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Unusual Uses For Baking Soda

Unusual Uses For Baking Soda
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As plain as it looks, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is actually a versatile compound with tons of possible uses. The inexpensive household staple is typically used for baking as a leavening agent but could do a lot more – if you’re willing to be adventurous.

⦁ Oral Health: Baking soda can be used as a natural toothpaste to freshens your mouth, remove plaque, whiten teeth, and fight harmful bacteria. [1][2]

⦁ Non-Toxic Deodorant: You can make DIY non-toxic deodorant by putting baking soda on your armpits or stinky feet. This makes the sweat less acidic and eliminates the odor. [3]

⦁ Neutralize Bad Odors: Unlike conventional fragrances, baking soda does not mask bad odors – it interacts with them and eliminates the odor. [4]

⦁ Remove Stains: As an alkali, baking soda helps removes stains and dirt. It can be used to clean your bathroom tubs and tiles, wash your dishes, clean floors, clean furniture, clean shower curtains, clean baby clothes, clean cloth diapers, clean batteries, clean cars, and clean brushes. [5]

⦁ Clean Fruits: Research shows that placing fruits in a solution of water and baking soda reduces the number of toxins. [6] With this in mind, the compound can be used to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables.

⦁ Health Uses: Baking soda may be used topically to treat insect bites and itchy skin, make a hand cleanser and softener, exfoliate, make a bath soak, and soothe your feet. Similarly, it alkalizes the body when consumed and may help treat colds and the flu, absorb radiation, and absorb heavy metals. [7][8]

Please note that this content should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.

References:

[1] The use of sodium bicarbonate in oral hygiene products and practice. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12017930.

[2] Antibacterial activity of baking soda. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12017929.

[3] SODIUM BICARBONATE: AN EXCELLENT DEODORANT http://www.jidonline.org/article/S0022-202X(15)50079-1/pdf.

[4] Homemade Household Cleaners http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FY/FY144900.pdf.

[5] Gels: Novel Detergents for Laundry Applications https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jos/55/11/55_11_555/_pdf.

[6] Effectiveness of Commercial and Homemade Washing Agents in Removing Pesticide Residues on and in Apples https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acs.jafc.7b03118.

[7] Soothing Your Summer Skin Problems https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3810/psm.1998.07.1617?journalCode=ipsm20.

[8] Topical treatment of ichthyoses https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1529-8019.2012.01526.x.

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Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies
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While western medicine has come a long way, traditional (natural) alternatives are still potent remedies for numerous conditions affecting the body. Some of these conditions are:

1. Asthma (Red onions): Eating eases constriction of the bronchial tubes, therefore, improving airflow and the breathing process.

2. Arthritis (Turmeric): Turmeric has very potent anti-inflammatory properties that combat the inflammatory condition such as arthritis.

3. Bladder Infections (Cranberry): Cranberries fight bacteria present in the bladder, preventing any infections from occurring.

4. Blood Pressure (Celery): Celery is known to contain a compound known as phthalides, which help lower blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels.

5. Blood Sugar (Broccoli): Broccoli has chromium, which helps regulate insulin and blood sugar.

6. Bones (Pineapples): Pineapples provide support against bone fractures and osteoporosis by providing all the essentials nutrients for good bone health.

7. Breast Cancer (Cabbage): Cabbage helps maintain healthy estrogen levels.

8. Clogged Arteries (Avocados): Mono-unsaturated fat present in avocados lowers cholesterol that would otherwise collect on the blood vessel walls and clog them.

9. Cough (Mullein Tea): Loosens trapped mucus with a soothing effect on the throat to alleviate the discomfort.

10. Insomnia (Chamomile Tea): This tea is well known for its calming and soothing effect, and taking it goes a long way in relaxing the mind and the body, even helping those with insomnia fall asleep.

11. Ulcers (Cabbage): Cabbage contains ample fiber, which provides support for both types of ulcers.

12. Stomach (Ginger): Ginger is great for soothing the stomach, relieving nausea, and morning sickness.

13. Headaches (Cayenne): Cayenne pepper relieves headaches by depleting a neurotransmitter that sends pain signals.

Please note that this content should never be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.

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7 Things To Do When You Have A Headache

7 Things To Do When You Have A Headache
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1. Drink Water: The importance of water in the human body cannot be understated. Dehydration has been proven to be among the most common causes of tension headaches and migraines. For this reason, drinking water and ensuring that you stay sufficiently hydrated should be step one when experiencing a headache. Relief can be experienced anywhere between half an hour and three hours. [1] So stay hydrated!

2. Eat Watermelon: Watermelons are great when having a headache. Not only do they help keep you hydrated, but also serve as a rich source of both potassium and magnesium – two birds, one stone. [2] Magnesium deficiency has been associated with people who experience frequent headaches, as compared to those who do not. [3]

3. Apply Ice to Temples: Also known as a Cold Compress, applying ice may help in soothing headaches. Headache discomfort may be reduced when inflammation in the temples is reduced, and the blood vessels constrict. [4] This can also be applied to the neck and head.

4. Drink a Cup of Coffee: Caffeinated drinks, surprisingly, may help soothe a headache. Caffeine is known to increase alertness, while constricting blood vessels, leading to headache relief. [5] This, however, should be done moderately as headaches are also caused by withdrawals from caffeine.

5. Massage Peppermint Oil onto Your Temples: Peppermint essential oil has been shown to soothe tension headaches. [6] To be on the safe side, dilute it: A drop of peppermint oil can be added to 1/4 to 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to make a massage oil.

6. Eat Something Spicy: Spicy foods like Chili peppers have been shown to have pain-relieving properties that help when one has a headache. This is due to their ability to open body pathways and letting blood flow properly. [7]

7. Drink Ginger Tea: Ginger has anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory substances with many benefits. It alleviates headache-related symptoms like nausea and vomiting. Taking ginger tea may be as effective as actual medicine. [8]

Please note that this content is not medical advice and should never be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.

References:

[1] Popkin, B. et al. 2010. Water, Hydration and Health https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2908954/.

[2] 5 Reasons to Feast on Watermelon — Recipes Included https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Health-Benefits-Watermelon-Recipe-18160699.

[3] Mauskop, A et al. 2012. Why all migraine patients should be treated with magnesium https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00702-012-0790-2.

[4] Sprouse-Blum, A. et al. 2013. Randomized Controlled Trial: Targeted Neck Cooling in the Treatment of the Migraine Patient https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3727573/.

[5] Lipton, R. B. et al. 2017. Caffeine in the management of patients with headache https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5655397/.

[6] Göbel, H. et al. 2016. Peppermint oil in the acute treatment of tension-type headache https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00482-016-0109-6.

[7] Spicy foods (chili peppers, ginger) in treatment of migraine headaches by Amos Gelbard https://www.alliedacademies.org/articles/spicy-foods-chili-peppers-ginger-in-treatment-of-migraine-headaches-byamos-gelbard-6300.html.

[8] Maghbooli, M. et al. 2014. Comparison between the efficacy of ginger and sumatriptan in the ablative treatment of the common migraine https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23657930.

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