Does Baking Soda Help Diabetes? Powerful Benefits of Baking Soda

Does Baking Soda Help Diabetes? Powerful Benefits of Baking Soda

Does Baking Soda Help Diabetes?

Baking soda is just about the most used product used in baked goods. Sodium bicarbonate, which is its technical name for the chemical compound that it is, (in nature form) is found in crystalline and then ground into a fine powder used in cooking. Baking soda not only is helpful for diabetes, but extremely beneficial in so many other ways.

Baking Soda
Baking Soda

It is found in many homes today and is very inexpensive to buy. I want to discuss how baking soda helps with diabetes but I will also cover all the other benefits it provides, not only for health, but tips not relating to health because you should know everything that it is beneficial for.

So to reiterate, baking soda is also known as sodium bicarbonate. It does not contain any ingredients mixed in it. Diabetes as we know, is when your body isn’t producing enough insulin. Baking soda is known to play a huge role in slowing the progress of chronic kidney disease.

Studies have been done that show that baking soda can be your first line of defense against and in controlling your diabetes. Many expert doctors may suggest the use of baking soda against diabetes in various ways. but this is something that you would want to discuss with your personal doctor first. Baking soda is safe to use in many ways, but I always discuss everything with my doctor first before I do anything.

What the baking soda does is to work on the acid condition in your body and help to control and return it to normal again and at the same time fight in the diminishing of diabetes. While there are many ways to use and administer baking soda, orally or otherwise, your doctor should always be the one who decides ultimately what’s best for you.

People with diabetes who have a condition known as “Diabetic ketoacidosis,” are more at risk of developing something called, “mucormycosis” which is a fungal infection that is rare. Researchers suggest that baking soda could prevent this infection from spreading. They suggest that patients with mucormycosis benefit from adding sodium bicarbonate to the particular area regardless of whether or not it’s serious acidosis because by adding it, there is a strong likelihood that it will stop the growth of the fungus. Thumbs up on baking soda!

This condition which is known as DKA is very serious because it means that your blood sugar levels are so high that your body begins to run out of insulin. This is NOT GOOD! You could go into a coma or it might even mean death!

Health Benefits of Baking Soda

* Your feet- Soaking your feet in water with baking soda is excellent for your feet!  It will help protect your feet from infections and odors. It inhibits fungal, yeast, and bacterial growth on your feet. Just take 3 tablespoons of baking soda and mix in a small basin of warm water and soak for 30 minutes and just feel the results! I love it!

* Your breath- Since you have so many germs and bacteria in your mouth, they can cause bad breath. Mixing one teaspoon with a glass of water and rinsing your mouth out with it, can neutralize the bad odors and freshen your breath. Your mouth will feel so much better and you won’t have to be concerned about did you do enough in brushing and flossing. This will help you if you missed anything.

* Toothpaste-  There are folks out there who actually use baking soda as a toothpaste. I personally think that this is too abrasive or your teeth for everyday use. It’s good for using occasionally as it helps to brighten and whiten your teeth. It is great for removing plaque as well. Arm and Hammer even makes a baking soda toothpaste! I use both so I got my teeth covered! Your mouth feels so clean.

Man With Heartburn
Man With Heartburn

* Heartburn-  So I’m sure that you’ve heard of or experienced heartburn or acid reflux before. It’s a horrible burning sensation coming up from the upper area of your stomach up into your throat. The cause comes from the acid refluxing out of your stomach and up through your esophagus. Some of the more common reasons for this are eating spicy foods, being overly stressed out, or overeating. Baking soda can help treat this condition with one teaspoon in a glass of water and drink slowly.

* Deodorant- It’s not your sweat that has an odor, at least not initially. Your armpits are the culprits that break down the bacteria and convert it into waste products that are acidic and give off the odor. What baking soda does is help to make the sweat less acidic, thus reducing the odor. You can give it a try but putting some baking soda on your armpits and see if you experience a difference.

* UTI’s- You can help lessen your chances of a urinary tract infection with a mixture of baking soda and water. This will help decrease the levels of acid in your urine. FYI? Cranberry juice and plenty of water are other solutions in preventing urinary tract infections from recurring.

* Skin treatments- Baking soda can treat various skin issues. A mixture of baking soda and water to use as a paste will help for insect bites and itches. Sunburn? Ouch! I’ve been there and never again. (hopefully) You can add about half a cup of baking soda in warm bath water to help soothe you. A tablespoon added to water and soak two times a day will help if you have a splinter.

* Joints and gout- If you’ve got pain from issues such as arthritis or gout from high levels of uric acid in your blood and tissues, then look no further. Baking soda is perfect to treat these painful diseases because it reduces this type of acid and neutralizes the pH of your blood. It’s a great solution for joint pain.

* Cancer- Studies have been done in animals that show that raising bicarbonate levels in the diet can increase the actual pH of tumors that are acidic without affecting the pH of the healthy tissues and blood. This is a solution that sodium bicarbonate makes tumors more alkaline.

* Natural alkalizer- No matter what particular diet you be eating, there’s always a chance that you’re generating acid in your body. Baking soda is a natural remedy for neutralizing the acid effect and creating a more alkaline effect to balance your pH level. This will improve your health and lessen your risk of cancer, arthritis, and osteoporosis.

* Kidneys- An alkaline substance, bicarbonate helps keep a pH balance and protects acids and it’s produced naturally in your body. If you’re a person with diabetes or high blood pressure, your kidneys may have a difficult time functioning and having a hard time removing acid from your body. This is known as metabolic acidosis.

Researchers treated patients with this condition with baking soda for two years. The results were phenomenal as it slowed the speed of the poor kidney function by 66% and only small percentage required dialysis at the conclusion of the study. That’s an extremely positive outcome for the kidneys!

* Canker sores- I absolutely hate these things! They are small painful ulcers inside your mouth. Although they are not contagious, they are painful and annoying. Making a baking soda mouthwash can remedy this situation and I love how good it works!

Woman With Pimples
Woman With Pimples

* Pimples and acne- Pimples and acne are not just unsightly, but annoying. Baking soda helps treat them and decrease the breakouts and symptoms of acne with its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It helps to balance the pH of your skin so what not give it a try? It works!

* Swelling- Getting stung by a bee or a wasp is another unfortunate situation. You experience pain and swelling. Sodium bicarbonate and water will relieve the pain and swelling. Mom knew best when I had this happen! Thanks Mom!

Other Non-Health Tips For Sodium Bicarbonate

* Combs and brushes- You can remove all of the oils that build up and the remainders left on your brushes and combs by soaking them in a mixture of baking soda and water. Then rinse them off and dry. Nice and clean and ready for the next use!

* The fridge- I don’t know about you, but I’ve been doing this with my own fridge ever since my mom used to do it when I was a kid. An open box of baking soda in the back of the fridge neutralizes the odors. It works wonders as long as you change the box every couple or few months or so.

* Your hands- Ever get strong smells on your hands and try washing them to get rid of the smell but to no avail? All you have to do is wash with baking soda and water and voila! The smell is gone!

Sodium Bicarbonate Warnings

Caution Sign
Caution Sign

You should consult your physician about taking sodium bicarbonate but especially if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Kidney problems
  • Allergies to sodium bicarbonate
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Any abnormal levels of potassium, calcium, sodium, or chlorine

Sodium bicarbonate side effects

  • Gas
  • Bloating

My Final Thoughts

In the end, does baking soda help diabetes? Baking soda AKA sodium bicarbonate is very beneficial for diabetes and your overall health. Take caution as you would with anything else and discuss with your doctor because your health is the most important thing in your life.

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47 thoughts on “Does Baking Soda Help Diabetes? Powerful Benefits of Baking Soda

  1. Baking soda has so many benefits. Wow! Great article, you know diabetes is very common, sugar for me is a silent killer, sugar is very addictive and I heard its the same with heroine. All the food we see at the groceries are with sugar. Organic food products are very expensive. So, thanks for your article. I will definitely try baking soda not only for diabetes but also for other health benefits.

    1. We used to think that baking soda was just beneficial for putting in the refrigerator but that is certainly not the case. It is something that is very inexpensive and so beneficial for our health and diabetes.

      I find it very beneficial being a diabetic. It really helps. Anything that offers as many positives as baking soda does is well worth it.

      Thank you for commenting!

  2. Hi there,

    I had read extensively about baking soda, but your post is by far the most comprehensive, many thanks for your contribution. I just want to share my personal experience using baking soda, experience that confirms one of your findings. i had been suffering for months from athlete foot and tried different treatments to no avail. The doctor who saw me desperate recommended a BS bath, on a daily basis, and this definitely improved things to my great surprise. I unfortunately lacked the discipline after a while to carry on with the daily foot bath, and things got worse, as I started feeling the pain that I had initially. I am now back to my BS treatment and again things are improving. it really is by far the best remedy that i have tried.

    I have read recently that soaking apples in water missed with BS eliminates all trace of pesticide. My question to you now is, is that really so? many thanks

    1. Hi,

      I’ve always known that baking soda does more than just keep the fridge clean. I believe I only had athlete’s foot once when I was a kid and I’m sorry you’re going through that.

      But soaking your feet in a baking soda bath just does wonders as you’ve experienced. The key is to keep it up.

      I’ve been doing it for the numbness in my feet.

      As far as the eliminating the pesticide from apples? I wasn’t sure about that but do have an answer for you here: http://time.com/4993253/washin

      Thanks for your comments!

  3. Thank you for your post on baking soda. I’ve used baking soda for a number of things on your list. It seems like so many diseases are related to an acidic environment in the body. I also take organic apple cider vinegar in small quantities to make a more alkaline environment. Baking soda really does make for a great stain removing toothpaste and it has truly healed several bee stings.
    I am only aware of the Arm and Hammer brand I wonder if there are other brands. Have you ever tried it as laundry detergent add-on? Thanks for great information!

    1. Hi Nancy,

      Baking soda has truly amazing results, but for diabetics, helping to lower blood sugar is what interests me the most. Anything that helps lower blood sugar and control diabetes is what matters first and foremost.

      But it is wonderful that baking soda is so good for so many other things, including removing tarter and treating bee stings.

      One half a cup of baking soda added to laundry detergent is great for your clothes and gives them a whiter white and brighter colors. Or you can just buy Arm and Hammer laundry detergent.

      Thank you for commenting!

      ~Rob

  4. Hi
    Tnx for your article! I tried baking powder with apple cider and discovered that my blood sugar level dropped drastically. But am scared to use it often. Please, I need your advise on usage and frequency.

    1. Hi Jane, Baking soda does wonders for diabetes and blood sugar as does apple cider vinegar. It can make your blood sugar drop and my advice would be to monitor your blood sugar frequently so you can figure out how much is safe each day. Start with a small amount and see how your sugars are.

  5. As a type 2 diabetic on metformin, I drink a mix of 1 TBLP apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of water with 2 small pkgs of splenda. I wonder if adding 1 tsp baking soda to this mix would be okay? I drink this twice a day. I have never consumed baking soda before, but am always willing to try anything healthy & beneficial to reduce my blood sugars.

    1. Yes Arlene, it’s safe to have baking soda along with the apple cider vinegar. That’s what I take without the splenda. It’s very healthy and beneficial for your diabetes and will aid further in lowering your blood sugars.

    2. I read your comment online that you add Splenda to your healthy mixture of ACV and baking soda. Splenda is toxic. You can choose a healthy alternative by using organic stevia.

      1. Hey Arlene, Thanks for your comment about Splenda. The jury is still out on whether or not Splenda is toxic or not, but your suggestion of stevia instead is an acceptable alternative. Thank you for the heads up 🙂

  6. My husband is taking the baking soda with water every day. He is a diabetic, but it seems that his blood sugar is erratic. It’s not really lowering it. It’s pretty high. Is he not taken enough of the baking soda? What should we do?

    1. Hey Trudy 🙂 I would suggest taking two full teaspoonfuls of baking soda with water but if it’s not helping, you may want to try mixing in apple cider vinegar to help. I hope you’re doing this with your doctor’s approval too 🙂 I hope this helps! Rob

  7. my son has type 2 diabetes..His kidneys are only 60% strong and he has IBS…He is consuming 1tsp baking soda with lime and this has brought his sugar reading down tremendously…However I’m very concerned about his kidneys and irritable bowel syndrome..pls advice .thank you

    1. I’m sorry that your son is going through this and I’m glad that baking soda and lime are helping him! As far as his other issues? I am not a doctor and cannot offer you medical advice. You have to take that up with your physician. Good luck and I hope that it works out 🙂

    1. Hey Jeremy, I mix no more than a half of a teaspoon in water 30 minutes before breakfast. I wouldn’t take it more than twice a day before a meal but see how it works for you because everyone is different. And I would check with your doctor as well because you don’t want to overdo it.
      Hope this helps!
      ~Rob

  8. Hi. I’ve been reading up on baking soda. I’m a type 2 diabetic. My issue is hard thick toenails that curves to the side. Not over the toe. I wear wide width shoes. I want to try the baking soda, the tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar to soak with in water. Does this sound like it should work to soften the toenails. Please reply.

    1. Hi Lee. Baking soda is good for so many things. I do believe that this would soften the toenails but I’m not an expert. Check this out because it may give you the answer you’re looking for.
      I hope this helps!
      ~Rob

  9. my husband is a diabetic and his sugar readings are always high. How much water do you use with the baking soda? We will talk this over with the doctor at his next visit

  10. Baking soda does work for deodorant, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc. I have been only using it for all of my toiletries for *33 years.
    When I was diagnosed in 1985 with many chemical sensitivies, I found that I was sensitive to my deodorant, shampoo, etc. My doctor told me to use baking soda. I still use it
    I’ve used it many ways. I put some in my hand and soften it with water to use as soap or deodorant. Some people dab it on with cotton balls. I’ve used it dry. Be careful though because the dry B. Soda can discolor fabric under the arm. If you let it dry after application, it doesn’t seem to discolor fabric.
    Beauticians use it to strip the build up from using shampoos on the hair. It works great for oily hair. I am now having to add a tiny amount of coconut oil back to my hair because my hair is dry. Presently I am using the LouAnn brand of coconut oil. Even though I love the organic coconut oil, I am sensitive to the odor of it.
    Make sure that you do not get the coarse baking soda unless you want to use it for cleaning sinks, etc. I do not like the Dollar General brand for bathing. I actually like the Essential Everyday brand above Arm & Hammer. Sometimes I also accidentally buy the A & Hammer brand that is coarse. They have fine and coarse.
    Instead of taking it by mouth, I use the sodium bicarbonate that is in the Alka Seltzer Gold which has no aspirin, only sodium and potassium bicarbonate with citric acid. I can’t take the regular Alka Seltzer that has other ingredients in it. Two of my allergists told me to take it. I like to add orange juice to it. My grandchildren and I call it Bubble Juice. We also will break it up and only take part of one. I have always broken off a small piece according to the age of the child.
    My allergists and pharmacist tell me that changing the pH balance in the blood by taking the Alka Seltzer Gold can neutralize a food reaction if it is taking within 15 minutes of eating. I have also found that it will help to neutralize side effects after taking medications.
    In the past I have been told to use caution and not take too much of baking soda internally.
    ***Keep in mind that we absorb 60% of everything that we put on our skin (Dr. Oz Show). Since I cannot take vitamins by mouth due to GI and a movement disorder, I put things like baking soda and Epsom Salt (for Magnesium) in my bath water.
    I love the softness of my skin after using B. soda.
    I thank God for Baking Soda. I was so sick from having a chemical overload that I had to detox slowly by avoiding them.
    Severe GI problems has greatly altered my life, but the Seventh Day Adventists told me to try Slipper Elm Tea which is the bark of that tree ground. It was my Miracle Cure for my being able to stop the pain, etc. plus it gives me the extra vitamins that I need. Health Food Stores do carry it. I just put it in hot water. It doesn’t take much. It also stops my internal bleeding and UTI’s. I even like it cold. It has no odor. It looks like cocoa. One time I was having spastic colon pain. I took it. An hour later, I said, ” Was I in pain?”
    Yes I realize that this is a baking soda blog, but this information could help someone.
    Thanks for taking the time to read.

    1. Hey Gail,
      You certainly do have a history with baking soda!
      It’s just so helpful for so many things and I’m glad that it has been beneficial for you.
      Thank you for the many tips!
      Cheers!
      ~Rob

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  12. Good night , didn’t no BS can help with diabetes, my dad is 85 with diabetes,, he has burning in his feet very often,, can d BS helps to alleviate it. Thank u..

    1. Hey Barry, yes baking soda adds to the acidity of your body and helps with lowering your blood sugars. It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions about taking baking soda because you don’t want to be overdoing it. Thanks for commenting!

  13. This is a wonderful article on baking soda and I have learned so many useful things from it. I know I don’t have any baking soda in my cupboard because I’m a hopeless cook, but I’m going to add it to my list and try it in the bath and as a foot soak too.
    I don’t have diabetes, but I like the idea of using natural things for cleaning and freshening round the house and some of the comments from other readers have inspired me to more uses too.

    1. Hey Gail, It’s amazing how baking soda can not only help diabetes but so many other things as well. It can help by getting your body back to a more acid state. It also helps with kidney disease and is very healthy for you. I also use it to soak my feet and does it ever keep your feet clean too! Who knew baking soda was that good? Thanks for your comments Gail!

  14. I knew of a few uses for Baking Soda but I had no idea that there were so many. I always used it in my fridge and used it a few times as a toothpaste. I will definitely put this new knowledge to use.
    Thank you,
    Mike

    1. Hey Mike, I always knew that baking soda had many uses but being helpful for lowering blood sugar and treating diabetes is the best as far as I’m concerned.
      I have it in my fridge and use it with toothpaste too as I’m sure many folks do.
      Three cheers for baking soda and fighting diabetes!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      ~Rob 🙂

  15. It might be beneficial. If I had diabetes, I would focus on a ketogenic, or very low carbohydrate diet. That way you aren’t putting foods in your body that spike your blood sugar.

  16. I’ve always used baking soda in the fridge. I’ve heard of only a few of the other uses you mentioned but never tried any of them. Thanks for the informative article. I’ll be expanding my use of baking soda.

    1. Hey Rick, I think everyone uses baking soda in the fridge but helping with lowering blood sugar is the best for diabetics. It’s great that such an amazing product can do good for so many things. I couldn’t think of one good reason why everyone shouldn’t have baking soda in their homes. Thanks Rick 🙂
      ~Rob

  17. There are some great reminders in here about the uses of Baking Soda.

    But I was amazed at all of the applications I did NOT know about. There are so many practical uses.

    Very good article and well researched. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hey Patrick, I love baking soda. I cannot believe how well it helps not only diabetes but so many other things. I believe that baking soda has more uses that anything on the planet!
      I’m thankful for its help in lowering my blood sugar most, but it’s also in my fridge 24/7!
      Thanks for your comments!
      ~Rob

  18. This is an excellent post! So many uses for baking soda. I am going to have some this morning to freshen my breath and may even wash my feet with it. This is a post I will bookmark for future reference, as there are so many wonderful benefits to baking soda. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Robert, I’ve always been fond of baking soda. Until I got diabetes, I wasn’t aware of how it can help with blood sugars as well. But anything that offers as many benefits as baking soda does is worth having in anyone’s home! Thank you for stopping by 🙂
      ~Rob

  19. Wow, I never knew baking soda could help with diabetes! I use it in a bath, to calm the itch of my eczema kids. Also in my laundry (homemade laundry powder), as well as many other DIY cleaning agents. Now I’ve learnt something new today, about how baking soda can actually stop fungal growth for people with diabetes. Thanks for the valuable information!

    1. Hey Joo! I’ll admit that I knew a lot of things about baking soda but not that it could help in lowering your blood sugar. It’s an awesome product that does so much more than just keeping your fridge smelling clean! And another excellent thing about it is that it is very inexpensive! I will continue to use baking soda for every benefit I can. Thank you for commenting! 🙂
      ~Rob

  20. I have used baking soda in the fridge and under the seat of my car for years for the benefits everyone is aware. I have heard rumblings in recent years about the use of baking soda for its benefits against diabetes. Your article was very informative and I will be soaking my feet as you recommend. Great post!

    1. Hey Jim! I think we all have baking soda in the fridge and why shouldn’t we? 🙂 I do use baking soda in water to soak my feet. It’s awesome! But it really does help with your blood sugars too and that’s the most important thing to me. Ok Jim, Ya got me. I have to ask. Why the baking soda under the seat of your car? Air freshener? I’d love to know! Thanks for your insight!
      ~Rob

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