Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Alkaline Water
- Alkalizing Formula for Multiple Ailments
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
- Baking Soda
- Bill's Formula
- Dietary Changes
- General Feedback
- Lemon Bicarb, Blackstrap Molasses
- Lemon Formula
- Lime Formula
- On Alkalizing
- pH Urine Test
- Remedies Needed
- Vitamin C Sodium Ascorbate
09/30/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe: "A question on alkalizing drink: Does anyone know if Vitamin C powder plus Baking Soda in water, gives the same alkalizing effect as lemon/lime and BS or ACV and ..."
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[QUESTION] 08/30/2010: Deb from Chicago, Il, Usa: "Can you mix a batch of the lemon, baking soda for the week? My daughter has done the shots etc. Nothing has worked. She has had this since she started school-5 yrs. old. Back then product worked, now nothing is working and she is almost bald."Replies
11/08/2010: Tdt from Vancouver, Bc replies: "I have achlorhydria... No stomach acid at all. I started taking the lime/baking soda mixture once in the morning and once at night along with calcium/mag supplement and a multivitamin. I started to burp a little bit throughout the day. I"m not sure if this is a good sign or a bad one? Is this a sign that I'm starting to make my own stomach acid? or what does that mean?"
11/08/2010: Mike from Montreal, Quebec replies: "Have you considered taking BETAINE HCL instead ? When the body produces stomach acid it should not cause you to burp. You are probably burping because you have swallowed air during a meal. If you burp too frequently after a meal then that is not normal."
[QUESTION] 03/16/2010: Kdbruce from Asheville, Nc: "I have been doing fresh sqeezed lemon with baking soda till it stops fizzing then 1/2 glass of water twice a day for two days morning & night. I have acidic problems and Candida and was hoping for help but both nights I was up all night and couldn't sleep at all!! I thought the alkalizing would have a relaxing effect but it seems to do the opposite! Can Ted or anyone else tell me why this the case and what I should do differently?? I really want to continue but I am exhausted from lack of sleep :(
Thanks Ted for all your wisdom and knowledge!! I trust your words but something is not right...
Love this site!!! :) it's the best!!
EC: Hi KD,
Re-posted as a question, per your request. Sorry about that!
03/22/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi KdBruce...I had candida and took all the BS based alkalizing remedies that Ted recommends. I also had frequent episodes of racing heart after taking my favourite lemon plus baking soda remedy. Sometimes I couldn't sleep either. And I also used to wake up in the middle of the night with bad leg cramps sometimes. So here's what I did:
I determined that my own problem was magnesium deficiency. I could also have been missing other important minerals in my body related to my problems. So everyday I would put a litre of fresh water in a bottle, add 1/2 tspn organic Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) or you can equally use crystals of Magnesium Chloride instead. Then I would also add 1/4 tspn borax (1/8 tspn for women) and 1/4 tspn natural sea salt to the litre of water. And I would drink this throughout the day.
You could also create drinking water containing magnesium bicarbonate from soda water and Milk of Magnesia(with no aluminium). See the remedy here:
I also used to spray my body after showers using an 8 oz garden sprayer containing 3 heaped tablespoons of Epsom salts(Mag sulphate). I would let this just dry and be absorbed into my body transdermally. You can also take a hot bath and add 3 cups of either Mag sulphate or Mag Chloride crystals to the bathwater. Stay in the bath for at least 1/2 hour for the magnesium to be absorbed. Do this 2-3 times a week. Bye the way, this is the fastest and safest way to raise your magnesium levels.
This cured all my insomnia and cramp problems.
Read about Magnesium supplements here:
Read about Transdermal Mag Therapy here:
So there are plenty of magnesium options here for you. The citrate and chloride forms of magnesium are the better forms to use as an internal supplement as Ted says. But I'm limited with my own options because I can't find any magnesium citrate or magnesium chloride in Philippine chemists or herbals at all. I even had to get my son to send me some Phillip's Milk of Magnesia from UK because ALL forms of MoM contain aluminium in the Philippines. I have the same problem with trying to obtain lugol's iodine (I use foot-painting with iodine tincture now) and with obtaining potassium in its bicarbonate, citrate and carbonate forms(I now use potassium gluconate instead). I simply had to adapt, no choice, but I got there in the end...LOL."
03/22/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi KdBruce...Forgot to add that I am assuming that you have no renal or kidney issues. The kidneys are what help filter and balance the minerals in your blood. If there was a problem with your kidneys, this could also cause your insomnia as well as symptoms like racing heart through possible sodium/potassium imbalance issues."
03/23/2010: Kdbruce from Asheville, Nc replies: "Hi Bill, thank you so much for your response!! I will try everything you mentioned...makes sense to me since I have always been deficient in magnesium. I have ordered more of the magnesium gel for transdermal and have epsom salts for baths and will try the MOM(milk of magnesia) recipe too. I have been drinking 1/8 teaspoon of borax in distilled water for the last couple of weeks but will add 1/4 tsp of seasalt as you mentioned. One more question should I add the potassium bicarbonate Ted mentioned in his formula's? And is this the same as Cream of Tartar?
Thanks again for your answer and support!
Very much appreciated...
03/24/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi Kdbruce...By all means add the potassium bicarbonate to the lemon/lime and BS remedy as Ted advises -- this will satisfy the most parameters in your body and is completely balanced and safe. This also avoids all the problems with just using sodium bicarbonate only, as some people seem to be sensitive to this form through their own sodium/potassium or renal issues.
As to your question on Cream of Tartar, I would avoid using this, for all the reasons that Ted states here:
I would just use potassium bicarbonate with sodium bicarbonate instead because it's both tried and tested and is quite safe."
03/25/2010: Joe from Wpb, Fl replies: "Attention Bill: you answered response 3/24/10 to latest post to an email that using lemon, BS, and potassium bicarbonate this will satisfy the most parameters in your body. What parameters are you referring to?"
03/26/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi Joe...Sorry for the confusion. By 'body parameters' I meant body homeostasis -- ie maintaining proper alkaline/acid balance(pH), electrolytic or mineral balance, salinity balance, enzyme operation, proper endocrine and lymphatic operation etc.
To simply maintain the optimum physical/chemical conditions for the inner body terrain to generate optimum health.
See this link:
03/26/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "So by taking the BS, lemon and potassium bicarbonate remedy you would therefore increase your body pH and alkalinity as well as help balance your body electrolytes(that's sodium and potassium).
The sodium and potassium citrates formed from this remedy are also beneficial for increasing energy(citrates are used in the cell energy cycle) and because your body alkalinity is increased, your immune system is therefore improved, and oxygen is exchanged more efficiently at the cellular level. Lemons also contain Vitamin C which also benefits your body."
[YEA] 10/11/2009: Lyndal from Sydney, Australia: "I have just started to use the lemon juice/baking soda formula.. Already my heart burn has gone (after one day).
I have annoying varicose and spider veins and feel very self-conscious about this. Will this alkalinising formula have an effect on my veins, and is there a specific way I should be going about this in order to target the varicose and spider veins??? Thanks, Ted!!"Replies
03/29/2010: Debra from Kansas City, Mo replies: "Is the remedy for spider and varicose veins lemon and baking soda? I didn't quite get the answer to the lady who asked the question. Thank you"
EC: Sorry, no one answered that question!
08/09/2009: Irishwoman from Tampa, Fl, Usa: "I am looking forward to trying the bk soda and lemon and also some of the other remedies. I have a urinaary tract infectiionm, serious candida, gout, 3rd stage kidney disease and hiugh cholesterol and my PH is LOW so Im praying and going to work. I have to see my Dr about the UT on the l7th of this month, August and in two months to have the blood work done. I am also looking at my life and the annnoyances I so often feel and trying to yield these to the Lord(needed miracle). I am 70 years old and recently also started walking on a treadmill at the Y and doing some weights. I ama very grateful fo all this information as I have been exasperated trying to settle upon what to do. Whoever you are Ted or Tim from Bangkoc God bless you."
[QUESTION] 05/19/2009: Camara from Columbia, Maryland: "Alkalizing using baking soda and Lemon... I read the page on Ted's Alkalizng Formulas, however I didn't see how much baking soda should be used if it's mixed with Lemon or Lime juice. I just didnt' want to assume it was 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda as mentioned in the formulas for mixing with water or ACV."Replies
05/19/2009: Alain from Ottawa, Canada replies: "Answer to Camara about Alkalizing Formulas
From "Alkalizing Formulas"
4. The Lemon Bicarbonate Formula
This simple formula will normalized many biological parameters, pH, ORP, phosphates, bicarbonates and antioxidants of vitamin C. A potential miracle water. One whole lemon freshly squeezed. Keep adding baking soda slowly bit by bit until the fizz stops. Then you will add water to one half glass. This is often taken twice a day. To be taken once in the morning and once before bedtime on an empty stomach.
The intent is to have a pH neutral beverage where where the alkaline neutralize the acid. As the text said, just add bit by bit the sodium bicarbonate until no fizz, indicating that the alkaline neutralized the acid. The amount of BS to add just depend on the amount of acid from the juice."
[YEA] 12/09/2008: Hans from Delft, Zuid Holland / The Netherlands: "Hi Ted, Thanks for all your alkalizing advice. I have been using the lemon + baking soda formula for over 6 months now. I have a lot of energy. My skin looks great. The pH of my urine is 7,5 or higher consistantly. I take one lemon plus about 1 teaspoon of baking soda. I add one liter of water. this is what i do twice a day. Now here comes my question. Some people noticed my change in energy and also the way i look. They started doing the same, but they experience a rise in bloodpressure. My own bloodpressure doesn't rise above 125 / 83 even when i add extra baking soda. Could you explain why my bloodpressure stays the same while my friend's bloodpressure rises? Several others didn't report anything but positive from this remedy. My aunt and brothers told me their Acid reflux was gone in a few days. They also experience significant weight loss. Thanks alot!
03/28/2009: DrJ from Bombay, India replies: "Dear Hans,
The reason why some mates of yours reported increase in blood pressure form taking lemon/bicarb formula is because sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) will aggravate sodium excess in some people. To combate this simply sip ACV diluted in water (do not mix it with bicarb)to potassium load the body and cure the high blood pressure. you can see from the ACV page on this site the "Run down" of nutrients inside ACV.....take a close look at the potassium levels in it and compare with all the other nutient levels."
05/01/2009: Speakthewordnow from Colorado Springs, Colorado replies: "For high blood pressure eat garlic!"
07/05/2009: P Mitchell from Tucson, AZ replies: "High blood pressure is often caused by chronic dehydration. The body needs a certain amount of sodium, but the body also needs to be constantly flushed by drinking enough water, which will help flush excess sodium from the system. When you feel thirst, you are already very dehydrated as this is one of the last symptoms of dehydration to manifest.
As a rule of thumb, take your body weight in pounds and divide by 2. This simple calculation gives you the number of ounces of water your body needs daily. Coffee, tea, juice, and colas don't count. Divide by 8 and this will tell you how many glasses of water you need each day.
Drinking this amount of water daily will naturally bring your blood pressure in line. A good friend of mine was able to discontinue his high blood pressure medication within 2 months of beginning this practice.
Keep in mind that strenuous physical activity and living in dry climates may increase your water requirements."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 01/24/2008: Sandra from BD, WI: "I have tried Ted's lemon and baking soda mix (juice of 1 lemon and 1/2 tsp. baking soda in water) morning and night for two days. I started with diarrhea and then due to pain in the upper right quadrant, started to think it might be related to gallbladder.(I was diagnosed with a slow emptying gall bladder) I think I may have disrupted by acid/base balance by over eating oranges and grapefruits around Christmas and then eating quite a bit of fruit as well. I do get some relief from the pain, but diarrhea is still with me for two plus weeks. I will stay with this treatment for a few more days."
[YEA] 10/18/2007: Jennifer from Dayton, Ohio: "My problem is too much acid in my system. I just started using pH papers, and my levels were 5.5 - 6.25. Frankly, it scared me. I was recently diagnosed with osteopenia, and have learned that your body will steal calcium from your bones just to try and balance your pH! I tried alkalizing formula #4, the lemon juice, baking soda, and water for the first time last night before I went to bed. The glass almost overflowed with "fizz" and the taste was not the greatest, but in the morning, my urine pH was in the 7 range! Normal! A big change from the previous mornings! Thank you so much for your alkalizing formulas - they are a godsend!"
[YEA] 09/05/2007: Bill Thompson from San Fernando, Philippines: "Ted, Many thanks for all your efforts in helping people alkalize - I particularly like and use your Lemon/Baking soda recipe. I moved from UK to the Phillippines to live last year in order to change my stress-ridden life and since moving, I haven't been ill once - no colds or flu or anything.
As well as taking your wonderful remedy and after much research on the web, I also make an alcoholic tincture for myself which consists of vodka and about 95% mangosteen peel, fruit and seed, plus about 10 cloves, cinnamon and a few crushed pomello seeds(same as grapefruit seed). I try and use all local grown ingredients and it is dirt cheap. I use this tincture both as a mouthwash and also to prevent parasites taking hold. I take 2 teaspoons of this tincture every 2 or 3 days with water. It seems to work a treat. Just some question for you. Can you use Andrews Liver Salts(contains powdered citric acid and sodium bicarbonate only) with water instead of your recipe? I only mention this because sometimes, when you're travelling, you can't get limes or lemons. Some people say you will get gallstones if you use Andrews Liver salts daily - Is this true ? Much thanks again, Bill"
[YEA] 03/08/2007: Deirdre from Atlanta: "Yesterday I had several hours of strange, quite intense pain in my abdomen, around the gallbladder. I decided to try Ted's lemon and baking soda alkalizing formula. Within 10 minutes the pain was down 50%. Within an hour it had all but disappeared. I am guessing this was perhaps a gall bladder attack. That was the fastest response I have seen yet with a home remedy. No wonder Ted considers this one to be the best of all the alkalizing formulas... AWESOME! Thanks, Ted"Replies
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "I am happy to hear about it. A gall bladder needs a lot of bicarbonates during digestion and they are one of the important components. If bicarbs are lacking, a gall bladder problem is possible. The vitamin c content neutralizes excess oxidation, and reduces the pain by both antioxidation and excess acidity which causes gallbladder pain."
[YEA] 11/24/2006: D : "[The following email has been excerpted from a emailed dialogue between one of readers and Ted. The full Q&A text can be found on Low Immunity cures page.] Thank you again Ted, I have good news to report. My brother, after only a few days on lemon-bicarbonate twice a day says that his phlebitis is practically gone (not only better). He has suffered with this leg's vein for three years and tried everything but after just 4-5 days of this remedy his pain is completely gone, he feels the vein "fresh" vs the "fire" he felt before. He cannot believe it... My mother who is 74 and has a lot of problems is feeling much better too. She didn't have any appetite, most of the times she wouldn't have dinner just because she didn't feel like eating (she also has memory loss, stomach problems, always exhausted, what seems a chronic cough etc.) after the same amount of days she says she is very hungry and that she can be active all day long. She is having three meals a day now!! Thank you so much for this really healing water!!! All the best, D"
12/10/2006: D wrote Ted again: "My father has been taking your lemon-bicarbonate formula for 20 days and also some (little) potassium bicarbonate and citric acid. You remember that the doctor told him he had prostate cancer, his PSA level were extremely high. He also has been taking for three months some pills that the doctor gave him and an injection every three months, a sort of hormone suppressant. Well he just tested and his PSA is normal. The doctor was surprised and told, I quote: "so it was not cancer but just an infection". What I understand from his word that their medicines are not supposed to do this, so I really think it was the lemon-bicarbonate plus potassium that worked, we hadn't even started the cesium yet! Thank you so much Ted, D."
09/18/2011: Mike from Floyd, Va, Usa: "Hi. How long after drinking the BS/Lime mixture before I can drink a quart of water? I am trying to drink 3 quarts a day. I weigh 172 lbs. Thanks, Mike"
12/28/2010: Missourita from St. Louis, Missouri, United States: "Last night I took my first dose of lime and baking soda (for candida, as suggested on EC). Since then, my urine has been very cloudy. I'm assuming this is because of the baking soda? Does this mean I'm taking too much? Is this something I should be concerned about? I just took another dose and made sure I only put 1/2 tsp. Thanks!"Replies
12/29/2010: Self from Ny replies: "Cloudy urine after using and alkalizing remedy was once addressed on this "Ted's Alkalizing Formulas Page" by "Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines" on 02/25/2010:
"Cloudy urine can be caused by many things -- bacteria, excess blood proteins, excess minerals or even lack of Vitamin C. To see all the causes of cloudy urine, just type 'ted cloudy urine' in the search box at the top right of this page and this will show you all the ailments and causes that it relates to in another tab in your browser. "
When you add the baking soda to the lime juice (before adding the water), just keep adding until the fizzing stops. If you are sodium sensitive, try adding just 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in the beginning and build up until the lime juice stops fizzing?
Make sure you're not dehydrated and you're drinking enough water, especially when taking an alkalizing remedy. "Just about everyone experiences cloudy urine from time to time. In some instances, the condition of the urine is simply the result of some type of food or drink recently consumed. When that is the case, there is no cause for alarm. Cloudy urine can also be a sign of a more serious issue that should be addressed quickly, however. See http://www.wisegeek.com/what-causes-cloudy-urine.htm"
12/27/2010: Missourita from St. Louis, Missouri, United States: "Is there a difference between real whole limes and real bottled lime juice? Or do they lose some nutritional benefit once they've been juiced? I can buy organic refrigerated lime juice and use that instead of whole limes, which gets expensive. Will that work just as well with the baking soda? Thanks! "Replies
12/27/2010: Self from Ny, NY replies: "Bottled lime juice is pasteurized and kills the live enzymes which are part of what makes fresh lime juice so healthy. You could substitute it but it would be significantly inferior. In fact, pasteurization usually makes a drink more acidic. If you want better health, you want to consume more alkaline foods and drinks (e.g. fresh lime juice)."
12/28/2010: Lily from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia replies: "Hi Missourita, I think your bottled organic lime juice would be ok but real fresh limes do still have the enzymes in them if used straight away. That is probably the main difference. You can google this information or find it in the juicing sites. Hope this helps. Lily."
[YEA] 05/22/2007: Tom from Midland, Texas: "I had torn scar tissue on a ligament (old injury) in my right Buttock, which for weeks had caused severe pain when I walked. It was like an ice pick thrust into my hip. Having read about Lime juice buffered with Baking Soda I tried this Remedy two nights ago and awoke painfree and energectic the next morning. Unfortunately I had so much energy that I overdid it! Now, I have some tenderness at the site and in my back muscles but the sharp pain is still gone. The only negative effect is that I am dealing with frequent urination and diarrhea. I will continue the course of Lime juice and Baking Soda for 5 days and then rest for two. Thanks, Tom"Replies
08/05/2009: Anonymous from Brooklyn, New York replies: "How long should I wait to consume a meal after taking the alkaline formula? Thank you"
01/07/2011: Randy from Jersey City, Nj, Usa replies: "That is a good question from brooklyn... How long does one wait to eat after this remedy? thanks"
01/21/2011: Suffering For 3 Yrs from Southern, Ohio replies: "I am getting so confused, the more I read the more confused I get. My urine ph is about 5. And I am suffering from candida. I have purchased Methylene Blue, Caprylic Acid, Borax, Baking Soda, Sodium Carbonate. Now I just need to know how much, how often and how long and the right combination. I need a regimen to follow. The correct amount of ingredients to make the perfect Carbicarb (seen several different versions).
Thank you all I hope you can help me! "
01/21/2011: Connie from Gladwin, Michigan/ Usa replies: "Hi, I have dealt with Candida issues and find that the diet needs to be cleaned up as one is taking suppliments..... Stop all sugar wether it comes from dairy, honey, syrup, fructose corn syrup, breads, pastries, pasta, white rice, fruits, etc. I ate plenty of organic eggs with organic butter, fried my foods in coconut oil, used garlic and onions, hot peppers, organic meat is best as some animals have been fed antibiotics which is nortorious for yeast overgrowth, organic bacon, mashed cauliflower in place of potatoes, used organic chicken broth and other organic broth as well to make soups, add flavor, etc, ate lots of vegetables, Brown rice, xylitol for sweetness to my oatmeal with no added milk, you can use Almond milk Or made rice pudding with eggs, xylitol, spices, some coconut oil, a touch of Almond milk then let it thicken and cool, it was delicious. I eat saurerkraut called Bubbies from the Oganic store, it is delicious and has natural enzymes, etc. You may have to forgo beans for now and winter squash until the candida clears up.
I took Suppliments: Organic Vitamin Code, Milk Thistle, coconut oil Capsules, A complete digestive enzymes with most meals, turmeric, Dr. Ohirras Probiotic Plus 12, Chorella, , lots of garlic, occassional baking soda in water. Research the suppliments that are good candida fighters and try them.... Some may work better for you than others... I highly recommend the Dr Ohirras Probiotic plus 12, it needs no refrigeration like so many others do, it can be found online at several websites, it is worth the cost believe me. But remember, clean up your diet or it will not be conquered for long, you have to starve it from it's food source which is sugar or forms of sugar. Xylitol is a sort of sugar but actually aids in getting rid of yeast overgrowth, it measures cup for cup and has really good flavor."
01/22/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Right now I am finishing reading a book called Cure Candida through Diet, very interesting indeed and which gives you a lot of information but the diet.... That is a problem for me so I can't imagine that I will be doing it, sorry! Eating fish and meat with vegetables is not a problem but then potatoes or rice also with vegetables alone.... Only if I was very ill. And porridge? No...... But the advice about the supplements is quite interesting as well as advice about easier ways of adapting your diet and lots of recipes."
01/24/2011: Bmr from Quito, Ecuador replies: "Hi, My daughter is now Candida free with no diets. Just using ACV, BS, Borax, GSE, H2O2, Lugol's solution, and of course, the Lord's blessing! "