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Baking Soda, an Inexpensive Way to Combat Autoimmune Disorders

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • A recent study found that drinking a solution of baking soda fights inflammation in the spleen, and a daily dose may reduce the inflammation caused by autoimmune conditions, when your immune system attacks healthy cells
  • Several previous clinical trials have indicated that taking sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) supplements may slow the rate of degeneration in kidney function in patients with chronic kidney disease, or CKD
  • Clinical trials used a baking soda solution on both rats and humans, resulting in more regulatory T cells, which help keep the immune system from responding by attacking its own tissues and fostering inflammation
  • When scientists gauged the results of both rats and humans given a baking soda solution to drink, they recorded anti-inflammatory effects lasting for a minimum of four hours in the humans and three days in the rats
  • Baking soda has been used for years as a solution for upset stomach, acid reflux and diarrhea, as well as for decreasing lactic acid for better workouts, killing Streptococcus mutans bacteria and whitening teeth

In scientific circles, NaHCO3, or sodium bicarbonate, is a substance with the more common designation of baking soda. Known as a leavening agent in baking, you’ll find it in the cupboards of most households; in the kitchen, it allows batter and dough to form air bubbles and rise.

But a recent study shows that baking study does much more than that. The Journal of Immunology reports that in a clinical setting, baking soda also “stimulates splenic anti-inflammatory pathways” or, in layman’s terms, fights inflammation in the spleen.


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