Baking soda: digestion, use, benefits…

Household, kitchen, health… Baking soda is a real magic powder! Discover its benefits on our body thanks to the knowledge of Claire Desvaux, dietician and naturopath.

Baking soda is known for its many antiseptic properties and for being an ally of choice during cleaning. To descale a coffee machine or an iron, to make your glasses shine, to gently strip your favorite jewelry or even to fight dust mites, this painless white powder has it all. But did you know that it can also be used as a medicine? Discover the health virtues and benefits that baking soda can bring thanks to Claire Desvaux, naturopath and dietician.

How to heal with baking soda? What does he treat?

Claire Desvaux: Baking soda is best known for neutralizing acidity because it is naturally alkalizing (its pH is around 8-8.5), it “buffers” acids. It is most often recommended in case of heavy and difficult digestion and heartburn. It is also an interesting natural solution for mouth care because it neutralizes bad odors and acidity, and for brushing teeth because it is abrasive. Finally, it can also be recommended for local use, to relieve itching due to bites (insects, jellyfish, nettle, etc.) or to hives, eczema or even to soothe minor burns .

When to drink a glass of baking soda? Which to drink?

Baking soda is indicated after a meal that goes badly, in case of acid reflux to soothe them. It is advisable to choose a baking soda of food quality because it also exists as a household product for the maintenance of the house: it is said to be “technical” in this case.

How much bicarbonate to take per day?

Depending on the needs, take 1 to 2 times a day 1 teaspoon of well-solubilized bicarbonate in a glass of water. When you have identified a food that you like but that you have difficulty digesting such as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts because of their richness in sulfur compounds or legumes, it is recommended to add baking soda to their cooking water to make them more digestible.

Is it dangerous to take baking soda every day?

The intake of baking soda should be adjusted to the needs of the body. Unlike some other natural remedies, it is not a question of taking it in the form of a cure, as a preventive measure, but just when the need arises, in the event of nausea, acidity, digestive heaviness… Its absorption by oral, diluted in water, leads to the formation of CO2 when it comes into contact with acids. This can result in uncomfortable sensations in the abdomen (due to gas) or the need to belch to evacuate this carbon dioxide.

The bicarbonate test, to be carried out on an empty stomach, also makes it possible to assess the acidity of the stomach (and therefore the proper functioning of this major organ of digestion). If you burp quickly after drinking a glass of sodium bicarbonate diluted in water in the morning, it is a sign that he has come into contact with a good amount of acid in the stomach.

The fact of belching after only several minutes, on the contrary, reflects digestive weakness due to a lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach (which is essential for the breakdown of foods, especially those rich in protein, for the proper functioning of the digestive enzymes and also to purify the digestive tract by creating an acidic environment unfavorable to the development of pathogenic organisms).

Why take lemon with baking soda?

Combining baking soda and lemon, which are both alkalizing, will potentiate their effects. Lemon is particularly known to be rich in vitamin C, antioxidant flavonoids, and it is, among other things, beneficial for the liver because it is a very good depurative and digestive tonic. The synergy of lemon and baking soda will thus promote better digestion, a reduction in acid reflux and also contribute to a reduction in bad cholesterol.

Is baking soda an anti-inflammatory?

It seems that baking soda is an anti-inflammatory according to the benefits discovered by an American study in the Journal of Immunology in 2018. By decreasing the acidity of the body, it helps reduce inflammation. It exerts an action on certain types of white blood cells, macrophages, so that they act against inflammation and T lymphocytes, to avoid an autoimmune reaction.

Is baking soda bad for the liver, kidneys and stomach?

Baking soda should be consumed with caution and very occasionally when you have to monitor your salt intake for health reasons, such as in the case of high blood pressure or kidney failure because it is naturally rich in sodium as its name l ‘noted. It is not recommended if you are following a drug treatment because there is a risk of interactions and reduced effectiveness of the prescribed drugs. It is always advisable to refer to a health professional, doctor, pharmacist, naturopath.

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