Acidity, the Kidneys and Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
This original version of this article was written by Dr Marc Sircus. Marcs original article can be found by browsing the internet [“healing the kidneys with sodium bicarbonate”].
The below article is our own much edited version.
It is considered that the majority of adults consuming Western diets have chronic, low-grade acidosis which increases with age. This excess acid, or acidosis, is considered to be a contributing factor to many diseases and the aging process. Acidosis often occurs when the body cannot produce enough bicarbonate ions (or other alkaline compounds) to neutralize the acids in the body formed from metabolism and highly acid drinks like coke, alcohol and coffee. Over-consumption of protein and Mineral deficiencies are other major contributors. Protein breaks down in our bodies into strong acids. Chronic disease is imminent as pH is lowered into highly acidic conditions.
The kidneys monitor and control the acidity or “acid-base” (pH) balance of the blood. If the blood is too acidic, the kidney makes bicarbonate to restore the bloods pH balance. If the blood is too alkaline, then the kidney excretes bicarbonate into the urine to restore the balance.
Some minerals are strong acids which cannot break down into water and carbon dioxide to be eliminated by the kidneys, as the weak acids are. In their passage through the kidneys strong acids must be neutralised by a base mineral [an alkali such as Sodium Bicarb] so they will not burn the kidneys on their way out.
Oh good, it’s all under control then! Well, yes but only if our bodies are at optimum health and we are not overloading our body with acid and we are not already toxic and carrying too much acid.
Findings published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology [specialising in the kidneys] found that Sodium Bicarbonate, fondly known as Bicarb, is so effective in treating kidney disease that it may even prevent patients from having to be put on kidney machines. Bicarbonate works effectively in many clinical situations that we would not normally think of. It is a prime emergency room and intensive care remedy! The acid/alkaline balance is one of the most overlooked aspects of medicine.
New research by British scientists at the Royal London Hospital shows that sodium bicarbonate can dramatically slow the progress of chronic kidney disease.
Dr. SK Hariachar, a nephrologist [kidney specialist] who oversees the Renal Hypertension Unit in Tampa Florida stated, “Upon seeing the research on bicarbonate and kidney disease, I am glad to see confirmation of what we have known for so long. I have been treating my patients with bicarbonate for many years in attempts to delay the need for dialysis, and now we finally have a legitimate study to back us up. Not only that; we have the added information that some people already on dialysis can reverse their condition with the use of sodium bicarbonate”.
John, a dialysis technician at the same center as Dr. Hariachar, who used to be on dialysis himself for 2 years as a result of kidney failure, had his kidneys miraculously start functioning to the point where dialysis was no longer needed. He states that he was prescribed oral doses of sodium bicarbonate throughout his treatment, and still takes it daily to prevent recurrences of kidney failure. Dr. Hariachar maintains though, that not everyone will be helped by taking bicarbonate.
BICARBONATE – THE KIDNEYS AND DIABETES
The exocrine section of the pancreas has been greatly ignored in the treatment of diabetes even though its impairment is a well documented condition. The pancreas is primarily responsible for the production of enzymes and bicarbonate necessary for normal digestion of food. Bicarbonate is so important for protecting the kidneys that they too produce bicarbonate; and so, the common denominator between diabetes and kidney disease. When the kidneys and pancreas do not produce enough bicarbonate, acid conditions build, resulting in poor health. Likewise when acid buildup outstrips these organs normal bicarbonate capacity cellular deterioration begins.
Acidity or acidosis is a catalyst of chronic inflammatory reactions. Since Sodium Bicarbonate neutralises acid it is of benefit in the treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Sodium bicarbonate is effective in treating poisonings or overdoses from many chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs by negating their cardiotoxic and neurotoxic effects.
It is the main reason it is used by orthodox oncology – to mitigate the highly toxic effects of chemotherapy.
THE GOOD NEWS IS CHRONIC ACIDITY CAN GENERALLY BE EASILY REVERSED.
First cut out or reduce that which is causing your acidity, especially coke, excess alcohol and excess coffee. ..need some coffee :)
If protein is excessive then lower it.
De-stress by quiet time, reflection, non strenuous exercise, go to your happy place either in reality or in your mind and intentional happy thoughts to replace worry or anxiety! Stress is another big contributor to acidity.
Drink plenty of water, 8 cups or more per day. Water replenishes the kidneys and dilutes, weakens and flushes acids through the kidneys. Keep drinking plenty of water.
Eat plenty of greens as they are very alkalizing.
And here is the easiest and very effective way to neutralise acids – buy some pH test strips from the chemist. Of a morning, during the day or night, whenever possible test your pH by urinating on the test strip. The strip has a pH range either side of neutral which is 7, like the image below.
Below 7 is acidic, and Above 7 is alkali. It will generally be colour coded. They are easy to use but all a bit different. Most folk are anywhere from 4.5 to under 7. Note that 4.5 is very acidic!
The most convenient way to neutralize acid is to mix about half a teaspoon of Bicarb into a glass of water and drink. Measure your pH again next time you urinate and it may be neutral or it may still be acidic. The ideal pH is 7 or just over, as the blood is 7.3 and we are aiming for a pH in sync with the blood. If still acidic then have some more. There is no exact amount or science, just keep monitoring. Generally what has been happening is your body has been storing the acid in organs etc and as you alkalise it buffers some acid but then your body will release more stored acid and it too needs to be buffered and so on until you don’t need as much Bicarb. [always seek professional medical advice]
There are other combinations of alkalizing salts on the market which are generally a combination of three of four salts, potassium, calcium, sodium and magnesium in varying forms, often referred to as Tri salts but its fine to use Bicarb Soda.
We recommend taking Bicarb or other alkalizing salts no closer than 15 minutes before a meal and at least 1hr after a meal. When you eat the body produces acid to break down food in the stomach but Bicarb will neutralize that acid and thus possibly impede digestion. By following the suggestion of no closer than 15 minutes before a meal and at least 1hr after a meal digestion will not be impeded. [always seek professional medical advice]
This article has mostly been about your kidneys, but not only your kidneys, but your entire body will welcome and repay you with better health for all your efforts.
The team at BLANTs Wellbeing & Lifestyle