Natural mineral sodium bicarbonate—AKA baking soda—is an overlooked but versatile ingredient that can be used for cleaning, whiten teeth, and boost health via beverages concocted from the stuff. That’s right—baking soda might be the benefits-rich elixir of your dreams, and it’s been stowed away in your pantry for…maybe ever. Here are some practical uses of baking soda 

Deodorant

Mouthwash

Teeth whitener

Extinguish oil and grease fires 

Homemade weed Killer

Shoe deodorizer

Save a scorched pot

Polish silverware

Clean fruits and vegetables

Multipurpose bathroom cleaner

Remove carpet stains

Eliminate garbage odor

Kitchen cleaner

Whiten clothes

Air freshener

Neutralize fridge odors

Baking soda is not only a practical miracle but also has surprising health benefits, such as; Regulating your PH, reducing inflammation, combating acid reflux and more. It’s also super easy to incorporate baking soda into your diet, just add it to any beverage you drink and reap the benefits. You can even add it into your morning joe and reduce some of the negative side effects from coffee 

1. Improve digestive system

Trouble with digestion is the type of thing that can ruin your plans. If you’re prone to tummy woes or just want to boost your general health, dissolving a teaspoon of baking soda in an eight-ounce glass of water every morning to help maintain a healthy pH balance throughout the digestive system for optimal digestion, minimized acid reflux, and healthy bowel functioning.

2. Promote cardiovascular health

A compromised cardiovascular system can lead to things such as decreased energy, and negatively impact mental functions, digestion, and immunity, circulatory issues can lead to the possibility of serious health conditions such as heart disease, chronic respiratory disease, and the development of various blood issues. A teaspoon of baking soda in an eight-ounce glass of water daily is said to detoxify blood and improve its flow by helping to break down blockages. 

3. Reduce bloating

If you know you have bloating problems, try relieving the uncomfort with a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in four to six ounces of water. By returning the pH levels in your body to a neutral level the body’s “gasses” can be calmed and iad the digestive process, acids and enzymes can return to their natural state and foods can be broken down normally without issues and disruptions, which reputedly helps alleviate the issues causing your bloat.

4. Keep your kidneys healthy

Kidneys are a vital organ to your bodily functions, they rid your body of toxins and promote healthy hormone production. And in a study conducted at the Royal London Hospital, 134 patients with advanced chronic kidney disease who had a daily dose of baking soda were able to, alongside regular treatment, slow the decline of their kidneys by two-thirds as compared to those who didn’t have baking soda.

With a daily cup of water with a teaspoon of baking soda, you can regulate your body’s pH level and help improve your hormone balance, nutrient absorption, and blood quality—all of which can help your kidneys stay healthy.

5. Combat acid reflux

If you chronically suffer from acid reflux, you might consider adopting certain diet shifts to help lower heartburn as a long-term solution. But when you’re dealing with a bout of it in real time, half a teaspoon of baking soda with half a cup of water can help you find immediate relief against gastric acid symptoms. 

However,  we highly recommend not overdoing it: As with any antacid medication, if you take too much baking soda, you will neutralize the acid in your stomach. This can result in your stomach producing more acid to compensate, causing you to take more baking soda and thus forming a vicious cycle. 

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