Dypsnea: Alternative Treatments

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Baking Soda, Sea Salt
Posted by Mike (Prairieville, LA) on 02/14/2007
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Hi, I've had breathlessness (dyspnea) for well over 4 years now. My doctor and my pulmonologist have been unable to discover the cause. I've had x-rays, cat scans, a variety of asthma medications, and even xanax when they thought it stress related. Nothing has helped. No heart related issues were discovered either (pulmonary hypertension, etc). It's been a real puzzler. I read somewhere (not this site) that 1/4" a teaspoon of sea salt and a 1/4" teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in a glass of water would help people with asthma-related breathlessness episodes. I tried it, and it reduced my symptoms almost immediately. It hasn't made it go away, but it helps me sleep at night. I take the mixture when the dypsnea becomes more than just annoying. I haven't tried a daily regiment though. (Incidentally, I also have GERD and seemingly no longer need to take Aciphex to control it. The baking soda apparently is all I needed to cure that) My question is: Is the sodium bicarbonate in the baking soda count against total RDA of regular sodium intake? if so, this would compound the total amount of sodium I am taking with the sea salt. I'm nervous about doing a daily regiment of the high sodium mixture as I am borderline pre-hypertension and don't want to stress my heart unduly. What do you suggest? (Incidentally, I will try out the ACV cure you have promoted recently. I will post how it works for me) Thanks...

Baking Soda, Sea Salt
Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) 383 posts

Dear Mike: I will not go to the details of the cause of blood pressure, but most of the increase in blood pressure is usually two things, too much fried foods and excessive acidity of the body.

The body attempts to reduce the acidity by retaining more sodium to stabilize the alkalinity. To prevent excess sodium retention is simple, add 10% potassium bicarbonate to 90% percent sodium bicarbonate. This won't cause the body to increase the blood pressure.

Basically the sodium bicarbonate will cause the body to stabilize its blood pressure while the potassium bicarbonate will cause a decrease in blood pressure as potassium displaces sodium. The reason why you can't take too much potassium is the body extracellular fluids consists of 90% sodium and 10% potassium, approximately. So by taking a similar ratios similar to extracellular body fluids won't cause an unnecessary change.

To take sea salt is simple, just add 10% potassium citrate or potassium bicarbonate to the mix. This will at least be similar to your bodily fluids anyway. To change that is not the optimum in which it exists and it is best to keep it in that ratio.

The reason why apple cider vinegar and baking soda can be use safely is the potassium content in the vinegar allowing at least be roughly close to your bodily fluids. It is the same if you use lime and about 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Apple cider vinegar has some potassium content and when added with sodium bicarbonate, allows the best of two worlds, sodium and potassium. Most of the body's extracellular fluids is made of sodium about 90% and about 10% of that is potassium. If you want to be precise about such measurement you need to buy potassium bicarbonate. However, in practice this ACV and baking soda is a home remedy and works fairly well in general for most people.

Most of the problems of high sodium retention that I found out is that the body's ability to produce nitric oxide is suppressed due to certain deficiencies or the impaired mechanism of biochemical processes. To help the body return such nitric oxide to normal will always cause the blood pressure to normalize. To increase nitric oxide you can supplement them with various supplements that promote them, including sodium ascorbate, magnesium ascorbate, L-arginine (2000 mg), L-citrulline (2000) mg. usually taken in the morning hours. Obviously you need to avoid heavy foods and instead take more onions and garlic during the supper or evening hours.

Quite often one of the cause of asthma is the capillary constriction, by alkalization, capillary expands allowing improved breathing.

Baking Soda, Sea Salt
Posted by Violet (Barrie, Ont, Canada) on 07/15/2012

Hi, I am not sure exactly what mixtures you are saying to take together here, could you please explain it to me so I can get the ingredients to take these, Thank You kindly.