Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a white powder that we all have, or have had, in our cupboards because its uses are endless. Moms also have it on hand in the kitchen for cooking and even for cleaning.
This compound occurs naturally in a mineral called natron. It can also be easily produced artificially. We should also mention that it doesn’t contain additives.
The benefits of baking soda
Before you start using baking soda, it’s important to notify your doctor that you’re taking it and in what quantities, to make sure that your health isn’t negatively impacted.
People make all kinds of claims about the properties of baking soda. Some are real, and others not so much.
1. Natural digestive
Many people believe that you can use baking soda for problems related to indigestion because it helps relieve gas and can aid in digesting heavy foods more quickly. However, numerous studies, including this one from the University of California, warn against taking it especially if you have heart problems or diabetes.
Another study from the University of Washington found that taking too much baking soda could cause serious health problems such as hemorrhagic encephalopathy.
2. Natural anti-acid
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Al-Abri, S. A., & Olson, K. R. (2013). Baking Soda Can Settle the Stomach but Upset the Heart: Case Files of the Medical Toxicology Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Journal of Medical Toxicology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13181-013-0300-4
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