ALKALIZING WITH SODIUM BICARBONATE AND POTASSIUM CITRATE
Our metabolism works best when the lymph fluid is slightly acid
while the blood is always slightly alkaline. If the diet is deficient in minerals or the cellular energy
production is inefficient, and produces much lactic acid instead of oxidizing nutrients to carbon dioxide and
water, then the body gradually becomes too acid. This leads to loss of minerals and inflammations with pain
and oversensitivity. Chronic inflammations cause most of the discomfort and health deterioration associated
with chronic diseases. The most common conditions associated with inflammations are infections and Candida
problems, autoimmune diseases, including arthritis, and cancer.
To reduce and eventually stop destructive inflammations the body
needs to be alkalized. This is best done with mineral-rich vegetables, especially green leaf-vegetables and
green protein powders such as spirulina, chlorella, and wheat grass or barley grass powder. However, until
the inflammation is under control it is often helpful or necessary to use in addition alkalizing remedies
such as sodium bicarbonate and potassium citrate. Both are
'natural' as the body produces large amounts of sodium bicarbonate to neutralize the stomach acid when it
enters the intestines, and potassium citrate is the strongest alkalizing agent in citrus fruit.
When you dissolve sodium bicarbonate in water it is more alkaline
than potassium citrate but inside the body potassium citrate becomes a stronger alkalizer. Another difference
is that sodium bicarbonate should not be taken with meals as it then reduces our stomach acid which is needed
for digestion, but potassium citrate can be mixed with meals.
All this seems to show that potassium citrate is a better choice
for alkalizing than sodium bicarbonate but which one is preferable really depends on some additional factors.
The following conditions favour the use of potassium citrate:
A diet relatively high in sodium and low in potassium as in a
conventional Western diet
Raised and especially high blood pressure
Kidney problems or water retention/edema.
Sodium bicarbonate, on the other hand, is called
With low blood pressure
With a diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in salted
For those who do not fit into one of these categories it may
actually be best to take both alkalizers at a ratio of 2 parts of sodium bicarbonate to 1 part of potassium
citrate. These may be mixed and taken together in the same drink, or they may be taken separately during the
day. If you take more than 1 teaspoonful then space the alkalizers out during the day.
How much and for how long?
Sodium is the most abundant mineral in the blood and lymph fluid
while potassium is highest inside cells. Therefore a sudden high intake of potassium can cause an imbalance
in the blood, and higher amounts need to be distributed over several meals. A diet high in fruit and
vegetables may provide 5 g of potassium daily while a normal 'good' diet supplies about 3 g. A level teaspoon
of about 5 g of potassium citrate contains about 1 g of potassium. This amount 3 times a day with drinks or
mixed with meals is about the upper recommended daily intake.
If there are no contraindications for sodium intake, then sodium
bicarbonate in higher amounts is somewhat less critical. The best way to take it is with a drink some time
(e.g. half an hour) before meals or, generally easier to 'stomach', 2-3 hours after meals. Another
recommended way is to dissolve a teaspoon of bicarbonate in a large glass of water, stir in a teaspoon of
psyllium hulls and drink immediately, best soon after rising. In all you may use up to 3 rounded teaspoons of
bicarbonate spaced out over the day.
There are two ways of estimating how much to take and for how long.
The simpler way is just to go by the amount of pain and other discomfort caused by an inflammation. The more
inflammation and pain, the more alkalizer you may take. When problems subside then you
reduce the amount of alkalizers, and eventually the minerals in a
good diet may be sufficient to keep you well.
The other possibility and the better option is from time to time to
measure the pH or acid-alkaline balance of your saliva or urine. The saliva is a better indicator of the
condition of the lymph fluid but urine is easier to test. Take so much alkalizer that your urine during the
day is mostly above pH 7 or slightly alkaline (pH 7 is neutral). To check your urine you may buy pH papers
with a range from about 4 or 5 to 8 or 9 (see the Internet for suppliers).
Alternatively you may use turmeric dissolved in water or better
methanol as explained in www.health-science-spirit.com/calcium.html. Turmeric changes colour at pH 6.8. Above
this it is red and below 6.8 it is yellow. Therefore when the urine sample turns red you can assume that it
is neutral or slightly alkaline.
If the overacidity was caused by an unbalanced food intake with too
much acid-forming foods and not enough alkalizing foods, then the urine may respond within days to alkalizing
remedies and foods. Acid-forming foods are generally high in phosphorus, such as meat, fish and eggs. Also
sugar and refined cereals low in minerals increase acidity. However, if the overacidity is caused by damage
to the oxidizing component of the cellular energy production then the overproduction of lactic acid may
continue for a long time until health is sufficiently improved, for instance when a systemic Candida
infection has been removed.
Another common cause of overacidity are allergies, especially food
allergies. If you avoid an allergenic food for several days the urine may become more alkaline but if you
then re-introduce the food, urine and saliva become again more acid within hours. You can make a urine test
about two and a half hours after eating the food. To reduce or stop an allergic reaction take in a drink a
rounded teaspoon of 2 parts of sodium bicarbonate and 1 part of potassium citrate. If necessary repeat this dose an hour later.
However, in the long term there is a price to pay for trying to
make your lymph fluid alkaline: the body may gradually start forming calcium deposits. That is good for
teeth, bones and joints, but you do not want other tissue to calcify as this will cause stiffness and speed
up aging. This is what commonly happens with chronic inflammations anyway - over the years they cause calcium
to accumulate in the inflamed areas, and this reduces inflammation and increases stiffness.
Therefore, when chronic inflammation and its related disease
processes are no longer a problem but stiffness increases instead, then it is best to lower the pH of urine
and saliva to a slightly acid pH level of about 6.4 to 6.8 or to when turmeric just turns from red to