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Bicarbonate is a salt composed of sodium ions and bicarbonate ions and, because bicarbonate is alkaline (that means it has a pH greater than 7), has a gritty texture and gives off carbon dioxide when heated, it has many, many uses around the home. It can be used for everything from cleaning to deodorizing, tenderizing meat to leavening baked goods. 

Bicarbonate of soda has been shown to decrease dental plaque acidity induced by sucrose and its buffering capacity is important to prevent dental cavities. Other studies have shown that bicarbonate inhibits plaque formation on teeth and, in addition, increases calcium uptake by dental enamel.

It is important to address the acid/alkaline balance in the body. An acidic environment causes bacteria and other microbes to flourish. Check the pH of saliva with pHydrion paper. If the saliva pH is below 7.2 then there may be an imbalance of the bacteria flora in the intestines. To increase the oral pH to a normal 7.2 or greater, drink one teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a cup of water. It is that simple to neutralise the acids that cause many health disorders.

Cleaning teeth regularly with bicarbonate of soda can help keep the alkaline levels in check and has no toxic chemicals that are added to toothpastes and alcohol in mouthwashes which encourage an environment suitable for the growth of pathogenic bacteria and parasites. Coconut oil is also antibacterial and can be mixed with bicarbonate of soda to produce a natural toothpaste. It has been proved that the strong antibacterial mouthwashes that contain alcohol encourages the proliferation of worms and parasites by killing the good bacteria in the intestinal tract.

Adding bicarbonate of soda to the bath or using as a shampoo can help to fight fungal skin infections and treat dandruff naturally.

Acne: Make a paste with one tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda and coconut milk. Apply to infected area and leave to dry then rinse off.

Toe nail fungus (athlete's foot): Make a paste with one tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda and coconut oil. Apply to infected toes then place clean socks on and leave over night. Repeat if necessary.

Worms and parasites: Take one quarter teaspoon of baking soda in the evening before bed to eradicate worms and parasites. Repeat for three days.

Only buy pure mined bicarbonate of soda which has not been tainted with chemicals during the production process.


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