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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 May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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