Although you may already know about baking soda’s incredible uses, you’ve probably never heard of this one before: Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) can actually help your kidneys heal and function properly.
Kidneys And Baking Soda
Your endocrine system produces hormones and enzymes to help breakdown food into nutrients your body can absorb. It also signals your pancreas and kidneys to produce sodium bicarbonate, which plays a role in neutralizing acidity.
The pancreas is primarily responsible for the production of enzymes and bicarbonate necessary to neutralize acids produced during the normal digestion of food. This bicarbonate is also produced by the kidneys to protect themselves from acid damage.
Kidneys monitor and control the acidity or “acid-base” (pH) balance of the blood. Excess acid, or acidosis, causes inflammation and is considered to contribute to many diseases and to the aging process.
Therefore, if the blood is too acidic, the kidney makes bicarbonate to restore the bloods pH balance. If the blood is too alkaline, then the kidney excretes bicarbonate into the urine to restore the balance. via DrSircus
Individuals suffering from kidney failure have to go through dialysis, a process by which the blood is filtered outside the body. This helps restore healthy blood ph levels, remove excess fluid and prevent toxic overload.
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What Studies Are Saying
The US National Health Institute has conducted experiments that show that kidney dialysis using bicarbonate agents have more restorative properties than standard dialysis treatments.
In addition, British scientists at the Royal Hospital in London conducted a study on the relationship between bicarbonate and slowing the progression of kidney disease.
Out of 134 test patients with advanced kidney disease and metabolic acidosis, a randomly selected small group was given a tablet daily, made of a small amount of sodium bicarbonate for a year. The kidney function of these patients declined at a rate that’s expected with normal aging and were less likely to require dialysis. This group had a 2/3 slower decline of health than the untreated group. Patients taking sodium bicarbonate were also less likely to develop end-stage renal disease (ESRD) requiring dialysis. via ScienceDaily
Professor Magdi Yaqoob, lead researcher of the British study, explained in a press release:
“It’s amazing. This is the first randomized controlled study of its kind. A simple remedy like sodium bicarbonate, when used appropriately, can be very effective.”
“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.”
Dr. SK Hariachar, a nephrologist who oversees the Renal Hypertension Unit in Tampa Florida stated, upon seeing the research on bicarbonate and kidney disease:
“I am glad to see confirmation of what we have known for so long. I have been treating my patients with bicarbonate for many years in attempts to delay the need for dialysis, and now we finally have a legitimate study to back us up. Not only that, we have the added information that some people already on dialysis can reverse their condition with the use of sodium bicarbonate.”
How To Take Sodium Bicarbonate (SB):
This health protocol is mostly for those in danger of developing kidney disease.
To avoid injury do not take sodium bicarbonate until the powder is completely dissolved and it is very important not to take baking soda when overly full from food or drink.
Start with 1/2 tsp of SB sublingual (dissolved under your tongue).
Take 1/2 tsp of SB and 1/2 tsp of sodium chloride (cooking salt) and mix it in 1.5 liters of drinking water. Take daily for 2-3 days.
Reduce your daily dosage to 1/4 tsp baking soda and 1/3 tsp salt dissolved in drinking water. It you begin to feel sick or nauseous, only take the SB sublingually.
As with any other health decision, always talk to your doctor before beginning any sodium bicarbonate treatment.