Most people are aware of the importance of keeping our bodies in more of an alkaline state for good health and wellbeing. However, many are not aware that the most alkaline food source on our supermarket shelves is bicarbonate of soda and when mixed with lemon and water makes for an incredibly easy way to alkalise the body and help turn back the clock.
You may already know of the amazing health and anti-ageing benefits of drinking lemon water, but by adding a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda (also known as baking soda or sodium bicarbonate) to your morning lemon water is a super simple way to energise and invigorate your body (half tsp to a pint of water).
For some, drinking lemon water on its own can act as a gut irritant. This is because even though lemons turn alkaline when digested, for the first hour after they’ve been consumed lemons stay in an acidic state. It is for this reason those who have an excess of stomach acid or a sensitive stomach find lemon water irritating and can make indigestion symptoms worse. The alkalinity of the bicarbonate of soda will neutralize the initial acidity of the lemon, making it easier on digestion.
Mixed in water, bicarbonate of soda has long since been used as a remedy for indigestion, heartburn, arthritis and other health troubles. It is known to improve one’s health by maintaining proper ph levels.
Bicarbonate of soda is an alkaline substance naturally produced within the body; it neutralizes acids which helps maintain the body’s natural ph.
Sugar and refined foods are highly acidic and dangerous for the body. Eating alkaline foods, such as organic fruits and veg, and drinking lemon water with bicarbonate of soda will go a long way to restoring health whilst also being a youth-inducing elixir.
There are many known health benefits of bicarbonate of soda, scroll down to the bottom of the page to find links to some good posts on the subject. For information on cancer prevention using lemon and bicarbonate of soda see here and here
Tips for Drinking Bicarbonate of Soda
- Bicarbonate of soda is high in sodium. It’s not safe in high doses and shouldn’t be used for long periods of time.
- Those who have edema, liver disease, kidney disease, or high blood pressure shouldn’t use bicarbonate of soda.
- Bicarbonate of soda should be considered unsafe for nursing mothers or pregnant women unless advised by their doctors.
- Possible side effects of drinking bicarbonate of soda in water include cramping of the stomach and increased thirstiness.
- Contact your doctor if you experience swelling of the feet, weakness, slow breathing, or nausea.
- NEVER take baking powder; it is an entirely different substance than bicarbonate of soda. Ingredients in baking powder can harm your body.
- Avoid drinking anything with bicarbonate of soda if you’re on a sodium-restricted diet or if you have high blood pressure, unless directed by your doctor.
- If you’re on prescription drugs, get medical clearance before taking bicarbonate of soda.
- Do not give bicarbonate of soda with water to children younger than age five.
- If you have a full stomach, do not drink bicarbonate soda water until you’ve had a chance to digest.
- To avoid impurities like aluminum that some brands of bicarbonate of soda may contain, you can buy pure sodium bicarbonate, which is widely available online.
- Be cautious with bicarbonate soda and consult your doctor if you are on a sodium-restricted diet or have high blood pressure, because it’s moderately high in sodium.
- Topical use of baking soda is safe and nontoxic. Oral use is also safe, provided you do not exceed the recommended doses, as this could upset the body’s acid-base balance. Larger amounts can cause temporary nausea and diarrhea.
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