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Monday, June 13, 2011

Benefits and Risks of Drinking Baking Soda in Water!

Is drinking baking soda in water a remedy for common health problems or does it pose some risk? Learn the potential benefits and possible risks of ingesting baking soda in a glass of water.

The Effect of Baking Soda in the Body

Baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda, is a well-known external remedy. It can be used for problems ranging from acne to insect bites. It helps to balance pH levels and has a cleansing, softening effect on the skin. What about drinking baking soda in water? What are the health benefits of ingesting bicarbonate of soda and what are the health risks?
  1. Antacid: When ingested, baking soda helps to balance body pH. In cases where the body is too acidic, it has an alkalizing effect. For this reason it may be taken as an antacid, relieving heartburn, acid indigestion and an upset stomach due to heartburn and indigestion, to use baking soda for heartburn relief use:1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
    4 ounces of water

    Dissolve the baking soda completely and then drink every two hours. Do not have more then seven one-half teaspoon servings within any twenty-four hour period. To use properly be sure all the baking soda is dissolved in water and do not consume on a full stomach. Do not take if you are taking other antacids or prescription drugs or if you have high blood pressure.
  2. Gout:  Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs when there is an accumulation of uric acid in the blood, tissue and urine. As drinking dissolved baking soda can balance your body's pH level, some doctors may recommend bicarbonate of soda to help address the uric acid build-up. As with using it for heartburn, to use as a remedy for gout, the baking soda must be completely dissolved. You should talk to your doctor about proper doses, as there are side effects of drinking baking soda in water regularly.
  3. Urinary Tract Infections: Baking soda's alkalizing effect may also benefit urinary tract infection sufferers. Drinking a full glass of water with one teaspoonful of baking soda, completely dissolved, may prevent further symptoms and help the body overcome the infection by making the urine less acidic. Drinking plenty of water and cranberry juice can help as well.


  • Baking soda may be ingested for heartburn, gout or even urinary tract infections. Mixing a small amount of this white powder for relief is a relatively simple and very inexpensive way to help improve your body's pH so that these health conditions are not as severe. Baking soda is not a cure for any disease, nor is it a substitute for regular medical care. Be sure to talk to your doctor first to see if ingesting baking soda is right for you and how much is safe.
  • Baking soda is high in sodium and is not safe in high doses nor should it be used over a long period of time. It is also not safe for people who have certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, liver or kidney disease or edema. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid it unless directed by their doctor. If not dissolved properly or if taken on a full stomach it can cause an upset stomach.
  • Possible side effects of drinking baking soda in water include stomach cramps and increased thirst. If you notice more serious side effects such as nausea, weakness, slow breathing, mental changes or swelling of the feet, contact your doctor.
More Uses

Everyone knows that baking soda is aces at keeping fridges smelling fresh, but who knew just how many other things it could do around the house?
Kitchen, Fire Protection
  • Baking soda's a natural fire-stopper. Keep a box close at hand when you're working with live fire of any kind. A handful can put out grease, electrical, wood, and fuel fires.
  • Run a baking soda and water solution through your coffee maker, followed by two fresh-water brew cycles to keep your java tasting tip-top.
  • It's also great on the grate. Sprinkle it on the grill, or make a paste with water, and scrub grit off the grill without the danger of adding nasty cleaning chemicals to your food.
  • Zap nasty cutting board tastes and smells but scrubbing them with a mixture of baking soda and salt. It'll cut grease, won't dry out the wood, and will also take garlic and onion smells off your skin.
  • Use a damp paper towel and a sprinkling of soda to remove tea and punch stains from china and plastic.
  • A pinch of baking soda in a gallon of freshly-brewed iced tea takes out bad-tasting tannins and prevents cloudiness.
  • When you're soaking dried beans or cooking cabbage, add a dash to the water to make them more digestible.
  • To keep tomato soup from curdling, sprinkle some soda on the boiling tomatoes and skim off the white foam before adding milk or cream.
  • Two tablespoons added to boiling corn and cauliflower keeps the veggies crisp.

Oral Health
  • Don't give oral health the brush-off. Soak retainers, mouthguards and dentures in a baking soda and warm water solution (2 tsp to a drinking glass full) and keep your choppers feeling clean.

Go for a natural glow!
  • Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to one part water for an effective and inexpensive skin exfoliant. Just apply it to your skin with fingertips or a washcloth in a gentle, circular motion and rinse. It also works well
  • Mix a little soda into your shampoo to strip out product build-up, or rub it into your conditioner for extra-healthy, non-split-prone tips.
First Aid
  • Apply a paste of baking soda and water to take the ouch out of bug bites, bee stings, sunburns, rashes, poison ivy, or pour in bathwater for relief from the itch of chicken pox and measles.
  • Drink 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 a glass of water to relieve acid indigestion and heartburn, or use it as a mouthwash to soothe canker sore pain.
  • Neutralize spilled battery acid in a flash with a handful of baking soda.
  • Baking soda on a wet wash cloth makes an excellent bumper buffer when little scuffs appear. It also shines up bike chrome.
  • Use a soft brush and a baking soda and water paste to clean efficiency-killing grease and grime from your car's battery.
  • No one likes reeking of smoke, sweat or spit-up. Rub baking soda directly on baby spit-up to nix the smell quickly. Soak sweat-drenched headbands, hats and gloves or smoky clothes in a baking soda solution before they hit the washing machine. Or, if you're pressed for time, sprinkle it on clothing for a quick odor mask, and wash when you get a chance.
  • Shoes can smell a bit iffy after you've been wearing them all day. Once you've kicked them off, stick a small cloth pouch of baking soda in the toe overnight to tame any icky odors.
  • Keep fungus, black spot and powdery mildew off your precious plants by mixing baking soda, horticultural oil and soap and applying it to affected leaves. It's also effective on rose leaves. Just add 1 tsp of soda and a few drops of dishwashing soap to a gallon of water, and spray once a week, and after it rains.
Have a beautiful day! ^_^


Anonymous said...

Why does having high blood pressure affect drinking bi carb soda in water.?

Ghada Eissa said...

Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. It is made up of sodium, hydrogen and carbon. Of these three elements, the sodium is of particular concern with regard to blood pressure. According to the American Heart Association, 1 teaspoon of baking soda contains 1,000 mg sodium.


Before I read your post I read one that said "Canada has conquered cancer for $3.00" then I found another article where the writer is a prostate cancer patient stage 4 and was able to reverse it... so I started sharing the info to friends and one male friend with prostate problem said he felt better after just 2 days of taking baking soda drink; and my own maid who suffers from arthritic pains and cold feet tried it and on the second day she felt much better... thank you for you post, it is very detailed. God bless!

Anonymous said...

I've been using bicarb of soda with lemon juice and green tea in the morning for 8 years and never been ill, no aches or pains, nothing. Great article!
One third tsp bicarb, 1/3 lemon squeezed and a green tea bag in a cup of warm water on an empty stomach.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just started drinking the baking soda dissolved in a 16oz bottle of water on a daily basis every morning, can this harm my health?

Ghada Eissa said...

Thanks for reading my blog...
Taking baking soda on a daily basis is actually healthy for you!unless you have a high blood pressure!

The alkaline power of baking soda water every morning has positive effects to your body and mind.

Rick Smith said...

I have been taking this for about 6 months now for an acidic problem with my body, I am always VERY acidic despite eating alkaline foods most of the time and fell very ill losing weight and muscle. This has changed all that and helped me tremendously with my health and its NATURAL!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes with my heart ❤ burn I have found a strange but much quicker way to get rid of being uncomfortable.. 1/2 tsp to a cup of warm water, thennnnn �� I will jump up and down as if I am a soda bottle, with in a few seconds I'd burp it out.. Sound crazy, yes but it works. God bless mickie

Anonymous said...

Took cold water with baking powder.Lots of cramps!! Help!!

Anonymous said...

I as well a oriental dr. told me to start with a full teaspoon of baking soda with water fresh lemon juice optional with water two hours after my last meal for two nights test my ph which should be between 7.5 and 9 then repeat this in a week there after. This should keep you in a higher alkaline state. But I have to say that I have been doing this for about a month and I also have been bloating as well, stomach girgling ect. ?

Anonymous said...

Drink Arm and Hammer baking soda, Not powder !

Ghada Eissa said...

Natural Remedy for Gas and bloating:

Baking Soda and Lemon: Baking soda and lemon juice form carbon dioxide, which is a natural digestive aid. You will find complete relief with this excellent gas and bloating remedy within about 20 minutes.

Simply squeeze the juice of one lemon or 20 ml of lemon juice into a glass filled with half water then add a teaspoon of baking soda and mix. After the “fizz” has gone fill the rest of the glass with water, mix again then drink. For even better results we recommend you combine this remedy with apple cider vinegar. Not only does this help to alleviate digestion and gas problems, it will help to increase your body’s pH level, which is absolutely crucial for overall good health and longevity!

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Daniel Karp-Law said...

I have drunk too much baking soda over the last week and have diarrhea and stomach cramps. What can i take to fix it?

Ghada Eissa said...

sorry to hear that...
first of all, as Oscar wilde says “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”
second, try one of these natural remedies:

Ginger is antibacterial in nature and also treats the pain and burning sensation associated with diarrhea. Take ginger tea by boiling one inch piece of crushed ginger along with a cup of boiling water. Take 2-3 times. Chew on a piece of ginger and swallow the juice slowly.

Rich in potassium and fibre, bananas help relieve all kinds of digestive problems. The pectin that is present in bananas are soluble fibre and helps in absorbing tine, the water from the intestine, thereby causing the stools to harden. Potassium helps in solving any electrolyte imbalance in the stomach as well and treats your diarrhea completely.

Chamomile is calming and relaxing and helps in curing any inflammatory response of the stomach that has caused the diarrhea. Take a chamomile tea bag and dip it in a cup of boiling water. Steep for ten minutes and take it 2-3 times in a day to cure diarrhea and relax the stomach walls.

Thanks for reading and get well soon!

Gin said...

After reading a post on social media that baking soda can cure cancer I started taking half a table spoons with warm water first thing in the morning. I've been suffering from vaginal odor especially soon after or during my period for 10 years. After years and years of failed treatment last year I finally settled on the conclusion that I had to live and deal with this. A week after starting my baking soda regime all the smell and urinary problem that I've had since my teenage years magically disappeared. I spent week trying to figure out why the change of my body after years of trying to solve it. A month after it clicked what I was doing differently. I even taught that it was my deodorant since I stopped using the same brand that I've been using for years around the same time.. Anyway it's been 6 months now and I'm finally happy. I don't drink it every day just the days of my period. The longest this problem was kept at bay with medicTions was a week and a half.

gilbert etienne said...

How does Bicarn affect me as it relates to HBP?

Ghada Eissa said...

According to the National Institutes of Health, high blood pressure, or hypertension, affects nearly 50 million Americans and is a leading factor in the development of stroke, heart attack, heart failure and kidney failure.

Blood pressure is the amount of force blood is exerting on your blood vessels. Extra fluid, narrowing of blood vessels and extra areas of circulation can all cause blood pressure to increase...

Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. It is made up of sodium, hydrogen and carbon. Of these three elements, the sodium is of particular concern with regard to blood pressure. According to the American Heart Association, 1 teaspoon of baking soda contains 1,000 mg sodium.

brokenwing3040 said...

Can i eat raw garlic and drink my lemon and baking soda drink? Will this cause health issues taking them all together?

Unknown said...

what natural ways can i help my husband, he takes 20 capsules of baking soda twice a month! his kidneys hurt and he gets very tired and sore and depressed for days after words. he barely eats for days after also due to the taste in his mouth.

Anonymous said...

20 capsules at any one time may be to much to absorb in one go! If i read correctly then baking soda should be taken in moderation. maybe not more than 1 teaspoon per day and not directly after a meal. there are many articles on how to use bicarbonate of soda safely and effectively.

Anglee said...

My husband and I drink several cups of tea with milk throughout the day and now I have been adding a pinch to quarter of a teaspoon to them. I am concerned if I should do that for every cup of tea as it does increase our sodium levels. I also take apple cider vinegar in the morning. Am I over alkalizing my body?

Anonymous said...

I started taking baking powder about 3 and a half weeks ago, and after about 2 weeks I got edema in my left foot and ankle. It seems to come and go, but mostly come and stay. Im still taking about 1 and a half tablespoons once in the morning with water. Your article says not to take baking powder if you have or get edema. Can you give me more information?

Anonymous said...

I am suffering from ankylosing spondylitis.
Continueous pain and stiffness in my right hip. Is baking soda helpful for me? What doses required for me?

Anonymous said...

Please stop telling people with high blood pressure that baking soda is no good for them. You can not determine that unless you know what is xausing their high blood pressure. I have high uric acid levels which cause high blood pressure. Baking soda helps the body to flush excess uric acid thereby lowering high blood pressure. Before I started taking baking soda my blood pressure was 200/120. Since taking baking soda my blood pressure has resolved and has been as low as 98/68. I hope that you can swallow your pride and print this comment fir the sake of your readers. Please give all the facts.

Anonymous said...

Good sharing, yes, apple cider vinegar (ACV) helps to boost metabolism, blocks the body’s storage of dietary fat plus breaks down and dissolves existing body fat. A study at Australia’s University of Sydney in which subjects who consumed two tablespoon of ACV daily experienced fewer surges and crashes in blood sugar levels. Read more at:

Mila said...

First my high blood pressure go very higher. I stop. After 2-3 days begin again. I did it couple of months and my body became more tolerant to b. soda. I used no often and a little bit. Then increased slowly. After half of year I started to use b. soda every day tea spoon one time daily, than two times to see my pH a little bit more, then 7. After one yer I have normal blood pressure, my cataracts disappeared, my blood sugars is normal, my vision much increased, my cancer gone without surgery and much more! Now I 7th day on soda fasting to dissolve my breast hardenings after one year ago car accident. It so easy! Also, I do home colonic one time in week with b soda and salt and in warm time bath with b. soda and salt. Nothing better than b.soda! I do not take any pills, I am 76 year old and very happy for result.

Ghada Eissa said...

first of all, I would like to thank all my reader
i'll try to answer all your questions:

Mila: I wish you a long happy and healthy life :)

the person who asked me about ankylosing spondylitis

here are Safely and Effectively Treats for Ankylosing Spondylitis

While a doctor may suggest specific medications for treating the condition, these treatments typically only manage the pain associated with the condition. Our treatment suggestions include supplements that relieve the issue and promote general health of the bones and back. In addition to cod liver oil, vitamin D, and potassium, we also suggest exercising regularly, stretching, maintaining good posture, and trying natural pain relieving treatments such as yoga, massage, and acupuncture.

1. Cod Liver Oil

Cod liver oil is an important omega-3 fat. This supplement helps relieve inflammation in the entire body and reduces the pain and progression of the condition.

2. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an important vitamin that helps maintain good bone health. As such, a daily vitamin D supplement will help maintain the strength of the bones and prevent unusual growth.

3. Potassium

Potassium deficiency is one of the suspected causes of inflammatory conditions in the body. As such, a daily potassium supplement can help relieve general inflammation as well as treat ankylosis.

Don't forget that i have no idea about your medical, please ask your doctor what will work better for you

Ghada Eissa said...

Anonymous asked me about edema:

Taking sodium bicarbonate involves consuming a large amount of sodium, which can elevate blood pressure, aggravate heart disease and lead to edema, or swelling of the legs and feet due to fluid retention, according to Jackson Siegelbaum Gastroenterology. Anyone on a sodium-restricted diet and people with high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease or kidney disease should not take sodium bicarbonate. In addition, because edema is relatively common during pregnancy, pregnant women should not take sodium bicarbonate

Ghada Eissa said...

Anglee, Thanks for reading :)

Please try to go easy on ACV
Since it’s acidic in nature, ACV can easily react with some drugs like laxatives, diuretics and insulin. Excessive consumption of it can result in hypokalemia and low potassium levels. Since ACV has a direct effect on insulin level and blood sugar, it may prove to be highly hazardous when taken with blood pressure and diabetes medications. If you’re suffering from any health disorder and want to avoid any drastic reaction, consider consulting your doctor before consuming ACV.

The high acidic level of undiluted ACV can destroy your tooth enamel when consumed orally. Besides giving a yellowish tinge to your teeth, it increases your dental sensitivity as well. In order to avoid direct contact with your teeth, consider consuming liquid ACV using a straw. Mix the ACV with juice or water before consuming. That way, you’ll be able to lower the possible side effects of vinegar consumption. A viable option to lower the potential damage to your tooth enamel is to brush your teeth soon after vinegar intake.

The recommended dose of ACV differs depending on your individual needs. For those who want to avail the actual health benefits of ACV, mix 2 tablespoons of ACV with a cup of water and consume it once in a day. Even when you’re applying ACV to your skin, mix it with water so it doesn’t cause any skin irritation.

I hope this is informative enough for you!

Mila said...

Before taking baking soda I check my pH. If pH less than 7, I take baking soda 1 hour before food or 2 hours after food. Before you take baking soda, you have to read how to prepare it, what temperature. Better you read The pH Miracle by Dr. Robert Young, REVISED AND UPDATED, 2010, not 2008! On Amazon. You will happy to have the book. Make hot water or tea more hot then you drink, then put soda, then cool a little bit, then put milk and warm to drink. In Celsius it 60-80 then 40. I put in Stevia or use honey. If you on alkaline diet, you do not need to take baking soda often. Everything is in the book. You can do bath with baking soda and salt or do enema. Before read carefully what you want to do. Read a lot.

Anonymous said...

I have 12.5mcg levothyroxine maintenance daily and I want to take sodium bicarbonate, is it harmful for me?

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LIS Professional said...

I do take baking powder with combination with either honey or lemon everyday before food for the past two weeks. But I released that my skin started to change and I started feeling sick. Should I stop or continue

Unknown said...

I have ankylosing spondylitis I take 1teaspoon, fresh lemon juice 1teaspoon of apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon of molasses 1 teaspoon of DE food grade every morning around the same time I have been doing this now for 3 months I could barely walk my left no pain. I just do it once a day. I also eat healthy and I no longer take meds for my condition either by change my diet.

Anonymous said...

I suffer from ankylosing spondylitis I take 1tsp baking soda, 1tsp molasses, 1tsp DE food grade, 1tsp apple cider vinegar, 1/2key lime, 6oz warm water each morning on a empty stomach around the same time once daily. I have been doing this now for 3 months no pain or meds but I also eat healthy by smoothing my fruits and vegetables lean meat twice month. Hope this helps I know that pain nothing really worked for me but this g as made life so much easier and less pain.

shukie said...

Baking soda and maple syrup combination is possible for cervical cancer. Help how proper to take it.