Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health
Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

Why drink sodium bicarbonate?

Why add sodium bicarbonate to vinegar / citrus juice?

Sodium bicarbonate and acid reflux / heartburn

How to use sodium bicarbonate

Warnings for sodium bicarbonate

Why drink baking soda?

Why add baking soda to vinegar / citrus juice?

Apple cider vinegar and fresh lemon / lime / citrus juice are our most effective and voted for remedies. Why is it beneficial to add a little sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) or potassium bicarbonate to them?

The acid from strong ACV or pure lemon juice can corrode your teeth. You can either drink the diluted juices through a straw at the back of your mouth, or neutralise the acidity with a little bicarbonate.

A whole lemon or lime, or a tablespoon of ACV needs about 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to neutralise it. Start with less, and slowly add a little until the fizzing almost stops. You want a pH of about 6, ie slightly acid.

In addition, adding sodium bicarbonate to your apple cider vinegar or lemon juice helps keep your body alkaline by saving your body's bicarbonate reserves.

Sodium bicarbonate and acid reflux / heartburn

If you suffer from acid reflux or weak digestion, I suggest you use no or less sodium bicarbonate and drink your ACV or lemon juice as acidic as possible.

On the acid reflux ailment page, I explain how acid reflux or heartburn is caused by insufficient stomach acidity. To heal the reflux, you need to increase your stomach's acidity. Baking soda is alkaline, so it is the opposite to what you need. Yes, baking soda will provide temporary relief, but it will not heal the heartburn in the long-term.

How to use baking soda

As a drink

Dissolve 1/2 level teaspoon in 1/2 glass of water, take every 2 hours. Take care to measure accurately, do not exceed 1/2 teaspoon. Half a level teaspoon is 0.6 gram.

On the skin

Mix with a little water to make a paste. Rub onto skin and leave.

Warnings for baking soda