Sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3), commonly known as baking soda, is a natural substance used for a variety of household baking and cleaning purposes. But did you know that there are baking soda uses for helping the body to prevent cancer, as well as it being a tool cancer patients can use to identify and stabilize cancer growth?
Baking Soda Suppresses Cancer Growth Rate
Energy is produced by cancer cells through a process called anaerobic glycolysis which relies on glucose as the primary fuel source. Acidic metabolites such as lactic acid are byproducts of this metabolic pathway. As a result of this biochemical event, studies have found that the extracellular pH in cancerous regions is generally lower than normal tissue.
A highly acidic environment stimulates invasive tumor growth in both primary and metastatic cancer types. Consumption of sodium bicarbonate has been shown to increase the pH of tumors and slow the formation of spontaneous metastases in metastatic breast cancer mouse models. Baking soda was also found to decrease the rate of lymph node involvement and reduce the occurrence that the cancer would spread to the liver.
Researchers in this field of study reasonably assume that increasing systemic levels of pH using buffers such as sodium bicarbonate will lower peritumoral and intratumoral acidosis. Further, the reduction of tumor acid levels exhibited in mouse models has been found to reduce tumor growth and metastasis without adversely altering blood or unaffected tissue pH concentrations.
The use of baking soda is also a likely route to enhancing the effects of conventional chemotherapy treatment. Tumor acidosis promotes chemoresistance with specific chemotherapy drugs such as paclitaxel and doxorubicin. Utilizing baking soda to improve pH levels is a potential benefit for those seeking standard cancer treatment.
Research clearly indicates that baking soda along with the use of a variety of other natural healing strategies can be used to naturally defend against cancer as well as strengthen immune coordination. However, cancer is a highly complex disease − no one should consider a solo therapy to be effective at curing cancer as no treatment can accomplish such a task.
How Do You Use Baking Soda in Your Body?
If the body is in an acidic state baking soda is beneficial to increasing pH concentrations. Contrary to popular opinion, baking soda (unlike baking powder), does not contain aluminum. Purchasing “aluminum-free” baking soda is unnecessary, but purchasing “aluminum-free” baking powder for baking needs should be highly considered.
However, commercial baking soda products including the Arm & Hammer brand utilize a chemical process that converts trona ore into soda ash. Soda ash reacts with carbon dioxide to produce baking soda. Although not necessarily a hazard, this product does result from a chemical process. These companies source their sodium bicarbonate directly from the ground in its natural environment.
The Baking Soda Protocol
Only consume this drink when you have tested your pH throughout the day and your results are acidic. As a reminder, do not drink this beverage 30 minutes before or after a meal to avoid lowering stomach acid secretions and inhibiting proper digestion. This beverage will aid in neutralizing pH, buffer stomach acid, and lower acidosis. Drink the following mixture throughout the day except before and after meals until your pH levels are stabilized between 7.0 and 8.0.
- Tall glass
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 tbs fresh lemon juice
- 8 oz. purified water
- Mix baking soda with fresh lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar. The combination will result in a foam or fizz. This is normal.
- Once all bubbling has stopped, add water to the mixture and drink all at once.