Last Modified on Jul 30, 2014
Continued from our main Apple Cider Vinegar Page...
As popular as the apple cider vinegar remedies are, for some of us this home cure can be even better, or at least easier to take, with the addition of baking sode to the ACV Tonic. Apple cider vinegar and baking soda in water offers all of the nutritional benefits of ACV in a less acidic form, thereby increasing even further the beneficial alkalizing effect that apple cider vinegar has for the body.
Our in-house medical expert Ted is a big proponent of an apple cider and baking soda tonic as an alkalizing agent and general health tonic, and he recommends it for a variety of health conditions.
Home Remedies: Like the ACV Tonic, the combination of apple cider vinegar and baking soda is enthusiastically recommended for GERD and Acid Reflux conditions. It is also well-regarded for pain and general inflammation throughout the body, as is consistent for alkalizing cures.
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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Ted's Recipe
- Acid Reflux
- Acidity Issues
- Alkalizing pH
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Asthma and Allergies
- Bladder Infection
- Blood Pressure
- Body Odor
- Burning Tongue
- General Feedback
- High Blood Pressure
- Kidney Infection
- Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
- Multiple Ailments
- Multiple Cures
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Nephrotic Syndrome
- Side Effects
- Sinus Infection
- Skin Ailments
- Ted's Recipe
- Thirst Quencher
- Throat Issues
- Weight Loss
Ted's Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda Cure
Ted from Bangkok Thailand writes, "There is an ACV remedy and then there is Ted's ACV remedy. The ACV remedy is what has been traditionally done to drink it directly. Now I have always recommended the use of the second one, which requires that you add baking soda to the ACV to neutralize the acid to just 7.0 or close to it before drinking, otherwise the acidity will bring on dentin sensitivity and cause erosion of the enamel. A minimum pH on ACV of 6.0 and above should stop enamel erosion, in case you like somewhat of a "sour" ACV tastes, ideally it should be closer to 7.0. You might wonder whether therapeutic effectiveness of the second one might be as effective as the original one. It should be at least as effective if not more effective than an original formula for two reasons: 1. If you take the original ACV remedy (2 TBS of ACV in a glass of water), the body is going to neutralize it anyway using the available bicarbonates the body stores have. If not, you get a burning tongue or skin of the tongue become lose or tears up, if the body don't have sufficient bicarbonates. It takes AT LEAST A week to get a bicarbonate level to optimum provided you take bicarbonates everyday. I am of course assuming that in this instance, you don't have sufficient bicarbonate levels. 2. The newer ACV remedy I have always recommended (AKA Ted's ACV recipe) is to ADD baking soda until most of the acid is neutralized near 7.0. Chemically it is not changed, the malic becomes a malate when baking soda has neutralized, but then the body is going to convert to THAT anyway. What YOUR body wants is that the pH is at an ideal theoretical pH 7.35, which is equivalent to the pH of your blood. So for me an ideal food, whether we talk about ACV or any other food should GENERALLY be slightly alkaline. If you don't do it for your body the body will change to an alkaline anyway, provided that your body is FIT to do that! So it is best not to assume that your body is FIT and it is best to assume the worst and just add the baking soda as a precaution. Making it alkaline will give you the extra benefit of more oxygen in your body and greater buffers the body need so you should in fact feel better with the newer formula. In fact, athletes takes pure baking soda to relieve them of muscular pain from long physical endurance. Thinking along this makes it easier to use this newer formula as well as protect against enamel erosion. Many people have misinterpreted the event where a body becomes alkaline in event of a person becomes sick to be a "bad thing". However, this is HOW a body kills off invading bacteria and viruses by raising up the alkalinity level. So in fact alkalinity is actually needed. When an immune system is suppressed or destroyed (from surgery or chemical toxins), the body will raise its alkalinity level much more frequently than a healthy person. What a potentially sick person needs to do is to give sufficient buffers for alkalinity using baking soda, but also regenerate the body's immune system (the thymus) with supplementation of secretogues, such as L-glutamine, melatonin, and iodine from seaweed and kelp. HOW MUCH BAKING SODA SHOULD YOU ADD? If you are not used to it, try only 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda - the safest possible mixture assuming 2 tablespoon of ACV in a 250 mg water. Then increase slowly as needed. For tougher cases like Acid Reflux, you can go up to 2 tablespoons but you must start slowly or you will upset your stomach. Most people will not need this much baking soda. If you have a pH meter handy, it would be more easier go that way and just add enough until it reaches near pH of 7. It is very much dependent on what brand your ACV is generally. Please note that these are approximate figures. One more important note! Warning: if you mix baking soda with ACV it will create a lot of bubbles that goes very high! You need to mix inside a large empty pitcher! Also add the ACV very slowly! For me, I don't use ACV here in Bangkok that often because of the price. I just use simple vinegar, so I usually will not have the bubbling issues! HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU TAKE THIS FORMULA IF YOU HAVE ACID REFLUX?
The amount of ACV needed to react with baking soda to get to pH level of near 6.5-7.0 depends on the brand of ACV. For my own brand of ACV, it is approximately 50 ml-70 ml per one tablespoon of baking soda. So always start on the low side first!
Take this formula 2 - 3 three times a day on an empty stomach.
Ted from Bangkok Thailand writes, "There is an ACV remedy and then there is Ted's ACV remedy. The ACV remedy is what has been traditionally done to drink it directly. Now I have always recommended the use of the second one, which requires that you add baking soda to the ACV to neutralize the acid to just 7.0 or close to it before drinking, otherwise the acidity will bring on dentin sensitivity and cause erosion of the enamel. A minimum pH on ACV of 6.0 and above should stop enamel erosion, in case you like somewhat of a "sour" ACV tastes, ideally it should be closer to 7.0.
You might wonder whether therapeutic effectiveness of the second one might be as effective as the original one. It should be at least as effective if not more effective than an original formula for two reasons:
1. If you take the original ACV remedy (2 TBS of ACV in a glass of water), the body is going to neutralize it anyway using the available bicarbonates the body stores have. If not, you get a burning tongue or skin of the tongue become lose or tears up, if the body don't have sufficient bicarbonates. It takes AT LEAST A week to get a bicarbonate level to optimum provided you take bicarbonates everyday. I am of course assuming that in this instance, you don't have sufficient bicarbonate levels.
2. The newer ACV remedy I have always recommended (AKA Ted's ACV recipe) is to ADD baking soda until most of the acid is neutralized near 7.0. Chemically it is not changed, the malic becomes a malate when baking soda has neutralized, but then the body is going to convert to THAT anyway. What YOUR body wants is that the pH is at an ideal theoretical pH 7.35, which is equivalent to the pH of your blood.
So for me an ideal food, whether we talk about ACV or any other food should GENERALLY be slightly alkaline. If you don't do it for your body the body will change to an alkaline anyway, provided that your body is FIT to do that! So it is best not to assume that your body is FIT and it is best to assume the worst and just add the baking soda as a precaution.
Making it alkaline will give you the extra benefit of more oxygen in your body and greater buffers the body need so you should in fact feel better with the newer formula. In fact, athletes takes pure baking soda to relieve them of muscular pain from long physical endurance. Thinking along this makes it easier to use this newer formula as well as protect against enamel erosion.
Many people have misinterpreted the event where a body becomes alkaline in event of a person becomes sick to be a "bad thing". However, this is HOW a body kills off invading bacteria and viruses by raising up the alkalinity level. So in fact alkalinity is actually needed. When an immune system is suppressed or destroyed (from surgery or chemical toxins), the body will raise its alkalinity level much more frequently than a healthy person. What a potentially sick person needs to do is to give sufficient buffers for alkalinity using baking soda, but also regenerate the body's immune system (the thymus) with supplementation of secretogues, such as L-glutamine, melatonin, and iodine from seaweed and kelp.
HOW MUCH BAKING SODA SHOULD YOU ADD?
If you are not used to it, try only 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda - the safest possible mixture assuming 2 tablespoon of ACV in a 250 mg water. Then increase slowly as needed. For tougher cases like Acid Reflux, you can go up to 2 tablespoons but you must start slowly or you will upset your stomach. Most people will not need this much baking soda.
If you have a pH meter handy, it would be more easier go that way and just add enough until it reaches near pH of 7. It is very much dependent on what brand your ACV is generally. Please note that these are approximate figures.
One more important note!
Warning: if you mix baking soda with ACV it will create a lot of bubbles that goes very high! You need to mix inside a large empty pitcher! Also add the ACV very slowly! For me, I don't use ACV here in Bangkok that often because of the price. I just use simple vinegar, so I usually will not have the bubbling issues!
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU TAKE THIS FORMULA IF YOU HAVE ACID REFLUX?
SHOULD YOU TAKE IT EVERY DAY?
No, take it for 5 days, then stop for 2 days."
04/22/2010: Kelly from San Luis Obispo, Ca, Usa: "Hello,
Just wanting to know if instead of 1/2 a glass of water for the ACV and baking soda recipe if I could use 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup of apple juice? It tastes so much better.
07/19/2010: Eva from Mt. Laurel, Nj replies: "Try to blend a cup of cabbage with some water and drink it 3 times a day. Good for acidity and bloating pain."
08/29/2010: Rob from Indianapolis, In replies: "Is it safe for infants to take this?"
09/12/2010: Jeanne from Mesa, Az replies: "Rob,
I've always heard that you never give honey to young children. I'm not sure what the age limit is. I have no idea what the effect of vinegar or baking soda is on children but with regards to honey and corn syrup, I got the following information from a renown internet medical site. It says that both honey and corn syrup are potential sources for infant botulism. You might want to check with your pediatrician."
12/21/2010: Lisa from Palm Springs, Ca replies: "Hello Ted,
I read on dr Hoover's site that baking soda as well as vinegar is toxic and should not be used. Can you please expound on why that may be true?"
12/21/2010: Self from Ny replies: "Lisa can you provide a link to Dr. Hoover's website. There are a number of Dr. Hoover websites and I did not find any that said vinegar and baking soda are toxic. One of the only times Ted advices against alkalizing remedies, such as raw, organic apple cider vinegar and baking soda is "... In stage IV cancer, the use of oral alkalizing remedies may be counter productive, as they tend to accelerate cachexia, the inability to digest the food. "
Also raw, organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) is alive (living nutrients, good bacteria, and enzymes) and has the benefits. The pasteurized apple cider vinegar is said to be dead (stripped of nutrients) and possibly toxic to the body.
And lastly, diluted ACV is beneficial long-term. I recommend rinsing with plain water after drinking even diluted ACV. Adding the baking soda further helps alkalize ACV and save the body's bicarbonates from having to do the job. Undiluted ACV or excess of any ACV may hurt the tooth enamel and digestive tract.
Excess amounts like 8 ounces of ACV a day over time could possible be linked to osteoporosis and low potassium but the alkalizing remedies here are modest, only 2 tspns to 2 tablespoons 1-3 times a day and only for 3-5 days a week. If you already have low potassium levels or osteoporosis, check with a naturopath doctor if you plan to use ACV long-term. Otherwise, use ACV modestly as outlined in this website and as added precaution, keep a healthy diet of fresh vegetables (and fruits) which are naturally high in potassium and avoid excess processed, acidic, common salt high foods and beverages which can throw off potassium and calcium levels.
Source: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-816-APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.aspx?activeIngredientId=816&activeIngredientName=APPLE CIDER VINEGAR"
12/22/2010: Ripple from Seattle, Wa replies: "Ted please help :Really hungry veggies and avacado not giving me protein I need or carbs :Savere Candida Here: Cant digest protein, hurts like heck. Does baking soda stop digestion ? One of the posts here says it does and can cause some disease?WHat protein CAN I eat , and how long after I eat it, do I wait to take the baking soda. Also , I started to do the Apple Cider Vinegar and baking soda and was reading that it will hurt the enamal on my teeth. This sucks because I have very little to begin with. Do I stop taking it ? Also bumps on the back of tongue are large , is this bad? Much Love Ripple"
12/22/2010: Pietro R. Toll from Usa replies: "Ripple be careful misquoting posts, there was an earlier post that said some CANCER patients may lose appetite with baking soda, you've got candida not cancer. To protect your enamel dilute the vinegar before drinking, drink water after. Use a straw. As was mentioned by posters already, lots love."
01/31/2012: Harveyb from Austin, Texas replies: "I realize this is an old topic now, but for any future readers, in reference to what a poster asked about Dr. Hoover saying Baking Soda is toxic for infants is wrong. And not only wrong, but it's the complete opposite, It is the primary ingredient in Gripe Water formulas, to reduce acid reflux specifically for infants. I don't know about the ACV, and I'm sure in large doses Baking Soda can be bad, but this just makes me not want to go to Dr. Hoover for questions."
07/28/2012: Shawna from Okaton, Sd replies: "Too much of anything is a bad thing. High intakes of coffee are said to do the same thing that this says ACV does in high quantities. Coffee drank in excess is also said to strip the body of potassium, calcium and be toxic to the body but there is nobody warning us not to drink it any more. The key to anything is moderation."
09/14/2012: D from Jamaica Plains, Ma replies: "Check this link out for a long list of health problems caused by daily ingestion of Baking Soda... http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8285975.
And some people want to give it to infants. FTW!! Baking Soda is... Salt, Carbon Dioxide and Carbonate.
Too much salt = high blood pressure, etc.
Too much Carbon Dioxide = Low blood Oxygen.
Too much Carbonate = Irritant and poisonous.
You take those over and over everyday, you're probably not going to be too healthy. Though I suppose if you die from too much baking soda, you won't have heartburn anymore.
Need to treat heartburn? Change your diet. Think you can lower your pH to become healthy?... See a psychiatrist. :)"
11/10/2012: Todd from Gilbert, Az replies: "Lower your pH? Do you mean raise? The lower the pH the more acidic, alkaline is higher, so alkalinizing is raising your pH."
11/16/2013: Mark from Las Vegas replies: "@ D from Jamaica Plains, Ma:
You are ignorant of the topic you are speaking of. Many people have cured cancer with baking soda and molasses in fact if you google "baking soda and molasses" you will find videos from one man that did it.
Baking Soda with ACV had also helped many people. There is a question about the carbon dioxide being ingested but most people drink more in a soft drink than they do in a glass of ACV and Baking Soda.
People drink softdrinks everyday doing damage to their body due to the acidty and sugar and chemicals.
But Baking Soda & ACV actually alkalizines the body and ACV has potassium in it. And salt does not lead to high blood pressure, dehydration leads to high blood pressure and can be cured with adequate water and magnesium. Salt is natural sea salt is good for you."
04/23/2007: Janelle from Brisbane, Australia: "After reading a lot of comments regarding this remedy, it seems that people are getting confused between Bicarb Soda and Baking Soda. They are two different products. Could you please make it clear to those people who are referring to Bicarb Soda. Thanks.
4/24/2007: Janelle writes again: "Hi, I wrote to you yesterday asking if you could advise people about the difference between Baking Soda and Bicarbonate Soda. It seems that it was actually my mistake. In Australia and England (it seems) we don't refer to a product called Baking Soda. We call it Bicarb Soda. I think some people outside the US are getting confused because we also have Baking Powder which is a different product, usually Wheat/Corn flour with added Mineral Salts. Bicarb Soda is definately Sodium Bicarbonate and is the correct product. Hope this clears things up. Thanks for the great website."
EC: Thank you for the clarification!
12/18/2008: Kira from Saratoga, NY replies: "Ted or anyone who can get to this, what exactly is 250 mg water? I've looked online all for a conversion but could not find one that helps me. Is this like half a cup? Thanks!"
EC: Ted must mean grams (not milligrams), which is approximately 8.82 ounces of water.
01/08/2009: Brian from Vancouver, BC Canada replies: "Conversions: For easy purposes, 250 ml is 1 cup. (240 is closer). UK oz are 1/25 larger than US oz., also. 250 ml is 1/4 liter, or about 1/4 US quart, 1/5 UK quart.
250 mg would be 1/4 gram, or 1/120 oz. Couldn't dissolve much in that!"
05/28/2009: eachu168 from North Hollywood, CA replies: "I agree, Ted most likely meant 250g of water which is equivalent to approximately a little over 8oz (glass of water). I just discovered this site a week ago (May 23, 2009) and since discovery, I've already been trying all the different things suggested for the various health concerns i have ~ from vertigo, sleep apnea, & high blood pressure that hit me at the same time way back 1999. This is now 2009 so you all could tell how long I've suffered. It was very stupid of me to rely solely on what the doctors prescribed, but now with new ailments (eye retina scarring from floaters,getting overweight) surfacing and childhood ailments (allergy and asthma)still plaguing, the threat of an eye operation is what really prompted me to research. Accidently and luckily, I stumbled upon this site which is a blessing as it offers so much information unbeknown to me all these years, except for a few like the benefits of baking soda. I'll be posting what these natural remedies are doing to me once I have a defined results.
The first thing I tried is taking the Apple Cider Vinegar. For a few days, I was taking it straight (1 tablespoon) which after reading some detailed feedbacks today, is not the proper way to do. Last night, I tried mixing it with a freshly squeezed orange juice and it blended well so the strong sour taste was a lot less felt. Today, i will try mixing it with baking soda to an 8 ounce of water and see what happens. Its too early to say as I only started last week though I have noticed a slight tummy flattening too. I need to shed as much as 40 lbs i gained overtime after 4 carpal tunner surgeries so there's a lot of work ahead.
To everyone that has been helped by this site and contributed their experience, thanks and lets keep it up. spread the word and help as much people as we can to good health. I will be one of you now."
06/23/2009: harleydiva from Montreal, Quebec Canada replies: "okay, so here i was searching for remedies since my better half suffers. i couldn't help but notice the conversation about measurements... let's get something straight. liquids are measured in ml, milliliters. the conversion from imperial to metric is: 1cup=250 ml 1 teaspoon=5 ml, 1 tablespoon=15 ml. i don't know if this still helps, but there you have it.
and finally, i will be trying this on my bf, and will DEFINATELY post comments. it makes sense and if it works, god bless whoever thought of trying it!!!"
06/26/2009: Barbie from Saint Louis, Missouri replies: "I love this site. I stumbled on it two weeks ago. My question is how many cups of water equals 250mg."
07/15/2009: flipit1830 from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada replies: "eh! Since Ted's not in America he should know metric measure for liquid are fractions of a litre and grams define solids, sometimes what we know and what the fingers produce on the keyboard are like night and day this minor blip has caused much confusion.
The contributor from Quebec corrected description to assist our American friends who haven't converted to metric. Perhaps someone should consider posting a conversion chart on the home page because this must be an ongoing communication issue."
01/04/2010: Lori from New York, New York replies: "Hi Ted, I had read honey was also good so I was drinking honey and ACV in warm water in the a.m. Before bed, I was drinking the baking soda and water plain. I just tried all three together 1st thing in a.m. Based on your remedy of drinking the ACV and Baking Soda together, will the honey mixed in be doing me any good or will it have any negative effect?"
08/08/2010: Dlee from Indiana replies: "Hate to weigh in on such a seemingly minor matter - AKA the reference to 250mg of water. Ted probably meant 250ml of water, since the liter (and therefore the milliliter) are units of liquid measurement. As memory serves me, the metric system was originally based on the physical properties of water, so 250ml of water also weighs 250grams and occupies 250cc (cubic centimeters) of volume. So there is the math/metric lesson for today."
10/19/2010: Kleemarti from Tampa, Florida replies: "O.K. I get all the directions but after taking this on an empty stomach when can you eat?"
12/22/2010: Cheryl from Morayfield, Qld Australia replies: "Hi I have read much information on how adding honey to bicarb and ACV helps cancer patients as the honey becomes the carrier (cancer which is a fungus) as it is high in sugar and takes the bicarb straight to the cancer cells. Having had bowel cancer surgery I am currently taking this, I am off cholesterol and High Blood Pressure tablets now. This is working for ME! I am not advising this for anyone else. Search out for yourself. Treating cancer and destroying tumors with bakingsoda. There is much about this on you tube I typed in benifits of drinking bicarbonate soda. Get well"
12/26/2010: Bo from Birmingham, Uk replies: "Regarding ACV & Baking Soda, I used it for approximately a month with a few breaks in between. On the plus side, I noticed my monthly cycle was easier and my skin became clearer eventually... However, I then got the worst cold virus I've had in years which after almost 3 weeks & severe pain in my throat drove me to the doctor. I'm wondering if this was symptomatic of my body cleansing itself... Or was I using this treatment incorrectly. I was taking 1/2 teaspoon bakin soda and 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar in 8ozs water."
02/19/2011: Zarka Almas from Dubai replies: "Regarding ACV & Baking Soda, I used it for approximately a month with a few breaks in between. On the plus side, I noticed my monthly cycle was easier and my skin became clearer eventually... However, I then got the worst cold virus, stomach pain, I've had in years which after almost 4 weeks & severe pain in my throat drove me to the doctor. I'm wondering if this was symptomatic of my body cleansing itself... Or was I using this treatment incorrectly. I was taking 1/2 teaspoon bakin soda and 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar in a big glass water in the evening or bed time."
04/17/2011: Chris from Heathmont, Victoria, Australia replies: "apple cider vinegar should have 'the mother' in it (such as braggs). two teaspoons (10 ml) of acv and two teaspoons of honey topped up with hot water to make 250ml approx. should be taken three times a day for general health & wellbeing. will now try it with 1/4 teaspoon of bicarb. soda also."
05/06/2011: Katyayani from Hertfordshire, Uk replies: "Hi - Just want to chip in about Ted's comment that he uses vingegar instead of ACV because it's cheaper in Thailand. It's REALLY not the same things at all. Regular vinegar is acid forming, whereas the wonderful ACV is not. Godda spend the money Ted."Replies
05/05/2012: Victoriaa from Hong Kong, China replies: "I'm already taking ACV with honey (in a cup of water) daily; I plan to add baking soda in the mixture, is this a good idea? Was reading through the posts and can't find if anyone has tried this mixture, just the usual ACV honey or ACV baking soda. Thanks!"
08/10/2012: Emaderton3 from Nashville, Tn replies: "I have been doing a lot of reading about using ACV as a remedy for acid reflux. So which is it--the ACV adds acid to the stomach so it doesn't overproduce when you eat (the cause actually being a lack of acid) or does the ACV somehow add alkalinity?
I tried 1 tablespoon in water with honey last night after I ate and before I went to bed, and I had even worse reflux during the night that woke me up. Today, my throat is sore and my stomach is upset."
08/12/2012: Mc from Sacramento, Ca. replies: "Try the ACV with 1/4 tsp of baking soda in water. It helped my silent reflux."
08/14/2012: Emaderton3 from Nashville, Tn replies: "I have reduced it to 1 teaspoon in 8 oz of water. Not sure if it is doing anything. I am afraid to go up to the 2 tablespoons even with the baking soda in case it is too much for my system.
I know everyone is worried about ACV hurting their enamel because it is so acidic. I know it is pH ~2 or so. Most sodas are pH 2-3 (and are known to hurt teeth as well). But, if you are diluting tablespoons or teaspoons in water which is typically pH ~6-7, then shouldn't the risk to your teeth be minimized or not even an issue?"
01/14/2013: Nettie from Mackay, Qld Australia replies: "Hi I am really confused now. Are you able to give me the recipe for this in Australia terms please."
01/22/2013: Shannon from Minneapolis, Minnesota replies: "I don't understand this at all. If apple cider vinegar is an acid and baking soda alkaline, wouldn't taking them together effectively cancel out their benefits? What is the point of taking either of these if they are going to be neutralized before ingestion? If someone could explain the science on this, I would be very grateful."
01/22/2013: Wendy from Columbus, Oh replies: "Here's an EC link that talks about ACV and Ph, and acidity vs. alkalinity: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/acvinegar1.html#phBalance"
08/12/2012: Linda from New Haven, Ct, United States: "Hi. For my reflex issues I took 2 tsp. AVC with 6-8 oz water with my meal. It supplied the acid I needed right at the time I had food to digest. I never had an issue with it taking it that way.
However, I couldn't use the baking soda in it as it made my ankles swell - I am very sodium sensitive. Does anyone know of a substitute for the baking soda to be used with the ACV?"Replies
08/12/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Linda, if the ACV is working fine, why would you want to add the baking soda?"
08/13/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky replies: "Linda, there is, to my knowledge, a Potassium Bicarbonate. Also Tri-Salts (Calcium - Magnesium - Potassium). How these would mix w/ ACV I dunno, but you could take them orally at any rate."
08/13/2012: Linda from New Haven, Ct, United States replies: "I also have osteopenia and I am concered about the acid introduced into my system. I thought the baking soda was used to help with the drain on my calcium as it helps to counter some of the acid, but perhaps I am mistaken. If someone can clairify I would appreciate it."
08/13/2012: Mark from Lantzville, B.c. Canada replies: "For acid reflux, PLEASE try iodine, at least 12mg/day, it has changed my life. No more acidy stomach or reflux after 2 days of use."
08/13/2012: Dr. D from Anaheim Hills, Ca replies: "Chiropractic Hiatal Hernia adjustments and getting off dairy and sugar get rid of Reflux 99% of the time for my patients. Good luck."
08/13/2012: "Can you tell me how many drops of iodine is 12mgs? Thanks"
08/14/2012: Bill from San Fernando, La Union replies: "The number of drops to attain 12 mgs iodine is entirely dependent on the iodine strength used.
5% Lugols iodine, at 6.25 mgs iodine per drop, would take about 2 drops for a 12.5 mgs dose of iodine.
3% Lugols Iodine, at 3.75 mgs iodine per drop, would take between 3 and 4 drops for a 12 mgs dose.
2% lugols iodine, at 2.50 mgs per drop, would take 5 drops for a 12.5 mgs dose.
08/15/2012: Linda from New Haven, Ct, United States replies: "I didn't see the posts I put up yesterday so I'll respond again:
@ Timh: Thank you. I'll give it a try. I know Ted speaks of needing the bicarbonate with the ACV. Potassium bicarbonate should work as well as the sodium bicarbonate without the resulting edema I get from the sodium bicarbonate. Thanks for the suggestion!
@ Mark: I've been taking Lugol's 5% since last November. I took a large amount (8 drops) per day for three months, then tapered down to my maintaence dose of 2 drops per day. It helps with other issues but has not seemed to have any effect on the acid reflux.
@ Dr D: I've gone sugar & dairy free for the past 12 weeks and it has improved my acid issues somewhat but my main improvement still seems to be from the ACV. I have had a bit of weight loss recently (20 pounds) and that too seems to have brought some additional improvement. I hope to be reflux free soon!"
07/15/2011: Casey from Elkton, Maryland: "I just started taking 2 tbs. ACV with 1/4 tsp baking soda and 1tsp agave. I have been on prevacid for many years. This mixture has been working real well for me. My tongue is burning a bit. I have a hiatal hernia(sp) and gerd. I'm afraid to stop for the two days because I know my heartburn will be bad. Is it ok to take this everyday 3x a day?"Replies
07/15/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Too much baking soda is bad for you. The baking soda will neutralise your stomach acid. How are you then going to be able to digest your food. You need the stomach acid to digest your food. Taking ACV alone would be a better option. You can add honey to taste. The ACV alone will stop the acid reflux anyway."
08/23/2011: Jjc from Boston, Ma replies: "I agree with Debbie from all I have read.
2 tablespoons is on the high end of ACV. You may want to cut the ACV to 1 tablespoon 3x a day and see how that works. Also try using more water so your tongue won't burn."
10/01/2011: Phyllis from Goshen, Indiana replies: "It is imperative that your stomach is making hydrochloric acid to digest your proteins or nothing will help your health. If your body is not using what you are taking in, your health will get worse no matter what you eat or supplements you take. The older you get the less hydrochloric your body makes but even younger people could suffer this way, I suppose. It's like starving to death eventually. I'm not sure if there are tests to determine how much your body is making but all older people (50 ) might be susceptible and need to take these supplements every time they eat and especially proteins. Proteins are not only meat, fish and dairy but dairy and grains, beans and rice or corn eaten together. Search proteins.
Betaine hydrochloric acid is what is necessary.
I drink ACV/mother with Stevia, everyday while getting hydrated also. Sugar depletes B vitamins. Tupelo honey is the only sweetening agent (except Stevia) that will not activate insulin output.
If you have calcium in your water (lime) and it crystalizes on the edge, white vinegar will clean it off readily."
01/15/2013: Plantsower from Burson, Ca replies: "Dfleming, it's an old post so I hope you've gotten relief. But if not, I find that when heartburn is intolerable and plain baking soda doesn't work, I take 1/2 to 3/4 tsp. baking soda, 1 capful of ACV, and 2-3 oz water. Works like a champ! Plain ACV causes me more pain.
I have ordered some slippery elm powder as I have read that it actually heals the intestinal tract from one end to the other which I could definitely use."
06/08/2010: Debbie from Ojai, Ca, Usa: "When we start taking the baking soda and ACV for Acid Reflux, is there a time limit where we can stop taking this and the Acid Reflux would be gone, or is this a lifetime of taking this remedy?"Replies
11/22/2010: Dfleming from Plattsburgh, Ny, Usa replies: "I am in day 5 of the worst Acid Reflux of my life, and in day 4 of Ted's Remedy. I haven't gotten any relief yet, but I'm not giving up! I was taking the purple pill for two weeks, but it seemed to have quit working, so I stopped it. I started with 2 tbsp organic ACV, 1/4 tsp of baking soda and upped it to 1/2 tsp last night. I know Ted's post said you could go as high as 2 tbsp of baking soda, but I'm interested to hear at what dosage of baking soda (and after how long) others started experiencing relief?"
11/27/2011: Dave From Greenville, Sc from Greenville, Sc replies: "To Debbie: You take as needed. If you have eaten a lot of spicey food or a lot of red meat or ice cream for instance, then the ACV formula should be taken after eating and before bed. But if you have not eaten so "richly" then you would not have to take the ACV. ACV will help, I have found, mild cases of reflux. Watch the coffee; even the decaf is acidic. And that worsens reflux. Ice cream is a killer, especially consumed at night. Heavy meats like pork and steaks also will kick in reflux.
For a certain case of reflux consume for two or three days the following: Coffee in the am with a bowl of cereal and lots of milk to wash it down, hamburger for lunch, chilli and beans for supper and for a nice night cap a big bowl of ice cream topped with chocolate sauce. Maybe you could get away with that at 21 years old but the body just will not give you enough enzymes to digest that kind of toxic lifesytle at 35. The ACV will help but is not magic is you are self inflecting digestive destruction."
03/06/2012: Cajun from Collinsville, Illinois, Usa replies: "About 35 years ago, Acid Reflux [AR] was an every day, all day occurence... I lived on Baking Soda [BS] and antacids... I only used the combination of ACV & BS for the rare, gut wrenching situations: 1 tbspn of ACV, followed by 4oz of water w/1 tspn of BS.... You could hear the belch across town but there was total relief. Antacids are the worst things you can take... [as advertised] they deplete 100% of the acids in your stomach; then the 'stomach says 'Hey, all the acids are gone and there SHOULD be acids in the stomach'; so the stomach begins to pump in more acids.... Within the hour you now have 'indigestion' all over again, so now you take more antacids, and the cycle begins once again.... I began adding 2-3oz of ACV to my twice-daily 24oz office mug of water and soon the days of indigestion were gone.... I haven't had indigestion since.... I also adopted a concoction of: 32oz Aloe Vera Juice; 48oz Cranberry Juice and 48oz Distilled Water for my replacement of drinking water..... [1 gal. = 1/4 AVJ finished with equal parts of CJ & DW]. Over the years, I've recommended this to coworkers and it was 100% successful... Guess what?... After their issues subsided, they stopped the ACV & AVJ.... Not too smart, huh?? :)"
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 06/02/2010: Mia from Townsville, Qld, Australia: "Ted,
[quote]SHOULD YOU TAKE IT EVERY DAY?
No, take it for 5 days, then stop for 2 days.[/quote]
Why do you need to stop taking the baking soda, if there are no side effects?
If I don't have the baking soda with the ACV my reflux comes back. Please answer, thankyou."
06/03/2010: Rainman from Central, Vt, Usa replies: "I think the idea is to give your body a rest from supplements once a week. That way you do not develop a need for them. However, I was told during healing/treatment... you take continuously as long as you need until you feel like you can go without.
How long have you been taking acv/bs? If you have been on it long term and still need it everday. You are probably masking another issue. Perhaps you should evaluate your diet?"
06/19/2010: Mia from Townsville, Australia replies: "Hi Rainman, thanks for your reply. I've been taking the ACV BSoda since the 27th May and it's been extremely successful, however when I stop the ACV BSoda combination for the 2 day rest period, my reflux comes back, hence my ? on why we need a 2 day respite from this combo if it's working.
I started getting extreme belching and upper gas locking about 18 months ago. The pain I experienced in my chest because of the locked wind was unbearable....couldn't lie down, had to sleep in a jason recliner some nights, nothing would relieve it.I started 40mg of Nexium and was decreased to 20mg about 6 months ago.....No tests were carried out until about 2 months ago, when I complained that my symptoms were coming back, even worse. My doc advised me to go back on the 40mg of Nexium but that still didn't relieve that tightness and belching pain. My endoscopy showed a large Hiatus Hernia and gastritis....that's when I decided to take a look on the internet for home remedies.
The ACV BSoda has been a Godsend. I went off my Nexium the day I started the ACV (with the Mother) and haven't looked back. I have lost at least 3kg, as weight gain is a side effect of Nexium, as are headaches and numerous other side effects.
I really had nothing to lose by trying this home remedy and hope that if you're a reflux sufferer you persevere with a formula of the ACV BSoda.I take 2tablespoons of the ACV and a 1/4 teaspoon of the BS,3 times a day,usually on an empty stomach but try different strengths, you'll soon find what the right combo is for you.
Goodluck fellow reflux sufferers :) :)....reflux sucks and I'm soooo glad that part of my life is behind me."
06/25/2010: Mia from Townsville, Australia replies: "OK, just an update....it's now 6 days after my last post and I have been able to decrease my ACV/BS to morning and evening, just before meals.
I had chicken curry last night, delicious and absolutely no belching,heartburn or any discomfit. I haven't had to sleep elevated for 1 month. I haven't had discomfit for 1 month .I am able to eat what I like however the memory of reflux is still there so I am cautious.
So the long and short of it is, I and my family are really relieved that something so simple is able to help me."
07/17/2012: Flygirl799 from Austin, Texas replies: "My stomach was burning like fire and in my experience this worked! Do the ACV and Baking soda for the Reflux. But you MUST replace your Stomach Flora or it will continue and not be able to return to normal. I took
Aloe Vera Water
Bioflavenoids to replace Flora
Plant based Vit. C
There was one other thing the vit store lady gave me and I can't remember what it was but it also replaced stomach flora.
In a few days it made a world of difference!!! I continued drinking the Aloe until the gallon jug was gone. I just drank an ounce or two several times a day.
No one mentions this here but you must STOP ingesting the culprits, especially Alcohol/beer. There is NO alcohol that is healthy and that includes your glass of wine every night! It's feeding your candida and killing your stomach/gut chemistry. Not to mention the sulfites and bad chemicals. If you have to have sweetner use only raw honey. No breads."
04/13/2010: Joni from Ajijic, Mexico: "Hi Ted,
I have been on Earth Clinic and found it so interesting. I have had several bouts with what I believe to be Gerd. Pain in my chest (increases while lying down, stomach discomfort, tremendous gas. However along with these symptoms, usually at night, I get flu-like symptoms: body aches,lethargy, light-headedness. After taking an IBprofin or Tylenol it will go away. Have any of your readers experienced anything like this? The doctor does not believe they are related, but I know they are. I get them each time together, and I feel miserable. May I add that I have been taking OnecAPS. After reading your articles, I will be going on the ACV and baking soda plan today. I will keep you posted."
02/05/2011: Mary from Mukilteo, Wa replies: "About the light headedness I can sympathise. I took it to be part of the malady. I also have anxiety but never attached the light headedness with acid reflux with anxiety until I was trying to analyze just what is going on and maybe I can stop it bit by bit. Then I realized I was anxious and disappointed that here reflux comes again."
03/20/2011: Adam from Gainesville, Fl replies: "I feel your pain, Mary. I have a problem with panic attacks, as well as acid reflux. When my stress is high, like it is now, I get severe reflux from eating even bland foods. The lump/swelling feeling in my throat from the reflux triggers panic attacks, as the "closing of the throat" feeling is one of the worst things I hate about panic attacks. My reflux was so bad this morning, I took 2mg of xanax over 4 hours to calm down and tolerate/address the reflux. I'll try this ACV and baking soda recipe once I go the store. I sure hope this works, because pepto, tums, and prilosec OTC don't do a damn thing."
10/04/2011: Jalynn from Lucasville, Oh replies: "I also suffer from headaches and body aches and general malaise when I have acid stomach. I have often noticed all symptoms relieved with stomach acid neutralization. My father has noticed the same correlation, however, your symptoms could be something more severe. Pay close attention to your symptom relief when you get relief for your stomach acid reflux. If you cure the reflux but you have other symptoms, then the issues are likely unrelated."
05/01/2012: Melmc from Orlando, Fl replies: "To Joni, Mary, Adam, and Jalynn: I have read that ALL of your symptoms can be connected to a candida overload. You all may want to research on how to fight candida. It is apparently a fungus normally found in small quantities in our bodies, but can go into overdrive, in turn causing an overwhelming amount of problems, including the ones that you all have listed. Ted's ACV-Bsoda remedy may help, but I encourage you to read his response to 06/12/2008: Kristin from Los Angeles, CA:" http://mail.earthclinic.com/remedies/acv_baking_soda_cures7.html
[YEA] 04/10/2010: Brynn from Sacramento, Ca: "Hi, I just had to post about Ted's remedy for acid reflux. I have been on antacid prescription drugs for wayyy to may years(10) 40 mg. twice a day. I hate to think of all the damage it has caused, not to mention all the horrible side effects I have suffered, which have included migraines, bloating, belching, extreme fatigue and probably numerous others that I have yet to identify. I am 48 yrs old, I don't look my age, but certainly feel older. I had to let Ted and others who suffer with this, know what my experience has been with the apple cider vinegar and backing soda recipe. I have been on the remedy for 5 days and I am amazed at how well it has worked! the first day I used apple cider vinegar with the "mother" 2 Tbs. in water 3 times a day, however I did experience some nausea the first day and was very tired and a little bit of a headache( I think this was just some detox side effects). I have to tell you that I never experienced any heartburn at all! This is amazing considering that usually if I even miss one dose of my antacid meds. I would get severe heartburn!. The second day continued with just the water and vinegar 3 x day, again with a little nausea. Days 3-5 I switched to using the 2tbls. of the vinegar and 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. of baking soda 3x a day one hour before meals no nausea. This is just an amazing remedy, and I was extremely skeptical about this working. But thank you God and Ted for this recipe and I hope others who are suffering will give it a try to see if it will work for them as well. I will continue the remedy after 2 days off and report my results, God bless!!"Replies
04/15/2010: Angela from Oxnard, California, Usa replies: "My husband suffered with acid reflux for many many years. After trying absolutely EVERYTHING, I finally hit on the perfect regimen for him, and he does not suffer anymore, thank God! Please try this and do it religiously, and I promise you will see results.
1) Take a broad spectrum digestive enzyme with each meal. Any health food store carries this.
2) As needed, take charcoal capsules for reflux, stomach upset, gas. Don't take this with medication as it will absorb anything and everything in your stomach. Also available at health food/ vitamin shops.
3) Before bed each night, have a glass of aloe juice or some kind of wheat grass juice. This will neutralize the stomach acid and it got rid of my husband's gas/belching problem completely. Buy at health store in liquid form, or for the grass, in powder form and make your own glass of juice.
That's it! These 3 things seem to address all the symptoms, and my husband now eats pretty much anything he wants. Just avoid eating too close to bedtime."
05/26/2010: Sandra from Fort Worth, Texas, Usa replies: "I agree with the person who said Acid Reflux is not a disease. It can be your body's response to eating food that it is having trouble digesting. It can also be a sign that your body is reducing the production of natural enzymes and hydrochloric acid, something that occurs naturally with age.
I started having acid reflux about 15 years ago, when I was in my 40's and noticed it would be much worse if I ate pasta or fried foods at dinner. I went to a nutritionist who had me start taking enzymes and Betaine Hydrochloride capsules with every meal. One each at light meals and two each with heavier meals. I haven't had acid reflux since day-1. I too thought it was strange to add acid to an already acid-feeling stomach but I now realize that, if you want to be healthy as you age, you have to replace what your body stops producing.
I have found that I have a particularly difficult time digesting carbohydrates so I limit them, especially at the evening meal. Other than that I eat like I did when I was a youngster, including red meat.
My colon is clean because I fully digest my food and I am blessed with good health because my body is able to extract all the nutrients from the food I eat."
08/24/2010: Marilyn from Warnerrobins, Ga replies: "I just wanted to clarify that acid reflux is also due to the flap or sphincter between the esophagus and stomach not closing correctly so the acid seeps back into our esophagus as well as what I call verps (vomit burps). I inherited this condition from my grandfather (lucky me) so I want to try the Apple Cider Vinegar and baking soda. But my question is that I am taking Apple Cider Vinegar and honey for excessive sweating so will two different concoctions be too much for me? Or can I not have too much of a good thing?"
09/24/2011: Joyce from Papamoa Beach, Tauranga, New Zealand replies: "Angela from Oxford - Thank you for your comments and I am going to give it a try as I don't like taking Bi Carb Soda nor Appple Cider Vinegar.
I am a young 63yr old and under a lot of stress with living on very for 3 years with no job. I was 9st 3lb and lost 1 stone each year (which is not good) due to the stress of trying to run a house on the little $ and over the last year have noticed that I get the acid reflux from time to time and it is very painful. I have also become very constipated and get terrible wind coming up the left side of my stomach and when I sit or lay down I get wind thru my body and am to see a specialist at the end of October. Meanwhile I am trying to get some answers. My doctor gave me Rantidine for the acid reflex but I find if difficult with the 3 restrictions that go with it.
Therefore I will try your remedy and see how it works. Thanking you."
10/03/2011: Paul from Dalhousie, New Brunswick Canada replies: "Hi Paul from new Brunswick Canada,
I had similar symptoms you are having. When talking to my doctor, I kept telling him terrible gas and irregular bowels.
After a year I tried other diets, raw food, no help. The short story, emergency operation, and a piece of my bowel was removed. It was diverticuliis. If the doc would've caught it
before, it could have been treated with antibiotics."
03/15/2012: Loo from Ranfurly, Ab.canada replies: "My husband was diagnosed with a hiatus hernia. The doctors wanted to operate. We heard a radio talk about a natural product called "oragamax" pill form not oil. You get acid reflux because the "flapper" is not closing properly because of accumulated bacteria, oragamax eats it up and the flapper can close. Good luck"
04/26/2012: Greta from Kamloops, Bc Canada replies: "To Loo from Ranfurly, Alberta - when do you take the oragamax and for how long?"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 03/04/2010: Denise M. from Detroit, Mi: "Greetings to my fellow reflux suffers:
After reading all the feedback on this site, I can't tell you how things have changed for me.
I was diagnosed with reflux a few years back,and prescribed the usual regiment of acid blockers. That worked until a recent flare left me burning incessantly all day long. After a trip to my gastro doc; I had an egd(throat scope) to see if any cancer was present, then put on a monitor that I wore for 48 hours recording times and ate/drank while sitting, standing, or laying down. It was determined I probably be on medication for the rest of my life.
I was prescribed dual therapy that included Omeprazole and ranitadine before bed. Then I ran across this website, and others that wanted to charge to download the natural remedies described as probably already in your kitchen.
I left work that day, chest burning even after medication, and went to the nearest health food store, and bought my bottle of ACV. I mixed it with a level teaspoon of baking soda, two level tablespoons of ACV,and a cup of water.
While I'm hesitant to use the word "cure", sustained relief is putting it mildly. No more medication folks, and after the first week of on for 5 days off for two, I now just use as needed.
Thanks for all the sharing
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 03/10/2010: Melinda from Long Beach, Ca replies: "I used Ted's remedy back in February when I awoke early one morning to horrible pain near my diaphram (?) and had spit coming up to my mouth, but not necessarily vomiting. I found his remedy a day later when I figured out I had acid reflux. I took it for 5 days or so then had to stop because my tongue was so raw. (I see now it says to take 2 days off after 5 on.) The good news is that by that time I felt fine.
I realize now I have acid reflux for quite awhile but never knew it. I get wet burps and have dispepsia (but did not even know what that was before) and a few other symptoms. With research, and because I try to do the natural, healthy thing anyway, I have kept this at bay by eating mostly raw foods, healthy nuts (mostly almonds), no dairy, very little meat, very little grains/breads. This is helping. I cheat and have a piece of chocolate (because I LOVE it) once in awhile. I also gave up my occasional glass of red wine:( and try not to drink coffee - I usually drink tea anyway - And drink LOTS of water.
The thing is, I went to the GI doc (just to make sure because this is all new to me and my hubby was worried) and he confirmed the condition and gave me a bunch of Prevacid samples. I have not taken any so far - YAY!
I guess I should keep up the ACV regime. I stopped and never went back but I know I still have reflux. I just don't like my tongue getting so raw."
03/10/2010: Karen from New York, Ny replies: "So many are misled to think that acid reflux is a real disease. More likely it is the body's warning signal that something is wrong (in this case with the function of the GI tract)much like a headache is also a warning symptom not a disease to be "treated" with painkillers. One thing I have noticed in my own self treatment of "acid reflux" is that ACV does give relief but that persistent acid reflux is caused by overload of my intestinal tract and a "dirty" colon. Regular attention to what I am eating and high fiber raw vegetables and fruits along with occasional high colonic irrigation or detoxing get rid of acid reflux permanently. Unfortunately, I am sometimes weak about my eating habits and over indulge in meats, fats and starches. Twice in my life I have had a bout of severe back pain that would not go away along with acid reflux. Both times I eventually realized that the pain was really caused by retention of fecal matter on the colon walls. Even though I thought I was "regular" I was not voiding enough. Eventually, enemas, raw fruits, vegetables, probiotics and yes ACV and lemon juice got me back to a good condition. If I keep it up and don't indulge, especially now that I am 57, I will never experience back pain and acid reflux again. That's my expectation. I will keep you posted."
09/27/2011: Healthy Me- from New York, Ny replies: "I have just been diagnosed with laryngospasm- severe throat closing- wakes me up in my sleep choking... The Dr. Mentioned GERD- Acid Reflux Disease. Is lemon Juice and Acidic fruits not the worst thing to take? This is what I have been reading?"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 01/29/2010: Stephanie from Eugene, Or: "I have suffered from acid reflux and hair loss for about 3 years. I tried Ted's recipe of ACV and baking soda in water, I liked the taste of it. I had to put about 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 2 tablespoons of ACV in 8 oz of water inorder to reach 7.0 acid level. I think the large amount of baking soda is making me retain water, I feel very puffy and scale is up. I'd appreciate feedback if others have experienced this. Thank you. Love this site."Replies
04/26/2010: Tom from Houston, Texas replies: "Stephanie, bicarbonate of soda has sodium in it. Sodium causes the body to retain water and that is why you feel puffy and are gaining weight. 3/4 tsp. is too much for you, reduce the dosage to 1/4 teaspoon."
12/30/2009: Leonardo from Atlanta, Ga: "Hello,
I believe I got GERD from excessive beer drinking. I have now been living with this disease for 3 months. I've been to the doc and I was treated for H pilory bacteria. However, no change in my symptoms. I have been taken over the counter prilosec two different kinds and now I'm taking Nexium. However, there is little change. when I go to bed my stomach just start generating bubles that go up to my throath and completely burns it. I read this site that acv/baking soda 2x or 3x works. I stopped the nexium today and my gas has returned and I'm really scared that tomorrow I will wake up with my chicks swollen like before. AM I on the right treatment? how long before I see some progress? should I add something else? I thank you for any help you can provide"Replies
01/01/2010: Just Me from Boca Raton, Fl replies: "Do not stop taking your medications for Gerd. ACV is an acid and will actually make things worse for you.
Personally my indigestion increases with my weight. My healthiest weight is 180lbs, but I have a tendency to be heavier. When I gravitate to 200, symptoms of indigestion at night begin. That when I start popping the tums to counter the acid in the throat. It helps very quickly to relieve the symptoms but it is not a cure. I found losing weight makes the indigestion totally disappear and I can eat any food type at my healthy weight and not experience any problems.
Moral of the story, if you could stand stand to lose a few pounds, do it and start exercising and I promise your Gerd will disappear."
01/04/2010: Leonardo from Atlanta, Ga replies: "Hello "just me". thank you for the response. I have now been on ACV/BAKING SODA for 4 days. So far my disease has not gotten worse but not much better either. Today I started drinking the ACV/BAKING SODA before every meal and before I go to bed. I feel less burning on my back and will see what it goes tonight. I'm desperately trying to save my throat. I'm hoping for improvements soon. I'll see my doc for the 4th time on the 11 and I hope I wont need him. I'm really not that much overweight maybe about 5 pounds or so but I'll loose that to make sure this is not the problem. I'm encouraged that I'm not worst I'm also eating probiotics after each meal. ALso i noticed i get more gas out of raw veggies than rice, potatoes, bread.. doesnt make any sense. I'll keep posting progress hopefully helps others. I've read postings here but are very short and dont see many over a long period of treatment. thanks for the advice. I'm including all in my diet and treatment!"
01/16/2010: Leonardo from Atlanta, Ga replies: "Hello everyone, This is leonardo again. I want to keep writing here because I haven't seen anybody posting their progress here so everyone can see how long before they were cured. My experience has been since I posted the first time is that ACV has done a better job in my desease that 5 visits to 3 different doctors and prescriptions like omeprazole,prevacid and others that are similar. this week I went to the doc and he gave me another one to make my stomach process food better that when I received it from the pharmacy has 4 sheets of possible side effects. In my situation, I dont have any condition that shows somethings is wrong. liver,esophagus,blood work ok. Most of the day I'm ok but at night the acid goes up and it burns my throat. its really bad. I stopped acv for a couple of days to try prevacid but the second night I got some nasty stomach pain and same acid going in my throat. I stopped right away and resumed acv/bakind soda. two nights ago it was 2 am and I had not gotten acid in my throat. I'm basically taking ACV 4x a day. protonics, papaya enzymes,magnesium/potasium supplements, ginger root supplements and doing a mostly alkaline diet. on the night that i did not have any issues I also worked out. So I'm checking to see what exactly happened for this type of success but I'm excited. Still going to the doc to check my throat soon for permenent damage. remember I wasted 2.5 months tying the docs medicine. I'm pretty confident that this as well as my new diet will cure this nasty disease and I'll keep everyone updated as too many people are being hurt by the medicines they are prescribed"
01/25/2010: Sammie from London, Uk replies: "To Leonardo from Atlanta, thanks for your feedback its nice to know this works. Just a comment on fresh veg giving you gas, its because it is live food and needs more enzymes to break it down, which is a good thing and so is gas unfortunately, better out than in. Rice Bread and Potatoes are a different carbohydrate bread is already processed so the hard work has already been done."
02/05/2010: Martina from Spokane, Wa replies: "To Leonardo from Atlanta, Thanks for keeping everyone updated on your progress! I have also suffered from GERD, ulcers and a hiatal hernia for years. One thing that really helps with the burning in the throat over night is to elevate the head. When you lay flat the stomach acid creeps up into your throat and burns your throat. Two pillows should be enough to help. Also how late are you eating before you go to bed. A good rule of thumb is to eat at least 2 hours before you lay down.
I have also been trying the ACV, for about 2 weeks now, and have had some success. I am off my prescription medication. I still take an over the counter when I have a GERD attack. I'm not very consistant about doing it 3X per day and I don't add baking soda because the taste is horrible.
Is there something I can add to the baking soda ACV mix to help with the taste? I can't even choke it down!"
02/07/2010: Kp from Lawrenceville, Ga replies: "Hi Martina, Would like to comment: Add honey, it cuts the taste of the ACV and bs. I take this "tonic" twice daily, it has helped so much; especially helpful from The_Phoenix, I now use 1/2 tsp of bs. Now that made a big difference and canker sores eliminated. Thanks EARTHCLINC for this site and the shared info is absolutely wonderful!"
04/06/2010: Nellie from Dallas, Texas replies: "Hello all. I have never posted to sites like this before, but wanted to reply to the "honey added" comment. I would LOVE to add honey to the concoction of ACV with mother and Baking Soda, which I started taking today for the first time...BUT I have diabetes (pretty well controlled with diet and exercise - 6.3 A1C) but the honey spikes insulin (and extremely quickly when eating no protein). Especially 3X daily. Something to consider.
I am 73, have Barrett's Esophaegus, hietal hernia, gerd, diabetes, arthritis, and am grossly overweight. I am on no meds. My blood pressure is usually 177/90 daily, colesterol is total 300. You can see that I am not in good health. I eat no sugar/flour, lots of veggies, do little exercise. I want to try this ACV BS for a week, even though I go to the dr tomorrow and will undoubtedly get prescriptions for meds. I have read at this site that ACV is good for BP,Gerd, and arthritis.
Also, someone commented that ACV would not work because it is "acid". He was right in that ACV is acid. The bottle states 5.0. We need 7.0 for it to be neither acid nor alkaline. That is why Ted says to add the baking soda. 1 tsp BS 2T ACV glass of water makes the right PH.
Thank you for all of your input...it is what I needed to hear, because I do NOT want to take meds! Will it work??? I hope so!! I want to try it for 5 days at least. Also, heard it was good for arthritis pain...Maybe I can "kill 2 - or 3 - birds with one stone." I will post again in 5 days to tell you if anything is improved!"
06/06/2010: Debbie from Ojai, Ca replies: "I read an entry from Karl about vinegar and baking soda removing his Acid reflux. I want to know how much or the mix of vinegar and baking soda he did and how long before he noticed the Acid Reflux was gone. I also have feeling of liquid and juice in my throat .How long before you noticed you losing weight"
01/27/2012: John from London, On Canada replies: "I suffered with a severe case of GERD and tried all the pharaceutical remedies without any relief for over 2 years. I then read an email from some alternative health company and the cure for it was to start eating apples. I did just that and I have not had a single attack for over 3 years now. So start eating apples and your acid reflux problem will go away instantly. I recommend that you clean up your diet as well, eat more fruit and vegetables and don't eat anything deep fried and try to eat only unprocessed food. Too much fat in the diet makes the whole body sluggish and causes candida as well.
Candida acts as a buffer to clean up the blood sugar when the adrenals are exhausted because a coating of fat on the cells blocks the absorption of sugar into the cells causing the body to put out more and more insulin to the point of exhaustion. Candida in this case is there to protect the body. SO before you go on an anti candida regimen you need to eliminate fats from the diet and start eating more fruit and vegetables without added oils. Once the levels of fat are brought down the candida will disappear on its own. No one will ever get rid of excess candida in their body unless fat levels are at a healthy level. You will NEVER get rid of candida completely because everyone on earth has some of it in their body. It is supposed to be there.
See Understanding Candida by Dr Doug Graham Youtube video for a greater understanding."
[YEA] 12/04/2009: Karl from Boynton Beach, Fl: "I recently recovered from a particular heavy bout of upper resporitary infection (uri) / bronchitus. It took 14 days before I started feeling better. Two days later I started the classic symptoms again, tight chess, wheezing. I decided, thats it, off to the ENT (Ear Nose Throat) doctor. I described all my symptoms, frequent bouts of bronchitus. He put this scope down my nose and throat and nonchalantly exclaimed "You have acid reflux", prescribed aciphex (ppi) and strong cortisone to clear up my congested sinusses.I must add that up to this point, I never had reflux or experienced the sensation of food coming up my esouphagus. Within 6 days of starting the aciphex, I started experiencing extreme nausea, I could hardly keep any food down and constantly had the sensation of food/fluid coming up my esouphagus. I could no longer sleep at night and frequently woke up with the sensation of drowining. I woke up exhausted everymorning with a very hoarse voice. I started getting the sensation that something is stuck in my throat, I stopped taking the aciphex and went to see an internist, described my symptoms, he prescribed an h2 blocker, pepcid and a mobility pill to clear my stomach. I started drinking the mobility pill before each meal, and the pepcid at night. Within 3 days, my digestion stopped completely, food would sit in my stomach all day and not digest. Went back to see him, told him whats happening, he ordered upper gi with barium x-rays and a ct scan of the lower abdomen and pelvis. After calling the medical aid to find how much I would have to pay out of pocket, I decided to stop this nonsense. 8 weeks and I am worse off than when I started, so I started taking organic apple cider vinegarÂ with baking soda on Dec 2nd 2009. I am astounded and ecstatic to say that today Dec 4 2009, I have not had any sensation of food stuck in my throat or food / fluid coming up my esouphagus. One positive thing that came out of this is that I had to re-evaluate my diet and stress levels. I lost 12 pounds in 8 weeks due to small portions I have to eat now. I will carry on with a predominantly fruit based diet and one larger meal with chicken etc per day for the next couple of days and gradually introduce other foods to see what effect they have.
Thankoyu thankyou thankyou, ACV has saved my life!"
12/04/2009: Kparker from Charlottesville, Va: "I am starting to take the ACV therapy for my GERD (which isn't being helped by prescription medication). Should I use baking soda if this is the reason for my ACV therapy? If I make the ACV drink more "neutral", am I counteracting its use for GERD? Thanks!"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 11/30/2009: Peanut from Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines: "I'm confused on the alkalizing formulas. I'm a 47 year old female. I began having acid reflux about a month ago. Unsure if I have too little or too much acid. PPIs or antacids not helping at all. I tried 2 Tbs ACV 1/2tsp baking soda, then added 4oz water after fizzing stopped. I drank this once I stated having heartburn. I also tried this in AM and PM on empty stomach. No help at all with my constant acid-reflux or ph of 6. What formula is best? The quantity? Best time to take? How long before or after meals?"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 11/02/2009: Bee from Usa, Usa: "ACV/Baking Soda Side Effects
I have had trouble with stomach problems for years now- heartburn/acid-reflux- burps where the acid comes all the way back up my throat (yuck!) and stomach pain, etc. I decided to try the ACV and baking soda- used the dosages Ted recommends- just took it once in the evening. I had stopped drinking coffee too (I know that doesn't help)- yet I was having bad stomach pain and really bad nausea- to the point I had to lay my head down bc I thought I was going to vomit. I stopped and it's okay now- about like it was before- not perfect. Could I have an ulcer? I feel like my stomach can't tolerate this remedy. I was taking kefir to help- I think I will go back to that."Replies
11/02/2009: Carolyn from Hobbs, Nm, Usa replies: "Response to Bee from usa. Bee, kefir will make your stomach worse. I know. I tried it for months and continually got worse. I would suggest you stay off everything for a few days and then try the ACV again with honey. It has worked miracles for me. It wasn't easy taking it at first but I stayed with it. Now I am so much better. I've been on it 3 months now. It is the only thing that has ever helped me. I used to take Prevacid and Nexium and now I am down to 1 small Zantac a day. Good luck. Carolyn"
11/03/2009: Bee from Usa replies: "Hmmm..I wondered if dairy products may not be best. I have to avoid dairy or I get digestive issues- kefir doesn't bother me though. But I really wanted to use kefir since it has soo many great benefits. As for the ACV I actually don't mind the taste so taking it is okay. As for honey- I would even enjoy it that way- but I'd like to reduce sugar in my diet. I still wonder if I have an ulcer since I have symptoms of it- but when I went to the doctor they said my stomach was probably just irritated- and lay off irritating foods such as coffee. I know which of these foods make it worse- cuz I can feel it almost instantly. I think it may be that I need a much more drastic diet change tho- mine is definitely not the best. I eat healthy food- but too much other bad/junk food. Thank you for your feedback!"
11/10/2009: Scotch from Erie, Pa, Usa replies: "if you feel you have an ulcer, i recommend trying raw manuka honey. it cured my severe stomach pain. take 1-2 tsp on dry bread or crackers before each meal and at bedtime till your stomach feels normal. now i just take some in the morning--it tastes good too. it is rather expensive--around $20 for 12 oz but it is well worth it."
03/31/2014: Gordon from Syracuse, Ny replies: "I want to try the ACV/baking soda remedy for GERD but I'm currently taking Prilosec 20mg, which I want to stop taking altogether because of the bad side effects. Is it okay to take ACV/baking soda while taking Prilosec, or should I ween myself of Prilosec first?"