Baking soda could help ease painful arthritis? A study says so

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  • A study revealed that a daily dose of baking soda may help reduce the destructive inflammation of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis
  • It was found that drinking water mixed with baking soda could possibly reduce the chances of getting inflammatory conditions 
  • The study was published in the Journal of Immunology

It’s been said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, how about a daily dose of baking soda to help reduce the destructive inflammation of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis? A study in 2018 says it’s helpful to do so.

As divulged by researchers from Augusta University, someone who has an autoimmune disease could benefit from drinking baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate.

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The study which was published in the Journal of Immunology showed that when rats or healthy people drink a solution of baking soda or sodium bicarbonate, it becomes a trigger for the stomach to make more acid to digest the next meal and for little-studied mesothelial cells sitting on the spleen to tell the fist-sized organ that there’s no need to mount a protective immune response.

“Certainly drinking bicarbonate affects the spleen and we think it’s through the mesothelial cells,” said study co-author Paul O’Connor from Augusta University in Georgia, US.

“We utilised 2g of NaHCO3 per day dissolved in 600 ml of bottled water – sipped throughout the day.” That’s about half a teaspoon of baking soda.

However, O’Connor warned against taking it without consulting a certified medical practitioner.  He said as per a report that “No one should start this treatment without first consulting with a physician. There are a number of potential serious adverse effects, including increased blood pressure due to the increase in dietary sodium, and also kidney stones due to alkaline urine as well as risk of hypokalemia.”

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common type of autoimmune arthritis and it is caused when the body’s defense system – the immune system –  is not functioning properly. Those who have rheumatoid arthritis experience pain and swelling usually in the wrist and also in the small joints of the hand and feet.

Some signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include tender, warm, swollen joints; joint stiffness, fever, fatigue, and sometimes even weight loss. It can affect many nonjoint structures, including skin, eyes, lungs, heart, kidneys, bone marrow, nerve tissues, blood vessels and salivary glands.

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The chronic inflammatory disorder may result when the immune system attacks the synovium — the lining of the membranes that surround the joints. Smoking, obesity, family history and age are all factors of rheumatoid arthritis, so it’s also best to avoid what can be avoided like lighting that cigar and consuming those fat-laden food.

Meanwhile, take a look at this vid shared by Break Your Limits via YouTube to understand the study more: