Beyond baking and bad odours
If you’ve recently bought bi-carb soda, it’s probably in one of two places – sitting in the back of your fridge to ward off bad odours, or in your pantry with your baking ingredients.
Believe it or not, bi-carb soda, also known as bicarbonate of soda and baking soda, can be useful for a variety of things, including improving your overall health. Its use has been applied to help alleviate symptoms from illnesses, soothing itchy skin, to even brightening your smile.
We spoke with health experts who weigh in on the various health benefits of bi-carb soda. Remember, you should always speak with your doctor before trying anything new to alleviate or treat health ailments.
Bi-carb soda can be the perfect helper for occasional heartburn. “Bi-carb soda can help treat heartburn by neutralising stomach acid because bi-carb soda is a base,” says Dr Niket Sonpal. “Dissolve a teaspoon of bi-carb soda in a glass of cold water and drink the mixture slowly. However, if you are having daily heartburn symptoms, then you should see your doctor – this remedy is for occasional symptoms,” he says.
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Soothe mouth ulcers
Bi-carb soda can help soothe those painful lesions. “When you have painful mouth ulcers, rinsing with bi-carb soda and water neutralises the acidic ulcer and can calm the pain down,” says dentist Candy Sebold. “Eating becomes easier.” Try mixing a half-teaspoon of the soda with a half cup of warm water and then rinsing your mouth.