A lot of people consider the baking soda as an ingredient used for cooking. The baking soda, or also known as sodium bicarbonate is actually a chemical compound which is a white solid crystalline, but it may also appear as a fine powder.
The baking soda has salty and alkaline taste. Besides being used in the kitchen – for cooking, it also has some other purposes, and the most important one is that it is very beneficial for your kidneys.
We can say that baking soda is here with us for centuries. The fact that the ancient Egyptians used natural deposits of baking soda for their hieroglyphics indicates that it was used since long ago.
The two bakers from New York who established the first factory developing baking soda back in 1846 were Austin Church and John Dwight.
As we already said, the baking soda has a wide range of uses. It can be used as a cleaning product, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo and so on. But, you have probably did not know that it be also used for some medical purposes.
Some of the medical benefits of the baking soda include the following:
– It creates an extremely effective antacid;
– It elevates pH levels;
– It treats allergic reactions from poison ivy/sumac;
– It helps with the removal of splinters;
– It is recommended for people with kidney failure since it can reduce the progression of the disease.
The baking soda is of utmost importance for people’s health. The pancreas and the kidneys produce bicarbonate within our body, in order to protect the kidneys. When these two organs deal with a decline in production of bicarbonate this leads to acid build-up up, which in turn makes our body to have some difficulties in neutralizing this build – up.
At this point, the cellular deterioration begins and our body needs a treatment, so it can eliminate the acid build-up and supply an increase of water, oxygen, and nutrients.
Here is the proper dose for people who are in danger of developing some kidney disease:
– On the first day, you will need to dissolve ½ teaspoon baking soda under your tongue;
– On the second day, you will need to mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda with a ½ teaspoon of salt into 1.5 liters of water, and consume this every day, for about 2 to 3 days.
Those people suffering from kidney disease usually suffer from low bicarbonate levels, which is a condition known as metabolic acidosis.
According to the Dr. Thomas P. Kennedy:
“It seems that using a baking solution for saline infusion just before administration of radiocontrast material can reduce the incidence of nephropathy.”
It has been estimated that only in UK, 3 million people suffer from chronic kidney disease. 37,800 of them need renal replacement therapy which includes dialysis and possibly a kidney transplant. This will cost the patient $45,165 (£30,000) per year.
There was a study conducted by the Whitechapel Hospital in Royal London, which showed that sodium bicarbonate can significantly slow the effects of the kidney disease. The team leader and a Professor of Renal Medicine named Magdi Yaqoob, claimed that that is just incredible.
Even though the baking soda is only a simple remedy, if you use it in the proper way, it can provide some amazing results. out of 134 patients who have advanced the kidney disease and metabolic acidosis as well, a small group was given a tablet made of a small amount of baking soda on a daily basis, for about 1 year period.
People in this group were less likely to require dialysis and they experienced a decline of the kidney function at a rate that is expected with normal aging. According to the results, people in this group had a 2/3 slower decline of health compared to the untreated group.
About 9% of the group who took sodium bicarbonate experienced a rapid progression of the kidney disease, while 45% of the untreated group had a rapid progression.
According to the claims of the professor Magdi Yaqoob, the results from that were proof that the baking soda can be extremely beneficial for those people who have kidney failure. Well, that will be as long as the dose is appropriate and under supervision as well.
The baking soda prevents the inflammation of kidneys because a chemical reaction takes place that in turn limits the production of ammonia in the kidney.
The baking soda, being a cheap and simple remedy can also improve the nutritional well-being of the patients. In addition it can also improve our quality of life, in that way eliminating the need for dialysis.
One research team at the Whitechapel hospital said further testing should be conducted including a placebo group. This will be helpful in determining the effectiveness of the baking soda as a treatment for patients who experience kidney failure and metabolic acidosis as well.