Last Modified on Jul 10, 2014
Treating an acidic pH requires the alkalization of the body. Many common substances can be used to achieve this process and maintain an appropriate pH in the body. Apple cider vinegar as well as several other tonics is effective buffering agents for balancing the body’s pH.
What is Acidic pH?
Characterized by the presence of too much acid in the body fluids, acidic pH or acidosis occurs as the kidneys and lungs are unable to keep the body’s pH in balance. The common symptoms associated with the condition include fatigue, confusion, shortness of breath, sleepiness, rapid breathing, headache, lack of appetite and fruity smelling breath. Several factors contribute to the onset of the condition including chronic airway conditions, injury, obesity, nervous system issues, heart failure, cancer, seizures and others.
Natural Buffers for Balancing pH
A buffer is any agent that is able to regulate the pH and prevent further imbalance. A variety of natural tonics serve as buffers and regulate the pH. Apple cider vinegar, baking soda and magnesium hydroxide are appropriate options for treating acidic pH.
Apple Cider Vinegar
While acidic itself, apple cider vinegar has an alkaline effect on the body. When taken as a tonic, apple cider vinegar causes the body’s pH level to become more alkaline. This tonic also eradicates toxins and other infection causing substances from the body.
Baking soda is another alkalizing component. Baking soda works to alkalize the body and naturally balance the system. The compound also soaks up and neutralizes the overabundance of acids in the system.
Magnesium hydroxide is another chemical known as a neutralizing acid. Also known as milk of magnesia, the compound is safe and nontoxic and helps in treating over acidity of the system. This compound is typically taken as a slurry.
When the bodily fluids contain too much acid, the result is an acidic pH, which can cause a number of issues. Several natural treatments can safely neutralize the system and prevent further imbalance and symptoms.
Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Accurate pH Reading
- Acidic Urine
- Alkaline Urine
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda, Baking Soda and Water
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemons
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Magnesium Hydroxide
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Sea Salt
- Baking Soda
- Baking Soda, Borax
- Baking Soda, Citric Acid
- Baking Soda, Sea Salt
- General Feedback
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Borax
- Intensity in Populations
- Lemons and Limes
- Orp Readings
- Parasites, Mold, Candida
- pH Health
- pH Tester Tools
- Plastic Vs Paper pH Testing Strips
- Reader Feedback
- Reader Theories
- Remedies Needed
- Saliva pH
- Sodium Bicarbonate Tablets
- Ted's Remedies
- Where to Find pH Tester Strips
01/05/2014: Designergirl from British Columbia, Canada: "Hi, I'm very interested in knowing if testing the urine or saliva for the PH of the body is more accurate. In the past, I only tested the urine, but recently began testing both and find that often they don't match with the saliva often being far more alkaline. Isn't it normal for the urine to be slightly acidic to avoid UT infections too?"Replies
05/06/2014: Cheryl from Malaysia replies: "Ted, where can I get the digital pH meter in BBK? Thank you."
05/15/2014: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Suksapan Panich at Rajadamnern Road. Most taxis would know where. Ted"
08/10/2005: Anonymous from Mt. Vernon, Washington: "you can get an accurate pH reading by using one drop bromthymol blue in urine and saliva. Reading should be between 6.4 and 6.8. Take the test 1.5 hrs. after eating. Test after eating foods to see how your body reacts. Strips aren't as accurate."Replies
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Yes, strips are not accurate. Urinary pH changes very quickly even within 1-2 hours after eating so you don't have to wait that long. This sound like testing them for doing a blood tests. In blood test you must fast for at least overnight. However, urinary pH is fast acting. Also normal salivary pH is frequently over 7. The mentioned method might work for urinary pH. However it is very difficult to know how far off the mark since most urinary pH varies between 5.5 to 7.5. While the mentioned method will tell you reach it, in practice, getting over 6 is usually acceptable. However, there are exceptions such as serious conditions as cancer or flu, in which you have to get them over 7.0 - 7.3 to kill or destroy the virus or cancer.
However, i prefer to use digital pH meters since you can calibrate with greater accuracy. At least here in Thailand, the price of a pocket digital pH is the same as the chemical methods, it was rather easy for me to go digital pH. Obtaining a digital pH is easier than getting chemical versions for most people since you can get them at a garden shop or pet shops also"
12/26/2009: Ron from Emporia, Kansas replies: "Hi Ted, I've enjoyed reading your ideas about and experiences with nutrition.
I have read several references to pH by you in other sections of this site and found myself confused on exactly what you might consider the Ideal pH for the urine or saliva. In this section here you described it very well. The Ideal pH of 6.4 and an acceptable range of 6.1 to 6.8 agrees pretty much with the J. D. Jarvis experiments in his book and with the studies of Carey Reams.
Thanks for the clarification."
12/27/2009: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Ron: The pH I am looking for test is either below or above 7. This is true especially of saliva. So a bromthymol blue measures in a range of only 6.4 to 6.8. Therefore the range of bromthymol blue has some limitations also.
For urine pH the range is 6.5, but for a saliva pH, the ideal pH is around 7.3. Hence the bromthymol blue is more ideal for the measurement of urinary pH.
Mostly the urine pH falls between 6. to 6.8 to be acceptable. But when a person is sick, I need to get the pH of the urine to be closer to 7."
02/04/2010: Gwen from Boulder, Co. Usa replies: "Dear Ted, I am having a hard time finding out what potassium bi-carbonate is, common name etc...where I can purchase. Don't know what I'm asking/looking for. I also noted you recommended for alkalizing tumors in dogs.
Sodium bi-carbonate = Baking Soda
Potassium bi-carbonate = ?
(potassium bitrate = Cream of Tar Tar)
Magnesium Carbonate = ?
Magnesium sulfate = Epsom Salt
Please help me clarify these substances. I have googled but found no common name. I have been suffering with abscess on root of tooth that won't come to a head to drain. It is hard to research & maybe others having same problem as me?
After trying everything holistically suggested on EC, it hit me that the pH most likely the problem. Started Baking soda & am getting some relief & movement. I am 60 yrs old & acid/alkaline balance has a big effect on me. I use the baking soda/lemon or lime etc. process, but would like to know/try ?Potassium Bicarbonate? you suggested.....
Please & Thank you for your time & info.
P.S. Deidre, could I get an email from EC when response comes through? I am desperate!
Many Thanks & Blessings to ALL!
EC: Hi Gwen,
If I can remember, I will send you Ted's response! Perhaps one of our other brilliant contributors can answer your questions in the meantime.
To all - in the next month we will be adding a "notify me" button for registered users.
02/05/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Gwen...In answer to some of your questions:
Potassium Bicarbonate: No other name that I know of. Other similar potassium supplements to try are potassium citrate, potassium gluconate and potassium carbonate.
Magnesium Carbonate: Occurs naturally as Magnesite and Dolomite. If you are trying to suppement with Magnesium, there are two methods to do this:
1. By taking Magnesium supplements such as Mag Citrate, Mag Gluconate, Mag Sulphate or Mag Bicarbonate. To make an easy and cheap fortified Magnesium water supplement -- Magnesium Bicarbonate in solution -- using soda water and Phillip's Milk of Magnesia(I do this), see this link here.
2. Use Magnesium Chloride or Magnesium Sulphate(Epsom Salts) baths and/or body sprays to absorb Magnesium directly into your body transdermally(through your skin). More Magnesium will be absorbed transdermally than with supplements and this is a very efficient and simpler method than taking magnesium supplements which sometimes causes diarrhea.
I'm sorry that you're suffering from abscess tooth pain. Here are some suggested remedies from Earth Clinic which might help you:
09/02/2010: Heavenlightly from Huntsville, Alabama : "OK so 02/16/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines:
So Bill I read your post and was wondering if you changed your diet much or maybe you already eat a "healthy" diet. I am wanting to get rid of aches and pains, sinus allergies etc and my son has a Jock itch that he has had for a few years now. Also ringing in the ears which I believe is candida related. So I will be trying the pH balance and other stuff you mentioned for the Jock itch and see how that goes. I don't have a problem eating more raw but was wondering if that is what you did or not. If this helps I will be letting all know. Thanks and God Bless You All"Replies
09/03/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi Heavenlightly... Regarding diet, I myself did not eat a raw diet when I cured my candida -- although eating a raw diet would certainly help. I just ate no dairy(including no yoghurt), no sugar, no sweeteners, no canned food, avoid all anti-biotics or drugs, only ate red meat a few times a month, and usually only ate white meat and fish with alot of veg and cooked everything in VCO(which is cheap in the Philippines). My problem was that I had eaten too much processed food for so long in the UK, before I moved to the Philippines. When I moved to the semi-provinces, I bought virtually everything from the wet market, no processing. This also helped.
Muscular aches and pains are usually caused by body electrolyte imbalances ie the body calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium need to be re-balanced. To much unregulated calcium always builds up in the muscle tissues causing acidity and pain. Nowadays, due to a bad diet(with everything is now heavily fortified with calcium), achieving excess calcium is easy. Calcium has therefore been overstressed in its importance in diet in my opinion. The emphasis, especially for older people like myself, should therefore be on proper magnesium and potassium intake, which are always lacking in Western diets. Magnesium regulates calcium in the body and is also involved in over 300 enzyme reactions in your body which makes it one of the most important and essential minerals in your diet. I now take a liquid mixture (only sold in the Philippines) containing all necessary minerals in a solution of fulvic acid and sodium ascorbate solution which I find ideal to replace minerals in the body as well as as an aid to neutralize body toxins. But just using natural sea salt everyday would also have similar effects.
Milk of Magnesia worked well against my jock itch and was all I needed. Another simple mixture I now use consists of:
2 tablespoons Milk of Magnesia
2 Tablespoons 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1/2 teaspoon Borax(20 Mule Team)
MoM specifically kills all bad microbes with its high alkalinity and because it is hydrophobic, therefore dehydrating and killing the bad microbes that way as well. Hydrogen peroxide kills fungus, bacteria and viruses electrically by oxidation. And the borax is introduced to specifically kill any other associative fungus/mites involved. This is also a remedy originally recommended by Ted on EC for topical use. It is very effective -- even helped to get rid of a friend's psoriasis when none of the drugs recommended by his doctor's worked -- and the nice thing about it is that all the constituents are cheap and easily obtained.
Regarding your sinus allergy, the use of Lugol's is very beneficial to the body, and is another body friendly element that the body is usually lacking. Doctors will only ever talk about iodine wrt thyroid. However, it is also well known that iodine is used in every mucus gland in your body, including eyes, nose, throat, mouth, throat, intestines, uterus, prostate and breasts. In mucus, iodine is therefore one of the first lines of defense against infection in your body. Recent research has also revealed that iodine also has anti-histamine effects on the body, when taken in larger doses. The RDA recommended for iodine these days is 150 micrograms. This will cure some thyroid problems but no other associated problems because the rest of the body requires over 100 times more iodine than is recommended. Here are some links to the most current research concerning the benefits of iodine:
From a speech by Max Gerson(Cancer and Tuberculosis Therapy) regarding the usefulness of minerals and iodine wrt allergies:
"The patients are given thyroid and lugol solution (lugol's solution is iodine plus potassium iodide) I learned first through the so-called Gudenath tadpole experiment that iodine is necessary to increase and help the oxidation ability. Then we gave the patients large amount of potassium. (12) It took about 300 experiments until I found the right potassium combination. It is a 10% solution of potassium gluconate, potassium phosphate (monobasic), and potassium acetate. From that solution the patient is given four teaspoonsful 10 times a day in juices. That large amount of potassium is introduced into the body. (12) At the same time 5 times one grain of thyroid and 6 times three drops of lugol solution, Â½ strength. That's 18 drops of lugol which is a large dose. Nobody was observed to develop heart palpitations from that, even if some patients told me that they could previously not take thyroid because they would develop heart palpitation. And all allergies disappeared! Some patients claimed that they could previously not take one teaspoonful of lemon juice or orange juice - they were allergic. But when they are well detoxified and have plenty of potassium, they are not allergic. Allergies and other hypersensitivities are eliminated."
From this link:http://www.doctoryourself.com/gersonspeech.html
Here are more links to current independent research regarding iodine's other many beneficial effects on the body:
11/26/2011: Sainohio from Virginia Beach, Va replies: "Just waned to know about this:
2 tablespoons Milk of Magnesia
2 Tablespoons 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1/2 teaspoon Borax(20 Mule Team)
Is this ingested or use in a topical application?"
02/12/2010: Corinna from London, England: "Why does everybody want to have alkaline urine?
I recently read the book 'Folk medicine' by D.C. Jarvis that is recommanded by this website. It is very interesting because the good doctor made numerous in-depth studies about acidic and alkaline urine in animals, children and adults. He went about very methodically in years and years of observations and found out clearly that an ACIDIC urine is healthy and that an ALKALINE urine is a sign of stress, over-exhaustion and the onset of disease.
These findings make me happy because they co-incite with my own experiences and those of my family. The healthier we are and the more healthfood we eat the more stable our urine is on the acidic side.
I know that the trend at the moment is that everybody wants to have alkaline urine. But why? Are there any studies or any other proof? When researching this topic years ago I could not find any. Can you enlighten me?"
02/16/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi phoenix...I read your article with interest, though I do disagree with some points. Your belief that alkalizing is not useful for the body's balance and homeostasis -- or specifically useful to maintain the pH of your own body is incorrect from my own direct experience with these remedies.
As you know from another post, I had candida, and the only regimens I took to specifically target the candida were Ted's lime/lemon or ACV and baking soda remedies from this site. This was the main protocol I used for my candida problem. I used no other drugs or special diet here. Other than the normal symptoms described for candida, I was also always constipated and my saliva was always thick and tasted quite sour.
I took Ted's regimen daily, plus molasses and coconut oil every day as well for minerals and the constipation. And I say again, I took no other medical drugs for the candida. The point I'm making here, is that after 8 years of suffering candida and all its various internal and external symptoms, the only possible thing that could have cured it was Ted's alkalizing remedies. But it did take a year of using this protocol to eradicate the candida. And there is absolutely no way I would except any judgement that my candida just disappeared "by itself". If you know anything about fungal infections, rarely do they just go away...
I've also noticed in my own surfings on the internet concerning alternative herbal and chemical therapies, that much of the so called research, for instance, that is supposed to disprove the efficacy of herbs like Pau D'Arco(lepechol) against the likes of cancer and other ailments -- is nothing more than what I call "spoiler research" -- or poorly executed research specifically instigated to fail and disprove any claims made for any herb regarding its efficacy against cancer. They still use the Pau D'Arco herb even now in Brazil and Paraguay as an effective treatment for cancer where it has been used as a reviving tea for centuries(doesn't this alone qualify Pau D'Arco is a GRAS herb?). Fortunately, the dirty influence of the FDA has no reach or influence in South America. And so the US cancer industry -- or cut, poison and burn -- as it is so affectionately called these days, is fully preserved.
You might want to investigate the ordinary chemical called DCA or Dichloroacetate, which is causing quite a stir at the moment regarding a cancer cure. DCA is currently used as an accepted(by the FDA no less) protocol for a genetic lactic acidosis problems. DCA effectively neutralizes the lactic acid and stops the pain of lactic acidosis. Strangely, since the effect of lactic acidosis also occurs widely in cancer due to its method of respiration by glycolisis or fermentation, the neutralization by this acid, as well as the alkalizing effect of the dichloroacetate would seem to be the prime reason for its curative effect on cancer. And yet the pharmaceutical industry have already said quite openly that they are not interested in DCA as a cancer protocol -- no patent possible, so no profit possible. You can study all the evidence for this, just type "DCA cancer" in Google -- you will get thousands of hits.
The difference between your posts concerning the use of, specifically, Ted's alkalizing remedies and my posts on alkalizing, is that I have used all of them, and they have generally been a complete success -- and I still use them. So I am speaking from direct experience and you are from a somewhat weaker position.
Your arguments against alkalizing using the body's mechanism of homeostasis that alkalizes the body on its own, are very poor and lack simple logic I think. For instance, it is well known that the body, when asleep works its hardest to maintain homeostasis, which tries to return the body to a balanced electrolytic state and in particular -- to it's own safe pH zone. Well known also is that the majority of heart attack deaths occur at night when people are asleep. Could it not be that the person's body is just too acid due to excess process food and bad diet and pollution? You make the mistake of just assuming and believing that the body's homeostasis mechanism -- as well as, perhaps, the immune system -- is just in perfect balance all the time. A gross mistake I think.
If you are going to comment and judge any of the protocols on this site, the best way is to try them. I guarantee, from my own experience, that the majority of these protocols are completely safe with little or no side-affects. And they worked for me, and no amount of FDA research spam will change my view at this point.
There's really no argument against that is there ?"
02/16/2010: Cindy from Cochrane, Wi replies: "to Bill from San Fernando - would you share exactly what you did? thank you."
02/16/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi again Everyone...Concerning this acid/alkaline state and what state is good or bad for you, I have read numerous amounts of medical research from Medline, PubMed and other sources concerning viruses, fungus and cancers.
It is fairly well known that either an internal state and pH 9(very alkaline) or 5(very acid) would not be beneficial to your body. Also well known is that cancers, viruses, fungus etc prefer acid mediums or body states that are always acid because it aids in their lifecycles. The first reason is respiration, fungus and viruses excel in acid environments because this helps with their respiration or glycolosis (anaerobic fermentation). In certain research I have also read that viruses penetrate host cells using acid enzymes, and also, once inside the host cell, viruses also use acid enzymes to help in its reproductive stage within the host cell. This also applies to fungus. So, as Ted says so often, this is why it is so important to alkalize both your extracellular fluids(blood) and your intracellular fluids when you are ill with a virus, fungus etc. When you alkalize, the virus reproduction and spread is therefore slowed and hindered, giving a better chance for the immune system to overpower the virus eventually.
As well, if your body is too acid (or even too alkaline) -- or out of its proper healthy pH zone -- then it stands to reason that your immune system will also be affected and its defensive capabilities against foreign microbes will likely also be depressed.
Another point, your gastro-intestinal tract or intestines also needs to be slightly alkaline as well as oxygenated for exactly the same reasons as above because bad microbes can also breed and spread there. The intestines, strictly speaking, can also be regarded as external to your body like your skin, because there is no blood. Intestinal Candida will take hold easily if junk processed food is eaten too much. Once inside your intestines, and if nothing is done, the candida may go systemic via the blood or into the mesenteric cavities, eventually affecting other major organs like the liver or pancreas or kidneys, as well as helping to invite other diseases into your body because of a depressed and overworked immune system.
So the best way to stay healthy is to provide and maintain a healthy body terrain for yourself. And since most of us eat acid forming processed foods, containing a barrage of strange chemicals, heavy metals and dangerous halides like chlorine and bromine in our diets, and since this creates the perfect acid medium or body terrain for bad microbes to engage and spread rapidly within or bodies, it would seem to make sense to help your body by simply alkalizing your body terrain thus helping to return your body state to its own proper and healthy optimal alkaline pH zone."
02/16/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi Cindy...My protocols for getting rid of my candida are defined elsewhere on this site. Here is an older post by me which describes this protocol:
"I had candida three years ago. My symptoms were psoriasis, eczma, BM and toilet only once every 4 days if I was lucky, tired and sluggish all day, severe grogginess and brainfog in the mornings, jock itch(tinea cruris) and overweight. I also regularly caught colds, flu etc many times a year on a regular basis.
This is what I took to cure candida:
* Ted's alkalizing remedies using either whole squeezed lemon/lime or 2 tbspns ACV plus 1/2 tspn baking soda(Arm & Hammer brand) two or three times a day. This is Ted's Alkalizing Remedy and this is THE NUMBER ONE CURE for Candida in my book.
* One tablespoons of virgin coconut oil stirred into my coffee at least 2 - 3 times a day.
* Blackstrap molasses in my coffee, no refined sugar or aspartame sweetener allowed in my diet. BSM also added more potassium to my diet and also helped to balance the extra sodium from using the baking soda.
When I started this remedy at the beginning, I got fairly severe flu-like symptoms -- it almost seemed as if the remedy was making me worse. But this die off or Herxheimer Effect always happens when you get the fungal toxins released into your blood from microbes and fungus from the die off, so think of it as a good sign. Your liver and kidneys are overworked initially, until your immune system can get on top of it. After this die-off it was easy. All my skin problems just disappeared slowly (except the jock itch -- but that's another story) and I haven't had a cold or flu in 2 years."
I also took a daily decoction that I made consisting of three herbs just to support my liver, kidneys, blood and immune system throughout this protocol. The 3 herbs were: Tinospora cordifolia, Chanca Piedra (Stonebreaker) and Tumeric root. I gathered the fresh herbs and made the decoction myself(I live in the Philippines). But you can other use other simple herbs such as Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Burdock or Liquorice and Ginseng in support just as well.
I got rid of my jock itch(tinea cruris) by using athletes foot powder(because I found out that tinea cruris is exactly the same fungus as tinea pedis -- or athletes foot), and by using Milk of Magnesia at night after my shower(just dab MoM straight over the affected region). The MoM was very soothing, and has a pH of 10, which will kill any bacteria, virus or fungus. My tinea cruris disappeared in only 2 days. I had had this jock itch for 7 years, and no drugs or special creams had ever worked."
02/17/2010: Shaun from Old York, Uk replies: "Hi Bill,
I would TOTALLY confer with all you have laid down. Ted is a wise (and nice fellow). I followed the exact same regime as you for about the same amount of time and all is now OK. Well, actually more than OK ever was!
It (CarBiCarb etc., etc) is a standard medical treatment, and as otherwise a harmless procedure, and so it carries very,very little risk. In a sense its magical when you consider matters as otherwise.
I've also read up on cancer quite a lot (...well, haven't we all), as folk seem to be succumbing all about me, and it would appear that many professional folk who specialize in cancer are giving up on it (as well as mainstream HIV research) 'cos they feel that the medical profession is just going in the wrong direction in trying to cure it. Big Pharma rules... or it did. To me there MUST be a simple answer in eliminating it, for in the natural world nature just would not allow such a dire short-term outcome for its evolutionary efforts. Would it?
pH (and hence enzymes)seem to be key in all this. As such I have attached a couple of links to recent Vid's at the end of this which helps explain it all.
At the risk of sounding a bit loopy (nothing new there then), it reminds me of the T.S. Elliot poem "Little Gidding" (...the last of his Four Quartets):
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
02/17/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Shaun...Well, much thanks for that, and I guess we must be doing something right.
My outlook towards the medical profession and the big pharmaceuticals is remarkably aligned to your opinions on this. But that may be because we're both British.
But please don't get me started on this subject...I would become very boring !! I have also learnt much concerning all the lop-sided deceptions and goings-on within the world's pharmaceutical industry, which are best truly described, in my own loopy way if you like, by some favourite quotes by Mark Twain:
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."
"Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."
02/21/2010: Corinna from London, England replies: "Hi Phoenix,
Thank you for making so much effort to answer my question. Here in Europe many people are fanatical about getting their urine alkaline. They even swallow many tablets to achieve this - and in Jarvis book there are convincing scientific studies that alkaline urine is a sign of distress. I am worried for all these people who may be going in exactly the wrong direction.
My son, who is 10 years old, never took any medicines, let alone antibiotics, E-numbers, preservatives or any junk food. Just a wholefood vegetarian organic diet with plenty of fruit and green veggies. He is as healthy as any mother would wish. His urine is solidly acidic. So, something must be wrong with the idea that health equals alkaline urine. I am grateful that I found Jarvis' book and wished more people would actually read it and not just quoting it."
02/22/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Everyone...The importance of bicarbonates within the digestion, nutrient absorbtion and respiration of nutrients into the human body is difficult to understand and it seems that some opinions seem to be promoting mistaken or inaccurate conclusions.
If we just consider the importance of human digestion wrt bicarbonates -- when food enters the human stomach, this becomes a very acid medium, consisting of hydrochloric acid secreted by glands in the stomach. Its purpose is to both initiate protein digestion in an acid medium, to convert the slightly alkaline saliva medium to a fully acid medium and thus to kill any dangerous or bad bacteria in the food.
The stomach contents or chyme are then passed into the duodenum for the next stage which is initiated by secretions by the pancreas and liver. The pancreas secretes many enzymes -- tripsin, chemotrypsin, amylase, lipase, lactase, maltase, sucrase etc -- that can only work and do their job in a neutral to alkaline medium. Also secreted with these enzymes are bicarbonates in solution to completely neutralize the hydrochloric acid in the stomach chyme mixture so that the enzymes in the duodenum have the correct medium to work in for proper digestion to occur.
The liver secretes bile via the gall bladder which is used to break the fat down into convenient droplets for easier digestion and absorbtion. The bile also reacts with the excess alkali or bicarbonate to form a convenient "soap" which aids intestinal perstalsis in moving the hardened faeces down the intestines.
The bile mainly consists of chemically broken down haemoglobin, hagocytes and cholesterol which is excreted by the liver into the intestines.
The digestion and absorbtion of nutrients further take place in the jejunum and ileum. The colon functions to reabsorb water and vitamins as well as providing an area to store waste before excretion.
Therefore, in terms of just digestion, it is easy to see where digestion can all go wrong because of excess acidity.
If you either eat very acid junk foods OR are low in body bicarbonates, then when the acid stomach chyme gets into the duodenum, the hydrochloric acid will not be neutralized with a weak or insufficient secretion of bicarbonates from the pancreas, so the chyme will remain acidic, the duodenal enzymes will not work because they need a neutral to alkaline medium, and so the chyme or food just stagnates within this acid medium, rapidly encouraging all sorts of bad anaerobic bacteria, virus, fungus to take hold and to be absorbed and attack the body via the intestines.
To see a good explanation of why bicarbonates are so important for respiration, see this simple essay - with a very useful diagram by Mark Sircus which helps to explaining the vital importance of bicarbonates:
08/14/2010: Terry from Qulin, Missouri replies: "In response to many people in Europe trying to get there urine alkaline. Unless they are sick, it is not beneficial to have alkaline 7.1 or above. If you read what Ted said EXACTLY is your urine should be between 6.1 and 6. 8, which is slightly acidical. If you are above that, especially in the 7.2 or higher range, and not taking a lot of alkalizing products, you are making ammonia to lower your ph in desperation. That is not good. To counter this, you have to take the alkalizing products mentioned on this site to get 6.1 to 6.8 urine ph."
12/08/2012: Printsez from St. Louis, Mo Usa: "Ok, gave in and bought some with organic honey to get it down. Not too bad, this AM was my first day. I dont believe in cures unless they happen for me. But within an hour I felt I dont know, different. And I got a cold sore pop up. Related? I dont know. But I do know that I havent taken my 30 mg of Prevacid and had two nice belches that were not acidic. Hmm Interesting. Will it work? But what is going on in my body. Guess we will see. I want to straighten out my ph and see if it helps with arthritis and gerd. Will let you know as it progresses."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 11/18/2011: Holly from Anacortes, Wa: "I hve been drinking 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar twice a day for nearly a year. My health is good, my skin feels best while drinking this. I dilute it some and drink it through a straw to bypass my teeth. However when testing my urine with a ph strip in the a.m., I am high on the acid side; 5.5. Sometimes during the day that number will climb to a 6.5 or 7. Sometimes it stays the same. Why aren't I getting an akaline/normal reading? Thanks."Replies
11/18/2011: Wwnjboesman from Westwood, Nj replies: "My guess is that your PH naturally falls (becomes acidic) while you are sleeping as nothing is flushing your system(not drinking water and peeing). Therefore everyones PH is going to be on the acidic side first thing in upon awakening. As for the numbers rising, remember 7.0 is netural and thats where you want to be or better yet slightly above. If you want to neturalize the ACV then you should mix in a bit of bicarbinate soda with it."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 05/25/2009: Serenity from Oswego, Il: "I was taking acv everyday for several weeks and came down with an uti. drank a stronger dose and had blood in urine. Went to Dr and checked my urine and ph level was 6.5. took antibiotics and it cleared it up. Now... should i be adding baking soda to it seeing that i am acidic? And why would i even get an uti when i was already on acv drink.i also hear that when a person has anxiety problems like me, it could be caused from being too acidic. Can someone please help me decide what i should be doing. Thank you so very much"Replies
05/25/2009: Serenity from Oswego, Il replies: "Does anyone have any idea? I am drinking the ACV and now my tongue has white coating, and I am belching up sour liquid. My throat is raw from the sour taste. I just dont know what to think about this. Should I stop the ACV? PLease could someone help me with this issue"
05/25/2009: Katie from Pasadena, CA replies: "Serenity, I think you should probably get yourself some pH strips and start figuring out what's going on in your body before you try any more app cid vin. Add baking soda might help but I've also seen the side effects reported by a few women who add it."
03/10/2013: Double D from Bfe, Ok, Usa replies: "I do the organic Apple Cider Vinegar with baking soda, juice of 1/2 lemon, organic honey and cinnamon. I pinch my nostrils to swallow it (because it's gross! ) and follow with a glass of water. quick and easy. just the Apple Cider Vinegar and baking soda is fine also. Sometimes I add organic molasses and dmso to the mix as well. None of it will hurt u and it's all good for u. You will probably burp a good healthy burp too."
08/25/2011: John from Buffalo, Ny: "Hello, I keep reading all about the benefits of ACV. But I also keep reading all about baking soda to akalanize the body's ph. How can I take them both orally without negating their effects? Will taking either or both, alkalize ph? Thanks John"
10/25/2009: Joe from West Palm Beach, Fl: "I'm taking the ACV / baking soda 2 x day for well being. Does this alkalize the body to prevent disease or do you have to take the other formula that Ted mentions of Baking soda with half glass of water? In other words do these formulas accomplish the same thing or are they for accomplishing two different things to help prevent disease ? I wanted to do both of them but didn't know if it is overkill ?"
EC: Joe is writing this question in response to this Q&A from Ted: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/acvinegar_questions.html#Question_160
Joe, please note that we are posting your question to the PH page (Ailments section) and not to the above url so that more people can see it.
10/26/2009: Randy from Pascagoula, Ms, usa replies: "I believe that Ted says that if you take ACV w/o baking soda, that your body will use it's own stores of bicarbonates to reduce the acidity of the ACV, so you might as well add bicarbonate before you ingest it. From what I have read of many of Ted's posts, I think he recommends baking soda and water to reduce the overall acidity of the body more than ACV and baking soda."
03/02/2012: Cannies from St Pete, Fl: "From all that I have been reading in researching how to alkalize your body PH, although lemons (citrus) and apple cider vinegar are Acid in their raw form, when the body processes them they both have an alkalizing effect."
06/06/2011: Roger from Colorado Springs, Colorado: "I see that there is a lot of talk about adding baking soda to ACV. The whole point of adding sodium bicarbonate to ACV is to turn the mixture neutral. When you do this, it means that there is going to be a bunch of sodium in the mixture. This is not necessarily bad. But, if you take 7 parts of ACV and add 2 parts of Milk of Magnesia (MOM) or magnesium hydroxide, you can turn your mixture to neutral PH and get a really good night's sleep.
If you take too much magnesium, your stools will disintegrate. That is how you know that you have taken too much."
[YEA] 08/23/2011: Jc from Boston, Ma : "Can I add Sea salt to ACV and not effect the PH or alter it in a way that takes away from its full benefit. I noticed that when I add the large grained sea salt it disolves very quickly. While in water it takes some time while stirring it briskly."Replies
07/20/2012: James from Tulsa, Ok replies: "To alkalize your PH eat english walnuts, Omega 3, will turn your strips dark blue, evey time I drink a glass of water I add about 1/3 teaspoon of baking soda and 5 drops of h202 35% food grade hydrogen, peroxide, for breakfast my wife and I eat activea yogurt mixed with two tablespoons of flax meal, two tablespoons flax oil, blue berries, and walnuts, keep your walnuts out in a bowl and grab a few every time you walk by, I was eating ACV and honey but for me it is acidic, citrus is acidic, I'm 83, play golf twice a week, mow and weed eat two acres, bike and walkout on the road, treasdmill and stationary bike indoors and yes I use seasalt."
11/25/2011: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines: "Ted from Bangkok often advises us to alkalize the blood using just Sodium Bicarbonate in water. But what does alkalize the blood mean in plain English?
To illustrate this, let's just consider the effects of Chlorine in our water supply. If you take a shower or two every day with chlorinated water then your body will absorb 25% of the chlorine in the shower water through the skin. And if you also drink chlorinated tapwater, then this will also increase the chlorine in your blood. And when chlorine goes into your body -- to keep it simple -- this is the reaction of chlorine with water:
Cl2 plus H2O ==> HCL plus HCLO(hypochlorous acid)
So we should notice that Hydrochloric acid (HCl) forms in our blood from the chlorine and this is continuously happening because we shower and drink chlorine in our water every single day -- and so it begins to accumulate in excess.
(Please understand that the the above description is considerably more complex than described above -- but I've kept it simple for comprehension -- since outcomes are the important thing. )
As a defense, the body uses its Sodium (Na) ions to neutralize this excess acid in our blood by converting the hydrochloric acid to Sodium Chloride which is then cleared from our blood by the kidneys. And the result is that more and more sodium ions are removed from the blood until electrolytic imbalance occurs which disrupts all the important sodium pumps in every cell and organ in the body -- thus upsetting the nutrient and excretory diffusion gradients between the blood and the cells.
After a certain point, the body then starts to remove calcium from the bones to neutralize the hydrochloric acid. The body also breaks down tissue proteins into Ammonia which is also used to neutralize the chlorine and which creates dangerous chloramines in the process. And the whole effect of this process is caused by continual acidification of the blood by chlorine intake, resulting in wide disruption of nutrient pathways further resulting in sudden and continual loss of weight through body tissue wasting.
And I haven't even mentioned the extra acidifying effects of processed foods or fluorine or heavy metals or drugs in our diets yet which also helps to cause and aggravate the same acid problems and conditions.
But if you take sodium bicarbonate to alkalize the blood -- this reacts with HCL thus:
NaHCO3 plus HCl %u2192 NaCl plus H2CO3
H2CO3 %u2192 H2O plus CO2
So taking just sodium bicarbonate with water is highly beneficial against acid blood caused by chlorine. Notice also that Carbon Dioxide is increased in the blood -- which has the further effect of increasing oxygen intake into the blood by the lungs via the CO2/O2 gradient. The effect of taking sodium bicarbonate alone is therefore a lifesaver for people with severe acid blood condition with body wasting problems.
Many people seem not to bother with Sodium Bicarbonate with water but, in the above, I have tried to explain just one aspect of the importance of alkalizing the blood with this method. And as you can see from the explanation -- it can be a life saver!! Perhaps now more people can more clearly see the importance of why it is so necessary to both alkalize the cells AND the blood.
From the above, here are a couple of simple and easy experiments you can try that are quite useful as rough guides.
First fill up a glass with ordinary tapwater and add 1/4 tspn of sodium bicarbonate to it and stir it in. If the water immediately tastes quite salty, your water supply is significantly chlorinated or fluorinated -- because the sodium bicarbonate is reacting with the chlorinated (acid) water to immediately form salt. This experiment tells you how badly chlorinated/ fluorinated your water supply is. The stronger the salt taste, the higher the chlorination factor.
Second experiment. Ensure that you have not drunk anything or eaten anything for at least an hour. Now take a small dab of sodium bicarbonate on a spoon and put it in your mouth. If it immediatly tastes salty, chances are that your body is acidic. If it does not taste at all salty then your body is fairly alkaline.
These experiments are only meant to be rough guides but I still think they are useful."Replies
11/25/2011: Anon from Anon replies: "Hey Bill; I forgot to ask if the sodium bicarbonate enough or should we take a drop of ST before showering or rinse off in some ST after bathing? Or is drinking ST in regular water throughout the day good enough? Do you think the anti-chlorine faucet & shower filters are any good? I removed my shower one cuz I didn't know what kind of stuff was in the filter. It looked like some orange brown tinsel to something. Many thanks mate!"
11/25/2011: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Anon... Sodium Thiosulfate will also neutralize chlorine in water, but its always best to by a dechlorinator for the shower. You can test how good the shower water is by using the Sodium Bicarb test and/or litmus paper. I live in the Philippines and I'm lucky enough to have my own well-water now because I live in the semi-provinces and don't have this problem anymore really."
11/19/2009: Betty from Spearsvilleto , La.: "Dear friends,
I would like to improve ph. I am considering taking baking soda on a regular basis. One physician said it would cause reflux and that it would interfere with the acidity of the stomach. I recently came to understand that you take soda an hour before eating so as not to interfere with this acidity. I am also considering putting it in lemon juice. I also read a recommendation of using soda 1 week and using h2o2 the next. I have developed arthritis as well as osteoporosis and lung problems. I've gotta start knocking some of this out before everything gives way. I would really appreciate some input. thanks.
Life is still good.
06/20/2011: Guilherme Schroeter from Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Ca Us: "Hi,
I am new here, seek for help about my problem.
Around one year I become tired, with cronic fatigue, something floating inside my eyes, and small things of blood start to appear in my skin, as well something walking inside my skin every single night. I cannot sleep.
I started trying turmeric olive leaf and green tead in tablets (gaia brand) one time a day, plus carson vitamin d3 5. 000 a day (i have weak immune system for years, but treating with antibiotics) - one drop of liquid kelp (world organic brand) - says that have 150 mcg iodine and 59 ml content (2 fl oz). I start as well sun chlorella pulverizes (one pack every day) as well E3LIFE (one kind of organic algae extract liquid)
But what make a diference is 1/2 of baking soda with 1/4 of borax in 3 liters water. I feel more better, but when I tryed add a teaspon of apple cider vinegar (_____ organic) give me "fire" sensation on my throat and later pain in my stomach.
What I ask for any member ted or expertise is,
1) is safe drink borax with baking soda mixed
2) how much dosage per day (drink just one cup or all liter)
3) if is good to mix the apple cider vinegar and how quantity is required for safe.
Is important to say, I got extreme good results without using acv. because I heard something about Apple Cider Vinegar is good regarding make your body alkaline, and on that situation you can combat the parasites, is because I tryed Apple Cider Vinegar too.
The other thing is how I can test my ph, and the best product and where I can find it? if I got the correct ph, is signal that I need stop the treathment, or continue untill I feel good?
thanks for any help
how much I need to drink borax with making soda?"Replies
06/20/2011: Willy from Los Angeles, California, Usa replies: "i want ask if borax baking soda and apple cider vinegar can also help with poison from chemtrails (barium, aluminium) and fluor cloride on water - if not, what the treatment for it.
09/16/2011: Casper from Helsinki, -, Finland replies: "Guilherme, you are suffering most likely from Scabies!! Scabies are tiny mites that live on and under your skin. They make tunnels under your skin and lay eggs there. You said you feel crawling and have blood spots. It's the mites. This is a very common problem, but not many people know to diagnose this correctly. Get rid of the mites and you will get well again. Search the internet for natural scabies cures. There are many different options to treat this. It's a bit of hard work.. But it can be done. Good luck!"