Alkalize the Body with Baking Soda
Sodium bicarbonate (known as baking soda) is a natural occurring mineral that can provide some pretty miraculous health benefits. Most well known for its use as an agent for leavening bread and other baked goods, baking soda is extremely powerful for reducing or balancing acid in the body, which is at the source of many illnesses including cancer. Baking soda is both healing and preventative when taken orally in addition to its many topical health applications.
In order to understand the effects of baking soda, one must first become aware of the consequences of too much acid in the body. An acidic pH causes the spleen, liver, heart and kidneys to get overworked. In order to buffer this acidity, the body has to rob existing minerals from the bones and tissue such as calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. This can lead to chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, loss of muscle mass, kidney stones, and impaired muscle functioning as well as an acidic environment in which heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis and other diseases can thrive.
Diets rich in animal products (meat and dairy) as well as processed foods, sugar and grains are all likely to produce an unbalanced acidic pH. Instead, one should consume more alkalizing foods such as fruits and vegetables to counter this acidity and prevent disease. Baking soda can also help neutralize the acid and help the body to maintain pH balance in the urine and bloodstream. Mice studies conducted by Arizona Cancer Center have shown that baking soda can alkalize the areas around tumors and help prevent metastasis in cancer patients. This information has been so encouraging that the University of Arizona received a $2MM grant from the National Institute of Health this past year to research its effectiveness against breast cancer.
Baking soda has also been shown to ease the effects of radiation exposure and chemotherapy by protecting the kidneys, heart, nervous system and other tissues. It also diminishes the effects of heavy metals and other toxic chemicals, such as uranium, produced by these cancer treatment methods. Another benefit it provides in relation to cancer is that it acts as a strong anti-fungal agent. Lately there has been a lot of information released about the relationship between cancer and fungus indicating that fungus produces mycotoxins (such as aflatoxin) that may cause cancer. Fungus is also at the culprit of a host of other diseases and ailments and thrives in an acidic environment.
Beyond cancer treatment, baking soda is also very useful for relieving heartburn or acid indigestion. It neutralizes stomach acid much more effectively and safely than over-the-counter antacids, which only treat symptoms temporarily. It can also be useful for acid related conditions such as gout and acid reflux disease, as well as kidney disease and diabetes. If given carefully, intravenous sodium bicarbonate can be lifesaving in some patients with the severest forms of diabetic coma. It’s also more commonly known as a treatment protocol for colds and the flu for its ability to sooth mucous membranes and dissolve thick mucus, while also boosting the immune system through proper acid/alkaline balancing.
To take baking soda internally, mix ½ to 1 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water and drink periodically throughout the day (2 to 6 times). You want to get your pH to a range between 7.35 and 7.45, which you can test using urine strips or a blood test.
Sodium bicarbonate can also be used topically as an antiseptic to treat acne/blemishes, cleanse the face as a light exfoliator (when combined with honey and essential oils) and whiten teeth. It is also a great deodorant, hair shampoo, and skin solvent for a mineralized bath. Also remember that it’s important to choose a baking soda that is aluminum free to get the most health benefits.
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Kara wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Food & Nutrition.