How to Use Sodium Bicarbonate to Alkalize Your Body

iicarmen13/iStock/Getty Images

The pH is a chemical rating system used to measure acidity in a solution. In the human body, pH balance is disturbed by mainly poor diet and, when left unchecked, high levels of acid in the body can lead to most degenerative diseases. Keeping the body's pH levels balanced can be done by improving diet, consuming more fruit and vegetables including dark leafy greens, but it can also be achieved with the ingestion of sodium bicarbonate. Sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, is a natural antacid and a cheap, yet effective, way of balancing pH levels in the body.

Purchase distilled water and baking soda from a health food store. This will ensure there are no unwanted chemicals in the products. This would be ideal but not mandatory. If an organic or natural food store cannot be reached or is too expensive, try a trusted brand of sodium bicarbonate available at your grocery store.

Mix 1/4 tsp. baking soda with a glass of water. Drink it on an empty stomach once a day, preferably in the morning. This may have to be done for a few days before a pH balance is achieved.

Purchase a pH test kit from a health food store or pharmacy and test pH levels in the body. Different test kits may have different instructions, so read the label for directions. Basically, the kits work by applying saliva or urine to a litmus strip which changes color. The shade is then compared to a color chart that comes with the kit. If the test shows too much acidity, try taking the bicarbonate and water solution upon waking and before bed. After a few days, pH levels in the body should level out.