It turns out that sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) is a chemical salt that, in its natural form, is the mineral nahcolite. Baking soda can react as both an acid and a base, although in an aqueous solution it is a bit on the alkaline side.
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Pure nahcolite is found in abundance in the Green River Basin, which cuts through several states in the central part of our country.
Sodium bicarbonate helps to regulate pH and keep it steady – a process known as buffering. It keeps substances from being too acidic or too alkaline. Its ability to neutralize the pH of any substance it comes in contact with makes it highly effective for so many things.
Now, you may know about all the amazing ways you can use baking soda around your home such as:
Cleaning coffee makers
Ridding hair of buildup
Cleaning brushes and combs
Refreshing your fridge
Easing itching and swelling
Putting out a grease fire
Breaking down ice on a sidewalk or driveway
But… did you know that drinking baking soda can be very healthy for you? Yes, it’s true, drinking something as simple as baking soda can drastically improve your health. What is even more amazing is that when you combine baking soda with other powerful ingredients, the healing powers are supercharged.
The only caution we have is that you stick to an aluminum-free brand of baking soda whenever possible.
Here are three of our favorite healthy baking soda tonics:
Ultimate energy booster and electrolyte replacer
Do you know that nagging, dragging feeling you get when you are about halfway through your 5-run, or partway through that spin class? The feeling like you can’t push your body one bit more?
Well, we have great news for you: this ultimate energy booster tonic will not only help motivate you to get moving, it will also help you go harder for longer no matter what physical activity you are doing.
This is because strenuous exercise leads to a buildup of lactic acid – which can cause muscle pain and fatigue. Baking soda has been found to boost performance in athletes due to its ability to neutralize lactic acid buildup.
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