Baking soda (Sodium bicarbonate) is a chemical compound which is composed of bicarbonate ions and sodium ions. It is a white solid that is crystalline but you can buy it as a fine powder. It has a salty taste and alkaline properties.
Baking soda has been used for ages and millenniums. In the ancient Egypt, people used the baking soda to create paint for their hieroglyphics.
In 1846, in New York, two bakers, Austin Church and John Dwight open the first factory which produced baking soda. Baking soda can be used for numerous purposes including beauty care product, medicine, and cleaning agent.
Here are some of the medical uses of baking soda:
- Baking soda effectively removes splinters
- It raises the pH levels
- Mixing baking soda and water creates a very effective antacid
- If mixed with water in the form of paste, it treats allergic reactions due to poison ivy/sumac
The use of sodium bicarbonate in the treatment of kidney failure reduces the progression of the disease.
Sodium bicarbonate is very important for the health, and it is produced by the kidneys and pancreas to prevent kidney injury. When this production is reduced, acid starts to build up and the body struggles to neutralize it.
At this point, a cellular deterioration begins. The body needs to eliminate the acid build up and raise the levels of nutrients, oxygen, and water.
You can use sodium bicarbonate in order to repair your kidneys:
During the first day, dissolve 1/2 tsp. of sodium bicarbonate under your tongue. The next day, prepare a drink of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1.5 l of water. You should drink this mixture for the next 2-3 days.
People suffering from kidney disease have reduced bicarbonate levels, and this condition is known as metabolic acidosis.
3 million people in the U.K suffer from chronic kidney disease, and about 37,800 of them need renal replacement therapy, which costs $45,165 (£30,000) yearly.
Researchers at the White chapel hospital in Royal London piloted the first controlled test in a clinical setting and found that sodium bicarbonate can reduce the effects of kidney disease. According to Magdi Yaqoob, the team leader and a professor of renal medicine:
This is the first randomized controlled study of its kind. It’s amazing.
A simple remedy like baking soda can be very effective.
134 patients with metabolic acidosis and kidney disease were involved in the study test. A small group consumed a small amount of baking soda in a form of a pill 12 months.
12 months later their kidney function dropped at a normal rate and reduced the need for dialysis.
Additionally, this group had a 2/3 slower health decline than the others in the group. Only 9 percent of the group who received baking soda had an accelerated progression of kidney disease, and the percent of the other participants was 45 percent.
Professor Magdi Yaqoob added that the study discovered that sodium bicarbonate can be useful for people with kidney problems. But, the dose should be regulated and under a special supervision.
This inexpensive and simple strategy also improves nutritional well-being and promotes quality life.
Baking soda is not categorized as a drug so this study has never been tried before.