need it next.) and as I said that happens multiple times every day and sometimes at night also. I carry a small container with me at all times as the indigestion can be uncomfortable up to debilitating. I used to have a heaped teaspoon in a glass and drink the lot... I'm not sure if my stomach is improving or it's just my effort to use less, but honestly, I have never ever had a problem taking it internally or using it externally. (That's another story.)

Baking Soda Teeth Abrasivity
Posted by Suzi (Missoula, Mt) on 12/14/2016

Yes I agree about brushing. I make a paste of coconut oil, baking soda and oil of peppermint. It is absolutely the best for body and mind. Very cost effective too. My mouth is so clean. Wish I would have known way back. Unfortunately have lost many teeth that I would give just about anything to have back.


High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure
Posted by Connie (Or) on 09/25/2015

Thank you Miles from (Canada) I have very high Cholesterol, so how much Apple Cider Vineger and how much Baking Soda per day?

This information would be greatly appreciated.


Alkalizing pH
Posted by Petey (Random Lake, Wi, Usa) on 12/02/2015

Be advised that baking soda, no matter what kind, does NOT have aluminum in it. However, baking POWDER does.


Multiple Cures
Posted by Paula J. Schutte, Ccht (Denver, Colorado) on 08/12/2011
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Thank you for your information. I am a Colon Hydro Therapist who sees many clients with acid reflux, gout and rheumotoid arthritis. I have used your tip on baking soda, lime and lemon juice with a splash of water for a few years now and it has helped in 100% of the cases where folks stuck with it a bit. Thank you, thank you!


Skin
Posted by Shirley (Midwest, USA) on 09/10/2007
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Borax Bath, ACV remedies -- I have two dogs; both are less than 5 lbs. One has itchy skin so I started using the borax solution bath on both dogs. In about 3 hours after the bath, the one with itchy skin was scratching again. I didn't know what to do at that point so I rubbed dry baking soda over her whole body. While I had her on her back applying the soda under her legs, she went to sleep. It was that comforting to her. Anytime she starts scratching and it seems it won't quit and I don't have time to do a bath, I have been using the baking soda. She seems to love it and her skin stops itching for at least 3 days.

While she was in her comfort zone of no itching, she was walking better, running and playing and wasn't so scared all the time. So the itching was causing some social behavior problems too. I have tried both recipes of borax and peroxide and then I've done borax and ACV, Her skin still itches after each but she does seem a lot better then before, not quite as much scratching going on. One question though.

Do you think if I added some baking soda to the solution that would help her since the dry soda does wonders for her? They do not have mange or fleas. Also I have been putting a teaspoon of ACV in their drinking water all summer. Their water bowl holds 2 & 3/4 cups water. I do add about 1/16 teaspoon of baking soda to the vinegar. For a couple years I was putting the medicine on their backs for fleas and ticks. Ticks are the worst problem here. I decided to put the ACV in their water and I then stopped the spot on- medicine. They have gone the whole summer without getting one tick on them. We live in a heavily wooded area with lots of tall grasses where ticks love to wait for a host to walk by so they can latch onto them. Both dogs play in the woods a lot because they are always looking for something to chase Using the ACV water instead of the medicine has saved me a bunch of money and made both dogs a lot healthier.

Baking Soda Details
Posted by Janique (Manila, Philippines) on 04/11/2012

Hello, I'm Janique 20 years old from the philippines. I've read about your article about baking soda consumption and I was wondering. If it's really safe to consume. In my case, I've been suffering from nail fungus for the past 8 years, i've tried antibiotics, hand creams, home remedies, nail laquers, and so many stuff but it keeps coming back. Never been cured. I'm also concerned bacause I have acid reflux and chostocondritis which is making it worst due to fungal. Hope you could help me with this kind of situation. Thank you :D



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