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Title: Dangers of sodium bicarbonate intake?
Post by: valeg96 on 31/03/2014 15:00:31
Can sodium bicarbonate affect your health? For example, what would a saturated glass (150 mL) do to your body and digestive apparatus? What about a daily intake, let's say 1/2 table spoon? Putting aside all the alkaline diet bs, what is the real effect of an excessive intake of sodium bicarbonate?
Title: Re: Dangers of sodium bicarbonate intake?
Post by: RD on 31/03/2014 17:12:02
Quote from: wikipedia.org/Milk-alkali_syndrome
In medicine, milk-alkali syndrome, also called Burnett's syndrome in honor of Charles Hoyt Burnett (19131967), the American physician who first described it, is characterized by hypercalcemia caused by repeated ingestion of calcium and absorbable alkali (such as calcium carbonate, or milk and sodium bicarbonate). If untreated, milk-alkali syndrome may lead to metastatic calcification and renal failure.

 Ingesting over two grams of elemental calcium per day produces this disorder in susceptible individuals.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk-alkali_syndrome
Title: Re: Dangers of sodium bicarbonate intake?
Post by: CliffordK on 01/04/2014 02:26:21
Quote from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk-alkali_syndrome
hypercalcemia caused by repeated ingestion of calcium AND absorbable alkali 
Your article seems to indicate that Calcium is a necessary ingredient, so sodium bicarb alone would not cause the disorder.

It is difficult to push your body's pH out of the normal range of about 7.35 to 7.45.  Many people take acid neutralizing antacids on a regular basis, perhaps a few grams a day worth of them.

I have been taking some calcium every day as "good for the bones", and have wondered about the risk of kidney stones. 

Of course some people also try to restrict their sodium intake, although there is a lot of debate on how dangerous high intake of sodium is to "healthy" individuals, but excessive sodium intake may be related to high blood pressure.