One urinary tract infection home treatment often recommended is baking soda. According to suggestions, simply mix about half a teaspoon of baking soda to 8 ounces of water and it will work effectively as a UTI cure.
However, this is not simply the case. Baking soda is only recommended if there are substantial amounts of vitamin C intakes, in order to balance the acid to alkaline levels in the body.
There is more to this UTI home treatment than simply stating its qualities as having the ability to balance the pH level. Unless the person taking in the baking soda treatment knows for sure that his body has certain conditions that needs pH balance, he is at risk of injuring himself further.
Baking soda is said to be a versatile product. In fact, it is also widely recommended as an effective cleaning material. This substance is actually described as caustic poison, hence there should be great care in taking it as a urinary tract infection home treatment. Here are some important facts about this substance:
• Accordingly, a teaspoon of baking soda is equivalent to about 1,100 mg up to 1,300 mg of sodium and a half teaspoon equate to about 616 mg of sodium. As an added information, the sodium content in our body needs to be controlled and has to maintain balance with other minerals in our body particularly with potassium.
Any excess of sodium will set off a chain of events that can cause improper functions of the kidneys as well as of the blood circulation. Hence, taking in baking soda without taking into consideration other health issues may cause more harm to the kidneys.
• Baking soda will not work well for people with hypertension, kidney and liver problems and even for children as well as pregnant women because of its sodium content.
• Other studies disclosed that baking soda will also result to a depletion of some of the body’s vitamins and minerals especially vitamin B and folic acid.
• One cannot rely on baking soda alone as a urinary tract infection home treatment. Improper use of baking soda may lead to a blockage of the colon and can also cause another case of infection.
• High intakes of this substance can result to an alteration of the blood’s electrolytes which may result to thirst, dizziness, disorientation, muscular tics and at worst, seizure.
• Other possible side effects if baking soda is ingested as an unwarranted treatment, are:
1. lack of appetite or interest in food;
2. the urge to frequently urinate;
3. severe headaches;
4. mood swings;
5. debilitation or weakening;
• Other warnings about baking soda, if taken internally as a treatment for UTI or other forms of infection :
1. Treatments with dosages of baking soda should not be taken for more than two weeks.
2. There should be no more than seven doses of 1/2 teaspoons within 24 hours. For persons who are 60 years old and above, the dose taken for the day should not be more than 3 half teaspoon doses.
3. Taking in the un-dissolved baking soda portion of a baking soda mixture can cause serious injury.
4. Taking in baking soda treatment if your stomach is full from food and drink can cause a person severe stomach pains.
The above information are some of the facts about baking soda, which are not discussed in detail when recommended as a urinary tract infection home treatment. Hence, this is exactly the reason, why people who tend to resort to home remedies are advised to seek the doctor’s approval first. It is possible that there are medical and scientific possibilities that a layman or an ordinary individual is not aware of.