Baking soda remedies: are they convenient?
Baking soda remedies have enjoyed great popularity for a long time. They are made quickly at home and, in general, do not usually require more than mixing this substance with a little water (although sometimes it has come to include lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and garlic paste). Clearly, these types of facilities are very tempting for people who want to get an immediate solution.
However, for many facilities offered by the remedies, these are not the best option when dealing with a health problem.
Baking soda is a chemical that, although it seems harmless, can actually put you at risk in several ways, due to its composition. We will review it below.
What is baking soda?
In the dictionary of the Spanish language, we find the following definition: «acidic salt of carbonic acid».
Sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) is a chemical substance (a salt, to be more specific) whose main characteristics are: it has a white color, a light texture and an alkaline flavor, in addition, it dissolves easily in water. It is abrasive and deodorizing.
Better leave it alone for cleaning
Baking soda remedies are proposed as a solution for various problems, from health issues to beauty issues. The most popular are those that are intended to: whiten teeth, lighten the armpits and cure throat infections. On the other hand, its consumption has been proposed to obtain more energy and improve physical performance (in athletes and athletes).
However, if we do a little memory, we realize that it is also used to unclog pipes and remove grease stains and that the formula is practically the same: dilute a few tablespoons of baking soda in water and that’s it.
These last uses should not alert us that it is not advisable to drink something that is capable of unclogging a pipe, for example?
In addition, the fact that the remedy is practically the same for every issue should also send us an alarm signal. A glass of water with baking soda to clean your teeth, but also to whiten the toilet?
If a substance is aggressive enough to unclog a pipe or remove stains, its consumption is obviously not convenient. Not even in “small quantities” or in a timely manner.
The most common side effects of the consumption of sodium bicarbonate are cramps, stomach pain, vomiting, flatulence, feeling thirsty, headaches and lack of appetite. However, it can cause major problems. In addition, in the case of being under pharmacological treatment, its consumption could cause interactions.
NOT recommended uses
- Slimming drink.
- Product for washing hair.
- Pomade for burns.
- Remedy to prevent diseases.
- Drink to relieve stomach discomfort.
- The solution to treat throat infections.
- Nasal drops to relieve congestion.
- Ointment to lighten the armpits or other areas of the skin.
- Daily use toothpaste or teeth whitening treatment.
With baking soda, you can unclog pipes, clean silver, remove grease stains, make minivolcans (in science school experiments), bleach tiles, clean ceramic floors, eliminate bad odors from sponges and rags, etc. , but it is definitely not recommended to use it for issues that have to do with personal hygiene or health.