Is baking soda bad for you?
Not Medical Advice: Sodium bicarbonate, commonly called baking soda, is an effective antacid. Using the ingredient has enumerated a number of benefits but according to Jackson Siegelbaum Gastroenterology, consuming a large amount of sodium can elevate blood pressure, aggravate heart disease and lead to edema.
Anyone on a sodium-restricted diet and people with high blood pressure, cardiovascular or kidney disease should avoid sodium bicarbonate. In addition, because edema is relatively common during pregnancy, pregnant women should not take sodium bicarbonate
Sodium bicarbonate lowers potassium. Very low potassium can cause an irregular heart rhythm in some people. Some athletes drink a large amount of sodium bicarbonate before an event - known as soda loading. A widespread theory says that soda loading can delay fatigue during anaerobic exercise.
In the news, Emma Stone credits her complexion perfection to baking soda - not some fancy version of the cooking ingredient either but just the regular $1 kind that you can grab in the aisles of your local supermarket. She uses it as an exfoliant.