A nice article on the importance of alkalizing the body. Dr. Sircus is a proponent of using baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) which is very alkaline. The alkalinity of sodium bicarbonate neutralizes the acids in the body. It is the belief that by reducing the acids that the body can be more healthy. Bicarbonates are formed from minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium etc. and the body draws these out of storage. Minerals play important roles in the body. http://drsircus.com/medicine/living-a-longer-life-with-baking-soda/
Check with your doctor before starting any protocol.