I did it. I am officially off of cetirizine (Zyrtec). I have had a couple of break through issues with my skin getting a bit of hives or redness. It’s been far and few in between now. I just take 12.5mg of benadryl if this happens though and it usually goes away. I would try hydrocortizone cream, but I misplaced it. Oops!
As another point of interest, I was chosen by Influenster to test out Pantene Pro-V Full & Strong Shampoo, Conditioner, and Dry Shampoo. I just used it for the first time today and will write up a separate post about that.
In other news, we are giving our chest freezer to my father-in-law. Management says it is a fire hazard even though they originally gave us permission to have it. They “never” had any paperwork stating that we could have it. We had it when we lived with my fiance’s parents. Informed the management when we moved into our own place and they sent maintenance to make sure we had a good place to plug it in. Then when we moved into this new apartment after a massive leak in our old place, we were told maintenance would come and find out where we could put it. This never happened. Anyway, they saw we had it, never remembered it, told us it was a fire hazard and are forcing us to get rid of it or face eviction. It does state it can be considered for reasonable accommodation but they are refusing even after hiring an electrician ourselves to prove it could be safe in our apartment.
Rhaewyn is doing ABA therapy 5 times a week. So far, it’s stressful because of the snow. We are considering condensing, but right now we just want her to get as much help as possible before she enters school. She is also in the Early Intervention play group where we have to be in the building but attend a parent’s support group.
With all of the stress going on I have been doing a lot of research on natural ways to improve my mood. This is where baking soda comes in. In some articles it suggests using baking soda to prevent lactic acid buildup in the muscles from a work out both before and after. I have also read up on respiration and CO2 levels in the body in conjunction just by doing a simple google search for the key terms. Do check the articles because there are suggested adverse side effects like alkolosis and increased potassium excretion.
This made me think about when we are stressed we can hyperventilate and lower our CO2 levels which makes our bodies more acidic. Would it make sense that baking soda could help prevent some of those sick and fatigued feelings when our body is hyperventilating? I decided to give it a try. My stomach ached like I had heartburn. I do take nexium but it doesn’t quite work well at times. I was feeling light-headed, insanely antsy, agitated, moody, shaky, etc. I put 1tsp of Baking Soda into a filtered glass of water (8oz). I began to sip it. To be honest it wasn’t until I got a little over half-way down that I noticed I felt so much better. It wasn’t just physical symptoms either. It was suddenly easier to think and focus more of positive. Low CO2 can cause vessels to constrict which can lead to diminished brain function. The last time my CO2 was checked it was at 19. One point below where my lab considers normal. My liver enzymes have also been elevated by one point as well. I’m not sure if there is any connection as to my low CO2 causing the liver issue or vice versa. The doctor hasn’t been able to find anything wrong despite running tests. I just tend to feel anxiety stricken a lot, fatigued, sore, depressed, and in a brain fog.
Getting pH paper would be the proper thing and testing twice a day to see how alkaline or acidic your body is if you can’t have your doctor frequently monitor you. Where I fall into the low/acidic side, I feel confident in having 1tsp once in a while. The first one was on Saturday and I’m having my second today. I will note that once I felt better during the first glass, I tossed the rest of it. I was just looking to see if I could physically feel any improvements after ingestion. The time spent drinking the first glass was spaced out over 45 minutes.
I still remember my mom using baking soda for heartburn and she would take 1tsp with a little bit of water all at once. While this wasn’t a daily thing, I do wonder if it could have caused any negative side effects taking so much at once. Again, it is best to consult a doctor before you start anything. I’m certainly stubborn and will discuss it with my doctor when they are available. The excessive amounts of snow has made it impossible to book an appointment before March.
Baking Soda for Athletes –