Serum bicarbonate is a way to indirectly measure the pH of the blood, as a higher bicarbonate concentration tends to reflect a more alkaline (buffered) pH. Bicarbonate is reliably increased in oral sodium bicarbonate.
Last Updated: April 29 2017
Unlock the full potential of Examine
Become an Examine Insider for FREE to stay on top of the latest nutrition research, supplement myths, and more