Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is an alkaline chemical compound, with a salty taste, often in the form of white solid crystalline or a fine powder.
The natural sodium bicarbonate deposits were used as paint for the hieroglyphics in ancient Egypt. In 1846, two New York bakers, John Dwight and Austin Church, established the first factory for the production of baking soda.
Nowadays, it is found in every household, and it is used as a cooking item, shampoo, a medicine, deodorant, and much more. Here are several of its uses:
- It alkalizes the body
- Treats splinters
- mix it with water to soothe the allergic reactions due to poison ivy/sumac
- Mix it with water to create a powerful antacid
- It slows down the progression of kidney failure
Sodium bicarbonate is vital for our health, and it is produced by the pancreas and kidneys. In case its production is reduced, acid starts to accumulate and leads to cellular deterioration. The body needs o eliminate the buildup of acid and increase the intake of water, oxygen, and nutrients.
Yet, baking soda can be of great help here.
In the case of a kidney disease, dissolve half a teaspoon of baking soda under the tongue. The next day, mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with 1/2 teaspoon of salt into 1.5 liters of water, and start drinking this remedy for several days.
Apparently, people suffering from a kidney disease have reduced bicarbonate levels, which is a medical condition known as metabolic acidosis.
Dr. Thomas P. Kennedy explains:
“Substituting a sodium bicarbonate solution for saline infusion prior to administration of radiocontrast material seems to reduce the incidence of nephropathy.”
There are 3 million people suffer from chronic kidney disease in the United Kingdom only, and about 37,800 of them require renal replacement therapy, The annual cost for the medical care is $45,165 (£30,000).
Researchers at the Whitechapel hospital in Royal London conducted a study which was the first controlled test in a clinical setting, and found that sodium bicarbonate can significantly slow down the progression of the kidney disease.
According to Magdi Yagoob, professor of Renal Medicine and the team leader,:
‘This is the first randomized controlled study of its kind.’
‘A simple remedy like sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), when used appropriately, can be very effective.’
The study involved 134 test patients with advanced kidney disease and metabolic acidosis, and researchers gave a tablet made of a small amount of sodium bicarbonate daily to randomly selected small group.
Afterward, they found that those participants were less likely to need dialysis and the function of their kidneys declined at a rate that’s expected with normal aging.
Additionally, they had a 2/3 slower decline of health than the untreated group. Also, only 9% of them experienced a rapid progression of kidney disease, compared to the 45% of the untreated group.
Professor Magdi Yaqoob commented:
‘This study shows baking soda can be useful for people with kidney failure. That is, as long as the dose is regulated and under supervision.
What happens is the inflammation of kidney is prevented by baking soda because a chemical reaction takes place limiting ammonia production in the kidney.’
‘Baking soda is not classed as a drug so this study has never been tried before. This cheap and simple strategy also improves patients’ nutritional well-being and has the potential to improve quality of life and of course a clinical outcome that can remove the need for dialysis.’