There seems to be a lot of talk about the benefits of baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate.
It’s a lot of information, but what is the real truth behind this household baking product?
Do baking soda health benefits include making runners faster?
Is it true that baking soda cures cancer? Can it prevent cancer?
Can it make the body more alkaline?
Is there a benefit to using it?
All great questions and we’re going to look at studies that try to answer them.
In the first study, researchers gave the men and women baking soda.
And there was another chemical similar to baking soda included in each dose but made with potassium instead of sodium.
In a short time, these men and women experienced lower cortisol levels.
Since cortisol is a stress hormone, this indicates lower stress levels.
Not only did their cortisol levels fall which is a good thing, but they retained calcium better.
They peed less calcium out, which may or may not be a good thing — but on balance is probably good.
In this next study, we show significant reason to believe baking soda may be a key in combating cancer.
Cancer exists in an acidic environment with low oxygen.
It’s what I call “zombie tissue” because it exists in a low oxygen corner of the body.
We show that increased serum concentrations of the sodium bicarbonate (BAKING SODA) can be achieved by ingesting amounts that have been used in published clinical trials.
Furthermore, we find that consequent reduction of tumor acid concentrations significantly reduces tumor growth and invasion without altering the pH of blood or normal tissues.
Please note that this is a theory right now because it’s based on computer simulations rather than on actual clinical trials.
But there are clinical trials beginning on using baking soda.
I have to admit that I’m pretty surprised that the studies have begun on such an ultra cheap compound.
It’s unpatentable and drug companies can’t make money on it.
But the studies ARE happening, and baking soda does seem to be very promising for preventing or treating cancer.
So baking soda may be a BIG DEAL in cancer medicine, but the good news doesn’t end there.
It may also help physical performance and athletism.
So if you want to up your game, consider a little bit of baking soda before exercise — or perhaps every day.
In a very well done study, researchers gave sprinters capsules containing either baking soda or other compounds.
Then they had the runners sprint.
Researchers recorded the effects of the run and they performed blood tests on the runners after.
They found that sprinting was enhanced when the athletes first took a little bit of baking soda.
The researchers conclude:
We recommend ingestion of sodium bicarbonate to enhance sprint performance.
Now, what can you do with this information?
You can try taking some baking soda supplementation, but don’t use too much.
If you take too much baking soda, it can make you feel really really sick.
It neutralizes stomach acid too.
If you take too much baking soda, you can develop a problem called milk-alkali syndrome.
This is a very serious condition where the acid/base balance in the body gets thrown off.
And it can land you in the hospital emergency room or can even kill you.
So, DO NOT take too much!!
If you’re going to try it, here’s how to take baking soda safely.
You may want to start with just a small amount taken on an empty stomach – perhaps half a teaspoon.
From there you can work up to maybe two teaspoons after a few weeks, or even after a few months.
I would probably recommend no more than a tablespoon per day even if you are used to it.
And remember baking soda contains sodium.
So you should cut back a bit on the salt if you’re going to consume more baking soda.
I’ll keep you posted on some new exciting clinical trials going on with baking soda in a future newsletter not too long from now.
And you should let me know how your baking soda experiments are going.
The Potential Role of Systemic Buffers in Reducing Intratumoral Extracellular pH and Acid-Mediated Invasion
Effects of ingestion of bicarbonate, citrate, lactate, and chloride on sprint running