High Sodium Content of Baking Soda Have an Impact on the Body?

Posted by Andrew on 11/01/2009

Dear Ted,

I'm a member of Earth Clinic and have been using baking soda to "normalize" my body's PH - it does a great job doing this... I have a naturally acidic PH - I follow a healthy diet and drink lots of water and if i stop the Baking Soda, my PH becomes acid quickly. I believe that the production of acid in my body is created by another imbalance, I was recently diagnosed with having chronic candida by a meridian therapist - since I'm a guy, my doctor laughed at me when I told him this.

The reason for this message to you is to ask if the high level of sodium content has an impact on the body and/or any of the organs if I continue to take it - I believe that maintaining a balanced PH will help fix the candida, but I'm worried the high sodium will have an impact on blood pressure, renal activity, liver processing, etc.

Your support and advice will be much appreciated.
Thanks very much

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
384 posts

Dear Andrew: In medical research, bicarbonates for example, such as baking soda, or citrates, in form of sodium citrate don't raise sodium levels. What does raise the sodium levels are the chlorides found in common table salts. Chlorides are usually acidic, which causes a raise in blood pressure within minutes after ingestion, this doesn't happen in a baking soda, which is why it doesn't cause sodium retention. If you want sodium retention it's easy, common table salt has a pH of 5, which is very acid and causes the body to be acid, and it has to raise sodium levels, which are alkaline, to maintain it's needed alkaline levels. However, carbonates and bicarbonates, found in either baking soda or potassium bicarbonate, is what is actually needed by the body to maintain it's alkalinity. If a person worries needlessly about excessive sodium, most sodium retentions occur from eating snacks, preserved meats, common table salts, and eating dinner. The reason why eating dinner is a high risk meal of the day is after a person eating dinner, the food is retained during the night because it is retained, all that sodium and other toxic substance remain in your body, causing auto-toxicity. This is why most people die or get sick during sleep or late in the evening. If there is a day that people have bowel movement before their sleep and the bowel movement for the last meal of that day, there would be no food and waste material in their body, then it's not likely any toxic substance, sodium retention and the other things to interfere with their health during the night. Also, the best indicator for any health is really to just get a good blood test, to see if sodium potassium ratio is held in check, is a more direct approach to be sure. My experience is people who are on alkaline, and tries to avoid table salt, often ends up with a condition known as hypochlorydia, which is low chlorides, but at the same time low sodium. The condition is characterized as one of weakness. So the key solution is simply to know and monitor yourself of sodium or potassium, by following up on regular bowel movement is most important. A constipation can be either low potassium, high sodium, or an acid body. Those are the three doors, and anyone can occur, not just the sodium. My experience has been mostly acid body, low potassium, then high sodium (from common table salt) in that order. So I would worry more about getting my body alkaline, and taking some potassium supplements, preferably non chloride forms of potassium as chlorides are acid and the body tries to maintain the sodium to chloride, hence a slight rise in chloride, can raise sodium very quickly also. The other long term alkaline supplements I have found is the iodine, in form of lugols, which is most effective, as the body requires both the iodide and iodine. The SSKI in practice don't work as well as the lugol's since different organ's of the body requires different forms of iodine. The mixture I often prepared, is the 50% lugols, with 50% SSKI (a fancy name for potassium iodide solution), and the dose is taken perhaps in one liter of water 2 drops, or just 1-2 drops of the mentioned solution in a cup of water a day should get the body more stabilized. The reason is simple: all of our iodine are now gone from the food supply. They stopped the iodine bleaching of flour and white bread sometime in 1971 and replaced with bromine. The bromine is a halogen, which kicks out iodine, causing an iodine deficiency, but more interestingly, all non iodine halogens, fluorides, chlorides, bromides, causes the body to be very acid, which in the long run, causes the body to be acid again.