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Can baking soda help autoimmunity?

In this Episode Dr. Gerstmar discusses:
-How baking soda has been shown to reduce inflammation!
-The connection between the stomach, spleen, and the immune system
-Could trauma to your belly mess with this anti-inflammatory effect


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Hey Folks,

It’s Dr. Gerstmar from Aspire Natural Health, and in this quick video, we’re going to talk about something you most likely have sitting around your kitchen right now, that costs pennies and might be a tool for helping autoimmunity.

That magic substance is…


Now it’s important to recognize that this does come from a rat study, with a small human follow-up, so we can’t be sure this is going to work, or work for people who aren’t rats.

Having said that, baking soda is something we all have, costs pennies, and the worst side effect is it’s lousy taste, so this is something to consider, especially if you’re still struggling with autoimmunity.

Unto the study!



What researchers found was an organ most of us have never heard of before called the spleen was the key player here. The spleen is a little organ that sits on the left hand side of your abdomen, opposite your liver, and while it’s in your ‘stomach area’ has no known linkage to you digestion. Instead your spleen is involved in dealing with your blood and with your immune system.

And that connection to the immune system is what we’re looking at here.

Researchers in this study found that when you put baking soda into the stomach that it triggered nerve cells in the stomach and those nerve cells connected to cells in your spleen. The spleen then switched a number of immune cells from ‘inflammatory mode’ to ‘anti-inflammatory mode’.

Which is fantastic because a lot of what we see in autoimmune diseases is that these anti-inflammatory immune cells are too low to control inflammation in the body and that results in the pain and destruction of autoimmunity. So any therapy that can increase the number of these anti-inflammatory or regulatory immune cells is a good idea.

Interestingly they found that this connection between the stomach and the spleen is very fragile, and even low-key surgery in the abdomen was enough to break the connection, rendering the baking soda treatment ineffective.

So that means for those of us out there who’ve had trauma to our bellies including surgeries this anti-inflammatory connection might have been broken.

There’s no discussion of whether the body can rewire this connection over time, but it’s my belief that it can. Hopefully further research will be done to tell us more.

So is baking soda worth a try?


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In my opinion it is. How much and how often? That’s a good question. We don’t know.

In a small follow-up study, actual humans were given 2 grams of baking soda in 250 milliliters of water, which is about 1/2 tsp of baking soda in an 8oz glass, and researchers saw a shift in their immune cells to anti-inflammatory mode. So that seems like a safe place to experiment with 1/2 tsp of baking soda one or twice a day.

If this is something you decide to experiment with, a couple of quick precautions.

If you are very salt sensitive, you need to be aware that regular baking soda is high in sodium, and so might be wrong for you.

Drinking baking soda quickly can cause nausea and then possibly diarrhea for some people, so I wouldn’t guzzle it.

And drinking baking soda neutralizes your stomach acid, which isn’t ideal as it messes with the proper digestion of food. So if you’re going to experiment with this, I would try taking it between meals, which I define as at least 2 hours after and 1 hour before eating. This means most people are going to need to set a timer to remind them to take the baking soda mixture.

Alright, so let’s sum up…

A new study on rats, and a small follow-up with humans showed that baking soda has the ability to trigger the spleen to shift immune cells from ‘inflammatory’ to ‘anti-inflammatory.’

Unfortunately the connection between the stomach and the spleen is fragile and even low-key surgery was enough to disrupt it in this study. Can the body regrow those connections? I believe so, but we don’t know.

But this is great, because it’s a very low-cost safe option that could be another tool in our tool kit to treat and manage autoimmunity.

Hopefully we’ll have more studies coming in the future to help us understand exactly how much to take, how often, and who this therapy works best for. In the meantime if you do decide to experiment with this therapy, please let us know what you discover. Does it help your autoimmunity? Drop us a line and let us know.

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