Although researchers are still in the early stages of testing, a new study holds promise for people with autoimmune disorders. There’s the potential that something as simple as a daily dose of baking soda in water could reduce the inflammation of diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. But there’s still a whole lot of research to be done.
Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University found that when rats or healthy people digest an antacid solution of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and water, it triggers the stomach to make more acid to get ready to digest a meal.
In addition, they theorize, the solution prompts the spleen to stay calm instead of mounting a protective immune response. The researchers found that mesothelial cells are responsible for mediating the body’s signals in that way.
Mesothelial cells line all the organs, including the spleen, helping them slide effortlessly against each other. They also function as immune cells.