Last Modified on May 28, 2016
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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Posted by Janelle (Brisbane, Australia) on 04/23/2007
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.
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Posted by Linda (New Haven, Ct, United States) on 08/12/2012
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?
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Posted by Casey (Elkton, Maryland) on 07/15/2011
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?
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Posted by Mia (Townsville, Qld, Australia) on 06/02/2010
[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.
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Posted by Joni (Ajijic, Mexico) on 04/13/2010
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.
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Posted by Brynn (Sacramento, Ca) on 04/10/2010
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!!
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Posted by Denise M. (Detroit, Mi) on 03/04/2010
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
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Posted by Stephanie (Eugene, Or) on 01/29/2010
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.
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Posted by Leonardo (Atlanta, Ga) on 12/30/2009
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
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Posted by Karl (Boynton Beach, Fl) on 12/04/2009
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 vinegar 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!
Posted by Kparker (Charlottesville, Va) on 12/04/2009
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!
Posted by Peanut (Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines) on 11/30/2009
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?
Posted by Bee (Usa, Usa) on 11/02/2009
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.
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