For thousands of years, baking soda dissolved in water has been considered as a time-honored, as well as safe and effective home remedy for occasional upset stomach, indigestion, and heartburn. This is a familiar kitchen staple which is also pressed into service for such mundane tasks, as well as cleaning teeth and soothing sunburn.
Now, according to one surprising new research, baking soda – which is also known as sodium bicarbonate – can work against destructive inflammation and autoimmune disease on a cellular level by creating an even more anti-inflammatory “climate” in the body.
Autoimmune disease is a type of condition in which the immunity mistakenly attacks our body, as well as encompasses such serious disease as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation bowel disease, and lupus.
The co-author of the study Doctor Paul O’Connor, who is also a renal physiologist in the MCG Department of Physiology at Augusta University, lauded the use of baking soda in water as a potentially safe way of treating inflammatory disease.
In one separate study, the baking soda also helped in easing the inflammation, as well as reducing the severity of rheumatoid arthritis.
Baking soda can also prevent the need for dialysis in chronic kidney disease.
In one randomized controlled two-year trial, which was published in Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 134 adult patients in total, suffering from chronic kidney disease, as well as metabolic acidosis, which is high blood acidity, were divided into two groups. The first group was treated with 1800 mg a day of baking soda supplements, which the second one received standard care.
The researchers have found that the patients in the first group were importantly less likely to experience a rapid progression of kidney diseases, with supplemented patients experiencing just two-thirds the decline in kidney function of those from the second group.
What was even more promising was the fact that just a few of the patients in the first group developed end-stage renal disease requiring dialysis.
Metabolic acidosis, which is a common complication of advanced kidney disease, can interfere with the metabolism of protein, in that way increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as osteoporosis. But, the researchers reported that taking baking soda on a daily basis will help to balance acid, as well as potassium and sodium – and it also improves nutritional parameters.
Even though baking soda is high in sodium, and it could theoretically increase the blood pressure, the team of researchers has reported that there was no any significant difference in blood pressure control between the two groups.
Baking soda offers a lot of other usually surprising health benefits.
Additionally to its ability to decrease inflammation, in animal studies baking soda also proved to inhibit the metastasis of breast cancer tumors. Also, it is believed that it increases physical stamina, improves athletic performance, as well as reduces post-workout pain and inflammation.
However, you should not try to use baking soda in order to treat kidney disease or any other medical condition without consulting with your trusted medical professional first for obvious reasons.
You should also remember that consuming too much baking soda can be dangerous. Do not take more than 3 and ½ teaspoons daily, or use the maximum dosage for more than two weeks.
Of course, baking soda is generally believed to be safe when it is occasionally used for indigestion.
A lot of studies on baking soda have used dosages of around 2 grams, which is less than half a teaspoon, and it is roughly the dosage that is advised for indigestion. You should dissolve the baking soda fully in a glass of water, and sip it slowly because if you drink it too fast, it can cause gas and diarrhea.
To avoid the possibility of a gastric rupture, do not take baking soda when you are overly full. Also, if you are on a sodium-restricted diet, you are not supposed to use baking soda.
Simply said, baking soda has a long history of uses, as a safe and inexpensive over-the-counter remedy for minor ailments like heartburn and itchy skin. But some new exciting findings have shown that this trusty standby may also be helpful in eliminating potentially life-threatening, as well as difficult-to-treat diseases too.
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