Dr.Karol, MD

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Baking Soda and Kidney Health

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Baking Soda for kidney health and longevity: This is definitely a catchy one. But if you think about it from a scientific point of view it totally makes sense. The fact is our bodies are constantly neutralizing acid. This is absolutely essential as all the cells of our body need to be in a slightly basic environment in order to function properly. Without this, our cells age quicker and die quicker and this can predispose to many diseases.

The main substance responsible for neutralizing acid is bicarbonate and the primary organs responsible for its production are the kidneys. It is estimated that about half a pound of bicarbonate is produced by the kidneys, per day, to neutralize all excessive acid. Unfortunately this system can be overwhelmed and the primary culprits are diabetes, kidney disease, high protein diet and acidic drinks like pop.

High protein intake is healthy for our muscles and to keep our weight down but because it produces excessive acid this acid must be neutralized by a high intake of green leafy vegetables or by sodium bicarbonate. When these acids pass thought the kidney they are attached to bicarbonate to form a neutral salt which can easily pass in the urine without damaging the kidneys. If there is insufficient bicarbonate these acids are in their toxic form and when passing thought the kidneys they cause excessive damage. This can cause further deterioration of kidney function and thus even a lesser capacity to form bicarbonate.

This is yet another example of a perpetuating deterioration of an organ system. The consequence is not only further kidney damage but also over all increased acidity all over the body with consequent deterioration of all organ systems.

Taking bicarbonate daily in a form of baking soda is not only good for helping the kidneys with its role as the acid neutralizer, but also in disease states where the kidney are no longer capable of performing this role on their own.

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Author: Dr. Karol, MD

Alternative medicine expert, educator, medical health advisor and author. Recognized as a health expert who is highly knowledgeable in conventional medicine, supplementation, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition and diet and exercise programs. Karol graduated with a B.Sc. with distinction from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Following this Karol completed a doctor of medicine degree as well as the medical post-graduation internship in Europe. Karol started his media career by hosting the radio Radical Remedies portion of The Natural Health Show. The Natural Health Show brings together a collection of health experts to discuss natural health solutions in a way that’s easy to understand. Karol also speaks on health matters and the potential of healthy ingredients on video blogs and at health tradeshows. He currently works closely with and represents some of Canada’s leading health product companies. Karol is currently the Medical Director of Vitarock.com, an online store for all things healthy. Here Karol reviews the products considered by Vitarock to ensure they meet the company’s four core pillars; to be pure, green, safe and fair. He also interacts directly with Vitarock’s online shoppers, being available by phone to provide a free medical consultation and to recommend the best possible products. He is also a senior advisor for dicentra, one of Canada’s leading regulatory and scientific consulting firms. Karol reviews science and compiles reports for Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help companies bring new and exciting products and ingredients to market. His overall philosophy is that as a society we should implement a more personal approach to our existing medical system showing more empathy, personal attention, as well as emotional and psychological support to individuals in need of help. He also believes in the value of integrating modern Western medical practice with natural remedies, exercise, time spent with nature, and a healthy diet rich in super foods.

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