5. Restore pH Balance
Over-consumption of meat and dairy products, processed foods, and acidic sodas can easily cause the body’s pH to drop below safe levels. This illness, known as acidosis, can lead to many serious health conditions including kidney disease, loss of bone density, and pancreatic malfunction. A daily dose of alkaline sodium bicarbonate (600 to 1800 mg) may help to counter the effects of acidosis and bring the body’s pH back up to normal neutral levels.
6. Increase Athletic Performance
Our bodies produce lactic acid – the substance responsible for the burning sensation in muscle tissue – when there isn’t enough energy available to fuel our muscles during an intense workout. Taking baking soda can help to impede lactic acid build-up and improve physical endurance during a workout. About ninety minutes prior to a workout, drink half a teaspoon of pure sodium bicarbonate dissolved in about 4 cups of water.
Optionally, you can add a moderate amount of natural sweetener and a couple spoonfuls of citrus juice to flavor this pre-workout beverage.
7. Prevent Gout Flare-ups
Sodium bicarbonate has been shown to be effective for inhibiting the formation of uric acid crystals by lowering the pH of urine. If you are prone to gout pain and inflammation of the joints, try taking a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in water after a big meal to prevent future flare-ups from occurring.
8. Natural Disinfectant
Sodium bicarbonate is naturally antiseptic, making it a great natural cleanser for frequently used personal hygiene items like toothbrushes, hair brushes, and even shoes. Mix 4 ounces of water, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, and 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a small glass. Soak toothbrushes in the mixture for half an hour or more. For hair brushes, simply multiply the recipe until you have enough of the mixture to cover the head of the brush. Sprinkle baking soda in shoes when you take them off at the end of the day to kill odor-causing germs.