Baking soda to stop flaring?

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   Posted 1/9/2009 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Talked to a guy who had great success with it. Seemingly it is an easy way to reduce the acid level in the stomach

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   Posted 1/9/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Acid in the stomach has nothing to do with UC flares. Coincidence, I'm afraid.
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   Posted 1/9/2009 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I've only heard of baking soda used for heartburn not UC.
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   Posted 1/9/2009 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I've heard of baking soda to brush your teeth to help whiten them.

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   Posted 1/9/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
baking soda is will help "sweeten" the acid in the stomach that causes heartburn.

It is not to be used (for some reason) for women who are pregnant.

It can be used to help change the ph to help in bladder or UTI infections.

It would/could be used to help change the ph level of the body..alkaline is the preferred level.

It wouldn't change the course or help cure UC....

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   Posted 1/9/2009 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
A pinch of baking soda is an old home remedy for indigestion. It can be dangerous, though. Baking soda changes the acidity of your blood, and if the blood becomes to alkaline it can cause sudden heart failure. You're better off to stick to something like Maalox or Zantac if you need it for indigestion
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   Posted 1/9/2009 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
How about just using it for BAKING! lol ; )
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Corti Foam p.m. 2X per week
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Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
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01/03/09 Trying a few new things...I'll report back after 90 days

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   Posted 1/10/2009 5:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Qvist -

You'll find that there are lots of people who swear that one thing or another helped them and they are positive that if you try it, you too will be cured. Don't be fooled. The only thing you can do is try something out to find if it works for you. It does help to post the idea here to find out if anyone else tried it and what their reaction was. A lot of time you'll get some great advice, or in this case, some good warnings about the danger of trying something out.
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   Posted 12/8/2013 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm trying this out. I don't think it is very dangerous in sensible quantities.
There is some logic to it if you think that acid may be involved in your UC. Many bad bacteria in the gut produce H2S which when in contact with air in the large bowel could turn to H2SO4 (sulfuric acid), which would certainly be able to damage the lining of your colon.
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   Posted 12/8/2013 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Although almost everyone is right here, Judy2 is on the spot. Baking soda will help you reducing gastric pH, which is a bad idea in itself, unless you have heartburn.

Regular use of baking soda will result in serious ion imbalance in the system (and so is alka-seltzer). The by-products of this reaction results in carbonic acid and soluble forms of sodium salt. These salts are absorbed by the system, getting fooled as they are necessary. And they are, but not to an extent, the body thinks. By the time, you will realize the imbalance, you could already be in pretty big trouble.

So use it once in a while for heartburn is fine, but not on regular basis and certainly has no connection whatsoever to UC.
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   Posted 12/8/2013 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Good advice from everyone. I liked beartooth's response the best. If you search hard enough you will find that there are a million different "cures" for UC. Unfortunately, these cures only work in one person and not for the masses. Sometimes these "cures" are either an exaggeration or outright lies or are from people who had "colitis" and not UC (the latter being a trick many "cure" website's play on people). I have seen people claiming they were cured by drinking their own urine and another from people ingesting poop. Some of these things you have to take with a grain of salt. If drinking urine or eating poop or ingesting baking soda were a magical cure that worked in many then it would be common knowledge and would spread like wildfire. There are a lot of websites that boast a magical cure and try claiming that medical science and big pharma have this big conspiracy to suppress the truth from coming out. I'm not a big expert on what the risks are of taking baking soda regularly but I would suggest you heed the warnings of others who know more about this then I do.
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   Posted 9/5/2017 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Try it. One teaspoon of baking soda + 1 tsp of molasses in a cup of water. Before bed. The baking soda inside the molasses acts as a trojan horse. By the time the bacteria or fungi realizes the sugar it just gulped up is full of poison (to it), it's too late.

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   Posted 9/5/2017 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Use warm water so the baking soda and molasses mix.

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   Posted 9/5/2017 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Baking soda is totally OK for consumption. It is great for people who struggle with candida overgrowth (alkalizing body helps with systematic parasites, yeast infections etc). Just make sure to use aluminum free baking soda. 1/2 teaspoon daily mixed with warm water won't harm you.
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