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What’s the Skinny on Baking Soda and Body Fat?

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The other day I was scrolling through a list of keywords that people use to find my website and I kept coming across “Baking Soda and body fat” so I decided to do some research. What I came up with was interesting.

As far as I can tell baking soda per say does not directly affect body fat. But what I did find was a correlation between baking soda, citric acid and metabolism. You see, our bodies are like a chemistry set and they have to be balanced to run properly. And one of the things that needs to be balanced is our body’s pH.

So what’s pH?

Well, technically, it stands for ‘potential of hydroge’. It is a measure of the degree of saturation of the hydrogen ion in a substance or solution.

“Potential of Hydrogen measures the degree of the acidity or the alkalinity of a solution as measured on a scale (pH scale) of 0 to 14. The midpoint of 7.0 on the pH scale represents neutrality, i.e., a “neutral” solution is neither acid nor alkaline. Numbers below 7.0 indicate acidity; numbers greater than 7.0 indicate alkalinity.”

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I have no idea what the heck all that means but what I do know is that by measuring your bodies pH level you can determine if your body is too alkaline or acidic. Healthy people are slightly alkaline. Sick and unhealthy people are linked to acidic body environments. Your body’s pH affects almost everything about you. Your pH level influences every biochemical process in your body including weight loss and body fat!

The pH of your blood must at all times be between 7.3 and 7.4. “In the human body a pH balancing act is continuously going on to maintain homeostasis.” So a body that has achieved homeostasis is a body that is functioning optimally. An optimally running body is one with a high functioning metabolism, good stamina and an overall feeling of wellbeing.

Your bodies’ pH factor can explain why you have not been able to lose body fat! For your body to maintain pH balance it stores any excess acid in your fat cells. You see, in the acidic person the body cannot afford to burn fat because it would release acid that is stored in your body fat, thereby putting your blood pH out of balance.

If your body’s pH factor is out of balance it could also explain, why you may lack energy, stamina and just plain don’t feel good.

So what in the world does all this have to do with baking soda?

Glad you asked…One method of balancing your bodies pH is by combining citric acid with baking soda! Here is a simple recipe:

“The Lime Bicarbonate Formula

Take one whole lime and squeeze into a glass, make sure you remove any seeds. Add very small amounts of baking soda slowly bit by bit until the fizz stops. Then add water until the glass is half way filled. Take twice a day on an empty stomach, once in the morning and once before bedtime.”

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If you are confused about amounts or if even if you should try it at all, I would suggest going to Earthclinic.com and reading as much information as you can before you try it. 


For more alkalizing formulas visit one of my all time favorite sites Earthclinic.com and read “Ted’s Famous Alkalizing Formulas”


You may want to consider following these suggestions to improve your body’s pH before pulling out the chemistry set:

1. The first thing to consider is the food you are eating.

In an acidic environment, fat flourishes. So, alkaline producing foods will help improve the pH balance of the body. Here is a list of a few alkaline foods that you should consider adding to your diet:

High Alkaline foods- Asparagus, Onions, Vegetable Juices, Parsley, Raw Spinach, Broccoli, Garlic, Barley Grass, Lemons, Watermelon, Limes, Grapefruit, Mangoes, Papayas, Olive Oil.

Other Alkaline foods- Okra, Squash, Green Beans, Beets, Celery, Lettuce, Zucchini, Sweet Potato, Carob, Dates, Figs, Melons, Grapes, Papaya, Kiwi, Berries, Apples, Pears, Raisins, Almonds, Flax Seed Oil, Green Tea, Maple Syrup, Rice Syrup


If you are interested in learning more about what foods are acidic I recommend that you read this excellent article on “Balancing Acid/Alkaline Foods”


2. Let’s not forget Water!

Drinking appropriate amounts of water is essential to body balance, weight loss and being healthy. A healthy diet and proper amounts of water will assist the body in gently removing acids. Make sure to especially drink water after each meal to allow your food to be properly pH neutralized.

3. And the ever dreaded Exercise.

Regular exercise helps the body eliminate toxins. And we all know that ongoing exercise is essential to your overall health, and wellbeing.

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I think this should be enough to get you started. I am going to start The Lime Bicarbonate Formula in 2 weeks. I am still in the process of testing the oil pulling technique. My golden rule is never try more than one technique at a time for obvious reasons, how in the world will you know which one did what!

I have tried quite a few alternative techniques. If you are interested in reading about my experiences both good and bad read my Alternative Medicine page.

Take the conscious road to authentic power!

Michelle Toole
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Michelle Toole is the founder and head editor of Healthy Holistic Living. Learn all about her life's inspiration and journey to health and wellness.
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