Can you use baking soda to make your body alkaline?
This question keeps coming up (most recently in our brand new forum / message board) – but also from customer emails and comments on other posts in the blog. People want to know:
Instead of expensive pH drops or alkaline mineral supplements – can I just use normal baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to alkalise my body?
This is a big question, which could have a big impact on people who are trying to alkalise and energise themselves and so I’ve gone to a big man (in stature, not size!) to get the answer. Thankfully I’ve got a good working relationship with Dr. Young now and so I went to him with this very question last week. His response was:
Most all sodium bicarbonates on the market contain anti-caking agents which are toxic – such as aluminium. There are 3 other mineral salts (magnesium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate, and calcium bicarbonate) which are important and not in other products but in pHour salts (his alkaline mineral supplement).
Why are these other salts important?
Dr Young goes on to say:
A combination of four powerful bicarbonate mineral salts (sodium bicarbonate, magnesium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate, and calcium bicarbonate) are anti-oxidant, anti-aging and maintain the alkaline design of the body from both the inside out and the outside in.
These four antioxidant/anti-aging mineral salts are naturally occurring in all fluids of the body. Specifically, they may aid in the reduction of dietary and metabolic acidity helping to maintain the alkaline design of the human, animal or plant body and slowdown or reverse the aging or decay process.
I believe that each of these four salts are all highly alkalising, but each do have a different role in the body. While it is great to get sodium bicarbonate, the power of having all four salts is far greater than just one in isolation.
So in short:
- Supermarket sodium bicarbonate contains toxins such as aluminium
- Having a range of salts is far superior to having just one salt
Personally I’m going to continue with the minerals because I’ve had fantastic results so far, including a marked increase in my energy levels, better digestion and clearer skin. I love them!
BUT – it’s always best to get all of your nutrients from real foods where possible, remember – supplements are there to supplement – not replace.