Fight Disease and Fatigue with Lemon Juice and Baking Soda
If there is one thing you could do every day that would dramatically fight disease and increase your energy, consuming lemon juice combined with baking soda would be on the top of the list. Even athletes are using baking soda to give themselves extra energy in their sports competitions. Did you know that baking soda (Bicarbonate) cannot only fight serious diseases and tiredness, but also extinguish a fire, clean your house, unclog a drain, soften your laundry, stop heartburn, relieve itching from poisonous plants and bug bites, brush your teeth and wash your hair?
Baking Soda combined with Lemon juice is a powerhouse of energy and healing. Many of us suffer from what is called Acidosis, which is an excessive acidic condition. Our bodies are 70% water and if you have ever maintained a swimming pool, you know you need to keep the PH (Acid/Alkaline) balance neutral to prevent the growth of algae and harmful bacteria. When our body is too acidic, it is a key warning signal that our diet and lifestyle need urgent attention, says public health advocate Peter Dingle PhD.
Acidosis is a leading pathogenic force in the development of many chronic diseases, such as; cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases (such as asthma and arthritis) osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, gout, dementia, obesity and premature aging, headaches, depression, sleepiness, loss of consciousness, arrhythmia, kidney stones, indigestion, urinary tract infections, shortness of breath and fatigue.
Harmful pathogens need a PH acidic state to live and thrive. Many, who suffer with cancer, have a very acidic PH state, often around 6, whereas 7.2 is the PH neutral state we need to achieve for good health.
Arizona Cancer Center (University of Arizona); the Department of Pharmacology, Wayne State University, Detroit and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center Florida published their research, (Pubmed (19276390 – Cancer Res 2009; 69 (6); 2260-8) entitled ‘Bicarbonate increases Tumor pH and inhibits spontaneous metastases.‘ Their researchers noted that the PH inside a cancer tumor can be as low as 6, whereas a healthy body should have cells at 7.2 to 7.5. 
The medical world is finally discovering the true benefits of combating acidosis. Dr. Marty Pagel, PhD, from the University of Arizona Cancer Center, received a $2 million grant to test the health benefits of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) on breast cancer patients. Although the research has not been completed, early results are already indicating some powerful effects of tumor metastasis. Their initial findings are very encouraging and should help attract funding into further research.
Dr. Robert J. Gillies and his colleagues have already demonstrated the effectiveness of baking soda in alkalizing the area around tumors in mice. The same researchers found that bicarbonate increases tumor pH and also inhibits spontaneous metastases in mice with breast cancer. 
Do you feel like you need more energy? It’s not unusual for runners to take baking soda capsules at the beginning of a race, a practice called “soda doping.” A study conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine found that runners who took baking soda improved their performances. But it’s not just runners who have benefited. In testing, Baking soda has also been shown to help increase the speed of swimmers. A Loughborough University study found that eight out of nine swimmers who took baking soda before a race improved their times dramatically.
Essentially, sodium bicarbonate is an alkali substance that increases the pH of the blood,” researcher Jonathan Folland told the Daily Mail. “This seems to reduce and offset the acidity produced in the muscles during intense, anaerobic exercise that produces lactic acid most quickly, such as fast running or swimming.
Lemon in addition to being an effective internal cleanser and especially when combined with baking soda has also shown to contain anti-carcinogenic properties as it contains limonoides, which are phytochemicals found in a number of citrus fruits. Apparently the limonoides help strip off the protective layer coating the cancer cells. Lemon also has been shown to have strong anti-microbial effects which has been tested in research exploring the idea that cancer is very much like a fungus within the body.  When treating cancer as a fungus, various methods can be used and some have found that lemon and bicarbonate can help fight the fungus causing various types of cancer.
Every day we do well to consume lemons because they are very effective in helping the body detoxify. They are also rich in vitamin C, which helps the body to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. Limonene, a substance found in lemons has also been shown to stimulate lymph flow, which is important in removing carcinogens from the body. When the lymph system is not working at its full capacity, disease can spread more rapidly.
Dr. Johanna Budwig was in favor of using as many natural substances as possible. Introducing more lemon into your diet is one of the easiest and natural ways to introduce high alkaline substances into the system. When you use the lemon and baking soda together it helps to fight cancerous cells.
Animal models of human breast cancer cells show that baking soda can increase the alkalinity of tumors and inhibit their metastasis, while not harming healthy tissues. Some doctors, like Dr. Julian Whitaker, founder and director of the Whitaker Wellness Institute are so impressed with the healing powers of baking soda that they are using it as a part of their overall treatment for cancer patients.
Several patients at the Budwig Cancer Center, who suffered from athlete foot, resolved the problem by applying pure lemon oil mixed with olive oil 50/50 over the affected area. In a few days the athletes foot is usually cleared up.
Try applying a strong alkaline paste of baking soda and warm water on the skin when you have been bitten by a mosquito or chigger. The mixture can help to relieve the intense itching.
How to Prepare the Baking Soda and Lemon Mixture
At night time, put 1 glass of water into an empty liter/quart jar and then add 1 tablespoon (British dessert spoon) of baking soda and the juice of one whole lemon. Be sure to clean the lemon peel well beforehand.
Now fill the jar with pure water and leave overnight. In the morning upon rising drink 3 glasses of this lemon/baking soda mixture. At first it may be hard to drink 3 glasses (750ml) in succession, but take your time and soon it will not be hard to do. When we wake up in the mornings our bodies are very acidic.
This drink will cleanse the intestines and help restore the PH balance first thing in the day. Before going to bed, ideally 2 hours or more after eating, drink another glass (250ml) of the same mixture and then make another liter of the same mixture for the next day.
You will notice within a few days an improvement in your general overall health, energy and with time all kinds of illnesses and health problems will diminish.
Baking soda and lemons are not expensive and when you consider the health benefits we have just discussed, this is a worthwhile remedy to add to your daily routine.
You can even monitor your PH levels by purchasing inexpensive litmus PH paper at your local pharmacy and measure your urine and saliva. Do not be surprised that first thing in the morning is slightly acidic.
Normally your saliva PH measurement should ideally be between 7.0 and 7.4 before you drink anything. The reason your urine is slightly more acidic in the morning, is because your body has been clearing acids from your body all night. Therefore, you will probably get a urine PH reading between 6.0 and 7.0, but this will improve dramatically after consuming the three glasses of baking soda and lemon juice. The ideal PH is 7.0 to 7.2
A Word of Caution
- Baking soda should be considered unsafe for nursing mothers or pregnant women unless advised by their doctors.
- Keep in mind that baking soda is high in sodium and therefore if you suffer from edema, liver disease, kidney disease, or high blood pressure, start off with just 1 glass of baking soda and lemon juice mixture in the morning and 1 glass at night. Have your Health Care Professional monitor your progress and condition.
- At first you may experience some cramping of the stomach and increased thirstiness.
- Contact your doctor if you experience swelling of the feet, weakness, slow breathing, or nausea.
- NEVER take baking powder; it is an entirely different substance than baking soda or sodium bicarbonate.
- Ingredients in baking powder can harm your body.
- If you’re on any form of prescription drugs, get medical clearance before taking baking soda.
- Never give baking soda with water to children or infants younger than age five.
- Drink this mixture first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and last thing at night 2 hours after a meal.
- Baking Soda and lemons are not a substitute of a healthy diet, regular exercise and appropriate sleep should not replace proper health care from your Health Care Professional. If you have a chronic or serious disease have your condition monitored by a Health Care Professional.
- If you are an athlete, it is recommended that you speak with your coach or doctor to establish whether it is considered to be a performance enhancer.
2. Researchers examined human DNA from a variety of tissues and organs to identify and quantify aflatoxin DNA-adducts. Such adducts are considered to be proof of the mycotoxin presence in a particular tissue. Their finding? Tumor tissues had higher aflatoxin-adduct levels than did normal tissue from the same individual.
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Lloyd Jenkins PHD, ND