Bi-Carb Soda (Pure, Food Grade) 500g
Also known as baking soda, bread soda, cooking soda, and bicarbonate of soda. This bi-carb soda does not contain any additives or aluminium. Food grade.
Sodium bicarbonate is a chemical compound with the formula NaHC03. Obtained from sodium carbonate, water and carbon dioxide. Bi-carb soda is also known as nahcolite, which is part of the natural mineral natron.
Baking soda is a leavening agent used in baked goods like cakes, muffins, and cookies.
Formally known as sodium bicarbonate, it’s a white crystalline powder that is naturally alkaline, or basic (1).
Baking soda becomes activated when it’s combined with both an acidic ingredient and a liquid. Upon activation, carbon dioxide is produced, which allows baked goods to rise and become light and fluffy (1).
Use in natural cleaning remedies, as a cleaning paste for ovens, stainless steel or deodorising and absorbing odours.
Growing & Processing
Sodium bicarbonate is a chemical compound with the formula NaHC03.
Obtained from sodium carbonate, water and carbon dioxide. Bi-carb soda is also known as nahcolite, which is part of the natural mineral natron.
Not to be confused with baking powder (which includes cream of tartar). Does not include any additives; and does not contain aluminium.
6 Health Benefits of Baking Soda
Baking soda is a great tool for cleaning and removing stains, but there are many health benefits associated with the use of baking soda, too. Sodium bicarbonate is sometimes used as a supplement because it provides dietary bicarbonate. When taken orally, it can raise serum levels of bicarbonate.
What is bicarbonate? Bicarbonate is typically made by the kidneys, and it acts as an acid buffer in the body. (4) Some of the most common baking soda uses for health include:
1. Helps with Digestive Issues
Baking soda is known to help to neutralize acid and improve pH balance in the body. It is often used internally to quell digestive dismay such as acid reflux or heartburn. When these complaints are due to overconsumption of acidic foods or a generally acidic state of the body, slowly drinking some baking soda in water can help to neutralize the acid and get your body’s pH back to a better place. (5)
Don’t think more is better when it comes to taking baking soda. It’s important to note that consuming too much baking soda can cause an increase in acid production.
2. Anti-Fungal and Antibacterial
Baking soda has been shown to kill off bacteria including Streptococcus mutans, which is a type of bacteria associated with tooth decay. (6) It is also effective against various fungal groups including yeasts, dermatophytes and molds that cause skin and nail infections in humans. (7)
3. Boosts Kidney Health
Research reveals that baking uses include the promotion of kidney health. A clinical study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology looked at the effects of sodium bicarbonate on 134 patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and low blood bicarbonate levels.
What did they find? The subjects who supplemented with bicarbonate tolerated it well and were significantly less likely to experience rapid progression of their kidney disease. Additionally, there were less patients that developed end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in the bicarbonate group compared to the control group. Overall, the researchers conclude, “This study demonstrates that bicarbonate supplementation slows the rate of progression of renal failure to ESRD and improves nutritional status among patients with CKD.” (7)
4. Alleviates Urinary Tract Infections
A scientific study published in 2017 looked at the effects of baking soda on female patients with lower urinary tract symptoms who also had acidic urine pH levels lower than six. After four weeks of taking it orally, the researchers found the urine of the subjects was alkalinized and there was a “a significant level of positive effects on symptoms and symptom scores.”
Overall, baking soda appears to be an easy, inexpensive way to improve UTI symptoms accompanied by acidic urine with little to no unwanted side effects. (10)
5. Reduces Muscle Pain and Fatigue
A scientific article published in 2013, titled “Practical considerations for bicarbonate loading and sports performance,” points out that studies to date have demonstrated that taking sodium bicarbonate before exercise (also known as bicarbonate loading) may have “a moderate positive effect” on athletic performance that includes one to seven minutes of sustained strenuous exercise. In addition, sodium bicarbonate may also be helpful for prolonged physical activity involving intermittent or sustained periods of high-intensity training. (11)
So is there a benefit to using baking soda as a training aid? According to the author of the article, Dr. Louise Mary Burke, “It could be useful to try and support the training session to allow the athlete to train harder, but also to reduce some of the negative side effects of having a high acidity in the muscle so you may get less damage to the muscle and a better training outcome in the long-term.” (12)
Another small clinical study of eight healthy male subjects found consuming baking soda before intermittent cycling improved their sprint performance. (13)
6. Helps Alleviate Chemotherapy Side Effects
Chemotherapy side effects as make the list of baking soda uses for health. If you or someone you know has gone through chemotherapy, then you probably already know how bad the side effects of this cancer treatment can be. For example, undesirable changes to the mouth and throat can occur in some patients.
Rinsing with a baking soda mixture daily can help to improve these unwanted side effects. Combine a fourth of a teaspoon of baking soda, an eighth of a teaspoon of sea salt with one cup of warm and rinse your mouth three times per day. Each time, follow the baking soda salt mixture with a rinse of just plain warm water. (14)
These are just some of the many possible health benefits of baking soda! In the following section, you’ll learn about even more health uses and benefits of this amazing natural remedy.
Sodium Bicarbonate (Sodium carbonate, Water and Carbon dioxide).
Recommended Dosages for Baking Soda
Cold and Flu Relief
Baking soda uses historically include natural treatment of the common cold and flu as well. Recommended dosages from the Arm and Hammer Company for colds and influenza date back to 1925. The company broke the doses up into a three-day period: (22)
Day 1: The first day consists of six doses of a half-teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of cool water, at about two-hour intervals.
Day 2: On the second day, the company advises that the individual take four doses of a half-teaspoon in a glass of cool water, at the same intervals.
Day 3: The third day includes two doses of a half-teaspoon in a glass of cool water, morning and evening, and thereafter a half-teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of cool water each morning until the cold or flu symptoms are cured.
To calm an episode of indigestion, a common dosage recommendation is adding a fourth of a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water. This can help to reduce stomach acid, but it’s important to remember that not all indigestion is caused by an overproduction of acid so if you still have symptoms two weeks later, speak to your doctor. (23)
It’s always best to slowly sip a baking soda and water mixture. When taking it internally AVOID: (24)
- Taking a baking soda and water mixture in which the baking soda is not fully dissolved
- Taking more than 3.5 teaspoons in a given day
- Taking more than 1.5 teaspoon a day if you’re over 60 years old
- Taking the maximum dosage for longer than two weeks
- Drinking baking soda solution too quickly
- Taking it when you’re overly full (to avoid gastric rupture)
Precautions and Potential Side Effects
Baking soda uses for skin or body are generally considered safe and nontoxic. Consuming it orally is also safe, but don’t exceed the recommended dose. Too much baking soda can upset the body’s acid-base balance leading to nausea, vomiting and/or abdominal pain. Rare cases of baking soda overdose lead to seizures, coma and death.
It is high in sodium — 1,259 milligrams in one teaspoon — so high doses are not safe. High doses can raise blood pressure and cause swelling. In severe cases, it can overload circulation and lead to heart failure. People who consume too much baking soda have reportedly developed blood chemistry imbalances and heart malfunction (ineffective pumping).
Another reason not to overdo your consumption is that it can increase potassium excretion which could lead to a potassium deficiency.
If you have edema, liver disease, kidney disease or high blood pressure, you should avoid taking it internally. You should also refrain from consuming itif you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you are on prescription drugs, consult your doctor before consuming it, and make sure you speak to your doctor about drinking baking soda if you are on a sodium-restricted diet.
You should not take it within two hours of taking other medications. It’s also not recommended to give it to children under six years of age unless directed by your pediatrician. (25)
If you are using baking soda to treat a medical condition, and it has been more than two weeks, it’s a good idea to see your doctor to be sure that you can continue self-medicating.
Some products that may interact with baking soda include aspirin and other salicylates, barbiturates, calcium supplements, corticosteroids, medications with a special coating to protect the stomach, lithium, quinidine, and diuretics.
Speak with your doctor before using sodium bicarbonate if you are currently taking any medications or have any ongoing health concerns.
Keep your baking soda for baking (as opposed to a box you might put in the fridge to capture odours) in a cool, dry place such as a cupboard, with the lid closed. It will keep for up to a year. To test if your baking soda is still active, pour a view drops of vinegar over 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.
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