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5 Reasons To Start Drinking Baking Soda

Daily Gist Staff

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Drinking baking soda dissolved in water is not a new thing and has been commonly used to relieve symptoms associated with such conditions as:
  • arthritis
  • indigestion
  • heartburn
  • infection
When consumed in appropriate doses, baking soda can help balance body chemistry triggering self-healing.
Here are some good reasons why you should drink baking soda periodically throughout the day. For relief mix one-half teaspoon in an eight-ounce glass of water. Although you should always check with your healthcare provider about the right dose for your condition.

1. Baking soda is an antacid

Known as an antacid, sodium bicarbonate neutralizes acid in the stomach. If you suffer from acid reflux, you know just how annoying and painful it can be. Acid splashes from the stomach up into the esophagus and can even go up as far as the back of the throat. Drinking baking soda dissolved in water helps to neutralize the hydrochloric acid and eliminates the pain of heartburn. Also, the effervescence (bubbling) that happens when sodium bicarbonate is mixed with water promotes burping that can relieve gas and bloating.

2. Baking soda balances pH and promote healing

Although acidity is necessary for the digestion of food, too much acidity in the body promotes diseases such as osteoporosis, cancer, and arthritis. All of these conditions thrive in an acidic environment. Drinking baking soda dissolved in water helps to balance pH and promotes wellbeing and energy.

3. Baking soda reduces inflammation

Joint inflammation causes pain and conditions such as gout (where uric acid builds up in the urine, blood, and tissues) are especially alleviated with the addition of a baking soda tonic.

4. Baking soda helps ease discomfort caused by urinary tract infection

In addition to drinking plenty of water and cranberry juice, sodium bicarbonate can help you overcome a urinary tract infection. It does so by reducing acid in the urine. If you are prone to these infections, try drinking baking soda and water.

5. Performance and energy booster

If you exercise hard, lactic acid builds up in the muscles, and this causes pain and fatigue. To make a supercharged energy drink mix four cups of water with ½ teaspoon of baking soda, one teaspoon of sea salt, two tablespoons of raw honey and one tablespoon of lemon juice.