Drinking dissolved baking soda in water is an old folk remedy that’s often used to alleviate indigestion symptoms like heartburn, infections, and even arthritis. In reality, baking soda is an alkaline compound that decreases acidity in the body because the normal American diet is highly acidic, many diseases and conditions are able to form and later flourish. Moderate amounts of baking soda ingested at appropriate junctions promotes healthy biochemistry within your body.
In recent years, the American diet has become filled with fast food, refined and processed TV dinners, too many carbohydrates, sugary drinks, and copious amounts of high-fat meats. Today’s American diets produce greater amounts of acidity within the body, effectively compromising immunity and creating many health problems.
Blood needs to be correctly alkalined to properly transport nutrients and waste products to where they need to go. It also must be alkaline to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide with bodily tissues. An overly-acidic diet gets the body in trouble because the acid attempts to lower the pH levels in blood. According to Biochemical, Physiological and Molecular Aspects of Human Nutrition, the body counters by liberating calcium and magnesium from the skeleton and dumping it into the bloodstream and corresponding tissues for the desired alkalining effect.
Because of this repositioning of your bone’s essential minerals, they oftentimes become weaker and can get osteoporosis, osteomalacia and even arthritis. Excessive minerals in the bloodstream can also lead to atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of arteries. Finally, acidity instigates the development and spreading of pathogens ranging from bacteria and viruses to parasites.
Benefits of Baking Soda
Drinking baking soda dissolved in water helps subside the effects of an acidic diet. Baking soda can also be helpful for acid reflux, indigestion, and even an upset stomach. The proper alkalinity that occurs when you drink baking soda helps dissolve painful uric acid crystals of gout while relieving some arthritic symptoms, like inflammation, too.
It’s best to drink dissolved baking soda between meals. If you drink it with food, the effects will be noticeably reduced while compromising digestion. Just one or two teaspoons of baking soda in an eight-ounce glass of purified water should be enough for people needing to increase the alkalinity of their body. Try it twice a day for optimal results. Baking soda does contain some impurities, though– so it’s perfectly fine to go with pure bicarbonate powder instead for the same alkalining effect.
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