Baking soda or otherwise known as sodium bicarbonate is a substance with wide range of uses as it offers plenty of benefits. This chemical compound is a white solid crystalline, which can also appear as fine powder. Furthermore, it has a salty and alkaline taste.
It is widely used in the cooking process, but as well as supplies the body with many benefits, for instance the kidneys gain great benefits from it. Likewise, it can be used as a cleaning product, toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorant.
It is a traditional ingredient which the ancient Egyptians used its natural deposits for their hieroglyphics that proves the fact that baking soda has been used for centuries.
Austin Church and John Dwight are two bakers from New York who established the first factory developing baking soda back in 1846.
As we said before, baking soda has a wide range of uses. It can be used as a cleaning product, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo. But, you probably did not know that it can be used for medical purposes as well.
– Creating extremely effective antacid;
– Elevating the pH levels;
– Treating allergic reactions from sumac/ivy poisoning;
– Helping with the splinter removal;
– It’s recommended for those with kidney failure as it reduces the disease’s progression;
The kidneys and pancreas produce bicarbonate in order to protect the kidneys. When the organs deal with bicarbonate production decline, it leads to acid buildup which makes the body to have difficulties in neutralizing it. The proper dose for those who are in danger of having kidney disease is half tsp. of baking soda dissolved under the tongue, on the first day. The 2nd day, they need to mix half tsp. of salt and half tsp. of baking soda in one and a half liter of water and consume it on a daily basis for two to three days. Those who have kidney disease suffer from low levels of bicarbonate which is also known as metabolic acidosis.
Dr. T. P. Kennedy says that using baking soda solution for saline infusion before radiocontrast material administration can reduce the nephropathy incidence. It is estimated that about three million people in the UK suffer from chronic kidney disease and 37,800 of the patients require renal replacement therapy that includes dialysis and possible kidney transplant. It will cost about 45, 165 dollars per year.
According to performed study at the Whitechapel Hospital in Royal London sodium bicarbonate can substantially reduce the effects of kidney disease. Magdi Yaqoob, the team leader and professor of renal medicine maintains that the use of baking soda is amazing, especially if it is used adequately. For instance, a small group of patients with advanced kidney disease and metabolic acidosis were given a tablet made of a small amount of baking soda daily, for 1 year. These patients were chosen form a group of 134 patients with the same diagnosis.
The results were the following: patients who took the tablet for one year were less likely to require dialysis and their decline of the kidney function was at a rate that is normal with their age. Also these patients showed a 2/3 slower decline of health compared to the untreated group.
Rapid progression of kidney disease with the untreated group was 45% which was not the case with the group who received the treatment with baking soda, only 9% of the patients experienced rapid progression of the same disease.
According to Professor Magdi Yaqoob, the results are a proof that sodium bicarbonate can be extremely beneficial for people with kidney failure. Well, as long as the dose is appropriate and under supervision.
Baking soda prevents the inflammation of kidney because a chemical reaction takes place which in turn limits the production of ammonia in the kidney.
This simple and cheap remedy can also improve the nutritional well-being of the patients. In addition, it can improve the quality of life, thus eliminating the need for dialysis.
The researchers said that there is a need for further testing that should include a placebo group. It will determine the baking soda’s effectiveness as a treatment for those with metabolic acidosis and kidney failure.