Baking soda appears to prime your immune system against inflammation.
When you hear the word baking soda what do you think? Chances are that you don’t think about it being beneficial to your health. Baking soda is used worldwide for baked goods, cleaning, and even toothpaste; but what most people are unaware of is that baking soda (sodium bicarbonate or NaHCO3) has numerous health benefits. In fact, in 1924 Arm & Hammer even released a booklet on the medical uses of baking soda, recommending it for use against colds and flu because it raises the pH of the blood.1
Most recently, research funded by the National Institutes of Health suggests baking soda may be an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other autoimmune diseases. According to this study, led by renal physiologist Paul O’Connor and published in The Journal of Immunology, drinking a solution of water and baking soda appears to prime your immune system against inflammation.23 Keep in mind that tests are still being performed, but these early results are very promising.
The above-mentioned study was conducted on both rats and a smaller group of humans. What researchers found was that the baking soda solution promoted a “powerful anti-inflammatory response” in the spleen, an organ that plays a role in immune function. According to the study, baking soda triggers the stomach to produce more acid that can help digest your next meal. Mesothelial cells line the digestive tract and keep all your organs from rubbing against each other. These cells also relay environmental information to warn organs like the spleen that an immune response may be needed to protect itself, according to the study’s statement. When drinking baking soda, the mesothelial cells tell the spleen no immune response is needed, that you don’t need to be protected from what you are eating. The study also states that after drinking the baking soda solution, the microphages — a type of immune cell in the spleen, blood and kidneys — switched from mainly promoting inflammation to reducing inflammation.4