Jul 16, 2016
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 soda 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.
Learn how to make an apple cider vinegar and baking soda tonic with Earth Clinic's Founder, Deirdre Layne.
Our in-house remedy 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.
Why is the Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda Tonic Helpful?
The apple cider vinegar and baking soda tonic is helpful to a variety of conditions for several reasons.
First of all the tonic is encouraging you to consume more liquids of a quality nature. The tonic is mostly water. If you drink this tonic twice daily, you may be taking in more water, which prevents dehydration. Even mild dehydration aggravates and causes a variety of health problems. Consuming the tonic will satisfy thirst and you may drink less of drinks that are not health promoting (coffee, soda pop, energy drinks.)
Secondly, the tonic contains nutrients and enzymes that help your body to digest your foods better. Your health may be improved by this increase in nutrients.
Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, this tonic helps to alkalize your body. Health problems thrive in a acidic body. Dealing with the acidity problem by alkalizing, can cure or at least reduce symptoms of many, many health problems.
What Health Conditions Benefit from this Tonic?
A variety of digestive problems can be alleviated with the ACV and baking soda tonic. GERD, acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion have all be improved by this tonic.
Arthritis and Pain
Arthritis and gout can both be helped with this tonic. The hydration the tonic provides and the alkalizing nature of the tonic both help arthritis and pain caused by a variety of other causes as well.
Acne, dry skin, rough skin may also be improved with the apple cider vinegar and baking soda tonic. Have you ever heard that beauty starts on the inside and works its way out? Oftentimes skin issues are caused by an acid system and dehydration.
Allergies and Cold Symptoms
Allergies and hives are both assisted by this tonic. Sore throats, colds, coughs, congestion and sinus problems may all respond well to the addition of the ACV and baking soda tonic several times a day.
Other Heath Benefits of the ACV and Baking Soda Tonic
This tonic may also be helpful for weight loss, insomnia, and low energy. It can help with bladder infections and high blood pressure as well.
How Much Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda Should I Use?
A simple way to begin with this remedy is to add 2 teaspoons of raw and organic apple cider vinegar to a glass. Add 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarobonate) to the apple cider vinegar. (It will fizz up at this point.) Fill the glass the rest of the way with water.
Many people find that adding the baking soda to the apple cider vinegar makes a more tolerable and tasty tonic than taking straight apple cider vinegar.
Can I Add a Sweetener to this Tonic?
If you need to add a sweetener to this tonic to make it more palatable try one of the following:
- agave nectar
- maple syrup
It is not recommended that you add the following:
- artificial sweetener
How Often Should I Take the Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda Tonic?
Each individual has different needs. There is no exact frequency to take this tonic. Some take it once daily. Some find it helpful to take it twice daily. It may be helpful taken daily for a season. It is a good idea with supplements to give the body a break from them every so often. Taking a day or two off each week is a good practice.
It is best to start slowly with new remedies, for the most part. Try this tonic once a day and see how you feel. Add a second tonic in the evening after a week, if you think you need more.
This tonic is best taken on an empty stomach between meals or 30 minutes before meals. But if you need this remedy for discomfort caused by a meal, taking it after a meal is fine, too.
If this remedy causes you to feel unwell, reduce the amount you take or the frequency with which you take it, or discontinue using it all together.
This tonic is sometimes used for detoxification purposes. So, it is possible that it will cause some sort of detox reaction, especially if you are taking it often. For this reason, it is generally best to start with less and slowly increase the amount you take.
Have you tried this wonderful tonic? Please share your experience with us!
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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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The apple cider vinegar and baking soda tonic is a natural remedy for acid reflux. This tonic is taken several times a day to improve the alkalinity of the body. In addition to helping with acid reflux, this remedy is often a help to other health issues, including arthritis, skin problems, blood pressure and fatigue. This tonic is not as strong tasting as apple cider vinegar in water alone. The baking soda greatly reduces the acid taste of the tonic.
Posted by Micky (Anaheim, California) on 09/02/2015 | 1 Posts
I tried ACV for months. It tasted so terrible that I added Baking Soda to my concoction and it took 90 percent of the bad taste away. Not unpleasant at all to drink now. My concoction is:
- 2 oz ACV
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 8 to 16 oz. of a beverage
- I also add occasionally 1 oz. of Glusomine/Condrotin
Put the beverage in glass first or it will foam up and run out of glass and all over the counter. The beverage dilutes the fizzing when ACV and BS is added.
I don't know if it is a coincidence or not but my arthritic knees are much better after 6 months of taking drink. Getting out of low chairs was impossible without using my arms. Now I can get up from sitting on curb of street without using my arms. I would say my knees are 80 percent better.
Since everyone is different I don't know if this would work for other people or not. I sip the drink for several hours during the day.
Posted by RC (Southern, Arkansas) on 02/27/2009
Better But With Side Effects
Can anyone please tell me, What is GSE? I have an ongoing sinus issue as well, muscle tightness (always, always) in my shoulders (since my teen years), lower back pain (sacroiliac?) poppint joints, and some recently acquired arthritis pains in my hands. Found this site, quit ALL meds, started 2T of ACV with 1tsp honey and 1/2 tsp baking soda. After 1 week, substantial relief in my hands, some relief with sinus, but now I have achiness all over... joint popping and low back pain continue to come and go. Thinking I have a yeast issue and am looking for answers on this site... help?! I believe the ACV treatment is working for me so far! I enjoy this site and everyone's input. I'm listening to the catpurr as I type. :O)
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Posted by Davey D (Victoria, BC Canada) on 07/30/2008
I would just like to say how wonderful the site is. About a year ago I started to search for natural cures for arthritis because my hips were giving me terrible pain and some pain in my knuckles as well. I am a male of 60 years with Muscular Dystrophy. I started taking 2 tbs apple cider vinegar with 1/2 tsp of backing soda twice a day for 5 days on and 2 days off. I can say that today I am almost pain free. I have found that the Omega 369 has taken care of my suicidal depression, but one a day is all I can afford because our Government will not help me. Your simple affordable remedy has saved my life because I can live more comfortably now. There was a story of a man of 53 found dead in his truck on day from carbon monoxide poisoning and I had been contemplating this method before I found Earth Clinic. Maybe if he had of known he would still be alive. No cuddo's for our gov.
God Bless you Ted.
Thank you so much for your help.
Posted by Steve (Victoria BC, Canada) on 12/06/2007
Hi everyone at earthclinic! I am a 60 year male. I found your site after a search for arthritis and natural cures. I started taking the ACV and BS two months ago. It has significantly reduced the pain and swelling between my knuckles. My hips and knee pain are getting better and the food taste better as well. My energy has increased and I am not napping as much. I don't feel as cold anymore and no more shivers in bed. It has also helped my wife with her knees. I can't thank you enough for your wonderful natural cure. I almost got sold on the Swedish joint pain formula but I found your site and I am now saving my much needed money. Now I am going to start using the H202 inhalation method and I will let you know how that turns out.You are on my 649 list and you can hold me to that.
Posted by Tanya (Vancouver, Canada) on 07/22/2007
I've been taking ACV to help reduce my body acidity. It helped relax my shoulder muscles somewhat. However, real improvements occurred when I tried out Ted's ACV backing soda recipe! I had started on Glucosamine to help reduce my squeaky/crackling joints in the neck, shoulders, hips, and back, not realizing that the problem is (possibly) acid-related. The baking soda absolutely helped, within days! I can still crack my neck some, but the rest of me is fine. Amazing. We seriously should set up a Donation Box for Ted. He's contributed so much and has really made this site stand out from the others!
Posted by Florence on 12/15/2006
I am taking Apple Cider vinegar, baking soda and Manuka Honey for arthritis. I am in the early stages and I feel it is easing the pain. I also want to lose weight, approximately 7 lbs.
Posted by David (Redding, USA) on 01/15/2007
ACV and Baking Soda: This really works! I have twin boys both with asthma and allergies. Both on Asthma allergy medications. Also getting allergy shots. I put them on ACV and baking soda with lemon. Over a short period of time we were able to take them off all meds and shots! They have caught less colds and when they do they are short lived compared to the past. We have been drinking this mixture 2 times per day now for about a year and we are doing great. Thanks for this great site and all those who share. Warmest Regards, DavidReplied by Jen
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Posted by Zel (Liberty , MO) on 10/24/2008
I had a very uncomfortable UTI today. I used apple cider mixed with water and baking soda. In less than hour after taking it and drinking a lot of water the pain was gone and I did not have to go every few minutes. This really works I have suffered from UTI for years and this is the first home remedy I have tried that worked.Replied by Key
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Posted by John (Medford, Oregon) on 05/28/2008
Since birth I have been a medical case that doctors have now concluded that they don't know what to do with me thus being handed around in an effort to get rid of me. In the end all that is prescribed are drugs that leave you in a state of lifelong vegetation and perhaps enough chemicals to embalm. It is ever more clear that a patient must conduct their own unbound exhaustive study. The amount of available and changing research is so infinite that I have been updating my personal doctor, who has no ability to focus on just one patient.
Yet after years of study I fell on this most simple remedy:
ACV and Baking Soda.
Bladder infection is an unmistakable experience that needs little diagnosis that you get slammed with.
Mixing ACV and BS is best not taken individually. You've seen those elementary classroom demonstrations of a volcano?
Anyways, every few hours I had a glass of the nasty stuff along with water...And, no week-long side effects requiring unproductive hours on the couch! Within 12 hours I was cured. All Gone!!
Posted by Albert (Ottawa, Ontario) on 10/21/2008
After reading so many positive comments I decided to give it a try. I am a slim and healthy engineer who started taking Prozac for anxiety a few months ago. My blood pressure went up from normal levels to about 138-145/87-95. Given that I am 48 years old my doctor told me that it may also be related to my age and that perhaps I may need to go into medication for it. I started searching and found this website and the comments on ACV. I thought that I had nothing to lose by trying it. I even like vinegar with olive oil in my salads. Given the various options for taking the ACV I opted for one that seemed more sensible for me. Half a glass of water with two tbs of ACV and 1/4 tbs of baking soda. I am taking this three times a day. Early in the morning before breakfast about 1 hour after lunch and 1 hour after dinner. I reasoned that perhaps on an empty or semi-empty stomach would be better. Some people may not like the taste but I am used to it and don't mind it at all. Let me tell you that the results in 10 days of doing this have been very impressive. I have been taking my pressure some times twice a day. My blood pressure started coming down. I have had only one spike one day around the 4th day. I have been 120-125/70-75 in the last five days. So, what can I tell you? Try it out, you may be happily surprised by the results.
Posted by Beth (Fox Cities, Wisconsin) on 07/09/2008
I was quite amazed today when I went into the doctor. My blood pressure was 150/80 a few months ago and now it's 130/80! A drop of 20 in a few months I think is quite amazing. The only thing that I've been doing different is taking 2 tablespoons of ACV and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. I also eat a few peanuts or some peanut butter to help with the taste if it's getting to me one day.
Posted by Renee (El Dorado, Kansas) on 06/10/2007
3 weeks ago my BP was 146/92 after sitting still for over an hour. I have been taking ACV with baking soda ever since. BP is 128/77 today after sitting 5 minutes. I've still got to watch it as after a brisk, but brief, walk, the BP was 150/80. Began inhaling hydrogen peroxide (regular stuff) today in an attempt for further improvement.Replied by Renee
Posted by Harry (Muncie, Indiana) on 04/22/2007
Thank you for the simple remedy of ACV soda. It lowered my blood pressure from 140/89 to 119/79 in just two weeks and its stayed down for a month now. I have always been healthy and worked outside all my life but every thing I tried to lower my BP did nothing. At 52 years old I can now feel I am healthy. The ACV soda has cleared an annoying mourning stuffy nose and takes away my aches and pains to. I have stopped drinking to much soda pop, tea is better any way, and I am going to start checking my PH. With that information I think you can be well forever, thank you again!