Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a natural substance created by your body to buffer acid build-up. This occurs because each system in your body must maintain a specific pH level for proper function.
Manufactured baking soda isn’t new- it actually appeared on the market in 1846. By 1860, the substance made its way into popular cookbooks and by 1930 it was repackaged as a “proven medical agent” (1).
7 Surprising Baking Soda Remedies
These aren’t just surprising, they’re incredibly effective and easy to use.
Though it’s incredibly medicinal, baking soda isn’t for everyone: pregnant women, children under the age of 6 or anyone taking prescription medication should consult their physician before taking (2).
1. Neutralize Stomach Acid
Baking soda is an alkalizing agent that neutralizes excess acid in the stomach and blood.
If you suffer from stomach problems after eating acidic or salty food, use it to your advantage by drinking a mixture of ½ tsp. baking soda and 1 cup of water.
To find out if your body is producing enough stomach acid, drink 1/4 tsp. of baking soda diluted in an 8 oz. glass of cold water. Finish the glass and set your timer. You should belch within 2 to 3 minutes if your HCL levels are adequate.