I have read a great number of articles on baking soda and all its benefits. The list is long and it seems that this simple ingredient found in every kitchen cabinet should be made a part of every normal person’s life.
Here is a gather up of some of the most important uses for baking soda.
Some of these benefits are:
- a reduced risk and prevention of diarrhea, metabolic acidosis, acidity, peptic ulcer, and drug intoxication,
- improved skin and hair quality due to its antipruritic (anti-itching) properties,
- effective treatment of cold and flu,
- plaque removal,
- prevention of hyperkalemia, bladder infection and kidney stones.
Aside from these, baking soda has many other uses that are less known. Read on and find out how you can reap most of its benefits.
1# Folk Remedy
- To relieve muscle pain after a strenuous workout, drink a mixture of water and baking soda.
- Remove grime and fungus from your nails by scrubbing them with an old toothbrush with some baking soda on it.
- In a basin mix 3 tablespoons baking soda, 1 tablespoon peppermint essential oil, 1 tablespoon salt and warm water. Soak your hands and feet for 20 minutes. This method will ease itching, soreness and odor.
- To freshen up your breath, mix some baking soda with water and gargle.
- To whiten your teeth, put some baking soda on your toothbrush and brush your teeth. This is the most effective home remedy for tooth-whitening.
- Mix a tablespoon of baking soda and a teaspoon water to make a gentle face exfoliator. This treatment will effectively remove excess facial oil and dead skin cells from your face.
- Apply some baking soda on bee stings, insect bites, itching from poison ivy, oak, etc. to relieve the pain and itching.
- Speed up the healing of canker sores and herpes by applying a mixture of baking soda and water directly on the affected place.
2# Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux
If you are frequently suffering from acid reflux, this is the right remedy for you. Mix ½ tsp. baking soda with 2 tbs. of fresh lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar. Make sure you use a bigger cup for this mixture as it will fizzle.
When the fizzling stops, add 8oz water. It’s important to drink this remedy all at once to neutralize the pH imbalance, reduce acid reflux and create an alkaline environment in your body.
Plus, you can use baking soda to reduce symptoms of heartburn and GERD. Simply mix ½ tsp. baking soda and 16 oz. water and drink.
3# Other Baking Soda Home Remedies
The link between baking soda and cancer treatment, put forward by Dr. Simoncini, was further explained by Dr. Mark Sircus in his book, Sodium Bicarbonate. According to Dr. Mark, reccurent fungal infections, diabetes and even cancer can be prevented with the use of a mixture of baking soda and molasses.
- To remove oral thrush gargle with a mixture of baking soda and water.
- To treat UTI, drink a mixture of 8 oz. water and ½ tsp. baking soda twice a day.
- To relieve the symptoms of thrombosis mix baking soda and lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
- To eliminate Candida yeast and stop itching douche with a mixture of 1 tbs. baking soda mixed with warm water.
$2.61 Sodium Bicarbonate Will Outperform $100,000 Chemo Treatment
by Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P)
Director International Medical Veritas Association
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine
Bicarbonate and CO2
Bicarbonate and CO2 are profoundly important for human health. Both are necessary for the successful practice of medicine and the treatment of cancer yet few understand the importance of both.
Even a so-called health expert like Sang Whang, who is supposed to be an expert at pH regulation, seems not to understand.
Whang says, in a long promotional essay pushing a product:
“Consuming sodium bicarbonate (baking powder) does not add bicarbonates to the blood because hydrochloric acid breaks up sodium bicarbonates into water, carbon dioxide and sodium salt in the stomach. It is exactly like ingesting carbonic acid and sodium salt.”
The truth though is bicarbonates enter the bloodstream “only” when the stomach produces hydrochloric acid. What Whang failed to see is that the CO2 is going into the blood in the form of bicarbonate.
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) immediately reacts when it mixes with stomach acid. NaHCO(3) + HCl —> NaCl + H(2)0 + CO(2). That is sodium bicarbonate + stomach acid yields salt + water + carbon dioxide.
Carbon dioxide is present in the blood in a number of forms such as bicarbonate, dissolved carbon dioxide and carbonic acid, of which 90% is bicarbonate or HCO3.
Sodium bicarbonate turns to CO2 when it reaches the stomach causing an increase in stomach acid production as well as an increase in bicarbonates in the blood. Bicarbonate can act as acid or base.
The basic reason that sodium bicarbonate is such a wonderful cancer treatment is that it directly increases CO2 levels in the body and this has the direct result of allowing more oxygen to reach the cancer sites, which hate O2.
A $2.61 pound of sodium bicarbonate will outperform a $100,000 dollar chemo treatment because it targets the most fundamental aspects of cancer physiology, which are acidity and low oxygen conditions, but Sang Whang would rather you buy his product because he does not think sodium bicarbonate works. Over a hundred years of clinical evidence would say otherwise.
(This essay is in response to a reader questioning Whang’s statement)
Some people feel that sodium bicarbonate is not recommended for long-term preventive use because the body will become resistant to its action.
This is not true since bicarbonate and CO2 are absolute constants in human physiology and though pH levels should be maintained by other means, by alkaline diets and drinks, there is no resisting the power of sodium bicarbonate to radically shift upwards the pH of tissues whether healthy or cancerous. There is no resistance though one can overdo a good thing and drive alkaline rates too high causing other problems.
The body struggles to produce enough bicarbonate and it is a losing battle as we age. Carbon dioxide, as well as bicarbonate, is a nutrient as well as a product of respiration and energy production in the cells and its lack or deficiency is of itself a starting point for different disturbances in the body.
If a carbon dioxide deficiency becomes chronic, it can be responsible for serious diseases, ageing and cancer.
One of the reasons exercise is so important for our health is that it is the most wonderful way for us to generate large amounts of CO2 and thus much more oxygen passes into the lungs, blood and cells.
If the level of carbon dioxide in the blood is lower than normal, which it is in all people who do not exercise or breathe too fast, then this leads to difficulties in releasing oxygen from hemoglobin and that is why it is antihumanitarian to suggest people away from using bicarbonate.
Bicarbonate deficiency is the most unrecognized medical condition on earth.
Once carbonic acid forms, it very quickly equilibrates with the other acids and bases in solution. It can, for example, lose one or two protons (H+).
The extent to which this happens depends upon the pH and a variety of other factors. In seawater at pH 8.1, most of it (87 percent) will lose one proton to form bicarbonate, a small amount will lose two protons to form carbonate (13 percent), and a very small amount will remain as H2CO3 (<>1 percent).
All of these forms, however, interconvert faster than the blink of an eye, so one cannot identify one as carbonate and one as bicarbonate for more than a tiny fraction of a second. All one can really say is that on average X percent is in the form of bicarbonate, and Y percent in the form of carbonate.
Total CO2 is defined as the sum of carbonic acid and bicarbonate.
Carbonic acid plays a very important role as a buffer in our blood. The equilibrium between carbon dioxide and carbonic acid is very important for controlling the acidity of body fluids, and the carbonic anhydrase increases the reaction rate by a factor of nearly a billion to keep the fluids at a stable pH. Carbon dioxide does change the pH of water.
This is how it works:
Carbon dioxide dissolves slightly in water to form a weak acid called carbonic acid, H2CO3, according to the following reaction:
CO2 + H2O –> H2CO3
After that, carbonic acid reacts slightly and reversibly in water to form a hydronium cation, H3O+, and the bicarbonate ion, HCO3-, according to the following reaction:
H2CO3 + H2O –> HCO3- + H3O+
In the basement of human physiology are these lightning fast translations so for all intent and purpose drinking sparkling water is very similar to drinking bicarbonate water.
Scientists have found in animal studies that sparkling water stimulates HCO3- secretion in both the stomach and the duodenum. CO2 and HCO3- (bicarbonate ions) are interchangeable in the presence of water.
The normal ratio of bicarbonate to carbonic acid at normal pH is around 20:1; total CO2 will therefore be about 5% higher than serum bicarbonate.
When you observe a difference between total CO2 and bicarbonate that is larger than 5%, the patient will be acidic. In aqueous solution, carbonic acid dissociates into a bicarbonate ion and a proton or into carbon dioxide and water depending on the conditions such as pH and the relative concentrations of each of the products, i.e., carbon dioxide and bicarbonate.
The carbonic acid, carbon dioxide bicarbonate axis represents the main buffers against dangerous pH changes; a buffer is a substance that resists changes in pH (acid concentration) by undergoing a reversible reaction.
When weak acids are added to a buffer solution, the resulting change in pH is less than it would have been if the buffer were not present. When hydrogen ion (H+) is added, much of the hydrogen is taken up by the salt of the buffering acid. With bicarbonate, H+ bonds to HCO3- to form H2CO3, which is a weak acid.
The main characteristic of a buffer is that the reaction is reversible — the hydrogen ion can be given back.