Sodium bicarbonate is probably one of the most useful substances in the world; no wonder the pharmaceutical companies don’t want doctors or anyone else to know much about it. It is essential when treating cancer, kidney and other diseases.We do not have to fear bicarbonate intake. And in fact, people who live in areas of the world with high amounts of bicarbonate in their drinking waters have a striking decreased mortality rate and a decreased prevalence of disease. Sodium bicarbonate, though often used as a medicine, is unlike pharmaceutical compounds. It is a natural non-toxic substance that does not require clinical trials for an assessment of toxicity. Spring waters contain bicarbonate ions which are coupled mainly with sodium, potassium, calcium or magnesium ions.
Most people are aware that baking soda (bicarbonate of soda/sodium bicarbonate) has multiple uses in cooking, but not so many know that it also has a number of health benefits.
Baking soda was known for its medicinal purposes as far back in time as ancient Egypt. Naturally occurring sodium bicarbonate called natron was harvested from dry lake beds… Then, fast forward to 1846 in New York, it was put into commercial production for the first time.
Baking soda as sodium bicarbonate is made naturally in the pancreas, used to achieve homeostatic balance in our bodies by raising the body's pH towards alkalinity to counter the effects of acidity. If the body goes towards acidity too much then this could result in ill health.
1. Keeping teeth clean
Baking soda prevents plaque formation. Plaque formation is acidic and cannot form in the mouth if an alkaline environment is made by baking soda.
Potassium neutralizes acid wastes, and in combination with sodium, maintains a healthy acid/alkaline balance. Potassium and sodium are nearly always found together in the body and perform many of the same functions. Second only to breathing and maintaining a heartbeat the most important metabolic function our body performs is to maintain a balanced pH. Baking soda, in small amounts, performs this function.
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