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Healthy Lifestyle Hacks 1: Beer Shampoo and Baking Soda for Produce

This will be the first installment in my Healthy Lifestyle Hacks blog series. I thought this would be a bit on the different and creative side while still maintaining relevant and healthy information. After all, a healthy lifestyle is about more than what you eat. I will be beginning this series with talking about a topic very close to my heart, beer. The opinion on beer is very broad but did you know that it also has other uses besides just straight consumption? I will also be discussing baking soda and how baking soda can be used for more than 1/4 teaspoon in baking recipes. That’s what we are all about here at Healthy Lifestyle Academy, baking recipes, and every day things you can do to improve your health. Let’s dive in now shall we?

Best Beer Hacks

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Who knew beer could be useful, not just for social gatherings, but also around the house? I didn't that's for sure. However, it seems that beer can also be a regular staple in your house like coat hangers, soap, or Activa Naturals products (you're missing out if you don't have any). Check out some of the cool uses beer can have besides a drink:

1. Beer Rice

The newest twist on bacon pancakes.. beer rice. Next time you're making rice, try beer as an alternative to water. It can make the rice a lot fluffier, and can add a whole lot of flavor to it. You can also add half beer and half water for a subtle yet rich and nutty flavor. I would recommend avoiding super strong or "hoppy" tasting beers as this can be a little TOO strong and lead to a gross sour taste. A neat way to kick your rice game up a few notches.

2. Marinate Your Meat

Nothing pairs better together than beer and wings at your favorite pub on game night, but did you know that beer can also be used to marinate your meat? Beer tenderizes the meat and is a low sodium alternative to traditional marinades. Try out different flavors and see what works for you, everyone's taste in beer is different, but fortunately there are many types.

3. Give Yourself a Pedicure... With Beer

It's no secret that beer contains a lot of yeast and that yeast can be good for soft skin, so why are we just putting these two epiphanies together now? If you're looking for an affordable way to soften and exfoliate your feet then consider warming a bowl of beer and letting your feet soak. Beer can do wonders for calloused heels, is a natural antiseptic, and is now being used at high end spas for this very reason, it works. I'm still waiting for a pool of beer to be made but hey, step at a time right?

4. Shampoo With Beer

The title of this blog leads with shampooing with beer and is likely the reason you are reading this. So let's get into it. I personally hate spilling beer over anything as a general rule, my stuff, my clothes, or my body alike. However, spilling a bottle of beer over your hair can actually be a fantastic way to get smoother, shinier hair! The proteins and vitamins found in beer can actually be a... creative way... to make hair feel noticeably shinier and thicker. Just please don't use it instead of actual shampoo.. Use it in combination with a good conditioner for best results and remember to wash it out afterwards!

5. BONUS A General Guide to Cooking with Beer

I thought you might be curious what beers will cause what tastes. So rather than breaking the bank to buy all the beer, I have included a rough guide as to what effect each beer will have on food. I'm nice like that.

  • White/Wheat: These beers give extra sweetness and a note of citrus.
  • Pilsner: Pilsner's are a little spicier than wheat beers but with less sharp tones than an IPA.
  • IPA: To highlight bitter undertones, try an IPA, a favorite of microbrewers across the country.
  • Ales: Ales are great for imparting deep, nutty flavors.
  • Stout/Porter: To get even more flavor (and some notes of coffee and chocolate) than an ale, try stouts and porters.



Other Uses For Baking Soda

a bowl of baking soda sitting on the counter with a spoon lifting a heaping spoonful out of the bowl
- Aqua Mechanical February 16, 2016

So you may also be reading this because you're tired of seeing that small orange carton of baking soda sit idly on the shelf and are curious if there is anything practical you can do with it besides use small amounts of it for baking. Well the good news is that I would not be writing this blog section on baking soda only to disappoint you. So keep reading to check out other awesome practical uses for baking soda besides your kids science fair volcano.

1. Scrub Your Produce With Baking Soda

Because baking soda is an absolute powerhouse in the cleaning and chemical world. Consider adding it to water and scrubbing your fruits and veggies in that solution. It will be far more thorough in getting rid of pesticides, grit, dirt, and whatever else has made it onto your food. Rinse thoroughly afterwards and enjoy!

2. Treat a Sunburn

Add about a cup of baking soda to some warm water and submerse the burned skin as long as desired to soothe the pain. This can save you money by being just as effective as expensive sprays and gels.

3. An Effective Antacid

For people who struggle with heartburn or if that Thai takeout isn't sitting well with you.. baking soda can be your best friend. You can take a 1/2 teaspoon mixed in water for relief after a meal. If you need to watch your sodium, consider other options as baking soda contains a high amount of sodium.

4. DIY Toothpaste

It's definitely no shock that a lot of toothpastes contain baking soda as an added ingredient. Should you be out of toothpaste in the entire house and happen to have a bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution laying around (somewhere safe) then you may be in luck. Combine baking soda and the 3% hydrogen peroxide into a thick paste and use that as replacement toothpaste. This paste mixture can help kill harmful bacteria in the mouth but should not be used as a permanent replacement.

5. Grease Fires

If you've been living under a rock your entire life or have never taken a single home economics class in school then you will be delighted to hear that we at Healthy Lifestyle Academy have discovered the secret to fighting grease fires. Normal water does nothing to grease fires and can even make them worse, however due to baking soda's chemical properties, it is able to safely neutralize grease fires and should always be kept on hand in the event of an emergency.

There you have it, a few helpful tips on every day things. There are so many resources out there with tons of great tips, hacks, recommendations, etc. Are there any I missed? Let me know in the comments.

Check Out This Helpful Video On Other Beer Uses



Check Out This Helpful Video On Other Baking Soda Uses

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