Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is not only useful for baking cakes and biscuits, but also good to our health.
It is known as a natural cleaner.
For example, when used as toothpaste, baking soda can kill bad bacteria in the mouth and prevent tooth decay.
Recent studies show that drinking baking soda provides lots of health benefits. One surprising benefit is that it can help prevent inflammation of autoimmune diseases.
What are autoimmune diseases?
Autoimmune diseases result from a dysfunction of the immune system. Usually the immune system protects you from inflection and diseases.
But sometimes the immune system can attack healthy cells, tissues and organs of the body. This will lead to autoimmune diseases.
Typical autoimmune diseases include type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases hard to be diagnosed.
In a recent study from Augusta university in Georgia, researchers show that drinking baking soda can be an inexpensive and safe way to battle autoimmune diseases.
They find that in rats and healthy people, drinking baking soda can help the stomach make more acid to digest the next meal.
In addition, it can help prevent the stomach from mounting a protective immune response. Basically, it is like telling the stomach it is a hamburger not a bacterial infection, according to the researchers.
This magic function of baking soda is related to little-studied mesothelial cells, which have little fingers that can sense the environment and warn the organs when there is an invader and an immune response is needed.
When a person drinks baking soda, the liquid can influence the mesothelial cells which sit on spleen, a part of the immune system that store white blood cells.
This influence can be passed to the spleen so that the spleen will go easy on the immune response. In that way, autoimmune diseases can be prevented, or the symptoms can be decreased.
In the study, the researchers found that after drinking baking soda for 2 weeks, the immune cells in the spleen called macrophages shifted from promoting inflammation to reducing inflammation.
Macrophages are the early arrivers when an immune response is needed.
In addition, on animals the scientists found that drinking baking soda can slow the progression of kidney disease.
They also found the same effect in the peripheral blood.
The researchers said, “You are not really turning anything off or on, you are just pushing it toward one side by giving an anti-inflammatory stimulus.”
“It’s potentially a really safe way to treat inflammatory disease.”
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