I did more research on the Alka Seltzer (baking soda) treatment for urinary tract infections, and it’s not so simple as mixing 1/2 tsp into 8 oz of water and drinking it. While indeed it seems to work, there are several factors to consider before starting it. 1). Do not take baking soda with meals-take an hour before or after eating. 2). Vitamin C intake must be 1000-1500 mg/day in order to balance the acid/base levels in the blood. 3). One teaspoon of baking soda is equivalent to ~1200 mg of sodium. Since sodium must be controlled in the body, maintaining higher levels of potassium is a must. 4). Baking soda will not work well for people with hypertension (high blood pressure), kidney and liver problems, or children and pregnant women. %0. Some studies have shown that baking soda will also result in a depletion of the body’s vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin B and folic acid. Improper use of baking soda may lead to a blockage of the colon and can also cause infection.

There is an informational website called Articlesbase.com. Check it out if you want to know more about baking soda and UTI’s.

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.