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Unbelievable Health Benefits Of Baking Soda And How To Use It

Unbelievable Health Benefits Of Baking Soda And How To Use It

Baking soda isn’t just for cakes and cleaning. It also has amazing health benefits. A box of baking soda can be purchased at the grocery store for just $1! The easy accessibility and super cheap price of it makes baking soda one of the best home remedies to keep around for a multitude of health conditions, curing everything from heartburn to insect bites, smelly odors and bacteria.

1. Natural Deodorant

A lot of people are switching to all-natural deodorants because of harmful parabens and aluminum founds in many store bought deodorants and antiperspirants, but just a pinch of baking soda mixed with water can do the job for a lot less. Mix the baking soda with water to make a paste or pat dry baking soda under your arms.

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2. Insect Bites and Poison Ivy

Baking soda can help relieve itching and irritation by neutralizing toxins and irritants. All you have to do is rub dry baking soda onto your skin, or create a paste by mixing baking soda and water together.

3. Heartburn, Indigestion and Ulcer Pain

Heartburn can easily be treated with a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 glass of water. Since most over-the-counter antacids contain some form of bicarbonate, baking soda is an excellent replacement. Baking soda works by neutralizing stomach acid which will relieve any discomfort from heartburn, indigestion and even ulcer pain.

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4. Foot Soak

The next time you decide to give yourself a pedicure or just plain foot soak, mix three tablespoons of baking soda into the tub of warm water. Baking soda makes a great exfoliate for your feet, as well as your face and body, too. It’s gentle enough that you can even use it every day, and a lot cheaper than most beauty products.

5. Hand Cleanser

Baking soda also makes a great hand cleanser. Just mix three parts baking soda with one part water and you have a natural hand cleanser that will clean away dirt and neutralize odors.

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6. Splinter Remover

Splinters can be painful and annoying, but if you mix a tablespoon of baking soda in a small glass of water to soak the affected area in twice a day, it should come out on it’s own after a couple of days.

7. Sunburn Remedy

A bad sunburn can ruin your entire holiday. To help relieve the pain naturally, add 1/2 cup of baking soda to lukewarm bathwater to soak in. When you get out make sure to air dry to let the excess baking soda remain on your body for extra relief. If the sunburn is still bothering you, mix baking soda and water and apply it directly to the sunburn.

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8. Tooth Paste

A lot of tooth pastes have baking soda in it because it has a mild abrasive action that can help remove plaque and clean and deodorize your teeth. It aso has antibacterial activity that has been found to kill Streptococcus mutans bacteria, which is a significant contributor to tooth decay.

To make your own tooth and gum paste, mix six parts baking soda with one part sea salt in a blender for 30 seconds, then keep it in a container. When using the mixture just dip your index finger in the mixture and place a small amount on your teeth and gums. After you rub it on your teeth and gums, spit out the excess then let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it out.

9. Teeth Whitener

To get whiter teeth using baking soda all you have to do is crush one ripe strawberry and mix it with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Spread the mixture onto your teeth and leave it on for five minutes. Then brush your teeth and rinse. Don’t do this more than once a week, or you could damage your tooth enamel.

Featured photo credit: Bradley P Johnson via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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