Baking soda is one of the most common household items used for cleaning purposes. You may have heard about its use in making laundry detergent. However, there are many uses of baking soda such as using it as a deodorant or even baking bread.
So what exactly is baking soda?
A chemical compound made up of carbon and hydrogen atoms, which when combined form a solid at room temperature (around body temperature). It is often found in nature as a mineral called bicarbonate. Baking soda is not just used for cleaning purposes, but it can also be useful in other areas such as medicine and food processing. There are two types of baking soda: sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate. Sodium bicarbonate is usually sold as a powder or granules, while potassium bicarbonate is typically available in tablets or pills. Both baking soda types have similar properties, however, they differ in their effectiveness. Baking soda is commonly used in cleaning products because it helps remove dirt and grease from clothes and surfaces. It also helps prevent stains from appearing on clothing.
Sodium bicarbonate is sometimes used to make toothpaste or mouthwash since it aids in removing tartar buildup around teeth. It also makes foods taste better since it neutralizes acids and flavors that might otherwise ruin them. It is vital to note that baking soda is not used in place of medicine and should only be used as a spice if taken in small amounts. This is because it can lead to the following side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and heartburn.Baking soda can also cause an upset stomach and diarrhea if taken in large amounts.
It is important to avoid consuming too much baking soda since it does not provide any health benefits apart from acting as a food additive or cleaning agent. These side effects may include the following:
Blood pressure loss
Although there are some side effects to consuming too much baking soda, it is generally safe for personal use. It is not typically absorbed into the body through the skin. For those who suffer from heartburn or gastrointestinal issues such as nausea and vomiting, taking baking soda orally may help relieve some symptoms. You can mix a spoonful of baking soda in water and drink it, but make sure to not consume more than two spoons daily.
When it comes to deodorant, baking soda is one of the most popular (and cheapest) options. Most commercially-available deodorants contain aluminum, a very effective anti-perspirant. While this may be good at preventing odor, it has been linked to health issues such as Alzheimer’s disease and kidney failure. Aluminum has been shown to be helpful in eliminating odor-causing bacteria such as the ones that lead to foot odor.
If a milder solution is desired, baking soda can be mixed with a small amount of water and applied to underarms with clean hands or a cotton ball.
You can also make your own deodorant by mixing equal parts of baking soda and coconut oil together with a small amount of water to create a paste. This can be used daily since it offers strong protection. It is important to note that this may not be as effective for those who suffer from excessive sweating. It can also cause irritation if directly applied to skin, so it is usually recommendable to mix it with a small amount of coconut oil to prevent this from occurring.
Those with sensitive skin can reduce the amount of baking soda in the mixture to around half a teaspoon and add ¼ teaspoon of cornstarch instead.
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