Is Baking Soda an Alternative to Alkaline Ionized Water?
Baking soda [sodium bi-carbonate] is alkaline. Should people consume baking soda as an alternative to alkaline ionized water to buffer the pH balance in their cells? In one word “NO”, baking soda is NOT even remotely an alternative to alkaline ionized water.
Many people consume baking soda who want to raise the pH of their bodies. In my experience, baking soda can be consumed (see my Cancer & Disease page), but without caution it could be dangerous.
PH of Blood
First, let me be clear. In no way, shape or form can a person change the pH of their BLOOD. When I'm referring to the pH of a body, it is referring to the pH within the other bodily fluids in and around cells and tissues.
Safely Raising the PH of a Body
Many people consume baking soda who want to raise the pH of their bodies. In my experience, baking soda can be consumed (see my Cancer & Disease page), but without caution it could be dangerous and not acceptable for human consumption, let alone using it as an alternative to alkaline ionized water. It is true, it is alkaline, but it is oxidizing to the cells. The Cancer & Disease page describes a safe way to consume it though.
The Nature of Alkaline Ionized Water
Alkaline ionized water is very special and different. In the process of ionizing the water it splits it into 2 streams. The alkaline stream contains the healthy alkaline minerals in the water and has a negative charge. The negative charge helps this water and these minerals become more bio-available.
The alkaline water that water ionizers create is also antioxidant water. See this page for a full description of the benefits of hydrogen water antioxidants.
Mixing Your Sodium Bicarbonate With Ionized Water
Merely alkalizing water, without ionizing it, gives the body an off-balance of oxidants. If you are going to alkalize your water with sodium bi-carbonate you should use hydrogen water to provide this antioxidant balance. In addition to fighting free radicals, the presence of antioxidants in the alkaline ionized water makes the alkaline minerals (including sodium) more beneficial to your body and cells. Read more about the benefits of drinking ionized water.
Experiencing the Difference
Years ago I personally tried drinking tap water that had baking soda added to it. Not only was it awful-tasting, but it also caused me to get visible spider veins on my legs. When I ceased consuming the baking-soda-water these spider veins simmered down.
A few years later when I was researching baking soda again, trying to help a friend with cancer, I mixed the baking soda with alkaline ionized water and it 1) tasted better, and 2) I didn't notice any spider veins or other adverse effects when taken in moderation (described on my Cancer/Disease page). This demonstrated, to me, that the antioxidants in alkaline ionized water really did have an effect on damaged cells as well as preventing the cells from getting other forms of free-radical damage. It’s possible that the ionized water made the sodium in the baking soda more bioligically friendly too.
Why is Alkaline Water so Important to Your Health?
Our bodies give off acidic wastes. Actually every cell of your body gives off acidic wastes every second of the day. In order to keep your cells young and healthy you need to remove those acidic wastes. To do this the water which surrounds your cells needs to be clean and alkaline.
Alkaline water is the healthiest water for you to drink, but not all alkaline water is alike. Some alkaline water is too oxidizing to drink, such as the water I created in this video using baking soda.
Creating a Healthy Alkaline PH
The above video shows a demonstration and comparison of adding baking soda to water vs. using a water ionizer to create alkaline water. Not only does ionized alkaline water taste a whole lot better, it also is cleaner and more alkaline than the baking soda mixture.
Creating an Abundance of Antioxidants
In the video, above, I demonstrate that pouring ionized water from a good water ionizer will instantly and on demand produce a great, alkaline pH as well as super high antioxidant levels. On the contrary, adding baking soda to water does nothing to change the oxidation levels of the water.
What Does Ionized Water Do?
People sometimes get confused about what a water ionizer is supposed to do. It is not intended to neutralize your stomach acid, change the pH of your blood, or change the pH of your stomach at all! From my experience, ionized water helps to buffer the pH imbalance within your cells, balance your antioxidants and that's pretty much it.
No one sells water ionizers to neutralize stomach acid, however sometimes I will hear of someone who has acid reflux say that it helped cure them of that.
I don't drink ionized water 20 minutes before or after a meal that requires a low stomach acid, such as with meat or dairy. Other than that, since water doesn’t itself trigger digestion, it absorbs within just a few minutes of drinking it.
A water ionizer is supposed to do three things:
1. Help to bring your cells the water they need.
2. Alkalize the body by providing an ongoing supply of buffers to neutralize the toxins that are the wastes your cells give off. The alkaline minerals that are naturally found in the water, such as healthy calcium, are concentrated into the alkaline side of the water ionizer and become negatively charged for an extra bonus of having an abundant supply of antioxidants in addition to the alkaline buffers. As people age they lose their natural buffers and so the body compensates by robbing the joints and bones. However, still the acids get trapped in cells unless there is an ongoing supply of buffers to allow those acids to pass into the bloodstream and be eliminated.
3. Help to fight off free-radical damage to the cells by providing an ongoing supply of antioxidants.
What Will Baking Soda Do?
1. It is highly oxidizing, and so will tend to increase free-radical damage.
2. It probably will neutralize stomach acid [but if you follow my instructions on the Cancer & Disease page it will minimize this.
3. As far as bringing water to the cells, it may do that, but with so much extra sodium it may trigger water-retention within the cells rather than removal of wastes.
4. It very well may help to alkalize the body, and used with caution I think it's probably okay. Definitely check my Cancer/Disease page though.
From my own personal experience, there is a huge benefit from ionized water. I have been drinking alkaline ionized water, over a gallon per day, for 20 years…[my family as well].
My background is in physiology, teaching, nutrition and weight loss. I have raised 5 children who are all grown now. I have a masters degree in education and was a teacher/principal for 24 years. I created Alkaline Water Plus in 2009 to educate people about the benefits of ionized water.
The very best thing I have ever purchased is a WATER IONIZER, and I've been in perfect health ever since I started drinking ionized water 25 years ago!
Cathie LoGrasso Owner, Alkaline Water Plus
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