Baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) could be the wonder therapy all of us should be taking every day. But a little goes a long way—so here's how you do it.
The recommended dose is half-a-teaspoon in a glass of water once a day. When it has fully dissolved in the water, sip it slowly. Never, ever drink more than one-and-a-half teaspoons a day, and, if you're over the age of 60, keep it to one teaspoon a day. These higher doses are unnecessary, however, if you just want to maintain good health.
A similar dose can also be used to cleanse the face, but use carefully, and keep out of the eyes and mouth. Remember, this stuff in high doses can unblock your drains and clean your oven, so treat with great respect.
Doctors are already giving it to patients with kidney disease, and a new study has discovered it can counter the worst effects of rheumatoid arthritis. The same could be true for other autoimmune diseases, too, where the body is essentially attacking itself. The soda seems to moderate the response of the spleen, part of our immune system, from going into over-drive and producing an inflammatory response every time. In tests on laboratory mice and humans, the researchers discovered that the soda had a double-effect of triggering the stomach to produce more acid to help digestion as well as communicating with mesothelial cells that sit on the spleen's surface.
These beneficial effects were being seen within two weeks. The soda also reduces acid levels in the blood, and researchers believe it can be used to counter heart disease and osteoporosis.
If you do have a serious health problem, don't just self-medicate: see a health professional and see what dose they suggest.