From: Tim Campbell on 31 Jan 2010 18:25
By Chyrene Pendleton -
eHow Contributing Writer -
Bicarbonate of soda, better known as baking soda or sodium
bicarbonate, has numerous uses--it's a cleaning agent, antacid, fire
extinguisher and more. There also are interesting health benefits when
you drink baking soda, which is alkaline, in water. Viruses and
diseases such as colds, flu, cancer and even heart disease thrive in
an acidic body, but cannot survive when your body is alkaline. The
2009 Journal of the American Society of Nephrology revealed a study of
134 patients with advanced kidney disease. Taking baking soda daily
dramatically slowed down the progression of kidney disease, resulting
in no need for dialysis.
To increase your body's pH, take 1/4 tsp. of baking soda dissolved in
one-half glass of water on an empty stomach, once in the morning and
again before bedtime. Acidity and alkalinity is measured by pH, which
ranges from 0 to 14 with 7.0 being neutral; a pH above 7.0 is
alkaline, and below 7.0 is acidic. Baking soda has the highest pH of
14. Create a healthy body by keeping your body's pH between 7.1 and
Drink the baking soda and water solution at the very beginning of cold
or flu symptoms, such as a runny nose or sneezing, to help kill the
viruses. Keep your body alkaline by increasing fresh fruits and
vegetables in your diet.
If you're an athlete, swallow sodium bicarbonate supplements with
water to buffer lactic acid buildup and improve your exercise
performance. Ingest 0.3 g of sodium bicarbonate per 2.2 lb. of body
weight, one to two hours before the event, drinking plenty of water.
Drink a glass of water with a half lemon or lime squeezed into it
twice daily if you are unable to take baking soda and water. Lemons
and limes are acidic but become alkaline in your body, raising your
alkalinity almost as well as baking soda.