Absolute-tively. For a long time. I've watched what used to be a well-toned body turn to ..... well, not well- toned. If this helps, I'll be over the moon.I think that's huge not only for me but probably almost everyone here!
Conclusions: Alkalinization during long-term inactivity is associated with improved glutathione status, anti-inflammatory lipid pattern in cell membranes and reduction in protein catabolism at whole body level. This study suggests that, in clinical conditions characterized by inactivity, oxidative stress and inflammation, alkalinization could be a useful adjuvant therapeutic strategy.
Great idea! My problem (and this may be true about some others) is that I have low stomach acid so oral methods of increasing alkalinity make my digestion worse.
I think I’ll post a separate thread on easy Pilates exercises that could help some of us. My Pilates teacher is giving free online classes during this period when we cannot go out and she is also copying them to her YouTube channel. They are all done lying down which makes it easier for most of us.It's stunning to me that alkalinity can help prevent muscle wasting! I've wished for so long that I could exercise, my muscles are just not what I would like, but if this could help, I think that's huge not only for me but probably almost everyone here!
@Sushi , I have low stomach acid too. I take betaine HCL with pepsin with each meal. So I always take the potassium bicarbonate at least an hour before a meal and I'm fine. And I read somewhere (but don't want to look it up right now) that taking baking soda or I would assume potassium bicarbonate as well actually ends up increasing stomach acid, possibly because the stomach gets the message that stomach acid is low from the bicarbonate so ends up making even more.Great idea! My problem (and this may be true about some others) is that I have low stomach acid so oral methods of increasing alkalinity make my digestion worse.
This would be great! Tag me when you create this threadI think I’ll post a separate thread on easy Pilates exercises that could help some of us. My Pilates teacher is giving free online classes during this period when we cannot go out and she is also copying them to her YouTube channel. They are all done lying down which makes it easier for most of us.
It's always the double-edged sword.... it might help this, but it'll make this other worse, and then it might also activate whatsis ..... I could scream, but dont have the energy right now . Will come back and scream later.Whenever I have tried alkalizing, whether using sodium bicarbonate, potassium citrate or via an alkalizing diet, I have always experienced a lightheadedness. I always wondered why that might be, and eventually found a potential explanation: there's some evidence that more alkaline blood causes vasoconstriction in the brain blood vessels, leading to lightheadedness.
So given that ME/CFS patients have reduced brain blood flow anyway, alkalizing may not necessarily be helpful.
I soooooo feel 'ya, @Wendi ......Its getting me down, when you open your eyes and first thought is I am sore
I take sodium bicarbonate just before bed and it reduces stiffness and pain in the morning. Quite amazing really. I have low BP.
@Wendi - I wanted to suggest you "tag" @maple in order to get a response. Unless you tag a member, or hit "reply" in response to their post, they have no way of knowing that you're trying to reach them. And @maple's post was done last March, so odds are they won't be back here, unless they know you want to reach them.How much do you take and have others been helped by this? Its getting me down, when you open your eyes and first thought is I am sore
ThanksHi @Wendi. Apologies for not responding sooner. I take one teaspoon of baking soda (from the grocery store) in a glass of water before bed. Doesn’t taste good but it is cheap and more impressively, it works (for me). Note this is NOT baking powder. It IS baking soda- sodium bicarbonate. I expect potassium bicarbonate would do the same thing- it is the bicarbonate that you are after. If you are avoiding excess sodium then the potassium bicarbonate might be better for you, but I use ordinary grocery store baking soda. It worked after the first few nights. Takes the stiffness right down - like turning the volume down from 10 to 2. At least for me. Good luck!