Is Baking Soda an Effective Treatment for Autoimmune Disease? (2022)

Is Baking Soda an Effective Treatment for Autoimmune Disease? (1)

Over the last couple weeks I have come across medical news headlines that sounded something like this:“Baking Soda — An Inexpensive Treatment Aid for Autoimmune Diseases Like Arthritis”

I won’t even get into the fact that arthritis is most commonly understood to mean osteoarthritis which is NOT an autoimmune disease, but let’s not digress too much.

The slightly more reasonable news outlets sounded at least a little skeptical:“Drinking baking soda could be an inexpensive, safe way to combat autoimmune disease”

The headlines seemed alluring, and the news articles themselves seemed to at least represent some interesting findings from a recently published study in a well respected journal: The Journal of Immunology.

But medical news headlines in general are often very deceiving and there are many well respected researchers and writers such as Stephan Guyenet PhD, Sarah Ballantyne PhD and Denise Minger who make a living deciphering research studies themselves, presenting accessible and accurate representations of the literature to an interested lay audience. We need people like them!

And we must recognize that medical news outlets, while very unlikely to be malicious in nature, will often NOT represent the real findings of a study or present them in the context in which the authors intended.

Needless to say, I was intrigued, curious and worried when I saw these headlines, so I did the first reasonable thing I could think of: get the paper itself.

Now this isn’t always easy as many academic papers are not open access,and as such, these papers require payment or an affiliation with some academic institution (payee) to obtain. I am lucky enough to have such an affiliation as part of my family medicine residency training, and was able to get the full paper itself.

This is where I would like to stop and make a few points to help you triage and understand the relative reliability of a medical news source making references to “recent study X”.

Red Flags for Misinterpretation of Research

  1. The study as referenced in the news article is not open access. You may ask why does this matter? If the paper isn’t open access or isn’t readily available then it is more likely to go unread by the author or news team reporting its findings. This is just common sense: if you make something harder to read, then mostly likely it won’t be read thoroughly.
  2. The title of the paper isn’t mentioned in the news article.Researchers in general do a very good job of trying to explain the primary purpose of a study in the title. If the title is rather technical or says something that may make the news headline confusing then it will likely be left out of the news article.
  3. The news article contains paraphrased comments taken from the abstract of the paper.Once again, a fairly obvious point related to point #1, but if the news article only has comments based on descriptions/text in the freely available abstract then you should be a little worried that they did not read the paper thoroughly. Abstracts are great and very helpful, but should not be treated in isolation.

I do not profess to be an expert of medical literature. I haven’t been alive on this planet long enough to be an expert in anything, but I want to share my curiosity and express some insights gleaned from reading numerous articles and specifically offer some reflections from the research study in question.

In order to try to facilitate a more accessible discussion, I have organized the remainder of this article into four sections:

  1. My concerns with the study
  2. What the study did not find
  3. What the study did find (for science geeks)
  4. Final reflections and recommendations

So without further adieu, shall will dig into the heart of this discussion?

CLICK TO EXPAND // The science behind how baking soda reacts in the body

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(Definitely for "science geeks" but will help you understand why we care about baking soda -- or sodium bicarbonate -- and stomach acid.)

Baking soda is nearly entirely (outside of other elemental contaminants) made up of a compound call sodium bicarbonate.

Sodium bicarbonate in chemical lingo is written as NaHCO3:Na+ (sodium) and HCO3- (bicarbonate).

You are probably used to seeing baking soda as a white powder at room temperature.When you add this to water, however, something happens.The sodium bicarbonate NaHCO3 decides it is much happier, from a chemical standpoint, to break apart and interact with the atoms (electrons) of the water molecule.In chemistry terms we call this dissociation.And in chemical lingo it looks something like this:

NaHCO3 <--> Na+ & HCO3-

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(I put the little pluses and minuses next to Na+ and HCO3- to tell you that they are now ions or charged particles in a solution.)

The HCO3- does many things for the body but its primary function is to enter into our body’s natural buffering system.Our natural buffering system in chemical lingo looks like this:

H2CO3 <--> H+ & HCO3-

H+ & HCO3- <--> H2O+ & CO2

These types of equations are known as equilibrium equations and represent the body’s primary buffering system, the means to balance acidity (pH) over a wide range of concentration or amounts of certain substances. Just think if we didn’t have this buffering system, a tiny change in CO2 could cause a massive change in acidity that is incompatible with life. BUT our body responds to changes in concentrations of each substance, bicarbonate: HCO3- from baking soda, for example, by increasing the concentrations of other substances (H+) to maintain this natural balance.

I will not get into the next level of how exactly the body regulates pH but simply steer those interested in the direction of one of the most elegant chemical equations known as:

The Henderson-Hasselbach Equation

In very rough terms, you can think that in order to maintain a balanced acidity (pH) when we increase (HCO3-) we must maintain our balanced ratios so we will have to increase our amount of H+.

This can be done in a number of ways, but the one we are most interested in is called the proton (H+) pump, which a specialized protein or pump on certain types of cells that requires energy in the form of ATP to secrete H+ ions against its normal gradient into one compartment of the body.

The most well known compartment? The stomach!

Our bodies, being the amazing things that they are have different cells in the stomach (among other areas) with proton pumps that secrete H+ as well as other cells called mucus cells that secrete a substance primarily made of, you guessed it, HCO3-. The body naturally has its own buffering system and is capable of regulating the acidity of the stomach and intestinal contents in addition to the blood, by coordinating the secretion of either H+ or HCO3-.

In the case of this experiment, the authors chose to have participants ingest HCO3-, which you can already guess, using our understanding of the buffering system, will both neutralize some of the stomach acid (H+) and cause a resultant increase in stomach acid to maintain a state of equilibrium.

Quick Review

  1. We use buffers such as the H+ and HCO3 system to maintain pH over a wide range of ion concentrations.
  2. The body has intrinsic systems to secrete both H+ and HCO3- to maintain an ideal blood pH, but to also selectively acidify stomach contents.
  3. The research study in question involved ingesting an extra amount of NaHCO3 which readily breaks about in solution to become Na+ and HCO3-.

My Concerns with the Study

First things first, what was the actual title of the article referenced in all of the medical news outlets?

“Oral NaHCO3 Activates a Splenic Anti-Inflammatory Pathway: Evidence That Cholinergic Signals Are Transmitted via Mesothelial Cells”

Whoa, that’s a mouthful.

Revisiting our red flags, I already mentioned this study is not open access and it has a title that is nearly indecipherable to most in a common lay audience (and even medical) — a pretty good reason to keep the title out of the news article wouldn’t you think? So yes, the title was not in many news articles for a now obvious reason.

Before we go further, another point I should make is that the title of this paper and the title of most news headlines are rather different — another red flag that should make you a little suspicious of the medical news report.

So what does the title even mean?Let’s break it down.

  1. NaHCO3 is the chemical formula for sodium bicarbonate- essentially baking soda.
  2. Oral: simply refers to something taken by mouth.
  3. Splenic: refers to the spleen, a multi-faceted organ in the human body responsible for immune function and recycling of red-blood cells amidst many other functions.
  4. Anti-inflammatory: this may seem obvious, but like its counterpart inflammation, is often misrepresented and misunderstood. We will revisit this in detail shortly.
  5. Cholinergic: refers to the neurons or parts of the nervous system that utilize acetylcholine as its primary neurotransmitter or communicating molecule.
  6. Transmitted: communicated, usually by nerves, but there are other ways that cells communicate with each other too.
  7. Mesothelial cells: these cells are epithelial cells (barrier cells) that act as a lining for most organs in the body, heart, lungs, abdominal cavity (including spleen), etc.

CLICK TO EXPAND // The science behind cholinergic neurons and mesothelial cells

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Cholinergic neurons are often also associated with the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and even more specifically with a BRANCH of the ANS called the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) or the “Rest and Digest” system. Interestingly, the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) or “Fight or Flight” system ALSO utilizes acetylcholine as a signaling molecule, but in a different location and slightly different way that we might see again.

They are called mesothelial because they are derived embryologically (back when you were only a collection of developing cells in your mother’s womb) from the mesodermal layer of cells that surround the original “body cavity.” Yes, in general you were developed and elaborated elegantly from an original tube!

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So now that we have deciphered the title, what exactly is the title trying to say or what can we reasonably infer from the title as presented?

I would suggest the following:

Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) at some unknown amount when taken by mouth (by unknown subjects, perhaps mice, rats, or humans) initiates a presumed anti-inflammatory immune response originating in the spleen via a signaling pathway that involves cholinergic neurons/nervous tissue and a specialized subset of cells (mesothelial cells).

Seems reasonable enough.

I hope you see from the title and my summary, (and I know it’s just the title) that conclusions reporting baking soda to be a significant aid to autoimmune disease are more than a bit of a stretch and should elicit at least some form of a pause and curious inquiry.

We will come back to the title when we describe in more detail the main findings of the study, so just keep this tucked away for later.Back to my main concerns.

1. The study was initially designed to explore mechanisms of immune system modulation (pro-inflammatory vs. anti-inflammatory responses) related to kidney disease, both acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Also, the initial description and study is in rat models, not humans.

Just within the introduction of the paper, the authors begin to explore some potential pathways of immune system activation or pathways that can be activated (possibly by sodium bicarbonate) to create an anti-inflammatory response to help prevent damage to the kidney as part of an acute injury or as part of a progressive chronic disease state.

This is incredibly important research and valuable to study, but this is not directly studying any mechanisms of autoimmunity in humans, and additionally the authors make very general and perhaps vague statements such as:

As inflammation has been associated with CKD progression, we speculated that NaHCO3 may act to protect the kidneys by reducing inflammation.

The above statement was made in between more specific statements regarding potential cellular mechanisms of immune activation and anti-inflammatory pathway activation such as:

Oral NaHCO 3 intake promotes M2 macrophage polarization by activating splenic anti-inflammatory pathways.

Inflammation is not a monster or something you “catch” like a virus. Let me explain.

Inflammation is actually an intricate but coordinated system of neural (nervous tissue) and molecular signaling both locally and systemically employed by the body with the main purpose of detecting, assessing and responding to a perceived local disturbance or disruption in homeostasis. This disturbance, for example, could be a traumatic injury: mechanical disruption of cellular tissue, the presence of a non-self entity (bacteria, virus) or the loss or cessation of normal homeostatic signaling.

We can categorize this system of signalingin primarily two ways

  1. The primary immune cells involved
  2. The duration or “time course” of signaling (aka: acute vs. chronic)

The acute inflammatory response occurs over a short time scale, usually days to a week or two while the chronic inflammatory response occurs over weeks to months and even years.

The body also utilizes different cell types to carry out the acute and chronic inflammatory responses. This is a perfect example of specialization as well as the important structure and function relationship.

CLICK TO EXPAND // The science behind the acute inflammatory response

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To quickly summarize, the acute inflammatory response is mainly responsible for making it even possible for the acute immune cells to make it to the disturbed or affected tissue. This is an important point because we often forget about the dynamic connection of blood vessels, the highways carrying the immune cells and the tissue, organizations of cells carrying out a specific task (eg: muscle tissue). Under normal conditions, immune cells do not consistently reside in muscle tissue or liver tissue, so the acute inflammatory response essentially creates an environment such that the “acute” immune cells can go from the blood vessel into the affected tissue. To do this, the blood vessel undergoes significant changes such that it is able to marginate the immune cells (get them from the center of the blood vessel flow to the edge), slow down the immune cells now moving along the edge of the vessel, and make them finally stop and move through the blood vessel wall into the affected tissue.

This is pretty amazing when you think about it! We would die without such an incredible and coordinated response.

Acute inflammation can end in one of four ways:

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  • Resolution
  • Healing/scar formation
  • Formation of an abscess (walled-off area of infection/inflammatory cells)
  • Initiation of chronic inflammation

I will refrain from going into a detailed description of chronic inflammation, but will simply reiterate that chronic inflammation differs from acute inflammation by the types of immune cells involved and the duration of activity. You can think of it as the acute inflammatory response saying we haven’t figured this out and need some help chronic inflammation. The chronic inflammatory response like the acute response is still trying to resolve the disturbance and protect vital tissues at the same time, but this isn’t always possible.

In Summary

Inflammation is a response that can be characterized by the activation of different immune cell types as well as an incredibly intricate set of signaling molecules or systems attempting to tell the immune cells where and how to respond.

So you see, inflammation is not a monster, but a complicated and often misrepresented response, not a disease.

Okay, back to my main concerns with the paper.

2. The authors appear to have mistakenly misrepresented the baseline data (before ingestion of bicarbonate solution) by the human subjects and do not provide the raw data for the human subjects after ingestion of either bicarbonate or control solution.

This is a big problem. Let’s explore why.

I will point out first the issue with misrepresented or “incorrect” baseline data.

Taken from the study itself:

Baseline flow cytometry values of all subjects, before ingesting NaHCO3 or NaCl in solution, are presented in Table IV. Prior to any treatment, the percentages of blood leukocytes that were TNFa + neutrophils, M1 macrophages, or M2 macrophages were all significantly higher in the NaHCO 3 TXT group when compared with baseline values obtained in the NaCl TXT group (Table IV).

Basically what this is saying is that at baseline there was actually a difference in the percentages of certain immune cells between the baking soda group and the salt (NaCl) group. While the authors state this clearly, this is a major confounding variable as the two populations they are seeking to compare- those who drink a baking soda solution and those drinking a NaCl or salt water solution are different at baseline with respect to some of the key immune cells being followed.

But there’s even more that doesn’t fully add up.

In that statement they say that the immune cell percentages are higher in the baking soda group when compared to the salt group, but what does their table show?

Taken from the paper:

Is Baking Soda an Effective Treatment for Autoimmune Disease? (2)

I bring your attention to the values in question:

Is Baking Soda an Effective Treatment for Autoimmune Disease? (3)

Now I am not a maths whizz but it looks to me like the percentages in the baking soda group are lower, not higher, as the authors state, in all categories when compared to the NaCl group including the two noted as statistically significant (TNF-alpha, and M1 macrophages). Now this could be a simple reversal mistake, I am not sure, but it is a big mistake nonetheless. If we assume that this data is correct, however, by having significantly different baseline levels of certain immune cells, we still cannot reliably draw conclusions on whether any changes witnessed from before ingestion to after between the group are statistically significant or meaningful.

Additionally, as previously mentioned before, there is no table showing the post-ingestion raw data or values for immune cell types. The authors provide multiple graphs of percentage change in different immune cells, but percentages are unitless values and in this case were standardized from a zero baseline that wasn’t originally statistically equivalent. This brings me to concern three, which you may have already picked up from the screenshot.

3. The study involved 12 human subjects.

Now I don’t know about you, but even for something as seemingly innocuous as baking soda, no matter what the authors concluded, I would be very hard pressed to start recommending baking soda to my patients after a trial starting from a rat model that then involved 12 human subjects.

I know we have to start somewhere, but this is an incredibly small sample size.

What the Study Did NOT Find

1. There was a misrepresentation and association of rheumatoid arthritis with the findings of this study.

Note: This is not the fault of the authors, but of news media outlets and shows you why you cannot just accept the medical news summaries.

The first time rheumatoid arthritis is mentioned in the study is on page 12:

Inflammatory macrophages and excessive TNF-a production have been implicated in the pathology of a broad range of disease states, including rheumatoid arthritis (17), cardiovascular disease (18), atherosclerosis (19, 20), irritable bowel disease (21), type 2 diabetes (22), and neurodegenerative diseases as well as others (23–26).

The second time rheumatoid arthritis is mentioned in the study is on page 13:

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Furthermore, in humans, efforts to stimulate the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway chronically by implanting stimulating electrodes on the vagal nerves have shown promise in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (17).

This excerpt has nothing to do with what was actually done by the authors in this study. While the authors provide speculation that they are able to stimulate some aspect of this cholinergic “anti-inflammatory” response (a broad and vague statement), in this study they did not test human subjects with rheumatoid arthritis and did not induce this pathway via electrode stimulation of the vagus nerve.

Yet, despite this, nearly all major news outlines took this language and made statements about how this intervention would be a helpful intervention for autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

2. This study involved healthy subjects consuming baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).

This was not a therapeutic intervention. We cannot draw reliable conclusions from this study that this will help people with relative states of chronic inflammation such as chronic autoimmune disease.

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The evidence for sodium bicarbonate as a therapeutic intervention is mild if any, and it appears to be limited to (with our current understanding) to states of chronic kidney disease where individuals are no longer able to regulate the pH (acidity) of their blood as well as many other electrolytes like potassium, and possibly in states of acute sepsis with metabolic acidosis -- “significantly abnormal-low blood pH.” The only other situation were sodium bicarbonate is occasionally used currently is in cardiac arrest and like all the medicines that are used the is no evidence that any of them actually works.

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What the Study Found

I will be perfectly honest and say this study was quite interesting and while rather technical, there were indeed plenty of ideas worth noting and exploring. This section will be a little technical and is not essential to read to understand our key points about the red flags to be aware of in medical news stories and the major issues with this research paper, but I will summarize the main findings below for those who are interested.

From the author’s discussion:

Given their close anatomical arrangement, we speculate that mesothelial cells may release paracrine factors, such as acetylcholine, that alter the signaling of these capsular ([perhaps sympathetic (57)]) nerves, which may then modulate the anti-inflammatory response within the splenic parenchyma. Such a signaling pathway could potentially explain why sympathetic denervation of the spleen results in loss of cholinergic antiinflammatory responses, as sympathetic denervation has been demonstrated to abolish acetylcholinesterase staining in the region in which these underlying nerves are located (57).

What does this mean and what are the practical results?

1. The mesothelial (specialized “epithelial” cells) residing in the spleen appear to be responsible for mediating a change in immune response initiated in the spleen.

(Note: The “anti-inflammatory” response noted by the authors is actually a change in immune cell type and density in the peripheral blood after ingesting baking soda. I will say it is a bit of a leap to say more broadly that this change truly represents an “anti-inflammatory response, but the authors are using our current understanding of the acute and chronic inflammatory responses and the previously noted cell type - function relationship to say that since there were MORE immune cells who primarily dampen the acute inflammatory response after ingesting baking soda that this represents a broad “anti-inflammatory” response. This was also not a measurement of immune cells within any specific tissue and at best we can speculate and make the assumption, a somewhat reasonable one, that since there was a change in immune cell types and amounts in the blood, that this represents a response to a disturbance in a tissue, but we cannot exactly say -- remember the blood vessel and highway analogy?)

2. The mesothelial cells appear to communicate by the release of local signaling molecules also known “paracrine” communication.

3. It is speculated that the signaling molecule released is the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.

4. It is speculated that sympathetic (SNS) nerves innervate this region of the spleen and utilize the acetylcholine to signal to other nerves in order to initiate a “cholinergic anti-inflammatory response”

The authors used specialized stains to essentially detect neurons utilizing “acetylcholine” as the communicating molecule and through some cleverly designed techniques of manipulation/ disruption of splenic tissue and denervation of splenic tissue, concluded that the process most likely begins with the secretion of acetylcholine locally by mesothelial after some initiating event (in this case ingestion of baking soda) that then allows for the communication between SNS neurons and the immune system, resulting eventually in an altered immune response (anti-inflammatory response).

From the author’s conclusion:

To our knowledge, this is the first evidence that mesothelial cells may have a role in transmitting cholinergic signals to distal sites and, combined with evidence that gastric acid secretion is required to promote an anti-inflammatory response to NaHC03 , raises the possibility that there may be no direct interface between the nervous and immune systems.

I really do like this statement from the authors and this is exactly what we should focus on and pursue in further research. You see, what the author’s appear to have found through some rather elegant studies is a potentially novel communication pathway connecting nervous and immune tissue initiated in the spleen after the body’s (stomach’s) response to buffer ingested HCO3-.

Final Reflections and Summary

If you have stuck with me for this crazy journey, I believe we have arrived at some final, primary conclusions.

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  1. I will not recommend individuals with autoimmune disease to start taking baking soda.
  2. Taking a whole body systems approach, I will choose to start instead with a dietary intervention such as the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol combined with a thorough investigation into any underlying gut disturbances.
  3. This study involved only 12 subjects and contained some flaws in the reporting of their data that limit our ability to make reasonable conclusions.
  4. I encourage everyone to remain cautious about medical news stories and look for our red flags to identify sources that may be distorting the findings of the study.

Thanks for sticking with me and I hope that you can see the forest through the trees and begin to use some of the techniques provided here to cultivate a greater awareness of the distortion within medical news media and how to become your own curious and not cynical citizen scientist.


Is Baking Soda an Effective Treatment for Autoimmune Disease? ›

A daily dose of baking soda may help treat the symptoms of autoimmune disease. Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia (GA, USA) have evidence that a daily dose of baking soda may help the spleen to promote an anti-inflammatory environment.

Does drinking baking soda help with inflammation? ›

A recent study in the Journal of Immunologyfound drinking a tonic of baking soda and water may help reduce inflammation.

Does baking soda help lupus? ›

Some research shows baking soda may also decrease arthritis-related inflammation. And it may help reduce autoimmune activity. So it could be useful against diseases like rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and lupus.

Does drinking baking soda help with rheumatoid arthritis? ›

Daily intake of baking soda can help prevent autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, irritable bowel disease and Type 2 diabetes, says a recent study by researchers from Augusta University, US.

Are there any natural remedies for autoimmune disease? ›

Use nutrients such as fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D, and probiotics to help calm your immune response naturally. Exercise regularly — it's a natural anti-inflammatory. Practice deep relaxation like yoga, deep breathing, biofeedback, or massage, because stress worsens the immune response.

Is it OK to drink baking soda everyday? ›

Drinking small amounts of baking soda is not usually dangerous. In adults, this can provide short-term relief from indigestion. However, drinking large amounts of baking soda is dangerous, and it is not suitable for long-term use, use during pregnancy, or use in children.

What is the fastest way to get rid of inflammation in the body? ›

To reduce inflammation fast, limit your intake of sugar and processed foods. Perhaps, more importantly, though, pursue exercise, stress-reducing behaviors, a good night's sleep, and a diet full of colorful, anti-inflammatory foods.

How much baking soda is safe per day? ›

If you're prone to tummy woes or just want to boost your general health, Brandon advises dissolving a teaspoon of baking soda in an eight-ounce glass of water every morning "to help maintain a healthy pH balance throughout the digestive system for optimal digestion, minimized acid reflux, and healthy bowel functioning. ...

When is the best time to take baking soda? ›

Baking soda is best taken on an empty stomach, though should not be taken in the morning. If you take baking soda with food, undigested protein molecules can leak into your gut. Aim to take it midday — one hour before lunch — or one hour after your evening meal.

What does drinking warm water with baking soda do? ›

You can use it to: Calm indigestion: Add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water to zap acid in your stomach. But acid doesn't cause all kinds of indigestion, so if your symptoms don't improve after 2 weeks, call your doctor.

What are the side effects of baking soda? ›

Long-term and overuse of baking soda can increase your risk for:
  • hypokalemia, or potassium blood deficiency.
  • hypochloremia, or chloride blood deficiency.
  • hypernatremia, or rise in sodium levels.
  • worsening kidney disease.
  • worsening heart failure.
  • muscle weakness and cramps.
  • increased stomach acid production.

How do you permanently treat rheumatoid arthritis? ›

There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis. But clinical studies indicate that remission of symptoms is more likely when treatment begins early with medications known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs).

How do you reverse autoimmune disease? ›

Autoimmune disorders in general cannot be cured, but the condition can be controlled in many cases. Historically, treatments include: anti-inflammatory drugs – to reduce inflammation and pain. corticosteroids – to reduce inflammation.

What herbs cure autoimmune disease? ›

  • Hops (Humulus lupus): ...
  • Artemisia (Artemisia annua) Qinghao: ...
  • Sarsaparilla (Smilax spp.): ...
  • Indian Sarsaparilla Vine (Hemidesmus indicus): ...
  • Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma spp.): ...
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): ...
  • Nettle (Urtica dioica): ...
  • Rehmannia (Rehmannia glutinosa):
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How do you get rid of autoimmune inflammation? ›

Use nutrients such as fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D, and probiotics to help calm your immune response naturally. Exercise regularly — it's a natural anti-inflammatory. Practice deep relaxation like yoga, deep breathing, biofeedback, or massage, because stress worsens the immune response.

Is drinking a teaspoon of baking soda good for you? ›

Healthline goes on to say that drinking too much baking soda — more than 3½ teaspoons or 1½ teaspoons for those over 60 — can also lead to a heart attack.

Does baking soda raise blood pressure? ›

High blood pressure: Sodium bicarbonate might increase blood pressure. People who already have high blood pressure should avoid sodium bicarbonate.

Does baking soda Alkalize the body? ›

Proponents of the baking soda theory believe that reducing the acidity of your body (making it more alkaline) will prevent tumors from growing and spreading. Proponents also claim that eating alkaline foods, like baking soda, will reduce the acidity of your body. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way.

What is the strongest anti-inflammatory? ›

What is the strongest anti-inflammatory medication? Research shows diclofenac is the strongest and most effective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine available.

Does apple cider vinegar help with inflammation? ›

There is no scientific evidence that apple cider vinegar is an effective anti-inflammatory agent in humans or that it can help treat arthritis symptoms.

Does baking soda detox the body? ›

Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is a household staple with many different uses, including baking. Adding baking soda to a bath may help detox the body or relieve itching, irritation, or infections.

Is baking soda good for liver? ›

Use natural alternatives whenever possible to help your liver. Good non-toxic cleaning products include sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), and ordinary white vinegar.

What happens if you drink baking soda and water? ›

Drinking baking soda with water reacts with the acid in your stomach and turns it into water, salt and carbon dioxide. Due to its alkaline properties, baking soda can help soothe symptoms of nausea and indigestion. Ideally, the pH of your stomach is supposed to be low.

What happens if you eat a tablespoon of baking soda? ›

If a large amount of baking soda is ingested, expect vomiting and diarrhea quickly after the ingestion because it raises the sodium levels in the body. Too much sodium in the body can lead to serious symptoms.

Why do doctors prescribe sodium bicarbonate? ›

Sodium bicarbonate is an antacid used to relieve heartburn and acid indigestion. Your doctor also may prescribe sodium bicarbonate to make your blood or urine less acidic in certain conditions. This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

What medications does baking soda interact with? ›

What Other Drugs Interact with Sodium Bicarbonate?
  • aspirin.
  • aspirin rectal.
  • aspirin/citric acid/sodium bicarbonate.
  • balsalazide.
  • blessed thistle.
  • choline magnesium trisalicylate.
  • chromium.
  • devil's claw.

Can you take too much baking soda? ›

Early after an ingestion of too much baking soda, vomiting and diarrhea are common as the body tries to correct the high sodium concentration by pulling more water into the digestive tract. After absorption, high sodium concentrations can cause seizures, dehydration, and kidney failure.

Has anyone cured their rheumatoid arthritis? ›

There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but remission can feel like it. Today, early and aggressive treatment with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biologics makes remission more achievable than ever before.

Can you reverse rheumatoid arthritis? ›

Rheumatoid arthritis

Like other forms of arthritis, RA can't be reversed. Even if you show evidence of low inflammation and your joints aren't swollen and tender, your doctor may want you to continue taking some medication to avoid a flare of the disease.

What can be mistaken for rheumatoid arthritis? ›

Conditions That Can Look Like RA
  • Lyme Disease.
  • Psoriatic Arthritis.
  • Sjögren's Syndrome.
  • Gout.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Lupus.
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What is the latest treatment for autoimmune disease? ›

Monoclonal antibodies, along with engineered fusion proteins and small molecules, are called biologics and are now standard therapy in many autoimmune conditions. These biologics work in many ways, such as blockade of cytokine pathways, depletion of T or B cells, and enhancement of immunomodulation.

What is the root cause of autoimmune disease? ›

The exact cause of autoimmune disorders is unknown. One theory is that some microorganisms (such as bacteria or viruses) or drugs may trigger changes that confuse the immune system. This may happen more often in people who have genes that make them more prone to autoimmune disorders.

Can vitamin D reverse autoimmune disease? ›

Rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, and psoriasis were the most common conditions. No single autoimmune disease was reliably prevented by vitamin D supplementation. Only when the numbers of all the autoimmune diseases were combined did researchers see a benefit.

What supplements should people with autoimmune disease avoid? ›

Avoid high doses of vitamin C, beta carotene, cat's claw, echinacea and ginseng, among others. Why add fuel to the fire? Doing so may cause you to slip out of remission and into more misery.

Is Ginger good for autoimmune disease? ›

Studies by a team at the University of Michigan now suggest that 6-gingerol, the main bioactive compound in ginger root, has therapeutic effects against certain autoimmune diseases, including lupus and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), in mice, by countering the release of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs).

Is fish oil good for autoimmune disease? ›

(CNN) Taking daily vitamin D and fish oil supplements may help protect older adults from developing autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, thyroid diseases and polymyalgia rheumatica, an inflammatory disease that causes muscle pain and stiffness in the shoulders and hips, a new study found.

How do you calm an autoimmune flare up? ›

If you are living with an autoimmune disease, there are things you can do each day to feel better:
  1. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Make sure to include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk products, and lean sources of protein. ...
  2. Get regular physical activity. ...
  3. Get enough rest. ...
  4. Reduce stress.
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How can autoimmune diseases be cured permanently? ›

There are no cures for autoimmune diseases, but symptoms can be managed. Everyone's immune system, genetics and environment are different. That means that your treatment must be unique.

How do you reset an overactive immune system? ›

10 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally
  1. Rest and Restore. ...
  2. Choose Calming Foods. ...
  3. Commit to Quit. ...
  4. Turn on Workout Tunes. ...
  5. Take Care of Your Smile. ...
  6. Avoid Inflammatory Foods. ...
  7. Practice Relaxation. ...
  8. Eat Several Small Meals.
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What happens when you drink baking soda? ›

Drinking it too quickly could pose an additional risk. Too much baking soda can poison some bodily systems and spur on things like diarrhea, vomiting, and gas which can cause kidney failure, dehydration, or even seizures (via Medical News Today).

How do you rid the body of inflammation? ›

For acute inflammation, rest, ice and good wound care often relieve the discomfort in a few days. If you have chronic inflammation, your healthcare provider may recommend: Supplements: Certain vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D) and supplements (zinc) may reduce inflammation and enhance repair.

How do I get rid of inflammation naturally? ›

Follow these six tips for reducing inflammation in your body:
  1. Load up on anti-inflammatory foods. ...
  2. Cut back or eliminate inflammatory foods. ...
  3. Control blood sugar. ...
  4. Make time to exercise. ...
  5. Lose weight. ...
  6. Manage stress.
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Does baking soda detox the body? ›

Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is a household staple with many different uses, including baking. Adding baking soda to a bath may help detox the body or relieve itching, irritation, or infections.

How much baking soda is safe per day? ›

If you're prone to tummy woes or just want to boost your general health, Brandon advises dissolving a teaspoon of baking soda in an eight-ounce glass of water every morning "to help maintain a healthy pH balance throughout the digestive system for optimal digestion, minimized acid reflux, and healthy bowel functioning. ...

When is the best time to take baking soda? ›

Baking soda is best taken on an empty stomach, though should not be taken in the morning. If you take baking soda with food, undigested protein molecules can leak into your gut. Aim to take it midday — one hour before lunch — or one hour after your evening meal.

What is the strongest anti-inflammatory? ›

What is the strongest anti-inflammatory medication? Research shows diclofenac is the strongest and most effective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine available.

Does apple cider vinegar help with inflammation? ›

There is no scientific evidence that apple cider vinegar is an effective anti-inflammatory agent in humans or that it can help treat arthritis symptoms.

Does vitamin D reduce inflammation? ›

An active metabolite of vitamin D—(not the over-the-counter version) — is involved in shutting down inflammation, which could potentially be beneficial in patients with severe COVID-19.

What vitamin helps with inflammation? ›

Vitamin C. Vitamin C, like vitamin D, is an essential vitamin that plays a huge role in immunity and inflammation. It's a powerful antioxidant, so it can reduce inflammation by neutralizing free radicals that cause oxidative damage to your cells ( 55 ).

Which probiotic is best for inflammation? ›

In terms of probiotics, they said research indicated that Lactobacillus​ spp, bifidobacteria​, and Akkermansia muciniphil ​helped produce the inflammation-reducing SCFA butyrate.

Is oatmeal anti-inflammatory? ›

Background: Oat and its compounds have been found to have anti-inflammatory effects.

What fruits are anti-inflammatory? ›

Eat these fruits for their anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Berries. From strawberries and blackberries to cranberries and blueberries, these gemlike fruits are particularly potent in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. ...
  • Apples. ...
  • Stone fruits. ...
  • Grapes. ...
  • Citrus. ...
  • Pomegranates. ...
  • Image: Kwangmoozaa/Getty Images.
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