The baking soda chronicles (part five)

We’re on a roll, and we ain’t stopping now.

I do ask that you please refrain from taking my previous assertion a little too seriously. The ideology of being on a roll can apply to a wide variety of things, but for the sake of this post and its subject matter, we are on a baking soda roll, and nothing further.

My mind has been positively blown by writing this mini-series about baking soda and the countless uses it offers, and there is still material to cover, friends. Baking soda is fucking magical.

This information comes from

“17. May help treat heartburn

Heartburn, also called acid reflux, is a painful, burning sensation in the upper region of your stomach that can spread into your throat (19Trusted Source).

It’s caused when acid flows out of your stomach and up into your esophagus, which is the tube that connects your stomach to your mouth.

Although acid reflux has many causes, it often occurs after you eat large meals, drink carbonated beverages, or eat greasy or spicy foods (20Trusted SourceTrusted Source).

Baking soda can help treat heartburn by neutralizing stomach acid. To try it, dissolve 1 teaspoon (5 grams) of baking soda in a glass of cold water and drink the mixture slowly.

However, there are downsides to this treatment to keep in mind (21Trusted Source22Trusted Source23Trusted Source24Trusted Source):

  • There’s some debate as to whether everyone with heartburn symptoms has high levels of stomach acid.
  • Baking soda is very high in sodium, with 630 mg per 1/2 teaspoon (2.3 grams), which is important to be aware of if you have to limit your sodium intake.
  • Continued use may lead to metabolic alkalosis — a condition in which your blood becomes overly alkaline — and heart problems.

18. May soothe canker sores

Canker sores are small, painful ulcers that can form inside your mouth. Unlike cold sores, canker sores don’t form on your lips and aren’t contagious.

Though more evidence is needed, some older studies suggest that baking soda mouthwash soothes pain caused by canker sores (25Trusted Source26Trusted SourceTrusted Source).

You can make baking soda mouthwash using the recipe in the previous chapter. Rinse your mouth with this mixture once a day until the canker sore heals.

19. May improve exercise performance

Baking soda is a popular supplement among athletes, who also call it sodium bicarbonate.

Some studies show that baking soda helps you perform longer at your peak, especially during anaerobic exercises or high intensity training and sprinting (27Trusted Source28Trusted Source).

During high intensity exercise, your muscle cells start producing lactic acid, which is responsible for the burning feeling you get while working out. Lactic acid also lowers the pH inside of your cells, potentially causing your muscles to tire (29Trusted Source).

Baking soda may help delay fatigue due to its high pH, letting you perform at max intensity for longer (30Trusted Source).

For example, one study found that cyclists who took baking soda exercised for an average of 4.5 minutes longer than those who didn’t take baking soda (31Trusted Source).

According to one review, this supplement may be effective when used in doses around 0.13 grams per pound (0.3 grams per kg) of body weight (32Trusted Source).

Another study recommends a dose of 135 mg of baking soda per pound of body weight (297 mg per kg) 1–2 hours before exercising (33Trusted Source),” the web page explains.

See you again tomorrow!

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