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Baking Soda May Reduce Premature Death Risk

Today’s blog is republished from my friends at TheAlternativeDaily, a leading publisher of daily alternative health tips that I personally read every day…

By Stephen Seifert, TheAlternativeDaily.com

Research published this month in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that having balanced baking soda, or bicarbonate, levels in your body could reduce your chances of an early death.

The study examined data compiled in the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study for 2,287 participants. Participants were healthy adults who, at the onset of the study in 1997, were between the ages of 70 and 79, and were followed for approximately 10 years. Survival data were gathered through February 2014.

What did they find?

Study author Dr. Kalani Raphael, associate professor and nephrology and hypertension specialist at the University of Utah, and colleagues investigated pH, carbon dioxide and bicarbonate in association with long-term survival. According to the University of Utah press release, “Critically ill patients with severe acid-base abnormalities have a very low likelihood of surviving their illness, but it’s unclear whether more subtle changes in the body’s acid-base status have an effect on the longevity of relatively healthy older people.”

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Raphael and colleagues found that low levels of bicarbonate may be linked to an increased risk for premature death by 24 percent. Sodium bicarbonate assists your body in balancing pH levels, possibly extending life. “What we found was that generally healthy older people with low levels of bicarbonate had a higher risk of death,” Raphael said. “Adding the pH measurement into the equation didn’t change the results, which is important because pH is not routinely measured.”

The study’s findings may assist clinicians in better assessing a patient’s risk of premature death by analyzing their blood bicarbonate concentrations more closely. Clinicians can recommend dietary adjustments to patients with low bicarbonate concentrations to optimize health.

What does it mean for me?

How do you get more baking soda in your life? Surprisingly, the answer has nothing to do with that yellow box in your fridge fighting odors. If you want to balance your pH levels by getting more sodium bicarbonate in your diet, eating more fruits and vegetables is the key.

Fruits and vegetables high in potassium and bicarbonate will have a negative potential renal acid load (PRAL) score. This represents the amount of acid produced by the kidneys after metabolism. The higher the negative, the more potassium and bicarbonate they will provide, potentially reducing your risk of premature death, according to the study. Apples, raisins, spinach, bananas, carrots, broccoli, lemons and even coffee are a few sources that will boost your potassium and bicarbonate levels.

Are you eating enough fruits and vegetables to keep a healthy pH balance?

—Stephen Seifert, TheAlternativeDaily.com

Stephen Seifert is a writer, professor, adventurer and a health & fitness guru. His flair for travel and outdoor adventure allows him to enjoy culture and traditions different than his own. A healthy diet, routine fitness and constant mental development is the cornerstone to Stephen’s life.

(The original article source is here)

Note from The Watchdog…

Baking Soda and Exercise Performance:

One last thing to mention here about the benefits of baking soda… There are many recent studies that reveal that taking baking soda mixed with water about 60-90 minutes before exercise shows significant improvements in exercise performance, which can equate to the results you get from exercise.

The dosages in the studies were generally about 90-135 mg per lb of body weight, which would basically equate to about 2-3 teaspoons mixed in water for most people.  However, it was noted that this quantity caused stomach upset for some people.  If this is the case, you could test smaller amounts spaced out over time, such as 1 teaspoon 2 hrs before exercise and another teaspoon 1 hr before exercise.

The theory as to why baking soda helps exercise performance is that it helps reduce the effects of lactic acid on the muscles and allows you to do more reps before fatigue sets in.

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Sources:
http://cjasn.asnjournals.org/content/early/2016/01/13/CJN.06200615
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/ason-lbl010816.php
http://www.precisionnutrition.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/acid-base-foods-pral.pdf

 

 

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  1. Looks like a valid source for good health.

    • My Nephrologist, kidney specialist, specifically prescribed Sodium Bicarbonate twice a day with a full glass of water. Some of these testimonials must be linked to something else.

      • I use 10 grams of sodium bicarbonate/daily to maintain a blood CO2 level of about 26 (mid-range normal) and avoid acidosis fro kidney failure. It works for someone with kidney failure but not so sure about a normal person although being less acidic is better than the alternative.

    • Then again it may not.

    • I learned from a very smart lady who has two favorite glasses which consist one tsp of baking soda and one tsp of molases and claims a very alkaline body condition that desease such as cancer cannot exist

      • Dr. Semoncini from Rome, Italy is an Oncologist (Specialist in Cancer) who discovered that all cancers are colored white and believes that cancer is caused by a fungus named Candida Albacans. Check it out in Google …search Cancer is a Fungus. Cancer thrives in an acidic environment. His cure is taking sodium bicarbonate….kills the fungus, kills the camcer!

        • It is my theory that the prevalence of cancers that are being seen throughout the modern era is due to the modern diet and the processed food that goes with this diet. I do believe that candida is at the root of most cancers being experienced by everyone that subsists on this food. Now understand there are cancers that are caused by other internal and external stimuli, i.e., heavy metals (i.e. lead, mercury), radiation exposure, excessive sun exposure, etc. But, the vital link to tie the modern diet to this increase in various cancers has a simple root cause and that would be the production of processed foods (read-PROCESSED SUGARS!!!). As discussed in this forum the human body (being former plant eaters) our body pH should be alkaline in a range of 5-7 ph. Processed and heavily processed sugars may be sweet to the taste, but when processed in our bodies it acts to lower the gut pH levels and through the digestive process (and ultimately the blood, bodily tissues, and the other downstream systems. Now candida, living in all of our gut(s) readily feeds on these sugars and concentrated sugars and blooms in the gut and dominates the gut flora. Continued consumption of these sugars, ultimately cause the reduction of the bodies pH from being alkaline to acidic, with the dominance of candida in the gut. Ever have a craving for something sweet? It really could be candida that’s driving that desire for satisfaction! Prolonged exposure and consumption of these heavily processed foods (and beverages) would continue this cycle and cause the very thing that prompted this whole discussion occurs. I whole heartedly agree that trying to increase your bodies pH is most desirable or critical to better future health. But, how do you do it safely. Baking soda, and baking powder is a viable solution, but these are based on Sodium carbonate and Bi-carbonate taken routinely, but this can cause other problems such as high sodium levels in the body along with possible side effects as kidney stones, etc. In search of a viable alternative to accomplish a higher pH number I did stumble on a fairly simple solution that is now a constant in my supplementation routine. It is called “Chlorella.” This is a form of algae that is commercially grown and processed into a pill form. AND it is green, very concentrated, and has helped me and my mate try to maintain a healthy gut pH. To give a real life experience of how this has helped me personally. In. the past, when my doctor was outlining some medical tests for a baseline for my medical chart, I asked for a urine pH test. Now, I had been taking the chlorella for a while, so I thought that my urine pH should be in the range of normal for urine (3 pH to 5 pH.) The lab test results showed a urine pH of 7.0 !). NOW, I am not suggesting everyone go out and buy Chlorella to accomplish increasing your pH number, THIS IS MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, and NOT Based on any medical testing data, or other medical studies!!!Take my comments for what they are, MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND THAT’S ALL! And, now, I do not wish to engage in any lengthy discussions or debate(s) on the validity of my experience and other suggestions, or comments of what if??? Take this as it is submitted, it’s a comment and my own personal experience! I am not promoting or selling anything, and am not qualified to comment on any other product, supplement, home remedy, or medical treatment(s). Thank you for your time.

        • i would like a medical answer to my “”SEVERE”” health condition.I am a 77 year old (male) ,my””BUTCHER””(what you call oncologist…..!!!!) after over 2 years of investigation of my health condition;and 3 or 4 misdiagnoses…..he finally………..gave me…………”” A “”FINAL DEATH SENTENCE””…”” YOU,MY FRIEND HAVE “””STAGE 4 LYMPHOMA””” ( in other words………..”” ONE FOOT ON THE GROUND AND ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE!!!!!!! I WANT TO SEE YOU NEXT WEEK……….FOR A FEW HOURS OF “”CHEMO”” AND RADIATION !!!!!””” Well my friends,i would love to tell you what my “” LONG “” answer was,but with all my respect to you………………I WILL REFRAIN. Now,going back to my problem; i believe in the””” HIPPOCRATIS PROTOCOL””” LET THY FOOD BE THY MEDICINE AND LET THY MEDICINE BE THY FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!””” THE FATHER OF MEDICINE also stated very clearly””” THERE IS NO SUCH A THINK AS”””AN INCURABLE SICKNESS”” “” ALL IS REQUIRED IS”””” FIND THE CAUSE!!!!”””” Todays medical practitioners,we could call them “”” MURDERERS and DOPE PUSHERS””” if you don’t believe me,just ask your doctor “” WHICH PILL,THAT HE PRESCRIBES EVERY DAY TO MOST OF HIS PATIENS “” CURES ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!! (THE REALITY………..”” NONE””!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry to bother you with all of the above.I would like some clarification about taking”” BAKING SODA””, i do that every morning…between 1 1/2 and 2 table spoons,with a 12OZ of spring water in which i also include 2 fresh squeezed lemon juice,1/2 tea spoon of organic turmeric powder, an equal amount of organic “”CEYLON (TRUE) CINNAMON””” (which doesn’t like to mix with liquid…) and i use this liquid mixture to gulp down……………4 cloves of fresh garlic grated and the same amount of fresh grated ginger root (got to be grated ,as i have…………..no teeth). and this is my breakfast………for a very long time now. I am what you could call a 95% vegetarian,balance, only white meat (bone in) and canned fish.I walk an average of 4 hours plus every day,i have”” NO PAINS ANYWHERE””,i take lots of vitamins and 20plus drops of oregano oil everyday.Any help would be really appreciated.Thanks,Mario

        • What you say is key! I heard about this doctor when I went thru cancer detox. He is an amazing man and the medical society gave him a very hard time for his findings! He stuck to his guns and now look Pharma is loosing! The truth is in alternative medicine!! I am going on 21 clean of breast cancer. I had a child after chemo who is now 14. Doctors I would never be able to do so many things and I have recovered almost everything. I didn’t believe them as I was force to do chemo, but I did everything else in holistic health mode. I suffer badly from candida because of my passed as well as being exposed to black mold and didn’t know it. grrr I am going to now try the baking soda. Just need to watch salt in take.
          I really want to Thank You for posting this piece you wrote! Wish I could help more people understand! Cause once your dead its to late folks! You have to take care of yourself… just know Western medicine is out to make money… Not save your life… they don’t have the right training honestly… and they are figuring that out slowly but surely…
          Have a Great Day!!
          m

      • do you mix and drink daily? I mixed them with water, not a great taste but burped immediately. More about this? Many Thanks!

      • Can I get the formula. I have liver and lung cancer and would like to try this.mixture. Thanks

        • One teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate dissolved in 125 ml (1/2 of a cup ) of water. 3 times a day.

      • Id like too hear more dear.

      • Thanks for sharing. I believer her. My behavior at home is to regularly get the spoons out and take a little of bicarbonate and molasses. May not work for everyone but I would swear by it for myself.

      • Arm and hammer one for the fridge and one for reflux. Don’t take the one meant
        for the fridge.

    • The objective is to raise pH. Red meat eaters tend to have a pH level down around 5.3. The healthy level is just a shade below neutral (7.0), about 6.7. Buy an inexpensive Hanna pH meter at a garden supply shop. Keep a small jar on the back of the toilet to catch a sample of your 2nd urine upon rising.
      Turn the meter on and let the number in the window settle, then insert in the jar of urine. Again, let the number settle for 1-2 minutes. Keep a record of the pH result. Buy a food pH table. Make changes in your diet to reduce highly acidic foods, and add alkaline foods. Do this carefully because you don’t want your pH to be above 7.0 (alkaline). Just under is ideal. With the meter you can test liquid foods to get familiar. It’s fun. This is something you can do that is powerfully beneficial! A medical clinic or hospital would charge you an arm&leg !

      • Thank you for the advice. I personally think it’s best to eat more fruits and vegetables before spooning baking soda.

        • Is what I now do and is working, keeping me healthy. I’m eating for disease and have been diagnosed with Systemic Sclerosis – look it up and you will see what I have to contend with. However, I’ve experienced mild symptoms (slightly thinned bottom lips, digital ulcer on index finger which healed in 4 days, usually take a couple of years to heal, a digital ulcer on gum trying to heal after c. 4 months, mild thickenning skin on lower arms, went partially blind in right eye – vision back now, mild itching in places, skin on back keeps getting cuts and bumps but healing and always slightly coming back but getting less, couldn’t walk initially before diagnosis – severe arthritic pain in lower legs, couldn’t stretch arm above head – no pain in legs or arms now, can do anything back to normal, bowels started to slow down and didn’t go for 3 days. I just didn’t eat anything until bowels worked as didn’t want being backed up and operated on. No energy whatsoever, felt incapacitated and is this for real. Now total energy again 90-99%. Was stiffening up am very loose again and mobile and can go down the gym and exercise uninhibited. This is literally down to turning my diet 180 degrees around due to fear of dying. All I ate was vegetables, eggs, fish, mouldy cheese, goats milk, lots of ginger, garlic, turmeric and other herbal stuff and teas. I’ve now incorporated grass fed butter and coconut oil. The herbal stuff I consume loads of it whole cloves or garlic, huge chunk of ginger, large amounts of turmeric in Oolong, green, black, white, rooibos, match, spirulina (algae), fennel, etc etc list goes on and I mix about two to three different tea bags with the herbs. I started to feel normal, no pain and I guess my ulcer can’t thrive so healing and no pain as they can be painful. tingling in fingers and toes have subsided almost. I’m looking younger again not slightly as though I’m dying. A typical day is organic porridge in the morning with blueberries, raspberries, a tiny bit of spirulina, some chia, walnuts, flaxseds, sunflower seeds, a big blob of grass fed anchor butter (for energy) some ginger whole raw, goats milky tea – Breakfast over with. I use to eat in the afternoon lots of green vegs and eggs or bacon but I don’t now but will start again – I don’t eat this time as can’t be bothered cooking. Lots herbal tea throughout the day and ordinary tea which I like. Dinner: red onions, huge amounts of garlic and ginger, mushrooms, kale, chards sauted first then with some sweet potatoes or butternut squash, then some anchor butter and OMG loads of spinnach, some salad leafs – with fish or organic grass-fed chicken, beef, pork, lamb etc. I also eat red cabbage, beets, some other veg, for fruits I also eat grapefruits, pomegranate fruits, apples, NO bananas, oranges, only the overly super superfoods. I eat maca powders other superfood powders, other nuts too. Initially, this is sooo hard as I use to be miserable and ALWAYS hungry but now I’m getting use to it and eating a lot of fats with it helps – makes it more palatably delicious. I’ve lost huge amounts of weight, my cholestral is high (as a doctor said would happen but would be healhty) but the doctor said everything else is fine so lets not rock the boat – his words. It’s hard as I’m a mother of a 10 year old and have to cook a little differently for him but he’s eating healthier too. Food is much more expensive. I’ve started enjoying myself if there’s an outing or event where there’s a meal, I now participate and have a desert as this is not often. I will enjoy Xmas but not overly stupid. Getting a masticating juicer because I want to juice beets and more greens into my body. So after Xmas I’m going even more healthier as I can’t afford this disease to get hold of me and I truly think the body wants to heal itself if helped. This is my way of life now and I feel I will survive to see my son grow up. So greens and dark purples in both vegetables and fruits are the way to go with some yellow and oranges in the mix. My ratio is: 60% green 20% purple, 15 yellow 5% red/orange. Greens are soooo important beyond belief. My portions of vegetables are about the size of say 3 large person portions.

      • Thank you! Buying that meter, as you suggest.

      • A medical hospital will not work with you on this. I asked about not giving me corn syrup and they turned and flew out of my room! They dismissed me within 1 hour and after 3 days — would not let me eat the salad when it came — the only real food I had in days. I took my salad with me and ate it on the way down in the elevator which really make them mad at that hospital — they wheeled me out of there so fast it was like being on a Disneyland ride! For two days I only had pudding and applesauce and apple juice and loaded with high fructose and corn syrup (they got me some cranberry finally — loaded with sugar). I had a bad bacteria and they were going to do surgery and changed their mind and decided to load me with heavy antibiotics for over two weeks and starve me. Still suffering from the antibiotics 2 months later with pains and diarrhea. But the swelling in my eye, face, neck and throat went away. Glad I still have my head at all! “Physician Heal Thy Self” is a real good book. Dr. Loraine Day talks about the medical and pharmaceutical business and how she was one of them until she got cancer and then started learning true healing. Just found you all here and it is a real good site.

      • William Comer We routinely check blood pH and normal is around 7.35 to 7.45. A blood pH of 5.3 would be certain death. Anything outside of the range of 6.8 – 7.8 is not compatable with life.
        Acid-base balance is handled in the body through the lungs and kidneys (for the most part). The pH level is inverse to the blood CO2 level. The kidneys produce HCO3 (bicarb( to nirmalize pH levels.
        If you’re talking about urine pH, then please be specific about that. Urine pH levels are only an indicator of a very few kidney disorders, such as kidney stones, etc., not the body’s pH. The change in pH of the body would have to be long term (a relative term) to show in the urine. It’s routinely done with a general urinalysis or you can just buy pH test strips at any pharmacy for less than $10 per 100. That’s hardly “an arm & a leg”.
        I’m a Registered Respiratory Therapist. This is what I do.

    • It’s time for to do this because I just can’t get into eating many veggies, but I will use Bob Mills baking soda because it has no aluminium in it. It’s what I already use for toothpaste.

      • HOu are thinking of Baking Powder. Baking soda, Sodium Bicarbonate has no
        aluminum.

      • Green Juice if vegies are hard to take… Then drink them.. you can get far more into you anyhow. Try it… try to stay away from mixing your veggies with fruit. Lemon is great! Ginger is key… I am a small person there is no way I could eat as many veggies as my body needs. I also will add fiber, magnesium, & clay to my drink in the evenings. It is an Amazing balancer and great for detoxing! Drinking veggie juice is my saving grace.

        Hope it works for you…
        m

      • no baking soda has aluminum, only some baking powders do. Arm & Hammer, Bob Mills are all the same 🙂

    • Leslie satensein

      Four soda crackers is just as effective. And if you have hearturn, 4 soda crackers and a glass of water will stop heartburn within 3 minutes.

    • Gee in the good old days, people brushed their teeth with baking soda, used it for upset stomachs, and for baking…………My mother, and her sisters lived to be 94+……….For them, baking soda was the answer to everything……..Now it seems they were walking around and not healthy and on death’s doorstep………

      Baking Soda also used to get rid of the acid buildup on car batteries………which means it is good for acid that gives you bad tummy ache……….

    • What a great place to see what people like me are saying! I have a question though, how do you get the baking soda down? It tastes horrible mixed with water! It has a very smooth texture which makes me gag! If anyone has suggestions, please let me know how you are doing it!

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  3. Good read.

  4. In with natural advice and out with the big Pharma killers!!!!!

    • bob hickinbotham

      to much baking soda well cause kidney stones

      • Right! I advise clients to buy BiCarb capsules vs spooning out bakng soda–for control over quantity. The days you eat red meat, 2 capsules after dinner, otherwise just one.

      • Wrong. It prevents kidney stones, which are a result of urine that is too acidic.

        • Uric acid stones are caused by too much acid. Calcium oxalate stones are caused by too much alkalinity and are by far the most common type – been dealing with these for over 20 years.

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  5. My dad fried his kidney’s using baking soda every night for heartburn. He did this every night for many years. He was on dialysis for 10 years and had to have one kidney removed due to cancer. PLEASE head this warning!!! Moderation is ALWAYS key.

    • Sure hope you are not suggesting the Baking soda had ANY thing to do with the cancer or dialysis!! As people have gotten off of dialysis WITH baking soda. As it lets the kidney rest from making sodium bicarb

    • Thanks for that caution as I was rather thinking of taking it daily – that or “Andrews” which comprises: Magnesium sulphate, sodium hydrogen carbonate, citric acid. I know that it probably didn’t contribute to cancer but could well have as you said fried your father’s kidneys which in turn contributed to perhaps them being that bad enough to go on dialysis. Perhaps I may just take some once or twice a week. Thanks for the warning.

    • Thanks for the advise. I am 69 and 8 months ago I had to have a kidney removed due to cancer. I had for awhile been taking baking soda pills daily. Five yrs. ago my kidney was fine. During this period , I told the Dr., I lost my best friend, wife had breast cancer, went through 2 hard arbitrations and retired from a job I had for 25 yrs. I have figured the stress was the main culprit but now I wonder…..hmmmm?

    • I have seen one man lose his kidney function by taking dolomite tablets regularly. Minerals need to be taken in food form. let your food be your medicine

    • I read Arm & Hammer baking soda is just crappy chemicals. buy a natural brand at a health food store ?

    • guess what they put in dialyses machines…..Baking soda!!!

  6. Baking soda can cause a sharp rise in blood pressure if directly ingested.

  7. I remember the doctors telling my mother she needed to stop taking soda bicarbonate. It was creating a ph imbalance and was bad for her. When we came home, she would ask for her “soda’ saying that doctor gave me indigestion. She was a character to be dealt with. She lived well into her 80’s only to succumb to lung infection.

  8. Well spinach, bananas, carrots, broccoli, and even coffee, I get enough of mostly on a daily basis, and at 65 y/o, I’ve loved broccoli, bananas, spinach and coffee since my early 20’s.

    • I’am also 65 had a hernia removed last Monday they couldn’t believe how healthy i was. I said well I’ve worked hard all my life in construction, smoked a pack and a half of cigarettes every day for the last 50 years and drink beer often. They couldn’t believe it 5′ 9″ and at 160 lbs not bad i guess for the millage 🙂

  9. I mix 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar with 1/2 tsp of baking soda and drink it twice a day. I feel very refreshed and energetic.

    • Feeling and actually being are two different things. The apple cider is probably fine but twice a day with the baking soda may just accumulate over time and you may not know what’s happening to your inside because you feel great on the outside until too late. Perhaps lessen the baking soda to just once a day at the very least. Can’t see the need for you to take it twice a day. Unless you engage in heavy exercise daily?

      • Actually feeling and being are very close cousins. If your body is running well you will feel well. The vinegar and the soda both alkalize the body. Did you not read the article? Multiple foods help the body manufacture bicarbonate. The idea that it would “accumulate” is ridiculous.

    • I take half a lemon( juice )

    • I mix 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1 oz of apple cider vinegar in each of two bottles of water and take them on the gojf course with me. I stay well hydrated and don’t run out of energy. I am sixty nine years old,and I have been brushing my teeth with baking soda since I was a young boy.I have most of my teeth and they are white and strong. My Dentist is amazed at them. P H is the key to good health in so many ways.

      • It is immoral to add to earth’s greenhouse gas load by mixing baking soda with anything acidic.

      • The amount of CO2 released by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to some vinegar is very small compared to that released by driving a car or the production of power used in a typical western home.

        If you really want to reduce CO2 production, ride a bicycle or walk and conserve energy at home and don’t worry about baking soda.

        Also, why would Arm and Hammer or any other commercial suppliers of baking soda add aluminum? Aluminum salts are sometimes added to baking POWDER; other baking powders may contain a weak organic acid, such as tartaric, aka cream of tartar. Also, there is a difference between purity and toxicity; the purest NaHCO3 would come from a chemical supplier for laboratories and cost several times more than Bob’s Red Mill (I love their quinoa) or Arm and Hammer, which is perfect safe to consume in moderation.

  10. What is the BEST type of Baking Soda to use to drink for lowering your death rate?
    Where can you find a good source locally?

  11. Check your PH with litmus strips from the pharmacy. If you are below 7 adjust with a teaspoon of baking soda in 6 to 8 oz of distilled water on an empty stomach in the morning and allow about 30 minutes for it to assimilate before eating. If you don’t reach about 7.2 to 7.5 PH do it again right before bed. Proper PH is a powerful cancer preventer. If you already are a cancer sufferer it may help you tremendously. Just make sure the water is distilled. Fluoride and chlorine are cancer causing agents. Good health to you.

  12. What is a good source of injestable baking soda to use on a daily bases?
    Is it the same type of backing soda that is placed in our refrigerators to
    help combat food orders, that is made by Arm &Hammer, to sit in the
    corner of shelf?

  13. I DO SODIUM BICARBONATE DAILY WITH SEA SALT CHIA SEEDS AND LEMON IN MY TIBETAN TIBICOS

  14. I have a hyper-acidic condition that causes blistering on my face and hands. I mix 1/4 cup baking soda in 24 ounces of water and drink 1/3 to 1/2 of the bottle each day. Like other comments here use litmus paper to see where your Ph is and go from there. I know raising my Ph helps me.

  15. If you want to neutralize acid, a better way to go is with ammonium hydroxide. It is declared safe by the FDA. You can make yourself totally alkaline by chugging a gallon of clear household ammonia. Don’t use the lemon scented ammonia– it has not been approved by the gubbermint for use in food.

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  19. I switched from Baking soda to getting an alkaline ionizer water pitcher that gives me water with a PH level of 9.5 or higher

    • What is the name brand of your pitcher? Where did you purchase it? Thank you.

    • Ok help me here….WHAT exactly is the required “normal” range the ph is supposed to be? I hear not to go over 7.0 and then you say 9.5 or higher. wouldn’t too much be bad for you?

    • Ann, the machine is available called the ‘Kangan’ water machine. You can obtain Ph 2.5, 6, 7, 8, 8.5, 9 & 9.5 and up to 11.5 water. That machine is very expensive, about $4K. Drinking 11.5 is only recommended under a special condition, ie. terminal cancer..

  20. People PLEASE note: if you have ulcers in your stomach DO NOT take baking soda!!! It can cause an ulcer to rupture and become a BLEEDING ulcer and if not treated it can kill you. That was told to me by a DOCTOR. So please be careful.

    • Not sure about ulcers, but if you have acid reflux, baking soda is the best stuff. 3 times a day for 2 weeks, your acid reflux is rooted out.

  21. 1/4 teaspoonful of baking soda daily caused me to need a pacemaker. Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) is Sodium. People with heart problems take diuretics to get rid of sodium. Intake of extra sodium is a no no.

  22. All the posts re bicarbonate of soda are interesting/informative. Thank you everyone!

  23. Had a friend who used too much bicarbonate resulting in bursting his stomach. Several operations to fix

  24. Be careful. Baking soda usually raises blood pressure. If in doubt, read Web MD, or consult your Dr.

    • Actually WebMD is run by the medical “establishment”. Don’t trust. Prefer natural or naturalpathic medicine sites

  25. my mother took baking soda for her acid-reflex until she was 87 then the doctor took her off that and gave her prosec and that caused her to get alzhiemers she lived to about 98 years old.

  26. Baking Soda is the best constipation method I have ever tried. 1 Teaspoon Soda and 1/4 water. Drink all of it fast and get ready.

  27. Would drinking Alka Seltzer add the amount needed?

  28. How in hell did I get all the way to 98 years without sodium bicarbonate?

  29. our grandmother drank alka seltzer every day for 40 years so far and she is going strong, still walking, talking, engaging, and much more. She is 95. Go Figure!

  30. I wouldn’t buy Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. Purchase a better brand at health food store.

  31. Taking apple cider vinegar mix in water and raw honey every morning. Second I drink only water without fluoride, mixing into one gallon one tee spoon of backing soda and drink that during the day.

  32. Marie make sure you are not allergic to Asprin. Alka Seltzer has Asprin. only take level teaspoon of baking soda with 8-10 ozs of water if you have acid integestion once in a while and not daily. Moderation is key. Fruits and veggies is always best. Try the more pricy brand of baking soda “Bob’s Red Mill baking soda” It mighty be best.

  33. very good read, this was good for me as I have had a case of gout, and baking soda is good I think 1 half teas, in 8 oz of water 3x a day. A lot of water and it is leaving my body. I just started doing this one day ago.I really enjoyed the different comments.

  34. I tried this or 6 months and my BP spiked to 150/90. Doctor advised quitting and after a month BP dropped to 112/80. What is an alternative this as the sodium in it would likely kill me?

  35. “The dosages in the studies were generally about 90-135 mg per lb of body weight, which would basically equate to about 2-3 teaspoons mixed in water for most people. ”

    You did not mention how much water you put 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda in. So how much water should one use?

  36. I use baking soda when I experience discomfort in my urinary tract.-about 1/2 tsp in a glass of water and another glass after that, it is a fast and effective cure for the burning pain, If I am still uncomfortable after that I do head to the clinic to check for a uti.

  37. After reading all these convincing testimonials and arguments about the Ph factor being control by baking soda, I wonder what the hell I am doing right. I got to 99 years )philosophically) with my three food groups: wine, women and pizza. For all those years I never heard about taking anything just to control the Ph and I’ve been stuffing myself with supplements to some extent since 1952 but I only brushed my teeth with Bicarb. I think I need to get an education on the subject.

  38. Nice reading ad very educative.

  39. I am diabetic. Is there any adverse effects taking baking soda with my meds.

    • Hi Gloria, we highly recommend checking with your doctor.

      • Mike (Watchdog), I was also trained and certified in nutrition (retired now). I see so many comments here about blood pressure going up when using bicarbonate of soda and falling when the bicarbonate is discontinued. So it’s adding sodium to the diet, of course.

        Why not just load up on green vegetables which are a great source of magnesium, or take a magnesium supplement to alter pH? It would be difficult for someone to have a bad reaction to that unless they really overdo it. It might have a beneficial effect on blood pressure also.

        Also, why would anyone want to take bicarbonate of soda at the same time as they eat their meals? That would definitely lower the HCl (acid) level that they NEED in order to digest protein. Why not drink a little purified water with meals, and perhaps add a little apple cider vinegar in water before meals? It metabolizes into a higher pH, but might assist digestion and wouldn’t counter the HCl level during meals.

        It seems to me that drinking soda/water during meals is not a good idea, but it is a good idea to obtain good acid/base balance through eating plenty of green vegetables for a variety of vitamins and minerals, lowering sugar intake, and supplementing with alkaline minerals like magnesium, especially.

        That can work very quickly to alkalinize the body…like a day or two. I have seen pH go from close to 5.5 one day, and be in the 7.0-7.5 range the next day doing nothing but adding green vegetables to one’s diet. The goal is to keep it there.

        • You are absolutely right, you don’t want to dilute and weaken the hydrochloric acid in your stomach that is necessary to effectively digest the food.

    • I started baking soda 2 tsp in a 2 liter bottle about a week ago. I’ve been diabetic for 26 years. Since this change in drinking contents, I have noticed a more normal low BG range between 70 and 100 which is good by my standards. I’ve also noticed an increase in my kidney output. I’ve also changed my CKD status from a 3B 2 years ago to a 2 which is normal now. I did that with daily supplementation of benfotiamine (fat soluble B1) that research says is very helpful for us diabetics. It has been helpful for me.

  40. balance is important. You need many minerals for health (Dr Wallach says 63) and half of them tend toward acid, and half toward base. Oversimplification is often worse than confusion.

  41. As I have recently discovered Baking Soda does a WHOLE LOT MORE than just ‘balance the PH’ Whenever I have tooth or gum pain (severe) with abscess & infection and I take 1 – 2 tsp of baking soda in water, plus 1 or 2 Vanquish for immediate pain relief, by the next morning it has all healed. Usually, I also put lavender or other essential oil on a cotton ball and put it between the gum and cheek. It’s been several months since I’ve had a flare-up I eat a good diet, but found that eating sugar was the worst culprit & likely to cause a flare-up.

  42. From what I have read in these comments is that too many people are “just taking something without knowing why”. If your pH is fine then you can be messing it up by taking unnecessary baking soda, lemon, or other ingredients. It is necessary to check your pH before hand, which is very easy, and if it is high or low then take the appropriate treatment to bring it back in balance. Remember there can be “too much of a good thing”.

    Also remember, just because it works for one person doesn’t mean it will work for you, as your diet may be different and causing an entirely different result. http://www.naturalnews.com/023097_alkaline_water_body.html

  43. What natural ingredient is good for yeast infection? baking soda?

  44. I am supposed to take 12.6 mg (mixed) per liter of water, daily. This is for my type of kidney stone (L-cycistine (sp) Urea) and recurring stone(s) due to diet; such as the consumption of proteins (meats).

  45. But what effect does baking soda have on stomach acid?

  46. I had the most aggressive type of breast cancer you can have that metastasized to my liver which was smothered in breast cancer lesions which is usually a death sentence but alas I am still alive and well. After being operated on in December 2011 and going through 6 bouts of chemotherapy and radiation and was told that I was in remission in October. But I could feel something under my rib cage that was not pain but a discomfort which after having an ultrasound was diagnosed as multiple breast cancer lesions. From then on I started to have a tablespoon of Bi-Carbonate of soda (not baking soda) mixed with 100% maple syrup every night as the last thing (before cleaning my teeth) with a mouthful of water before going to bed. To the amazement of the Oncologist and hospital in general when they did the usual ultrasounds they discovered that the lesions were shrinking and after about 6 months the lesions were all gone only the scar is left. I did have about 4 lots of chemotherapy out of the 6 scheduled before I asked to have a break but when they found that the lesions were shrinking even though I had stopped the chemo I never finished the course of chemo. Last year I had 4 PET scans which all showed I am still clear of cancer. The Oncologist are sure that the cancer will return but I am just as sure that that terrible surge will not return and if it does sow its ugly head I will be straight back on making the Bi-carbonate soda and Maple Syrup that cured me before. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that this will fix every one’s cancer but I’m saying that it certainly cannot hurt to try this because I’m walking proof that it might work for you or your friends and family and it actually seems that it might also help any other medications as well. You can contact me by ‘follow up-up comments’ if you want the recipe if you feel it may help you.

    • Congratulation Julian! You are doing something right for your own body. Keep on doing it. When the lesion is shrinking, that means it under control, into remission and finally disappear. Chemo and radiation would kill cells, they only kill the person.

  47. My BP dropped to 112/80 from 142 /92 after 1 month after STOPPING baking soda. It is NOT for everybody.

  48. One night my wife woke up with a bad case of hives. She was covered head to toe in itching welts. I’d just read a Dr. Spock book on child rearing and he mentioned that baking soda was a good remedy for hives. My wife took the idea and filled the bath with warm water and a box of baking soda. After about 30 minutes the welts had all disappeared and the itching stopped.
    I’ve been using baking soda for sour stomach since I was a little kid, grandma told me, and it works fast.

  49. I have a simple & safe way to keep your PH perfect and not worry about cancer, etc. I am fortunate to live near Carlsbad, CA where I obtain pure water with perfect PH and no fluoride and other “stuff” you don’t want in your body. Note: That fluoride in your tap water and in most bottled water is now coming from China. For more information Google: CARLSBAD ALKALINE WATER. COM. It’s complete with pictures and phone number. Their water can be obtained at some Costcos. Also, for your best health, read labels and EAT ORGANIC! Regarding fruits and vegetables, look for the number 9, “9 is fine”.

  50. I want to add something to my prior comments regarding CARLSBAD ALKALINE WATER and eating ORGANIC. I am now 81 years old, have been following my advise and taking quality supplements for many years AND TAKE NO MEDS. The Big Pharma isn’t making any money off of me! God bless you in your efforts to stay healthy.

  51. Keep me informed. This is almost interesting!

  52. Bicarbonate does not necessarily mean sodium bicarbonate. If you want to drive your sodium levels up and increase your blood pressure, you can do it with sodium bicarbonate. While it is a buffer to high acid levels and high alkaline levels, the sodium level may be too much.

  53. Hi everyone ! Moderation is key to superb health.We are what we eat and what we think about. Folks,do not fall prey to bombardments of too much ”expert advice” which I already see confusing this column’s contributors. When we gulp what has already been willfully and diabolically removed of natural nutrients expect our bodies to run amok ! Do not regularly consume what is already established as a known killer of your immunity,for example, manufactured lab syrups and sugar which pervades huge percentage of modern day foods. Be physical, engage in meaningful errands especially so with your colleagues,neighbors,relatives where necessary. Do not leave long in isolation. And certainly,something that many have not taken a keen note of-a key to elixir of life- for all and sundry,and as much as possible-AVOID STRESS !

  54. Doesn’t tums contain sodium bicarbonate? And doesn’t that cause high blood pressure?

  55. 1 tsp. of baking soda (arm and hammer) lower sodium than bargain brand!
    mix with 12 once’s of water.
    I do this two times a week just for maintanance.If I had cancer I would increase my daily drinks to six times, I must bring my ph level above 8.2 for twelve days and then stop.
    Keeping it at that level for more than twelve days can be harmful to my body.
    cancer can not survive in the body with a ph higher than 7.
    Get litmus test strips and check your saliva for ph.
    p.s. everyone should know to look at youtube about this subject-real people and their results,hope this gives you better knowledge. always consult a doctor about increasing your ph first.

  56. Am interested in more reports on baking soda. Am a health researcher.

  57. Having been hearing that baking soda is good for your health. Am interested in more information on this.

  58. Raised my BP from 112/80 to 150/97. NOT a good idea if you are prone to hypertension. It’ll kill you sooner than save you. Know your body and it’s limitations.

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  60. I am 97 and I feel fine. I think I will just keep on keeping on. 🙂

  61. Great informative and interesting topic really. baking soda is huge in the news right now.

  62. One part of the normal diet is to eat quality protein and I us lot of eggs, in the form of duck eggs, free range as they are alkaline and not acid. Many of the Paleo recipes call for eggs and so they are very good. So raise your own ducks or find a good free range source of quacker eggs. Read up on the nutrition of eggs.

  63. I would be afraid of this. Over time ,f you have had an acid stomach all your life, your whole body chemistry has adjusted to this condition. Such a drastic change in stomach acidity could throw your whol body chemistry OFF.

  64. I have found that a shot of baking soda gives me an energy boost first thing in the morning but if I take more than 3 per day I have some bad bursitis pain in my hip all day. Can anyone comment on this?

  65. Just limit the Baking Soda to 3 times a day.

  66. DO NOT use Arm & Hammer Baking Soda it is processed with chemicals I use Bob’s Red Mill products. I only use Arm & Hammer to clean with, because I use so much of it. Think about what goes on & in your body. Use non-gmo organic whenever possible. It makes a difference. I went thru my home, car, and purse and threw out anything that had chemicals in it. A big surprise was Dawn dishwashing detergent is cleaner than the “natural” ones. Check out DebraLynnDadd.com she does research into how products are manufactured and how toxic they are. I wish you luck on your journey.

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