Ever felt kinda sore and lethargic, as if you're recovering from a workout, but……. you DIDN'T workout?
This feeling is often caused by excess lactic acid, and ammonia.
Lactic acid is elevated in disease states and can cause all kinds of issues; abdominal discomfort, decreased appetite, irregularity, shallow breathing, general feelings of discomfort, poor mood, muscle pain, cramping, unusual tiredness, weakness, and insomnia just to name a few!
Cancer can even be diagnosed by increased chronic lactic acid excess in the blood because it's one of the elements that keeps the cancer cycle in progress.
Lowering the production of excess lactic acid in the body will help your cellular energy metabolism function more optimally, leading to better health overall. Something we all want.
Well, one simple and safe way to lower lactic acid is to supplement with a little baking soda.
Baking soda reduces the damage done by lactic acid, such as slow healing, lowered cellular energy, and high stress hormones.
Some fitness competitors will take a tablespoon before & after a workout to prevent the damage of the lactic acid “burn”.
A lot of people think "feeling the burn" is a badge of honor, but I noticed much better health, mood, and energy when I do several mini-workouts vs a long one that gives lots of “burn” and elevates lactic acid for days on end.
When you think of baking soda, you’re likely to think of it’s ability to alkalize, but it’s benefits go way beyond that.
Baking soda has been shown to improve antibacterial activity:
"...E. coli grown in high concentrations of sodium bicarbonate exhibited an extended lag phase, implying lowered metabolic resources. Further, intracellular ATP levels……... were reduced by ~30% in sodium bicarbonate-treated E. coli compared to the untreated control. Overall, these experiments suggest that bicarbonate is a bacteriostatic compound that perturbs cellular respiration and reduces the activity of cell wall-active antibiotics that require actively growing bacteria for activity."
In a study done by scientific director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (Chi Van Dang) they studied mice who had consumed baking soda and the results were very promising for cancer treatments.
“The entire tumor lights up with mTOR activity.
The prediction would be that by reawakening these cells, you could make the tumor far more sensitive to therapy."”
Dang said; The concept is so easy. It’s not some $100,000 per year drug. It’s literally just baking soda.
Another study found that baking soda created an "anti-inflammatory environment” in the spleen, suggesting it may reduce inflammation that results in autoimmune conditions.
“Our data indicate that oral NaHCO3 activates a splenic anti-inflammatory pathway and provides evidence that the signals that mediate this response are transmitted to the spleen via a novel neuronal-like function of mesothelial cells.”
Oral NaHCO3 Activates a Splenic Anti-Inflammatory Pathway: Evidence That Cholinergic Signals Are Transmitted via Mesothelial Cells
It’s also supplies sodium, which keeps stress in check, and energy up….something we all want!
Mistakes to avoid:
A common myth in the health world is that the more alkaline you are, the better, so many people think the more baking soda the better…… but it’s important to have right amount……not too much, not too little.
Making yourself too alkaline can cause issues too.
To further confuse things; most people only focus on blood PH, but we actually have different ph’s all over the body that need to be accounted for to measure things properly.
For instance, yes, our blood should be alkaline, but INSIDE our cells need to be acidic (for our blood to be alkaline).
This is because CO2 takes minerals out of the cell and puts them into the blood, and it’s this exchange that keeps the blood alkaline.
The acid/alkaline balance in both places is carefully maintained and both need to be right for everything to work well.
In sick cells (as in cancer) the ph inside of the cell becomes alkaline and the blood becomes more acidic.
So, for the same reason, we generally want the urine to be slightly acidic to maintain blood alkalinity, about 6.5 or so.
This is because your kidneys (which regulate what ends up in the urine) will be keeping those alkaline minerals and discarding any unneeded acids.
If you take too much baking soda (or your urine is too alkaline) you might:
Lower ionized calcium levels (bad for your bones and Central nervous system)
Cause urinary tract infections
Increase the chance of creating kidney stones
So, while baking soda can be great, you also don’t want to be too alkaline.
Fortunately, there’s a pretty simple and cheap way to test this; urine ph.
I use these ph strips to check if I’m regularly using baking soda.
They’re super cheap, and it only takes a moment to do this, so it’s well worth doing.
The accepted medical range for urine PH is quite broad but when looking at both the principles of physiology and where most people feel best, to me it makes sense to aim for the mid-6’s for an ideal post-meal range in normal health.
Tips on using it:
Because baking soda is alkaline, it is usually best to take it separate from meals, so as not to disrupt digestion. However if you want to reduce acidity (in something like orange juice, for example), just add pinch, or more if you like it fizzy.
Measure your urine PH (I use these) for a few days to see what you’re normally at.
Then start out with 1/4 teaspoon in the morning in water and watch the affects. It can take anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours to notice the affects both on how you feel and urine ph. I have used a teaspoon before with great results and other times, that’s been WAY too much. Everyone will be different.
There is no standard dosage I can recommend and your body’s needs and stressors change all the time, so if you use it regularly, make sure to check your ph fairly often so as to not go too alkaline.
If you have autoimmune issues like I did, (or any chronic symptoms) a simple, safe way to improve fatigue and soreness, is to experiment with baking soda.
It's not a miracle cure but in the context of the right diet, I've found a little spoon of baking soda to provide an almost instant boost in energy, giving me a happy, light feeling and more flexibility and strength.
Baking soda doesn’t have a sexy label, or a “bio-hacking” reputation, but like most things, I’ve found some of the most powerful improvement in my health has come from simple, natural resources; like baking soda!