Low-sodium Baking Soda

Posted by D on 01/01/2008

Hi Ted, I have high blood pressure and worried about using bicarbonate of soda with ACV. I was looking on the web for a low sodium baking soda and found one that has calcium carbonate as its ingredient.' The directions say to use twice as much as regular baking soda. Do you think this is a decent substitute to alkalize the ACV? Thanks

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
384 posts

Dear D: I would much prefer to buy a blood pressure meter (I have three in my home) and just try out baking soda and acv. In most of my observations, it won't have a effect on blood pressure and quite often it lowers it. The problem has a lot to do with the chlorine component in the salt rather than the baking soda as well as certain hydrocarbons from pollutants in the food, and other dietary preferences.

The biological system is fairly sensitive in its cellular fluids (see Ringer's Mammalian solution and has to be kept in a very delicate balance - most microbiologists are well aware of this but absolutely unknown by medical doctors) and has to have 20% more sodium than chlorine in a normal cellular fluids.

If the chlorine of the salts are high in the diet, the body attempts to alkalize by retaining more sodium. This also happens when one uses chlorinated water from shower and swimming pools, whereforth the use of sodium thiosulfate will reduce some free chlorine. I have seen blood pressure to rise in sulfites, chlorintes, and obesity from just using daily swimming pool too, leading to higher blood pressure.

However, in presence of sodium bicarbonate, the sodium chloride gets displaced by the body, lowering the blood pressure, of the chlorine in the sodium

It has to be noticed that I have high blood pressure and was helped greatly with baking soda. In another instance, most of the problematic high blood pressure came from the use of vegetable oils (they are low boiling point compared to coconut oil) in cooking plus the use of sugar and salt mixed together is the real problem.

Calcium carbonate is quite bad and it messes up the body's extracellular fluids as the calcium has to be kept low in relation to both sodium, bicarbonate and chloride in a normal body fluid systems.

To use calcium carbonate will create other problems, such as bladder and kidney problems as the diet create calcium oxalates, leading to kidney stones.' I won't use calcium carbonate in general as it causes me to not be able to urinate normally and raised higher blood pressure on several occasion from the edema as kidney stones are formed.

I would therefore do myself a favor and just buy a blood pressure to test whether the baking soda and acv does indeed raise it or not. A small amount of potassium citrate usually 1/16 or 1/8 can displace the sodium also, but must be added along with the sodium bicarbonate. A sodium can't be substituted, if potassium is used, since the body is quite sensitive to potassium, especially without the sodium. People can get heart problems (heart racing, fast beating), if potassium were used alone. Death row inmates are injected with potassium to cause heart attacks, calcium chloride added can cause clotting and faster death. In blood banks, they add sodium citrate (this is another form of baking soda where the body metabolizes citrate to bicarbonate) to prevent blood clots otherwise the blood recipients die as blood cells clot, by removing calcium from participating in precipitation and clotting, which leads to heart attack. Harvey Team (Team of doctors who tries to revive a person of a heart attack in I.C.U.), will inject a large syringe (quite large!) into the heart in an attempt to revive the heart, using baking soda.

In the use of baking soda, I have never seen it raised, but I can say that certain foods, does, which includes french fries, cheese, cakes, bakery product and many canned foods. Sugar and salt don't mixed, neither is cured meats. Heavy dinner were quite dangerous on the high blood pressure. If a suitable substitute does exist of non sodium than it has to be magnesium bicarbonate (but this is impossible to find) is used instead. I can't even use potassium, unless the sodium is added, otherwise an imbalance also exists, but magnesium is generally benign. Another suitable replacement will be the magnesium citrate. The body needs a magnesium: calcium ratio of 2: 1, but magnesium in general is missing from the diet. A lot of people I know who can't pee, when I investigated, turns out the calcium was added into the supplement (calcium carbonate), which lead to calcium buildup in the kidneys as well, leading to edema which resulted in death in one case.

Maybe I have some biasness because of my background as a former biochemist and microbiologist, so what I can say "officially" is to "follow to physicians as directed", just to avoid the politics of medicine