THE BENEFITS AND AFFORDABILITY OF BAKING SODA

THE BENEFITS AND AFFORDABILITY OF BAKING SODA

4 Benefits Of Adding Baking Soda To Your Coffee

Even the best coffee beans produce acid

Beyond using it as a natural cleaning agent to remove stains for your coffee pot, some believe that baking soda can actually improve the taste of coffee. It’s no secret that coffee can be a tad acidic. But for many, giving up their morning cup of coffee is not an option. And truthfully, with science continuing to study coffee and the many benefits it provides, it’s easy to see why coffee lovers would never want to give up their morning cup of brew. Yet, if drinking coffee is contributing to excess stomach acid and causing you digestive upset, then you’re probably thinking you’d be better off without. Think again.

According to Harvard Health, coffee drinking is associated with a lower risk of depression among women, a lower risk of fatal prostate cancer among men, and a lower risk of stroke among both men and women. Human and animal studies show some protection against Alzheimer’s disease and a lower risk for some cancers like estrogen-negative breast cancer.

Coffee is fairly acidic on a pH scale

Coffee has a pH of five, and baking soda can help neutralize it.


Acidity is something that’s measured on the pH scale, which uses 7.0 as an indicator of neutrality. So, numbers under seven as are naturally more acidic than numbers above seven. For instance, according to Science Buddies, battery acid is zero. Clearly, that’s highly acidic. Lemon juice registers at about two, and black coffee registers at a pH of about five. But rather than kicking your “acidic” coffee habit — and there are clearly good reasons to keep drinking coffee — why not neutralize the acid in your brew?

Helps neutralize an acidic cup of coffee

In water, baking soda is mildly alkaline and can be used to neutralize acid. That’s why, when it dissolves in water, it works well as a natural antacid remedy. Its alkalinity is also why it makes a great deodorizer — by countering slightly acidic scent molecules. On the pH scale baking soda registers as a nine.

That means by simply adding a little baking soda to your coffee you could neutralize the acid to avoid stomach upset. There’s two way you can do that. You can add about a quarter teaspoon to your coffee beans for a pot of coffee, or you can add just a pinch (small pinch) to your cup of coffee.

Helps acid reflux or GERD

Research shows that baking soda can counteract acid reflux.


Both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee exacerbate gastroesophageal reflux according to a German study. However, coffee creates more reflux than simply caffeine added to water. This suggests that other components of coffee contribute to acid reflux. A small pinch of baking soda can help counteract acid reflux.

May help relieve gout

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation. It develops in some people who have high levels of uric acid in the blood. The acid can form painful needle-like crystals in a joint and cause severe episodes of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth and swelling.

Due to baking soda’s pH neutralizing effects, it may help lower uric acid levels. According to GoutDiet.org baking soda introduced to the blood alkalinizes it, causing the uric acid structures to break up. Then, they can easily filter out the kidneys and expel through the urine. Add a pinch to your coffee or more as needed.

If you suffer from ulcers, baking soda can help

Since baking soda neutralizes stomach acid, it can help make coffee drinking more bearable if you suffer from a stomach ulcer. Add a quarter to a half teaspoon to your coffee grounds.

Let’s break down baking soda

Most of the baking soda in America comes from Wyoming.


While most of us often keep a box baking soda in the house for baking, as a deodorizer for the fridge, or as a natural cleaning alternative (and now for neutralizing acidic coffee), some still aren’t sure what exactly baking soda is. So, let’s break it down.

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a chemical salt that occurs naturally as the mineral nahcolite. This is a soft, colorless or white carbonate mineral. Nahcolite was first described in 1928 when it was found in a lava tunnel at Mount Vesuvius, Italy. NaHCO3, as it’s known chemically, contains sodium (NA), hydrogen (H) and carbonate (CO).

Baking soda in North America

So, where does America get its baking soda from? Well, most baking soda in the U.S. comes from Green River, Wyoming. According to Arm & Hammer, the baking soda from Green River is mined from trona ore. Trona deposits were molded over four million years ago after the evaporation of great salt lakes in Wyoming. Trona also comes from Kenya, Egypt, Venezuela and the deserts of Central Asia. After it’s mined, it’s heated to make soda ash, which is then dissolved in water. When carbon dioxide bubbles under pressure through the solution, sodium bicarbonate is formed.


Side effects of baking soda

Now that you know all about baking soda, let’s talk about how to use it properly. Although larger quantities of baking soda have been used to remedy indigestion, in much the same way antacids are used, you can still go overboard and risk side effects. Drinking baking soda is like drinking salt water. It’s extremely high in sodium and will raise your blood pressure. And too much sodium is linked to kidney and heart issues in healthy people.

And of course, too much baking soda in your coffee can leave you with a less than tasty cup that leaves you with a soapy taste in your mouth. Generally, to reduce the acidic nature of coffee, just a small pinch is all you need. Enjoy!

DAWG SAYS: I PERSONALLY HAVE BEEN USING BAKING SODA IN MY MORING TEA FOR SEVERAL YEARS AS I SUFFER FROM SERIOUS EPISODES OF GOUT. IT IS VERY EFFECTIVE AND KEEPS ME FROM USING MEDICATIONS.


NEVADA ADVENTURES TEN DAY TRIPS

NEVADA ADVENTURES TEN DAY TRIPS

Here Are 10 Unique Day Trips In Nevada That Are An Absolute Must-Do

One of the most fun things you can do at the spur of the moment is take a day trip. Exploring ghost towns, visiting an old saloon, and touring one of the greatest dams ever built are just a few of the many things you can do on a Nevada day trip. Listed below are 10 Nevada day trips that are an absolute must-do.

NEVADA ADVENTURES TEN DAY TRIPS

1. Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is approximately 17 miles from the Las Vegas strip and has some of the most beautiful scenery you’ll ever see. At Red Rock Canyon, there are many different types of activities you can participate in such as hiking, biking, rock climbing and horseback riding. Spring Mountain Ranch State Park and Bonnie Springs Ranch are also located within the conservation area. Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area is located at: 1000 Scenic Loop Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89161.

NEVADA ADVENTURES TEN DAY TRIPS

2. Gold Point


Gold Point was first settled by ranchers in the 1880s. During the boom of the mining industry, around 2,000 people referred to Gold Point as their home. Now it only has a population of 7. Because Gold Point is such a well-preserved ghost town, 50 buildings are still standing for your viewing pleasure. If you take a day trip to Gold Point, you might be lucky enough to catch the High Desert Drifters Western Historical Society perform theme reenactments and gun fights in the town plaza. If interested, you can also take a tour of the town on your own. The town may be small, but it’s full of great history. Gold Point is located approximately 4 hours outside of Las Vegas.

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3. Hoover Dam

If you’re vacationing in Las Vegas, Hoover Dam is the perfect place to visit for a day trip. Hoover Dam is only a 35 mile drive from the Las Vegas strip and it’s one of the greatest engineering achievements ever constructed. Hoover Dam attracts more than a million visitors each year and is located at: U.S. Hwy 93, Boulder City, NV 89005.

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4. Rhyolite

Rhyolite was once a mining town of about 10,000 people and had over 50 saloons and 18 grocery stores. Sadly, all that’s left now are crumbing foundations. Rhyolite is a true ghost town and upon arrival, you’re on your own to explore the ruins. The famous Goldwell Open Air Museum is located in this popular ghost town. Rhyolite is one of the most photographed ghost towns in the West and is located 4 miles outside of Beatty on Hwy 374.

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5. Carson City


Carson City is perfect for a day trip. The best way to tour Carson City is to follow the Kit Carson Trail – a 2.5 mile walking tour that follows a blue painted line outlining Carson City’s historic district. While in Carson City, be sure to visit the State Capitol Building, Nevada State Museum, and Nevada Railroad Museum. Carson City is located about 30 miles outside of Reno.

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6. Pyramid Lake

Pyramid Lake is the largest remaining section of Lake Lahontan. As you travel to the lake, you’ll be driving through high desert scrub and wondering how much longer until you arrive. Out of nowhere, you’ll finally get a great view of the beautiful lake and realize the crazy drive was well worth it! Pyramid Lake is located about 30 miles northeast of Sparks.

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7. Virginia City


In Virginia City, you’ll get the chance to view many historic churches, homes and cemeteries. You’ll also get the chance to explore the mining districts that were responsible for the town’s history. A few of the other places you can check out if you decide to take a day trip to Virginia City include: Mark Twain Museum, Piper’s Opera House, Western Historic Radio Museum and Comstock Gold Mill. Virginia City is located about 20 miles outside of Reno.

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8. Fort Churchill

Fort Churchill was built to protect the early settlers of Nevada, and most of it was completely abandoned by the late 1800s. If you decide to visit Fort Churchill, you’ll have the chance to walk through the old fort ruins and imagine what life was like back when Fort Churchill was thriving. There are quite a few facilities at Fort Churchill such as trails, a picnic area and access areas to the Carson River. Fort Churchill is located about 8 miles south of Silver Springs on U.S. 95A.

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9. Goodsprings

Most people travel to Goodsprings to visit the Pioneer Saloon. The Pioneer Saloon opened in 1913 and is one of the oldest saloons in Nevada. Upon entering the Pioneer Saloon, you’ll find an interesting memorial room filled with photos from celebrity visitors. An assortment of souvenirs is sold next door at the Goodsprings General Store. The Pioneer Saloon is open 24/7 and is located at: 310 W Spring St, Goodsprings, NV 89019.

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10. Ward Charcoal Ovens

The Ward Charcoal Ovens, located in White Pine County, Nevada, are 6 beehive-shaped ovens that were built during the late 1800s to provide charcoal for two silver smelters in the area. As soon as the ovens were no longer in use, they were used as a hideout for stagecoach bandits. Today, the Ward Charcoal Ovens are part of a Nevada state park. To get to the Ward Charcoal Ovens, you’ll need to drive approximately 7 miles south from Ely on U.S. Highways 6-50-93. Then you’ll need to drive approximately 11 miles southwest on Cave Valley Road. These ovens are such WONDERFUL pieces of Nevada history!