Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda) May Be What the Doctor Ordered for Rheumatoid Arthritis

An apple a day may keep the doctor away… but a new study also indicates that some baking soda each day may keep the arthritis at bay.

Bicarbonate of Soda

Baking soda, or Bicarbonate of Soda, is often touted for its many uses, ranging from household cleaning to dental care and more.

Now, treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may be added to its ever-growing list of purposes.

For your overall health, it’s important to maintain a proper pH balance in your body. An environment that’s too alkaline or too acidic can result in a wide array of health problems and negative physical symptoms.

Experts say baking soda can help alkalize a highly acidic environment in your body. Many holistic and naturopathic doctors, as well as nutritionists, health coaches, and dietitians tout the idea that an alkaline body environment is better than an acidic one.

While that’s true in general, it’s still important to note that being too acidic or too alkaline can result in medical concerns.

In April 2018, the Journal of Immunology medical journal published a study that concluded that drinking water mixed with baking soda could possibly reduce the chances of getting inflammatory conditions

Paul O’Connor, PhD, an associate professor and director of the physiology graduate program at Augusta University in Georgia, was the lead author on the study.

Dr. Connor introduced baking soda to two cases of test subjects. These tests subjects included both healthy humans and rats. Dr. Connor also introduced six human controls.

After two weeks of drinking the baking soda and water mixture, scientists found that their immune cells (macrophages) appeared to change jobs.

Researchers said that the macrophages began to focus on reducing inflammation instead of promoting it.

Essentially, the baking soda acted as a way to naturally stimulate or “turn on” the macrophages’ anti-inflammatory response. Chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis could benefit from these anti-inflammatory properties.

How baking soda works

Baking soda — also known as sodium bicarbonate — appears to tell the body to calm down its autoimmune response. Instead, it helps to strengthen the anti-inflammatory response.

So, cells from the spleen and stomach can tell a faulty immune system that there’s likely no need to turn itself on, only to attack. The baking soda seemed to alert macrophages and mesothelial cells that the body wasn’t under actual attack.

Researchers noted a shift in healthy human subjects from autoimmune and inflammatory actions to anti-inflammatory ones in the stomach, spleen, kidney, and peripheral blood.

The shifting landscape is likely due to an increased conversion of proinflammatory cells to anti-inflammatory, plus the production of more anti-inflammatory macrophages and a shift in regulatory T cells.

This combination of processes drives down the immune response and could potentially help to keep the immune system from attacking its own tissues, which occurs in autoimmune diseases.

How to use baking soda

How much baking soda you should use likely varies from person to person.

In her blog, Julie Hand, a certified holistic health and nutrition counsellor, recommends starting with one-eighth of a teaspoon in a regular size glass of water and then build up to a quarter of a teaspoon.

baking soda

She warns that if you feel short of breath or your heart starts racing, then you’ve overdone it.

People who are in danger of alkalosis wouldn’t benefit from ingesting sodium bicarbonate or further alkalising their body’s pH levels.

This potentially could be an inexpensive, safe, accessible, and effective way to treat conditions such as RA and other autoimmune diseases. You should always talk to your doctor before starting a regimen like this.

“It’s potentially a really safe way to treat inflammatory disease,” O’Connor said in a statement.

That’s not all it has been shown to do, either.

Baking soda has also been used to treat acid reflux. It’s even been studied as a way to potentially help prevent certain forms of cancer.

Michelle Neilly, an integrative nutrition health coach in Pennsylvania, told Healthline that “while there is no fix-all miracle cure out there, there is a reason that home remedies like apple cider vinegar and baking soda have been around for ages.

“This could really help RA patients with inflammation.”

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Simple Steps to Healthy Living – Part 1

We all want to live healthily, right? We all want to know the Simple Steps to Healthy Living. But in our microwave society, where we all want “the quick fix”, the “instant solution”, the “magic pill to cure all”, there are many promises made and proclaimed across the internet that would have us all believing that we can be truly healthy in a matter of weeks.

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So, if you truly want to change your life, for the long-term, then stick with me and we’ll look at the steps you can begin to take that will lead you towards a healthier life – “The Simple Steps to Healthy Living.”

This step by step approach can not only transform your health but the basic principles can help with both natural pain and weight management.


As a human being we are intricately formed. There are 3 main facets of our being, that working together, make up who we are –


Our MINDS have the ability to think and reason. Our brains control everything about us, our emotions, our ability to communicate, the movement and rhythms of our bodies. In our minds we hold our dreams, desires and belief systems.

Our BODIES are quite simply amazing. With the ability of movement, controlled by our Brain, even the sky is not our limit.

SPIRIT – For some a contentious issue, but for me there is a part of us that longs to belong to something bigger than ourselves. Our world view can influence our MIND and therefore our thinking, reasoning and action.

A world view or worldview is the fundamental cognitive orientation of an individual or society encompassing the whole of the individual’s or society’s knowledge and point of view. A world view can include natural philosophy; fundamental, existential, and normative postulates; or themes, values, emotions, and ethics.


Now all 3 are important to truly live a healthy life, but this series is going to concentrate on the MIND and BODY.

So, before you read the next article in “The Simple Steps to Healthy Living” Series here are the first steps on your journey –

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Look out for Part 2 in “The Simple Steps to Healthy Living” Series.