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Does BAKING SODA help in WEIGHT LOSS and FAT LOSS?

Updated: Oct 31, 2021

Besides baking, baking soda is popularly used to clean microwaves/ refrigerators, shine teeth, eliminating odours, etc. Baking soda has so many other uses other than baking that it should be called the most versatile cleaning tool. Baking soda has recently gained popularity for helping with weight loss and fat loss. Some have seen effects by ingesting baking soda, while others have allegedly spot reduced by applying it over the skin. Many people also add baking soda to water, honey, vinegar, and lemon mixture and drink it to reduce weight and burn fat. Does baking soda scientifically help in weight loss and fat loss? Are there side effects of ingesting baking soda? Let us try understanding.

WHAT is Baking Soda?

Baking soda is also known as, sodium bicarbonate is a white, crystalline powder. It is made of sodium cation and bicarbonate anion.

Baking Soda for weight loss and fat loss.
Can Baking Soda help in Weight Loss and Fat Loss?

Can Baking Soda Help in WEIGHT LOSS and FAT LOSS?

Weight loss can happen due to many factors. It could be due to fat loss, muscle loss, dehydration etc. Weight loss by itself is an incorrect term, and we should always focus on fat loss.

Many people believe that baking soda helps in reducing body weight. Some people claim to have lost weight by allegedly ingesting a mixture of baking soda, water, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, while others claim to have lost weight by simply bathing in a mixture of baking soda and water.

A mixture of baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, water does NOT help us loose weight and burn fat.
A mixture of baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, water does NOT help us loose weight and burn fat.

Baking soda is allegedly thought to have alkalizing effects on our bodies. However, there is no conclusive scientific evidence for the same. A bathing mixture of baking soda and water also has no connection with weight loss or fat loss. Our bodies are perfectly capable of regulating the PH levels, and what we eat or drink does not affect the same. Therefore, there is no conclusive scientific evidence of baking soda helping in weight loss and fat loss.

Whether we apply baking soda on the skin, inject it, ingest it, or sniff it, scientifically speaking, it will not help in significant weight loss and fat loss.

Does Baking Soda have MEDICAL USES?

Although baking soda has no relation to weight loss and fat loss, it has several medical uses like:

  1. Acts as a laxative.

  2. Soothe insect bites or stings.

  3. Speed up anaesthetics effects.

  4. Added as an additive to make injections less painful.

  5. Used in the treatment of tricyclic antidepressant overdose.

  6. Used to treat indigestion and heartburn.

  7. Used in the treatment of acidosis.

  8. Used to treat hyperkalemia.

WHAT are the SIDE EFFECTS of Baking Soda?

Too much baking soda can cause a variety of side effects like:

  1. Gastrointestinal irritation.

  2. High blood pressure.

  3. Metabolic acidosis.

  4. Interaction with medicines.

Key takeaways:

  1. Baking soda has a variety of uses, right from baking, cleaning, removing odour to shining teeth, sanitizing toilets, washing clothes.

  2. Baking soda does not help with weight loss or fat loss.

  3. Ingesting too much baking soda will have several severe and detrimental side effects.

We hope the article helped us understand that baking soda does not help weight loss and fat loss.

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