Sodium bicarbonate, popularly known as baking soda, is a chemical substance that is a while solid crystalline, but often times it appears as a fine powder. Its taste is salty and alkaline.
In ancient Egypt natural deposits of sodium bicarbonate were used for creating paint for the hieroglyphics.
In 1846, the first factory for baking soda was founded by John Dwight and Austin Church, bakers from New York.
Baking soda has a great variety of uses, from cooking to cleaning, as toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and it even has medicinal use.
Some of the medical uses include:
- elevating the pH levels
- removal of splinters
- in combination with water, baking soda forms a paste that treats allergic reactions from poison ivy/sumac
- the mixture of baking soda and water makes a very effective antacid
- people suffering from kidney failure who are treated with the addition of sodium bicarbonate show a decrease in the progress of the disease.
Sodium bicarbonate is very important for our health. It is produced even in the body by the pancreas and the kidneys in order to protect the kidneys. When there is a decline in the bicarbonate production in these two organs, the acid builds up and the body has issues neutralizing this build-up. Cellular descent starts at this point and our body needs a treatment that is going to eliminate the acid build-ups and supply an increase of nutrients, water and oxygen.
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Patients suffering from kidney disease often suffer from low bicarbonate levels as well. This is a medical condition also known as metabolic acidosis.
As Doctor Thomas P. Kennedy claims, replacing a sodium bicarbonate solution for saline infusion before administration of radiocontrast material seems to reduce the occurrence of nephropathy.
Only in the United Kingdom there are 3 million people suffering from chronic kidney disease and nearly 37,800 of those patients require renal replacement therapy (which involves dialysis and possibly a kidney transplant). The treatment these patients require costs about $45,165 a year.
A research was carried out at the Whitechapel hospital in Royal London and this was the first controlled examination in a clinical setting. The British team of scientists from the hospital states that sodium bicarbonate can radically slow the effects of kidney disease. The leader of the study, Magdi Yaqoob, a professor of renal medicine, said that this is the first randomized controlled research of its kind and it is amazing. She stated that sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, is a pretty simple remedy, which, when used appropriately, can be extremely effective.
Out of 134 examined patients suffering from advanced kidney disease and metabolic acidosis who were randomly selected and were given a tablet a day for a year. This tablet consisted of a small amount of sodium bicarbonate. The function of the kidneys of these patients declined to an extent that is expected with standard aging and was less likely to require dialysis. The decline of health in these patients was 2/3 slower than the one of the untreated group.
Nine percent of the people who received sodium bicarbonate experienced a rapid progression of kidney disease, and 45 percent of the people who were not treated with sodium bicarbonate had a rapid progression.
According to Professor Magdi Yaqoob, the study has shown that baking soda can be beneficial for people with kidney failure, that is, as long as the quantity is regulated and supervised.
The inflammation of the kidneys is prevented due to the baking soda consumption because a chemical reaction takes place that limits ammonia production in the kidney.
This approach is cheap and simple and improves the nutritional well-being of the patients and also has the potential to improve the life quality, as well as the clinical outcome that can eliminate the need for dialysis.
Due to the fact that sodium bicarbonate is not classified as a drug, this study has never been undertaken before.
The team of researchers at the Whitechapel hospital has declared that further examination should be conducted, including a placebo group. This will aid in the determination of the efficacy of sodium bicarbonate as a remedy for patients who experience kidney failure and metabolic acidosis.