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What are some situations in which you would lose bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) from the body?

What are some situations in which you would lose bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) from the body?

Diarrhea/kidney : Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate)) is one of the major buffers of the acids consumed every day. Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate)) can be lost in urine and stool depending on the cause. Diarrhea causes excessive loss in the stools, and some kidney disorders can cause bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) wasting in the urine. ...Read more

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Why do they check bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level?

Acid-base handling: Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) is the one of the major buffers for acids consumed (diet) and produced by our body(metabolism). Checking bicarb level gives insight to acid-base handing by the body particularly kidney regulation. ...Read more

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Taking bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) helps during a gout attack?

Acute Gout: Sodium bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) once it enters the stomach, turns into water and a carbon dioxide gas. The pH of blood is unaffected. Therefore, it has no realistic role as a treatment for gout! There are many effective strategies for acute gouty arthritis. See your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What is a normal venous bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level? Mine was 32

Serum bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate): Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) in our blood acts as an essentisl acid buffer. Its concentration is tightly governed and regulated between 22 and 28 meq/liter. A value of 32 indicates an excess. Why it is 32 is important. The kidney is responsible, for sure, though the kidney need not act alone. Hormone signals such as aldosterone excess can drive this change. Lung retention of carbon dioxide also can. Ask doc. ...Read more

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Can I use bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of soda to remove light tartar stains?

Not as effective: Not as effective as having your teeth professionally cleaned by the Dentist/Hygienist, and then brushing 2x/day for 2 full minutes by the clock w a whitening toothpaste. Homeopathic remedies not as effective as specifically engineered products. ...Read more

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Is using bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) sodium in cooking harmful for pregnants?

No: No, you can safely cook with bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) sodium (baking soda) while pregnant. Most commonly this is used as a leavening agent in baking, but some people might throw some into their spagetti sauce to make it less acidic. Best of luck with what you are preparing! ...Read more

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Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level of 32meq... Slightly elevated. Is this serious? 18 y/o male.

Could be: Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of 32 mEq is clearly abnormal and should be evaluated by a nephrologist. Since it appears you also have hypokalemia (previous question) I suggest you have this checked out soon. ...Read more

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Is it ok to add some bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) (not baking powder) to my dry ginger tea? What benefits would that have?

Help with nausea: If you are dealing with nausea, a small amount might help, along with the ginger tea. You'll probably burp a bit. This is not something you want to be doing long term or for any particular health benefit. ...Read more

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What exactly does bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) do when it is introduced into the GI tract?

What exactly does bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) do when it is introduced into the GI tract?

Acid neutralization: I'm assuming your asking about stomach acid, which must be buffered before proper digestion of food can take place in the small bowel. The pancreas assists with both functions--by production of bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) that neutralizes stomach acid in the material that enters the small bowel, and production of enzymes that work to digest starches and proteins in that ingested food. ...Read more

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My 3yr old had bloods done it showed high cretins and low bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) what does that mean?

? Kidney problems: If you mean high creatinine and low bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) it may mean kidney disease or perhaps significant dehydration. Ther doctor that ordered the tests should be able to provide explanations. ...Read more

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My bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) is always low to borderline for over a year and my muscles are having issues. How do I raise it?

My bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) is always low to borderline for over a year and my muscles are having issues. How do I raise it?

Low bicarb: To know how to correct it, we need to know what caused it in the first place. I see chronic diarrhea as one of your conditions. It's possible that it is the cause for it. Correct it and see if bicarb goes up. ...Read more

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Last night me and my husband took a teaspoon of sodium carbonate by mistake thinking it was bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). No side effects yet. Should we worry?

If no side effects : Sodium carbonate or soda ash is not poisonous but can be an irritant. So if you don't feel any irritation in your mouth, esophagus or stomach than you should be alright and there will be no problem. ...Read more

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Does bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of soda stop smelly feet?

Does bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of soda stop smelly feet?

Smelly feet: Yes. The medical term for smelly feet is bromohydrosis. Foot odor is most commonly caused by excessive perspiration(hyperhydrosis). Fungus and bacteria live in a dark, warm and moist environment. Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) soda helps to neutralize the ph of the feet and therefore may eliminate the odor. Antiperspirant spray best to decrease the moisture! Preferably all natural type. ...Read more

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Can bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of soda help to cure smelly feet?

Can bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of soda help to cure smelly feet?

Maybe: Smell usually from bacteria and sweating try cleaning with hibiclens antibacterial soap. Put on undiluted and leave on for 30 secs. Generic ok. ...Read more

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What causes a high anion gap and low bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate)?

Metabolic Acidosis: In medicine, metabolic acidosis is a condition that occurs when the body produces too much acid or when the kidneys are not removing enough acid from the body. If unchecked, metabolic acidosis leads to acidemia, i.e., blood ph is low (less than 7.35) due to increased production of hydrogen by the body or the inability of the body to form bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) (hco3-) in the kidney. ...Read more

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Is Sodium Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) good for cleansing the eyes?

Is Sodium Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) good for cleansing the eyes?

Not really: Hello and thanks for using HealthTap. The eyes do not really need cleaning. Tears protect the eyes and provide the ideal environment for keeping the eyes clean and healthy. ...Read more

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Could the bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of soda be used to treat thrush?

No: You need to use anti-fungal agent, such as Nystatin mouth suspension, or a pill such as fluconazol. Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) soda would not work. ...Read more

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Why does blood bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level decrease if you have addison's disease?

Why does blood bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level decrease if you have addison's disease?

Loss of Aldosterone: Metabolic acidosis (increased h+ and blood acidity) due to decreased bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level in addisonian crisis is due to loss of the hormone aldosterone because sodium reabsorption in the distal tubule is linked with acid/hydrogen ion (h+) secretion. Less aldosterone stimulation of the renal distal tubule leads to sodium wasting in urine and h+ retention in the serum, resulting in bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) drop. ...Read more

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Is baking powder the same as bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of soda for the treatment of cystitis?

See comment: Basicaly the same. They are not your conventional treatment of cystitis...
No medical textbook advises treatment with baking powder. ...Read more

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My sodium test result is 134 (137-148) mmol/l it's below normal and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) is 21 (24-30) and my uric acid is 150 (200-425) umol/l why?

My sodium test result is 134 (137-148) mmol/l it's below normal and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) is 21 (24-30) and my uric acid is 150 (200-425) umol/l why?

Limit workup: Low uric acid never means anything. The tiny sodium and bicarb deviations may be lab artifacts, suitable to be rechecked during your next health maintenance visit. If you feel well, I would not fault your physician for doing nothing whatever. ...Read more

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Is bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of soda corrosive to tooth enamel?

Not really.: It will "polish" more than corrode.
Microscopically, may show some "grinding" but not significant as to worry about it. ...Read more

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Why need I increase bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) levels in respiratory acidosis?

Acid-base: Physiology is like a delicate balance. If one organ fails to carry its weight, another organ has to compensate. For your acid-base balance, bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) (regulated by the kidney) is one side of the balance, and co2 (the lungs responsibility) is the other. If the lungs allow you to accumulate too much co2, then the kidneys (if healthy) will make and retain more bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). ...Read more

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Why is there an increase in bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) during a chronic respiratory acidosis?

Why is there an increase in bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) during a chronic respiratory acidosis?

Kidneys compensate: Your body tries to buffer the increased carbon dioxide from chronic respiratory acidosis by increasing the bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) absorption from the kidneys to keep the body's pH near 7.4. ...Read more

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Is bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of soda a good home remedie for a UTI I have read a spoonful in a glass of water is good?

Not really: It's probably the fluid alone — alkalinizing your urine will not kill bacteria in your urine. You should remain "hydrated" at all times (urine output >/= 2 quarts/day). (urinary alkalinization is usually a treatment for uric acid kidney stones — but is better done as potassium citrate/not sodium bicarbonate.). ...Read more

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