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.
Here’s how to use baking soda to repair your failing kidneys:
-You should dissolve half a teaspoon of baking soda under the tongue, and the next day, mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with 1/2 teaspoon of salt into 1.5 liters of water. Drink this solution for 2-3 days.
People suffering from kidney disease often suffer from reduced bicarbonate levels, and this medical condition is known as metabolic acidosis.
Dr. Thomas P. Kennedy maintains:
“Substituting a sodium bicarbonate solution for saline infusion prior to administration of radio contrast material seems to reduce the incidence of nephropathy.”
3 million British suffer from chronic kidney disease, and about 37,800 of those patients require renal replacement therapy, which costs $45,165 (£30,000) annually.
Researchers at the White chapel hospital in Royal London conducted the first controlled test in a clinical setting, and found that sodium bicarbonate can significantly reduce the effects of kidney disease. According to the team leader, Magdi Yaqoob, a professor of renal medicine:
‘This is the first randomized controlled study of its kind.’ ‘It’s amazing.’
‘A simple remedy like sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), when used appropriately, can be very effective.’
The study involved 134 test patients with advanced kidney disease and metabolic acidosis, and a randomly selected small group was given a daily dose of a small amount of sodium bicarbonate in the form of a pill for a year.
In the end, their kidney function declined at a normal rate expected with normal aging and reduced the need for dialysis.
Furthermore, this group had a 2/3 slower health decline than the other participants. Only 9% of the group who received sodium bicarbonate had an accelerated progression of kidney disease, and the percent of the other participants was 45%.
Professor Magdi Yaqoob said: ‘This study shows baking soda can be useful for people with kidney failure. That is, as long as the dose is regulated and under supervision.’
‘What happens is the inflammation of kidney is prevented by baking soda because a chemical reaction takes place limiting ammonia production in the kidney.’
‘This cheap and simple strategy also improves patients’ nutritional well-being and has the potential to improve quality of life and of course a clinical outcome that can remove the need for dialysis.’
‘Baking soda is not classed as a drug so this study has never been tried before.’