Soaking your body in a tub of hot water with Epsom salt and baking soda is purported to relieve aching muscles along with providing other health benefits. These inexpensive ingredients are generally found in every home and can be used in many different ways for various health benefits.
As part of our Ask an Expert Panel campaign, one of our readers posed the question whether Epsom Salt and Baking Soda can cause yeast. Expert RD, Dixya Bhattarrai took to the question and provided her answer which might also help you to determine whether that yeast infection is being caused by soaking in Epsom salt and baking soda!
Q1. Is Epsom salt and baking soda a bad combination for soaking. Does it throw off your
ph and cause yeast?
Epsom salt is a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits. Baking soda, a sodium bicarbonate, has an alkalizing effect on the body and sometimes even acts to neutralize the over-acidic effect in our body. I am not aware of such effect of Epson salt and baking soda together for soaking and generally will not throw off your PH to cause a yeast infection. However, sometime people get yeast infection after swimming or being in the wet swim suit for too long because it is a right environment for the yeast to grow. Additionally, when hormones change during pregnancy, medications, menstrual cycles and using scented tampons can change the PH of our body making it easier for the yeast to grow. I would pay a close attention to those factors first but if the yeast infection continues to happen, I would forgo the soaking and just stick to showers and dry off very well after the shower.