Baking soda is definitely one of the most widely used ingredients and there is no household without any baking soda stored in the kitchen cabinet. Besides being used for culinary purposes, baking soda can be also used for cleaning and personal hygiene. Still, what makes it so special is its abundance in health benefits and ability to provide relief from many ailments.

  1. Neutralize Stomach Acid

Drinking a mixture made of glass of water and half a teaspoon of baking soda restores Ph balance of the body. Unhealthy diet often causes acidity in the body, but baking soda has the ability to neutralize the acidity and restore the body`s Ph level. According to Otto Warburg, a Nobel Laureate, cancerous cells cannot survive in alkaline environment, meaning that keeping the body alkaline prevents cancer development.

  1. Relieve Heartburn

According to WebMD, heartburn is typically caused by acidity in the stomach. When the acid reaches the esophagus, the person feels a burning sensation which is commonly known as heartburn. Luckily, baking soda neutralizes the acidity in the body and thus relieves heartburn.

  1. Relieve Gout Pain

Gout, which is a condition in which the joints are inflamed, is result of accumulation of uric acid in the body. Drinking baking soda with water on a regular basis prevent acid build up in the body, which in turn prevents and relieves gout pain.

  1. Eliminate UTI

Apart from cancerous cells, all bacterial thrive in an acidic environment.  In case you suffer from UTI, take baking soda water regularly until the infections goes away. A teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in water works fine, but it is still recommended to consult a doctor in case the symptoms don’t subside.

  1. Improve Physical Performance

The alkalinity of baking soda lowers the levels of lactic acid produced by the body, which in turn promotes longer and more intense training. Therefore, baking soda boosts physical performance, too!

  1. Relieve Kidney Stone Discomfort

Accumulation of uric acid in the body can also lead to formation of kidney stones, not only of gout. Regular consumption of baking soda water dissolves kidney stones and prevents the formation of new stones. Make sure you seek medical attention in case the problems persist.

  1. Reduce Symptoms of Cold and Flu

Baking soda is time tested remedy when it comes to treating colds and flu. It has the ability to kills off viruses in an all-natural manner, if taken on time.  The recommended dosages are as follows:

Day 1: 6 doses of ½ tsp. baking soda mixed with cool water every two hours

Day 2: 4 doses of the same mixture every three hours

Day 3: 2 doses of the mixture, one in the morning and one in the evening.

Day 4: 1 dose daily until the symptoms go away

BONUS: Test for Low Stomach Acid

As reported by Livestrong, you can test your stomach acid levels by taking a mixture of 8 oz. of water and ¼ tsp. baking soda. If you burp within five minutes, it means that your acid levels are good. For optimal results, it is recommended to do this test in the morning, on an empty stomach.  Low stomach levels are associated with lack of protein, which in turn leads to various diseases. Moreover, low stomach acid makes the blood acidic too, which can be very dangerous. This basically depletes the body of many minerals and creates the perfect conditions for the development of many ailments.