Baking Soda Health Benefits


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Posted by Mama to Many (Tennessee) on 06/14/2014
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I have been using baking soda to clean my teeth for several months. I like it better than any other natural solution I have found so far. I dip my toothbrush into the baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and add a drop of peppermint essential oil. I brush gently with a soft bristled brush. My mouth feels very clean when I am finished.

I seem to have read in places that baking soda may be hard on the teeth. I asked my dentist his opinion of baking soda instead of toothpaste. He said that it is what people used to use and that he thinks it is a good thing to do. He said that he does not think it is too abrasive for the teeth. He also said that since cavities form in an acid environment and that the baking soda will create a more alkaline environment, that baking soda should be helpful in avoiding cavities.

My mother used baking soda and peroxide for years as her only "toothpaste" at the recommendation of her periodontist! Mom had problems with her teeth for years and worked hard to keep them. (She was in a car accident when she was 6 that seemed to affect her teeth her whole life.)

Perhaps some will find baking soda to not work well for them. I am not suggesting this is the best thing for everyone. It has just worked well for me and I thought my dentist's opinion made sense.

This is a pretty neat dentist, by the way. He is not a natural or biological dentist. He is in a very small town often serving the poor. By what he charges he is obviously not in this for the money. Though my children have had well water since we started going to him, he never suggests flouride for them. He seems to just want to help people keep their teeth healthy. He has really been a blessing to our family when we have needed dental help or advice.

~Mama to Many~

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Posted by Petra (Los Angeles, California) on 03/19/2013
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After having lot of colds and flus this year I started taking a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water every time I get sick now and it cures me in 2 days....


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Posted by Rana (Abu Dhabi, Uae) on 12/25/2009
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Baking Soda inhalation for dry cough

This is the most quick relief remedy for dry cough.

Boil a cup of water then take it on the side and keep your face far and add a teaspoon of baking soda, cover your head with a towel and place it over the B.s and water and open largly your mouth and inhale as long as you can. Directly you will cough out phlegms.


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Posted by T3 (Chicago, IL) on 01/04/2009
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No cure for my cysts all of them, with different names in different places. Well, one day my white shirt had blood under the arm from the cyst, must have busted while at work, lucky to have my required black jacket and I took baking soda and vinegar and water, it bubbled and then I put the part of the shirt in it and wet it, took it out, and started rubbing vigorously a couple of times. But I then just used the baking soda and water and it worked better, I made another concoction and with a paper towel wet it and put it under my arm pits, it burned the one cyst that didn't burst and relived the one that did. Strange. Just when you thought vinegar was the ultimate cure, so is baking soda. For upset stomach, mix with water and you'll will burp like when you were in high school trying to win a contest. My cat even looked at me with surprise and I turned red. Stomachache gone.

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Posted by Lorica (New Albany, Indiana) on 03/15/2011
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I have had lots of problems with acididty and after research and a blood test discovered it was probably very much related to being gluten sensitive. I did not find that limes helped me a bit to be alkaline and even wheatgrass only helped somewhat. Baking soda has helped a lot... But I started having terrible cravings for milk products, even though I drank lots of milk. Guess what? Baking soda increases the need for calcium, it turns out. Whatever you use BS for, please be sure you get plenty of calcium!

Replied by Mariah
Whangarei, New Zealand

There is a widely spread mis-conception that Milk provides calcium to our bodies. This is pure marketing hype since the 40ties. The slogan "milk is good for your bones" is purely deisnged to sell more milk.

But isn't interesting that today there are more people with osteoporosis than there have ever been?

Often we crave what is bad for us. It's typical for an addiction-like situation. Most humans (about 77%) are lactose intolerant for a reason. Milk (especially cow's milk) is made for cow babies, not for human babies.

But the milk industry needs to sell more of this stuff because they produce incredible amounts of it... so they put it into everything.

When I went diary-free I discovered how milk solids or other things like whey are added to so many products these days it makes everyone sick - slowly!

Same goes with excess animal protein intake (meat) especially preserved ones.

People, it's time to question those false beliefs.

Replied by Elly
Topeka, Kansas

I realize this now and in the US both milk and meat are both subsidized by the government and to keep up the demands of a growing population the animals are kept are kept in what financial forecaster Gerald Celente has called on his youtube videos 'Auschwitz conditions' People sure are getting sicker and a select few millionaires, billionaires, trillionaires are certainly getting richer on pharmaceutical and pharming stocks of this growing sick culture. Since when is it normal for so many people at so young to be on som many meds? or for kids so youngs to already have so many diagnosis? We're suppsoed to be moving forward with technology not getting sicker and dying younger than our elders. Something's just not adding up here. I was surprised to read online people in sunny Florida have vitamin D deficiencies. They listened to the government subsidized ads that the sun is bad. Now in Missouri the tornado victims have a deadly aggressive fungus 'Zygomycosis' It's spread by breathing spores in or by physical contact. Great!

Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia

Hi Mariah, I do believe that milk can be a source of calcium. The calcium in milk may not be as absorbable due to the lack of magnesium. Even cows sometimes suffer from lack of magnesium to the point of death unless the farmer gives them an emergency treatment of magnesium.
Note: There is a huge difference between processed milk and RAW milk from a healthy cow. I have noticed that older folk who only have raw milk rarely have osteoporosis (I know of people in this bracket, older dairy farmers). Many of the women who have had bone density scans done have been told that they have the bones of a 30 - 50 yr old, these ladies are generally in their 60's. (This may change with the next generation or two due to the changes in farming practices. ) I have also noticed that when some of these same people stop their farming they develop allergies mild or severe including lactose intolerance. These people had no problems with raw milk in their diets but when they switched to processed milk that all changed.
Your so right about the additives, some (dare I say most) even add an ingredient that makes the milk thicker and it does not show up on the ingredients label. My friends mother-in-law has not been able to drink milk since she developed allergies 6 months after they stopped milking. That was about 10 years ago. Two weeks ago she started to have a milk that does not have this thickener added and guess what - no allergies to it. She is so happy to have milk in her tea again.

I wonder if silica is more important for our bones?

Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia

Have realized that I did not add that I was talking about pasture fed cows. I tend to think all dairy herds are pasture fed but that is not the case. Thankfully it is mostly here on Oz.

Replied by Brian
Wichita, Is

Milk is ninety percent water, there are studies on milk beating out water and Gatorade in athletes after three hour competitions, ( ) I myself was donating plasma for two years and could not afford to eat food before I donated plasma which would cause me to test LOW on protien levels ( this happened five times) every time this happened I'd scramble up some change and drink a milk, and go get screened again and my protien would go up, there are studies ( independent studies) showing milk to hydrate the body.


Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 06/21/2010

I have a very slow digestion, is it a good idea to take the bicarbonate of soda in water after the meals?

Replied by Jody
Fort Worth, Texas

I think you are supposed to take BS on a empty stomach. Some people have had gas and bloating after taking BS after meals.


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Posted by Oneeyebrow (London, Uk) on 02/03/2010
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can you overdose on baking soda? i found this link

how much is too much?

I tried the lemon and baking soda solution earlier and im sure my tongue has less white on it.

I feel more energetic now too not sure if its the solution or my workout in the gym?

im cautious tho after reading the other article


Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 02/20/2010 1249 posts

An Old Baking Soda Flu Cure

Hi Everyone...I found an old letter, written by a prominent physician in 1924 -- a Dr Volney S. Cheney -- to Church and Dwight concerning the use of a certain well-known brand of Baking Soda that we all know. Here is his letter which is shown for historic interest only:

"In 1918 and 1919 while fighting the 'Flu' with the U. S. Public Health Service it was brought to my attention that rarely any one who had been thoroughly alkalinized with bicarbonate of soda contracted the disease, and those who did contract it, if alkalinized early, would invariably have mild attacks. I have since that time treated all cases of 'Cold,' Influenza and LaGripe by first giving generous doses of Bicarbonate of Soda, and in many, many instances within 36 hours the symptoms would have entirely abated. Further, within my own household, before Woman's Clubs and Parent-Teachers' Associations, I have advocated the use of Bicarbonate of Soda as a preventive for "Colds," with the result that now many reports are coming in stating that those who took "Soda" were not affected, while nearly every one around them had the "Flu."

Recommended dosages from the A & H Company for colds and influenza back in 1925 were:

During the first day take six doses of half teaspoonful of A & H Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at about two hour intervals.

During the second day take four doses of half teaspoonful of A and H Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at the same intervals.

During the third day take two doses of half teaspoonful of A and H Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter half teaspoonful in glass of cool water each morning until cold is cured."

That's the way they alkalized in the old days...!!

The letter is taken from the WellSphere(discussion forum) website here:

EC: Hi Bill,

That Arm & Hammer for the swine flu baking soda remedy was originally posted in one of Mark Sircus's newsletter a few months ago. The link attached to Mark's article no longer works, so I am trying to find a workable one.


Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines
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Hi Deidre...Your absolutely right, I saw the article by Mark Sircus too some months ago, and I tried to find it again on the LifeEnthusiast and IMVA websites but no go. The link to Wellsphere that I have provided is an exact copy of the advert, I think.


EC: Hi Bill,

Here's the link to the article.

I skyped Mark this morning to let him know that it was down, but it appears to be working again this evening. Oddly the link was working for him in Brazil, but not for us!



Posted by Angela (Ottawa, Ontario) on 12/23/2010

Hello Ted,
I had been researching cures for cancer.. A scientist told me the bakingsoda/maple syrup cure would be problematic.. & I quote his e-mail exactly below: (please help me know what is true.. The bsoda cure sounded quite hopeful.. I don't have cancer but I like answers & prevention)

"1. Maple Syrup, especially grade c or b is definitely a high nutrition product, however, the volume of sugar still has to be considered and as a short term blood cleansing like the cayenne pepper and lemon / lime and maple syrup cool aid drink, which is commonly known as the Mexican blood cleanser is a fantastically good formula. On the other hand, baking soda to chemically force the body to become alkaline is not at all the same as using lemons or limes, which go in acid and covert into alkaline. The baking soda technology is bunk, junk science. This is the typical, vicious medical powers to be who make money on cancer would suggest such a formula because initially, the baking soda would dilute the stomach acids, make the person less acid and then of course, they don't want you to look at what else happens, which is because the stomach acids have been diluted, the body now utilizes fungus to create sulfuric acid in the lower intestines to complete the digestion that should have been done in the stomach. As a result, the entire body becomes severely acid, the problems of asthma, mucus, and a variety of other lung issues will also develop from this problem, so in the long and short, I think this maple syrup baking soda is a harmful therapy. "

So what do you think Ted?
Angela.. Thank you :)


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Posted by April (Southeast, GA) on 09/05/2008
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I tried a couple teaspoons of baking soda mixed in about one-half to three-quarters cup of water to relieve debilitating gas pains. Within about five minutes, the relief was setting in. After about 15 minutes, the gas pains were gone. It did cause me to expel some gas, too, which I was unable to do beforehand.

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Posted by Cyber Pony (Miami, Fl) on 04/09/2013

be careful when buying Arm Hammer baking soda. The box got recently, same orange color as before, said for household use, refrigerator etc but could not find ingredients listed on it. Small print said not for cooking on it. I kept turning the box over and over and in a very inconspicuous area, it said conditioner added for easy flow!!!! Now how much harder is the flow in regular, untainted Baking Soda - Sodium Bicarbonate? I am appalled at Arm & Hammer for pulling this stunt. Seriously? please EC, post this conspicuously so our community will know to buy another brand, like me. thanks.

Posted by Susan (New York) on 12/15/2012

Bill from San Fernando, can you clarify this statement on E/C. Maybe this is for legal purpose to protect E/C from lawsuit. I know B/S is needed by everyone, is there any reason or under what health condition one should not take baking soda ? As you have mentioned table salt is much more deadly.


Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines
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Hi Susan... BS should not be taken if the body is in a state of alkalosis (too alkaline) as occurs in many end stage autoimmune diseases such as cancer, hepatitis, HIV AIDS. BS should also not be taken if you have a malfunctioning kidney.

As Paracelsus, a famous medievil Swiss physician said: "Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy."

For a reasonable account of warnings and contraindications for BS, see this link.

For further evidence of the usefulness of BS to the body (other than just for alkalizing) see this link.

I've been using SB against candida in high dosages and on a regular basis since then for many years and have noticed no adverse effects.

Posted by Charlotte (Houston, Texas) on 12/06/2012

I can't find a doctor or therapist in Houston Texas to administer sodium/baking soda iv.

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn Usa

HI U CHORLETTE, , , , , , , , Why do you want to do baking soda as an I.V. ? I have done that and it's a zero. Just add a teaspoon of baking soda to hot glass of water and your urine pH will be 8. I have done all the I.V. things for the last 5 years. Some are good and some you can just take orally or by a nebulazor. I once took Hydrogen Peroxide by I.V. , now I do it with a nebulazor. My doctor has been into this alternative stuff since 1995 and he is good. Dr Frank Shellenbegger has been into this natural stuff since the 1970's and he can teach the class.

Myself, I am now into Ozone and do flushing Nician FIR saunas for detox and alkalizine with baking soda. Do liver flush with lemon juice and olive oil. Clean my liver with coffee enemas. Tested positive for Lymphoma and am going after it naturally with Capsol T. Will let you know in two more months if I have whipped it. ====ROBERT HENRY======

Posted by Suzanne (La, Ca, Usa) on 11/20/2012

Hi Ted, I've been taking 1 tbsp baking soda in 8 oz of distilled or spring water every morning for at least 6 months. It's help clear me out in the morning and I read about in online for a cancer cure. I don't have cancer but developed adult onset asthma about 14 mths ago and then candida for over 6 mths now due to 3 weeks of antibiotics for a severe sinus infection from advair that I was on for one month last Feb. I have never been sick like this before in my entire life. I'm 54, had chronic hives for 7 years like 15 years ago but that went away. though I need claritin occasionally for itchiness I've had generally very good health til a year ago when I developed the asthma. Last night I started a 6th or 7th round of 5 days of Prednisone for severe asthma attack.

My question is if you could please tell me if taking the baking soda every morning like that okay long term??? I also take it occsionally 1/2 tspn with juice from one lemon or lime for the candida (which really helps it) is okay. I know the prednisone is very dangerous and am hoping to go to a chiropractor I know soon to do an adjustment since I read how that can cure asthma and the one I've gone to is really superb.

Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines
1249 posts

Hi Suzanne... The asthma and allergies you have may well be caused by candida in your body.

You should alkalize your blood 3 times a day with Ted's BS and water remedy. This should be taken 1/2 hr to 1 hour after all meals -- 1/4 to 1/2 tspn in a half glass of water.

You should also alkalize your body cells using Ted's lemon/lime, water and BS remedy. Do this at least 2 times a day outside mealtimes.

To get off the prednisone -- try taking between 900 mgs each of pantethine and pantothenic acid and take B complex vitamns once a day. Pantethine and pantothenic acid have been found to give the same beneficial effects as prednisone -- without the dangerous side-effects. As well, you should take between 300 micrograms and 900 micrograms of molybdenum daily to both neutralize the candida poisons and hydrcarbon poisons in your body. Molybdenum also acts to kill candida.

Read this piece of research:

The Candida/Aldehyde Connection

To discover how to kill the candida using other natural nutrients like virgin coconut oil, borax and lugols iodine, see this EC link:

Natural Candida Cures on EC

Replied by Lisa
Boise, ID

I have a lot of the same symptoms you have I. E. Skin and breathing issues. I find that if I'm drinking a couple of quarts of water each day it subsides. I'm curious to know if you have had success with the baking soda with any of your ailments.

Replied by Jean C.
New York

I investigated and found that oregano oil will help asthma.