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Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda  

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Posted by Karen (Deland, Fl) on 02/23/2010

Hello - I have a question for Ted. I have been taking ACV with baking soda daily. Is daily baking soda added to apple cider vinegar w/mother the correct remedy for high blood pressure or should I drink the ACV in water without the baking soda? I've been reading about sodium in baking soda so I'm unclear as to the amount. I have been adding 1/4 teaspoon to an 8 oz glass of water with 2 tablespoons ACV. (I also brush my teeth with baking soda). Thank you.

Replied by Robin
Peterborough, On

I ended up in emergency with chest pains and BP 177/124 - took them about 6hrs a needle of some sort and 2 aspirin and 2 blood pressure pills to get it to start coming down - at the heart clinic the next the said I would have to take BP meds - maybe forever or loose 20lbs, stop smoking - so for right now I am on 2mg of coversyl - it is coming down after a month on BP med - but I took it this afternoon - 117/86 - which is good - but I tried the AVC/baking soda and re took the reading 30 mins later - 115/82 - this is great - plan to do this every evening and will monitor results - out of the gate - works great!

Posted by Jaques (Brighton, England) on 04/27/2009
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For around 12 months Ive been taking acv - 2 tablespoons with 1/4 teaspoon bicarb in a glass of water on an empty stomach before going to bed Ive also been oil pulling twice a day on empty stomach, 5 days a week for both.This has my GERD under control most of the time but my blood pressure which has been high for years, for which im on medication, remains high as does my cholestorol, this is hereditary and i think maybe in these cases, drugs may be the only answer. I don't smoke, drink moderately and my diet is quite good, i.e. i dont eat much fat........

Posted by Yaa (Manassas, Virginia) on 03/14/2009

Well after reading your comments I decided to try this. I visited the doctor about a week ago and was surprised that my reading was 167/80. I was floored. I know that I need to exercise, but I don't use heavy sodium. I am 47 (birthday tomorrow) and I would like to see 48. I went to the GNC and got the ACV with Mother and made the drink with 2tlbs of cider, 1/4 tsp of baking soda and 8 oz of water. Did not taste that bad. I did take my pressure prior to drinking it was 127/79. I think the spike previously was I took Sudafed for a headache. But still high. I will be tracking the results for the next two weeks and see what happens. Also I have made myself a promise to start some kind of exercise program. Wish me luck. Thanks for the site.

Posted by Dorthea Butler (Great Falls, MT) on 10/28/2008

I just started reading this site and did further research on baking soda because I thought it contained salt which increases blood pressure. I'm reading here that baking soda combined with acv lowers bp. How's this so?

Posted by Albert (Ottawa, Ontario) on 10/21/2008
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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 Aim (Louisville, Ky) on 08/20/2008
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I got an e coli infection from eating at a local fast food joint. After the five days of diarrhea I then had a kidney/bladder infection from it.

My blood pressure on tuesday was 149/94. I read on here about the ACV and baking soda. I put two tablespoons acv with with a 1/4 tablespoon baking soda in a full glass of water. About three hours later I took my blood pressure; it was 124/79. Wow, and I feel so much better too!

I had to force myself to drink it, but it was definently worth it.

EC: Read more about ACV and Baking Soda here: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/acv_baking_soda_cures.html

Replied by Fran
Rocky Face, Georgia

Why doesn't anyone ever use Cream of Tarter, which is full of potassium? Just wondering.

Posted by Beth (Fox Cities, Wisconsin) on 07/09/2008
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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.

Replied by Leena
Montrose, CO
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You might get rid of the peanuts because of mycotoxins and consider almonds or walnuts instead. Watch "Know The Cause".

Posted by Carol (Greenville, USA) on 06/23/2008
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... I take the pinch or 1/4th tsp of Baking Soda and 2 TBLS of APPLE CIDER VINEGAR in 4 oz of COLD WATER and it has lowered my heartrate from 117 to 72.This has also lowered my BLOOD PRESSURE from to 112/60 I feel full of energy and I do this before I eat first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I sometimes take it at NOON for a pick me up. I no longer have acid reflux/ GERD. I sleep and breathe better as I have sleep apnea.

Posted by Alice (Lincoln, CA) on 10/06/2007
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I was feeling very bad in many different ways (mostly from anemia) when I found your site. The most pressing problem I was having was high blood pressure and water retention that had come on quite suddenly and was making me feel like I might explode. The DR gave me meds, of course, they really weren't working (avg BP 160/95 with meds)and I thought I should try other methods rather than have him raise the dosage, and besides, why was I suddenly having this problem?

I had tried ACV along with my mother many years ago when I was a teenager to help with winter athritis and sore throats, but I had forgotten about it. So after reading about it on your site, I immediately started by having 2tbls ACV 1/4tsp baking soda and a little agave nectar for sweetner in a mug of hot water. Within a couple hours of my first mug I was up and about feeling better. My grown son could not believe the transformation. He happened to come by for a visit right when I was drinking that first dose and I changed right before our eyes. I'm so glad he was here to see it so I know I'm not imagining things. I continued using it at least twice a day. The first night I felt so good in my skin, it was wonderful. It took several weeks to get off the BP meds, I had only been on them several weeks before starting ACV so I think I had not become dependent on them. Other people should be very careful about changing their BP meds, DR should monitor this. The water retention problem got better and better each day and finally disappeared after a couple weeks. Last BP check at DRs was 135/85, not bad.

Amazingly, and without me expecting it, my hot flashes that had appeared with a vengence at the same time as the high BP, completely disappeared at that first mugful. It took me a couple days to realize it, but I have not had one since, not ONE hot flash since, and they were rolling in just about one an hour, and believe me they were very thoroughly HOT.

I very patiently waited before writing in to you, and it is over 5 months later now, and I have my mug once a day or more, even while staying away from home (I have been sad to leave organic ACV behind in hotel rooms because I don't know of a good way to travel with it by air). I believe my digestion is better and elimination more regular though I would not have said before that I was particularly troubled in that area. It helps my overall sense of well-being. I can certainly tell if I haven't had some for a day-- I just feel off without it.

I have to add, though, sometimes my ACV doesn't sound good, it kind of hits my stomach funny, gives me a hollow feeling, and sometimes I feel like it heats me up, not quite a hot flash, but not desirable for someone who's had too many hot flashes. I don't know what this aversion is all about, but I manage to make myself have some, even if just a more diluted version of it and in cooler water. I am always glad that I did. After reading more, I think I will try the baking soda in water alone, or the lemon juice with baking soda in water next time the ACV just doesn't sound good.

Thank you so much for this site. I am determined to continue trying things until I feel like I remember I once felt--really well and useful.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne  

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Posted by Minnie (Dubbo, Australia) on 05/18/2010
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I have been taking cayenne pepper for the past 6 weeks, 1 teaspoon three times per day. I have been feeling unwell for years and came across this site. Made a bit of difference. I felt the best I have for years, although still not real good. I am about 7 lb overweight and exercise daily and have a healthy diet. I have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism (palpitations, difficulty losing weight, lightheadedness, slightly elevated cholesterol, high triglycerides, anxiety, etc.) but blood tests are normal. My blood pressure has been good since taking the cayenne pepper. However last week it went very high for 4 days. I had much more mucous than normal and may have had a sinus infection. I started taking ACV for my blood pressure and it has finally come down. My cold symptoms have also got much better. My questions are:

Is it better to take Cayenne pepper or ACV or can they be taken together? Also can having a slight infection make blood pressure rise? Look forward to getting some answers.

Replied by Minnie
Dubbo, Australia

I realise that I have not included some information which may be helpful. I am 53 years old and my blood pressure is usually about 95/65 so the high blood pressure was very unusual for me.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Dietary Changes  

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Posted by Florzzy (Singapore, Western Region, Singapore) on 01/20/2010

Hi, I am 47 from Singapore. Last night before I go to bed, I took 2 teaspoonful of Manuka Honey dilute it in a cup of plain water, add 2 teaspoon ( some dripped into the cup so it was slightly more than 2 tsp) of Apple Cider Vinegar and drank it.

I have an Omron wrist BP reader, my BP was 137/96 (average of 2 readings) this (Wed) morning.

Before this, on Monday night my BP was 162/106 (average of 2 readings). On Tuesday morning, I took my BP again and my BP was 155/107 after a night's rest.

I told myself I don't want to end up an invalid. So, the next day (Tuesday morning) I stopped drinking coffee and stopped eating my favorite softboiled eggs and kaya toast. Instead, I drank orange juice, Bread Margarine and 1 small banana. Then later I realized that Margarine is a Hydrogenerated Fat, which is bad for the body. So, I decided to throw away the small tub of margarine I just bought.

For lunch (Tuesday afternoon) I ate 1 China fuji apple, 1 small banana, 5 inches plain french baguette and a cup of warm milo. One hour after my lunch I checked my BP. It was 154/104.

For dinner @5.30pm (Tuesday evening) I ate at a Japanese restaurant - salmon sashimi, grilled saba fish, eel, 2 pcs fried sushi lobster salad toppings, 1 tempura shrimp and vegetables, chawmushi or Japanese egg custard and some rice (left 3 quarter of the bowl of rice behind). I drank green tea and decided not to drink their miso soup because of the salt content in it. Well it looks as if I ate alot, but in fact,it was just a variety of small pieces of each item because it was a Bento spread.

Had Supper at 8.30pm - slice fish soup (my purpose was to eat the fishmeat) and 1 China fuji apple.

I took my BP at 10pm it was 144/94. Then I drank the honey apple cider vingear and went to bed at 12.30am.

My BP this morning at 9am was 137/96.

Before I found this Earth Clinic website yesterday (Tuesday afternoon)I was determined to watch what I eat to bring my BP to normal. After reading the information on apple cider vinegar I went out to buy the Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar after dinner last evening.

I am waiting to see, if I can bring down my BP to healthy level with a healthy diet drinking the Honey and apple cider vinegar.

I only started the above on Tuesday and that was my day 1.

Replied by Maura
Easton, MD

Cut down on as many carbs as possible. Cut out honey, grains (no bread), sugar, white flour. Try paleo diet. Do more exercise. See Chris Kresser or other paleo type blogs. Some folks can eat grass fed butter, dairy but I cannot. I do eat eggs (1-2 a day). ACV or lemon/lime plus baking soda should help. (ACV gives me a headache). Turmeric helps lower BP. See Mercola blog for lower BP.

Posted by Fabat50 (La, Ca) on 08/08/2009
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ACV, and healthy diet, cured HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, Hi thank you for this web sight, I too, am addicted, Ive got the family on acv the results are amazing. 2 tbs with V8 3 to 6 oz,once or twice a day. The most impressive is my mother, she was in so much pain!! nightmares, fatigue, incontence,depression, ON 10 rx meds, The side effects were horrible, and she had them all! This was the cause of her misery!! After a few months of acv, 50% raw food diet, lean protein, fish oil, garlic tabs, She has lost 25 lbs, Her bp is now 130/78 somedays lower, She is now down to ONLY, 1 and a quarter blood pressure rx, And the Dr is now weaning her off of those, WITH A LITTLE PRESSURE, she was on 4 bp meds, Her blood sugar is stable, SHE FEELS GREAT

Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses  

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Posted by Mary (Atlanta, Georgia) on 08/27/2011
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I have been taking this brand of molasses for 2 months and my bp seems to be going down. I also take the apple cider vinegar. I take both first thing in the morning. I take 2 tbsp of molasses plain and 1tbsp apple cider vinegar with1/3 cup of spring water.

Posted by Alena Sheriff (Miramar, Fl) on 01/27/2009

Hello all, it is good to see that there are others like myself looking for alternatives to meds. I am a 40 year old female and after a dnc surgery procedure my bp had escalated and now i am anemic. I have fought and warded off the advice of my docs to take the pills for a year but since have been suffering from bad headaches, and anemia. Therefore, i had to give in and started taking my meds as of jan 1,09. My bp has since increased rather than decrease. Recently on a dr's visit my pressure went up to 180/110. My doc then recommended that i double up on my dose from 5mg to 10mg. I am so happy i stumbled onto the suggestions on this site and tonight i started my first dose of 3tblspoon acv and 2tblsp of molasses. Will keep you posted on my progress. If this works, why haven't the doctors made reference to it? I have lost all beliefs in doctors. Thanks for allowing me to share, will check in next week Tuesday with updates.btw, my bp pressure tonight was 147/98

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
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Alena, a simple D&C should not have caused bleeding to the point of anemia, and if you were anemic before surgery, it should have been corrected before doing it. Did the doctor mention any complications during the D&C? You might want to ask for a copy of the surgical report, to see if you can learn why you are anemic.

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I'm gonna TRY the ACV and molasses brew hoping that somehow the molasses was the missing link for me.

NOW I have absolutely nothing against the ACV w/mother of course, nothing against garlic and cayenne, the red hibiscus, BUT in my case-no effect and I remain disappointed-- donating unit of blood every 2 months still HAS NOT brought it down.

The concoctions of garlic cayenne etc work wonders for bronchitis, psoraisis, aching and paining--like a cure all.

4 years ago at aged 60 I went off the charts hypertensive with readings commonly upwards from 190/140 on and on--years ago I would have been hospitalized-today, they simply try this and try that-and it still runs high.

I am not overweight BUT DO have a thyroid problem for more than 20 years hypO, and am still trying to work that one out and not be pharma dependent--lugols etc have not corrected this and I do blame the hypothyroid for the present mess.
Alena? I do hope you're doing better and get back.

I will in 6 weeks.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Reishi Mushrooms  

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Posted by Denise (Milwaukee, Wi) on 09/14/2010
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I am using a combination of Apple Cider Vinegar (1 tblsp each AM) and 2 Reishi Mushroom (1 mg total) capsules daily and at 52 my blood pressure numbers have never been so good. The Reishi also helps with sleep and anxiety.

Replied by Rene
West Sussex
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I have just started on Reishi mushroom capsules, 1 per day. I must say that I have less stress, anxiety and feel happier and sleep better!

Can I ask if it affected your legs at all. My legs started to ache (but that could be lack of exercise - or sitting in an awkward position) I would love to hear from you or anyone else. ACV and Reishi seems a good combo. Do you take the 1tbs of ACV with water (and anything else)?

Replied by Tom
Los Angeles

Hi ,

Good to know Reishi mushroom lowers the BP. Once at the farmers market a very old chinese lady told me to drink Reishi Mushroom boiled in water to lower Blood Pressure.

I am wondering what brand of Reishi Mushroom are you taking.