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Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda

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Posted by Steve (Victoria BC, Canada) on 12/06/2007

[YEA]  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 Florence on 12/15/2006

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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.

Replied by Adele
Ny, US
What measurements do you use?

Asthma and Allergies  
3 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by David (Redding, USA) on 01/15/2007

[YEA]  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, David

Replied by Jen
West Covina, Ca
Do you have measurements of how much ACV and baking soda to mix together?
Replied by Chi
Nashville, US
Hi Can you let me know how old are your boys? I have a 3 year old girl who has persistent cough and constipation.I am thinking this may help her.

Bladder Infection  
5 User Reviews | 2 YEA | 1 SIDE EFFECT

Posted by Zel (Liberty , MO) on 10/24/2008

[YEA]  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
Denham Springs, Louisiana
[SIDE EFFECTS]   Not sure if I mixed correctly.. 3Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar with 1Tbsp baking soda.. It fizzed a lot.. Added a lil honey.. I only got a few sips down.. Then my heart raced and pounded strongly.. Is this normal?.. Did I mix correctly?
Replied by Key
Denham Springs, Louisiana
Is it safe to mix apple cider vinegar and Baking soda with water and lemon juice?
Replied by Kt
Try two teaspoons of ACV and 1/2 tsp of BS to 6 or 8 oz of water.

Posted by John (Medford, Oregon) on 05/28/2008

[YEA]  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!!

Blood Pressure  
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Posted by Albert (Ottawa, Ontario) on 10/21/2008

[YEA]  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

[YEA]  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

[YEA]  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
Whoops... I have been taking 2 Tbls ACV with 1/8 tsp baking soda two to three times a day. A side benefit that I've noticed has been that my vision has improved. I often have bouts of seeing light distortion, very similar to how the heat coming off hot pavement looks. This makes it very hard to see and gives me a slight eye headache. Must have been BP related.

Posted by Harry (Muncie, Indiana) on 04/22/2007

[YEA]  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!

Body Odor  
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Posted by Lana (Somewhere, Israel) on 05/25/2008

[YEA]  Body Odor Remedies: Hi All! Just wanted to share with you - after drinking the standard recipe for ACV and soda [1/4 tsp soda and 2 Tbs ACV in a glass of water] twice a day for a couple of months, I have no need to use deodorant of any kind! If I do perspire, it has no odor. My hubby even claims that my poo has no smell. How's that for a complete natural deodorant?

Burning Tongue  
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Posted by Eric (Palm Springs, California) on 12/23/2007

[YEA]  I got out of the VA hospital a day before Thanksgiving. I could swallow baby food and I had a hard time swallowing water. They had me on Prilosec for a couple of years due to acid reflux. A number of factors (stress and aspirin) wrong diet, put me over the edge. In the hospital I spoke to several gastro-intestinal doctors and mentioned my burning tongue. None of them had ever heard of such a thing. They all kept refering to a possible metalic taste in my mouth. They scoped my stomach took a biopsy and told me that I had a lot of Peptic ulcers in my stomach and a condition called "Eosinophilic Esophagitis" in my esophagas. They wanted me to continue to take the Prilosec and a Corto-steroid throat inhaler. It has been 4 weeks since I left the hospital. I have not taken these drugs, and I have resorted to natural cures (Kefer, aloe vera juice, leafy green soups, baked squash, yogurt, none of which has seemed to cure the burning tongue that occures minutes after I eat something. I have started on your ACV and baking soda. I can already tell it's working. I also have itching all over my body that flares up from time to time, usually after I eat something. The itching is very intense. I have been taking "Doxapin" for it for about 7 years. Now I am not taking any alopathic medicine. I have just turned 67 years of age and finially want to do the best for my body, not my impulses. This has been a tough lesson. Thank you for your website.

Replied by Margaret
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reply to Eric from Palm Springs, The presence of eosinophils in your esophagus may be indicative of an immune disorder. In addition to other naturalistic approaches, I would recommend that you try diffusing essential oils that are intracellular and will boost your immunity without causing harm. Be sure to get therapeutic grade oils from a reputable dealer.

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Posted by Jim (Old Chatham, NY) on 05/16/2007

[YEA]  Thanks Ted and others for all the great information. I have been taking ACV off and on for a few months. At first I thought it was implicated, after taking it for two days with baking soda, with an attack of vertigo. I since found out it was "ear rocks", little crystals that got into my inner ear and raised havoc. I did an exercise I found at the Mayo Clinic online to move the rocks back where they should be, and no vertigo since. And ACV is off the hook.

Meanwhile, I've had a persistent cough since January that finally bloomed into pneumonia-like symptoms (heavy congestion, racking, unstoppable cough 24/7, fever, night sweats, delirium.)

Out of desperation (I had a photo shoot in Florida I had to go on) I took ACV twice in bed, about 2 hours apart.

Whereas I hadn't been able to hardly even stand up, I was so weak and delirious, within two hours, I was sitting up, eating (I'd not eaten much for a couple days), and that night at 7 I was on a jet for Florida. Pretty amazing.

Working for 10 days in Florida, shooting out the window or door of airplanes at other airplanes, I wasn't able to fight it off. I took ACV with me but only took it once or twice, not being fully convinced that was the cure for me at the time.

Plus I was forced to eat less than healthy veggie food while there, as Florida, at least where I was, does not believe in food that does not have sugar, salt and other toxins in copious supply.

I finally finished my work, but pushed hard the last couple days and ended up coming home sick again, especially the coughing, and went back to bed for 3 or 4 days, ending with a trip to the doctor, a prescription for zithromax or whatever it's called (antibiotic), then finally getting better.

However...the cough never quite went away. I began to despair I would ever get better, and as there are many things I want and need to do this coming summer, I decided to pore over again and started taking 2 TBS ACV with 1/2 tsp baking soda on Monday of this week.

It's now Thursday. I woke up this morning with the distinct body instinct that something was different. I took a deep breath, which lately has led to a little catching cough, and a feeling of tenderness in the bronchia (center of the chest) as if I'd breathed too much smog like when I was a kid.

This morning though, I felt the breath "bottom out", i.e. it still had a bit of the tenderness but it didn't catch, and it felt as if I could take a deep breath that felt solid instead of leading to a little cough or too.

Also, as I went to bed last night, I'd had a bit of a coughing spell, maybe five minutes, clearing out some congestion, and I despaired that I was getting worse, not better.

In fact, I think it was a bit of the well-documented healing crisis that goes with detoxifying, as I felt better this morning.

My question is this: I had a strong, watery diarrhea this morning right after breakfast (cooked buckwheat, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, celery and olive oil/tahini/aminos/lemon juice/sesame oil dressing, like we have every morning), and I had another bowel-emptying episode about 90 minutes later.

Unlike with previous diarrhea, this felt more like a colon cleanse. I don't feel weak or nauseous, just cleaned out.

I have been taking the ACV with baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon each time, three times a day, fourth day now. I will take it one more day, then stop.

The baking soda keeps it from giving me mild heartburn, and it tastes really good, like diluted apple juice.

Since I have been fighting candidiasis for a couple decades, and alkaline diet and colon cleansing help a lot (I'd been not eating as well this last year, which is why I think I got sick, that and lots of plane travel), I'm familiar with healing crises, but I'd like to know if you think the diarrhea is caused by the baking soda, and would reducing it just a bit help, or should I not worry about it unless it continues?

I feel myself losing weight too.

Also, I'd recommend people don't use honey, as honey is perhaps a healthier version of sugar, but the body sees it as sugar nonetheless. I use Stevia extract to sweeten things. Stevia would be in everything instead of sugar if the sugar lobby hadn't successfully blocked its taking over the sweetener market.

It's a totally non-calorie, natural south american root sweetener. No harmful effect on the body at all, and 150 to 300 times sweeter than sugar, so you don't need much. There are several brands on the market, some have a bit of a bitter aftertaste but there are several that don't.

I'd tell you which ones I use (no commercial interest, I'm a photographer not a food seller) but I know it's against forum policy so anyone who wants to email me, I'll be happy to suggest a couple brands that I've been using with great satisfaction and relief for I love sweets!

Replied by Jim
Old Chatham, NY
Thanks, didn't want to bust any rules, but it is great stuff, especially for sweet addicts like myself. Here's the two brands we use (parents and kids both) here at home:

Sweet Leaf (powder or liquid)
Now Stevia Extract

Thanks a lot for the fabulous site! I don't know what I would have done, as I don't rely very much on traditional medicine, having heard and experienced too many horror stories. All the best. Jim.

Posted by Susan ( on 04/18/2007

[YEA]  I have suffered with sinus infections and allergies for 30 years Today I tried the acv baking soda and honey for my bronchitis I developed. I did it twice and then saw that someone wrote about using olive oil instead so I used 1/4t of baking soda 2T of olive oil 2T of ACV and decaf tea and haven't been coughing Thank God. I also have been using the Salt/baking soda/water to cleanse my nose out. I also rubbed vicks on my chest to help with the pain from coughing earlier. Thank you for putting this information out there. I appreciate any help other than expensive antibiotics that make me sick to my stomach. Thank you so much.

Posted by Citrine (Austin, TX) on 01/19/2007

[YEA]  Dear Earthclinic, I just mixed 2 Tablespoon of ACV with 1/4 Teaspoon baking soda in 8 oz of water as mentioned by Ted. However, the pH strip tested a 5.0 acidity on this mix. I then added another 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and remixed it and tested it again -- this time the solution became neutralized to 7.0. So perhaps the correct mix should be 2 TBS of ACV to 1/2 TSP of baking soda? Just wanted to confirm with you all. By the way, I drank this today and my cold seems to be melting away! My coughing has stopped (after several days of cough attacks) and I am so relieved!!! Thanks so much for such a wonderful site!!! I am learning something new everyday! Regards, Citrine

Coughing, Sore Throat, Snoring  
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Posted by Deidre (Ca, US) on 02/08/2015

[YEA]  I ran out of organic ACV (two tablespoons + 1/2 teaspoon baking soda) and magnesium oxide (250 mg tablets) for just over a week. Originally, I had been taking them for high blood pressure and constipation. Better skin and weight loss were added benefits. My roomate told me I snored louder than the highest volume on the TV. Worse, I'd just started a new job and developed one of those hair-trigger, hacking coughs that only occurred at the worst possible times at work! In a few days, I'd had a sore throat, swollen tonsils, difficulty swallowing, stiff neck, slept badly, tossed and turned, nightmares, a sinus infection, 2 a. M. Insomnia (5 a. M. Alarm), and could hear my own snoring.

The list grew daily. A nurse friend gave me neck exercises to do that helped the same day. Yesterday, I suddenly had heartburn after breakfast. One testimonial for snoring was by a woman who used 1/4 cup of ACV. Another snoring testimonial included ALL of my symptoms. I had tried remedies for all the separate (I thought) issues with limited success. I even started a two-week cleanse. Yesterday afternoon, I got the store brand ACV ASAP and took 1/4 cup with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. I repeated it before bed last night. Success! I barely snored! I woke up the person I was before I ran out of ACV and magnesium. Thank God for Earth Clinic!