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Drinking Baking Soda and Water

By Sabina Rose
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Sodium bicarbonate and water

Can you drink baking soda? You probably never thought drinking baking soda would be a good idea, but you will be amazed when you read ahead and find out its numerous benefits. Not only can it be used to treat various diseases, a baking soda drink may also help in maintaining optimum pH levels in your body.

Drinking baking soda is also not unheard of among athletes, as it is believed to boost performance levels. If you are a parent or have a really good memory of your early childhood, you might have used gripe water, which is a very popular home remedy solution. It’s main active ingredient is baking soda. So you can see that drinking baking soda can be beneficial in different situations for both adults and children.


How does drinking Baking soda water affect health?

While using it for making cakes or breakfast pancakes, you might never have though that you could actually drink bicarbonate of soda. It being a common chemical compound used in laboratories, bio-pesticides and fire extinguishers, you can hardly blame yourself for not knowing. The reality is that its alkaline nature makes drinking baking soda a very good idea.

  • Solution to acidity – Baking soda is essentially an alkaline substance, which means it can be used to treat acidity. If your diet consists of a lot of burgers, fries and sugar rich sodas, you must be familiar with the uncomfortable feeling of bloating. Such a high fat diet with no mention of any fresh vegetables can cause your stomach to produce an excess of acid and lead to acid reflux disease, better known as heart burn. Simply drinking baking soda can reverse this acidity and relieve the queasy feeling and embarrassing gas. It’s pretty amazing that all you need to do to avoid the many devastating effects of your fatty diet is to drink baking soda!
  • Maintenance of Blood pH – The normal pH of the human body is slightly alkaline, constricted within the narrow range of 7.35 to 7.45. It is crucial for the body pH to stay within this range. Otherwise, an excess of acid in your blood can cause widespread damage ranging from bones to heart problems and even infections. Drinking baking soda helps remove the excess acid in your blood and keep it in the normal range. Thus, drinking baking soda and water helps prevent osteoporosis, osteomalacia, arthritis, and atherosclerosis and even inhibits the growth and spread of disease causing bacteria, viruses and parasites.
  • Antiseptic effect – If you have a habit of drinking baking soda, you are inadvertently doing your immune system a huge favor! Baking soda has mild antiseptic properties and kills pathogens and molds that cause infections. So every time you drink baking soda and water, you’re thwarting the common and very annoying throat infection. You can also apply baking soda to your toothbrush or even gargle with baking soda water solely for the purpose of a mouthwash. If you get burnt or scalded, you should immediately apply baking soda. Not only does it prevent your skin from blistering, it also prevents germs from invading the damaged skin.
  • Effect on Kidneys – Kidneys can be very easily affected by straying of pH from the normal range. Acidic urine can lead to the formation of kidney stones that cause immense pain and complications. Drinking Baking soda is the safest way to prevent this malady. Abnormal working of kidneys can also cause hyperkalemia, which is the fatal increase of potassium ions in the blood. This crisis can also be averted by drinking baking soda infused in water. Patients suffering from chronic kidney diseases are advised to drink baking soda to decrease the progression of their disease.
  • Prevention of UTIs – The easily contractible urinary tract infection can be agonizing to get over. The painful urination, fever and flank pain is relieved by drinking baking soda mixed in some water.
  • Gout – High levels of uric acid in the body can cause Gout. This disease is characterized by recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis mostly involving the big toe. To reestablish pH balance in the body, many doctors recommend drinking baking soda. This neutralizes the uric acid and helps dissipate the problem.
  • Treating Medicinal Overdose – Aspirin and other medicines such as tricyclic antidepressants, require an acidic environment for their complete absorption. In the case of an overdose, the patient must resort to drinking baking soda in order to create a basic environment. This inhibits the absorption of the medicine, thus averting the crisis in hand.
  • Boosting physical performance – Since you already know baking soda is an antacid, it counters the effect of lactic acid. Persistent exercise leads to the buildup of lactic acid in your muscles, causing fatigue and making you tire off easily. Drinking baking soda helps increase your resistance to muscle fatigue, increasing your stamina and endurance.
  • Helping with the common cold – Drinking baking soda infused in water is a classic remedy for the common cold. It does not only reduce the duration of your flu, it also cleanses your body of any germs and leaves you feeling revitalized and healthy.

When can you drink Baking soda?

Even with its various benefits, drinking baking soda is not the best thing for everyone. Even people who are completely healthy must not make drinking baking soda a daily habit. Too much of anything is harmful for the body; similarly baking soda can cause a lot of damage if not taken under the right circumstances.

  • Individuals suffering from hypertension or high blood pressure should avoid drinking baking soda. Your doctor must have advised a sodium-restricted diet to you, and baking soda contains large amounts of sodium. Hence, you must avoid it to maintain your blood pressure.
  • In patients with edema or liver diseases, drinking baking soda is a bad idea. The balance of electrolytes is crucial in your condition and baking soda will only worsen your condition.
  • Pregnant or lactating mothers should avoid drinking baking soda unless advised by the doctor.
  • In case of individuals taking prescription drugs, make sure you run this idea through a doctor. Baking soda can interact with some drugs and cause problems. In these cases you must avoid drinking it.
  • Children younger than five years should not drink baking soda. In the case of an upset stomach they can be given gripe water, which contains baking soda in a small and safe amount for them.
  • Athletes participating in competitions must make sure that drinking baking soda is allowed. In some sports, it might be banned as a performance enhancer.
  • Never drink baking soda immediately after eating. Drinking baking soda on a full stomach can do damage rather than repair. Wait until you have digested your food and then have some.

Like any other medicine, baking soda may cause some mild side effects. These include stomach cramping and increased thirst, but on a relatively mild scale. However, if you experience worrying symptoms such as nausea, weakness, slow breathing or swelling of the feet, immediately contact your doctor. These symptoms indicate that your body is reacting badly to the baking soda so you must not delay seeking medical attention.

Another common blunder that people do is that they confuse baking soda with baking powder. It is slightly different from baking soda as it contains potassium bitartrate (cream of tartar) and some starch. Drinking baking powder can be harmful for your body if taken in large amounts, so make sure you know what you are taking. Lastly, try taking the purest baking soda you can find. Some brands of baking soda may contain impurities like Aluminum. In cases of emergency this might just do, but it’s better to buy a brand that makes Baking soda solely for medicinal purposes.

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  • Kelly

    So many basic errors and lack of references to the supposed benefits, I don’t know where to start, except to say it’s been proven that sodium does not increase blood pressure unless potassium is low.

    • KlideWildRide

      You must not have much since you didn’t refute anything. The sodium blood pressure statement is true but who cares.

  • Zoya

    What amount of baking soda used by a healthy person which does’nt harm?

    • Jesse Taylor

      I am a medical professional but this is merely my opinion. 1 teaspoon thoroughly mixed with 4-8 oz of water can be considered a safe dosage for a healthy individual.

      I am a healthy adult male, 5’11 @190 pounds. This is the dosage I take every single morning 30 minutes prior to eating anything. This allows the bicarbonate to be absorbed into my blood stream and prevents any adverse effects from food consumption. Wait at least 30 minutes after drinking it to eat something.

      From personal experience I can say this. Just by drinking baking soda alone, I have noticed a difference in so many aspects of my health. I’ve even almost completely stopped taking my adhd medication as my focus has increased. My brain feels alive and so does my body. I absolutely love this and it works!

      Hope this information helps!

      – Jesse

      • Gregory

        Thanks Jesse, I too noticed a different only two days after my first 10 oz. glass with a leveled teaspoon.

        I’m 5’10 @ 190 lbs. I would love to get back to 170…175lbs. I had more energy it seems then (10 years ago). It makes sense because I wasn’t carrying the extra weight that probably is loaded down with toxins.

        In taking my first dose of the baking soda w/water, first, my body detoxed big time. I wasn’t expecting that, but it was well welcomed. I skipped a day and resumed the following day. Like you, I sensed a little more clarity and a relaxed mind. I take medication for anxiety and I truly believe this is helping my body to get back in balance (a toxic system contributes to anxiety). Been on a quest for total healing for some time. I’m about to incorporate more raw foods into my daily eating lifestyle. Not going totally raw, but 60 – 70% will be fresh vegetables and fruits and for meats, primarily chicken and fish. I’ll try at least one meal a week that is totally raw. That may increase.

        Thanks for sharing!

        • Jesse Taylor

          Hi Gregory,

          I too was taking medication for anxiety. It’s amazing how something so simple can have such a dramatic healing property. We’ve become consumed with western medicine and the idea that we can heal and improve ourselves naturally has all but faded from general knowledge. It sounds like you’re taking a great approach with the raw food. I’m trying to limit myself from eating anything with antibiotics in it. Keep up the awesome work and I’d love for you to keep me posted. Here’s to our health 🙂

      • Gazzali Maidin

        I’ve to agree with you Jesse Taylor. I have frequent gout. I’ve been advised by a doctor to drink 1/4 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate with a mug of water. I’ve been doing this for the past few weeks. I am not getting any gout attack. The parts usually affected by gout is getting lighter and flexible. I hope this is the remedy for me.

      • Sweetness Magwaza

        Thank you so much for your comment. you have saved me further searching.. two thumbs up

  • Gregory

    Baking “soda” and baking “powder” are entirely different. Baking soda may be modestly taken internally, baking “powder” however should “NEVER” be consumed. It’s only for baking. Look for Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda…it’s one of the leading recommended baking soda brands for consumption. Arm and Hammer is okay, but only for cases when you don’t have an aluminum-free baking soda such as Bob’s Red Mill brand. Many have even stated that A&H do not contain aluminum, but my go to brand is Bob’s Red Mill. Hope this helped.

    • Fil

      To clarify Baking SODA never has aluminum. This is a falacy because people mix up the two. Some types of Baking POWDER do have aluminum (as it’s a mix of baking soda and other acidic ingredients to neutralize the pH). But baking soda itself never has aluminum, so Arm & Hammar is fine!!

  • hahannah

    You wrote: “normal pH of the human body is slightly basic” You must’ve meant acidic, not basic. Proofread!

    • Ferret

      No, the original statement is correct.

      • hahannah

        Ok, then I don’t understand what you mean by the body being basic. Could you explain a bit more?

        • Mary Marie

          Means slightly alkaline.

  • David Douglas

    Can someone with High Blood Pressure and Intermediary Prostate Cancer drink Baking Soda before Biopsy follow up procedure

    • Suzan Garcia

      does baking soda help with cancer

  • Knutekritt

    Largest issue with bone calcium loss is bodies decreasing amounts of calcitonin hormone ….thyroid /parathyroid health and levels tested….taking a little dessicated pig or cow thyroid where calcitonin has been left in will take care of that…just need to take a little daily—I had thyroid gland removed years ago and on synthetic thyroid replacement where only T4 or T4 and T3 is left in my bone density went south fast—then refused the synthetics and insisted on dessicated and bone density normalized and is doing great now after years—we all need some weight resistance on a daily basis also to signal bones to uptake calcium—I don’t do calcitonin substitute

  • ladywarrior

    If you really want to help your bones with no side effects, constipation, or other problems…..start sprinkling chia seeds on your eggs, soups, salads, waffles, pancakes, etc. They have six times the Calcium than milk, doesn’t constipate you, and is even sold in grocery stores….unlike Flax seed which has to be cracked before any benefit can be had…chia doesn’t have to be crushed or the hull broken….easy peezy with chia….and cheaper than prescriptions with no health risks…..I’m 70 and have no bone density problems at all.

  • Godwin

    So whats the dosage of baking soda one can use for liver problem

  • Cora857

    Baking soda is helping me a lot. Every time I eat foods that contain vinegar my body becomes very acidic. My muscles become stiff, joints painful but the biggest problem is with my kidneys. The pain can be unbearable sometimes. If I don’t drink baking soda right after consumption of vinegar the pain will be there even 7 days later. In fact 7 days later the pain is even more intense. Pain medicines help somewhat but baking soda changed my life. I take half teaspoon with a bit of water in the morning and evening and I try to drink this at least 2-3 times/week. I also take baking soda after eating pasta/pizza sauce, have some orange juice or consume too much sugary stuff. It took me long time to figure out all these things but when I was younger I never felt anything. Now that I can feel it, I can easily identify the triggers.

  • this is like the 10th article I read. Still no one explained how the mix (recipe) should be made. stupid.

    • Jei

      One method I have found for introducing this into your body as a drink is to mix 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda into 250ml of water with about 1 half of a lemon.

  • Magic Signet

    Very well, so, forgive my ignorance, but … Soda BiCarbonat is Baking Soda, correct ? What is the Backing powder than, that you were referencing than above ?

  • Ruver Quimas

    Help can ask here I have gpt in my liver or they said fatty liver… I ask it possible I can drink baking soda to reduce?