Acidic pH Remedies

Baking Soda
Posted by Betty (Spearsvilleto , La.) on 11/19/2009

Dear friends,

I would like to improve ph. I am considering taking baking soda on a regular basis. One physician said it would cause reflux and that it would interfere with the acidity of the stomach. I recently came to understand that you take soda an hour before eating so as not to interfere with this acidity. I am also considering putting it in lemon juice. I also read a recommendation of using soda 1 week and using h2o2 the next. I have developed arthritis as well as osteoporosis and lung problems. I've gotta start knocking some of this out before everything gives way. I would really appreciate some input. thanks.

Life is still good.

pH Health
Posted by Alain (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) on 10/26/2009


pH of 5 is not 20 times more acidic than 7. It is 100 times i.e. 10 to the power of 2.

I just wanted to clarify.


Baking Soda, Sea Salt
Posted by Annahoot (Atlanta, Georgia, Usa) on 09/17/2010

I mix lemon juice and water with the baking soda and it really changes the taste. Then it tastes like a fizzy drink.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Serenity (Oswego, Il) on 05/25/2009
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I was taking acv everyday for several weeks and came down with an uti. drank a stronger dose and had blood in urine. Went to Dr and checked my urine and ph level was 6.5. took antibiotics and it cleared it up. Now... should i be adding baking soda to it seeing that i am acidic? And why would i even get an uti when i was already on acv drink.i also hear that when a person has anxiety problems like me, it could be caused from being too acidic. Can someone please help me decide what i should be doing. Thank you so very much

Reader Theories
Posted by Ron (Tavernierr, FL) on 10/17/2008

After being obsessed with my chronic atril fib for some time now I have studied and studied the problem and have determined the enemy is our food, our diet, cooked food with little or no nutrition with additives that are making us sick and creating an acidic condition inside the body. It is this over acid condition that creates the problem. Cancer can not exist in an alkaline body, parasites and fungus can not live in an alkaline proper ph body, yet they thrive in a highly acidic body such as our diets create today and that is what is causing many of us to be sick. Doctors give us drugs that create even more acid and haven't got a clue about what i am talking about. Apple cider vinegar works because it alkalizes, baking soda works because it alkalizes. These are temporary measures that give temporary relief the end result will have to be a major change in diet and lifestyle for all of us. Any time food is cooked to a temprature of 118 degrees or higher enzymes are destroyed and nutrition is lost. A raw food diet will help many of us. I believe the acid in our case has accumlated around the heart causing our problem, eliminate the acid and eliminate the problem. That's my theory and i will let you know how my condition comes along since i have chronic never ending atril fib that almost gave me a stroke and put me in icu a year and a half ago.any that doubt what i am saying can just google body ph and you will see much has been written on the subject. No chronic degenarative disease can be corrected until the body ph is corrected

Posted by Cecile (Cape Town, South Africa) on 01/11/2012

Sharon, I am sorry to see no reply posts for you yet, I have never had your misfortune, but realize that you must be in physical and mental agony with the itching for weeks, here is what I suggest:

Baking soda, Epsom salt and a good sea salt like Himalayan mixed in equal quantities in water, till all is dissolved…put this in an atomizer bottle and spray your body down. If this remedy is causing you more discomfort, shower it off.

Salt is a strong natural antihistamine. The magnesium in the Epsom will calm the skin, it gets absorbed through the skin and can calm the nervous system and sooth your mind and soul??, the sulfur will improve the circulation and is always great on eczema problem, so why not yours, the bicarb of soda will counter the inflammation and the itch and burn…or try soaking(15-20min) in a bath with at least a cup of each of these agents. I have found Lavender and Peppermint essential oil great for itching skin…so add a few drops of these to the bath...

Rub on some coconut oil afterwards..

Search for the system alkalinizing remedies of our two heroes on Earth clinic, Bill and Ted…

I hope you find relief soon!

Accurate pH Reading
Posted by Ron (Emporia, Kansas) on 12/26/2009

Hi Ted, I've enjoyed reading your ideas about and experiences with nutrition.

I have read several references to pH by you in other sections of this site and found myself confused on exactly what you might consider the Ideal pH for the urine or saliva. In this section here you described it very well. The Ideal pH of 6.4 and an acceptable range of 6.1 to 6.8 agrees pretty much with the J. D. Jarvis experiments in his book and with the studies of Carey Reams.

Thanks for the clarification.

Accurate pH Reading
Posted by Harold (NY) on 02/16/2021

There is a product called pH Adjust that contain sodium potassium and magnesium bicarbonate. It can be purchased on amazon. About $22.

Intensity in Populations
Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) 383 posts

Your position is that of the conventional medicine. However, you seem not to be aware that the pH of stomach varies. The stomach pH is not always 2 all the time. It varies between 2 - 6. This has been known for hundreds of years. When drinking water, pH does not get reduced in the stomach. The liquid goes quite quickly through the stomach. The stomach will produce a pH at two when a person is hungry. Most foods such as bread has a component of baking soda. The intestines creates bicarbonates to reduced the acidity. In many cases intestines get irritated whenever the body cannot produce the needed bicarbonates, creating the condition of bicarbonate deficiency, thus causing the irritation. So using baking soda does not create intestinal irritations as claimed by the person below. I was a student of biochemistry and my professor was able to prove that a large majority of the U.S. population has a bicarbonate deficiency which causes the leaky gut sydrome. Apparently, the stomach was unable to neutralize the acid created by the stomach acids because the body's imperfect chemical factory to produce enough bicarbonate to reduce such alimentary irritations.

It was also proven in laboratory conditions that before a virus or a cold conditions, the body's stores of bicarbonates get severely depleted, and there is a mathematical relation between bicarbonate deficiency and susceptibility to colds. The reason, as explained by biochemistry professor so clearly: the body's could not maintain the buffer so adequately making one's body very susceptible to infection.

pH and Hydration
Posted by Dorothy (Texas) on 08/19/2022

So drinking when one is thirsty is not enough?

I am not sure if anybody drank water every 2 hours ever anywhere in the world... People drink water/fluids when they are thirsty 99% of the time. Just observe animals, they will go drink water when they are thirsty...

What exactly do you mean by 'plain clean water'? Distilled water, RO water, spring water, tap water?

Can drinking too much water cause sodium and electrolyte deficiency?

8 cups per day for all body weights? A 50kg woman should drink the same 8 cups per day as a 100kg man?

What about fresh vegetable juices, raw fruit, raw veggies, raw milk? These contain 80-90% clean water...

I know people who dry fasted for 20 days, I dry fasted personally for 60 hours. I know women who dry fast for 13 days every 2 months. I know natural therapist who heals by reducing water intake to 600- 900ml total fluid per day...while other advocate drinking 1- 2 gallons of water per day.

Historically people drank when thirsty and most of the time they drank VERY weak beer and wine.

Something does not add up.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemons
Posted by Mary (New York) on 12/17/2015
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I recently started taking apple cider vinegar and half a lemon in warm water. My urine pH has read more acidic since I started. Can you explain why? Am I cleansing my system?

Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemons
Posted by Donb (Yorba Linda, Ca) on 12/17/2015

Hi mary - take Apple Cider Vinegar with baking soda.

Baking Soda for Blood pH
Posted by Avielle ( Santa Clara, Ca) on 04/11/2015

What is the correct dosage for children?

Baking Soda for Blood pH
Posted by Sam ( Miami) on 04/11/2015

I think it is more complicated than just taking baking soda to correct blood reaction, which according to some sources must be slightly acidic which contradicts main stream belief. Today's belief. Also one must know when to take baking soda because it depends what one wants to achieve. Do no harm must be the rule.

Baking Soda for Blood pH
Posted by Bee (New York) on 04/11/2015

Hi, I would love to use the baking soda but the salt in it raises my blood pressure. Any other remedies? Thanks.

Baking Soda for Blood pH
Posted by Timh (Ky) on 04/12/2015 2077 posts

B: I think it is Ecologic Formulas that retails a product called "TriSalts"; which is carbonates or bicarbonates of Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium.

Baking Soda for Blood pH
Posted by KT (Usa) on 04/12/2015

Please clarify if 'use half a T-spoon of baking soda' means 'teaspoon' or 'tablespoon'. Thanks.

Baking Soda for Blood pH
Posted by Mindy (Denver) on 04/12/2015

CO2 level in our blood is more important in maintaining healthy blood reaction and organs and tissues oxygenation. Check Bohr effect. We have no idea how blood reaction in our bodies is maintained. It is so naive to think that one can manipulate it by drinking or whatever baking soda. Human body is the most complex mechanism in the universe. The force that makes planet Earth spin in perfect proximity to other planets has created humans. I am sure mechanisms beyond our comprehension govern blood reaction. Our bodies are perfect self regulated mechanisms, don't interfere with it. Just like severely polluted river will recover itself if left alone, our bodies will always work toward maintaining healthy blood reaction. We can help by stopping the pollution.

I do not recommend messing with blood reaction, simply because you have no idea what you are doing and what the result will be.

Just like a body intentionally lowers its vitamin D level when there is an excess of calcium in blood due to parathyroid tumors, adding vitamin D will only harm you. The same goes with blood reaction. Your body knows what it is doing. Blood reaction is never the same, to start with.

Baking Soda for Blood pH
Posted by Myyah (Marietta, Ga) on 06/25/2016

I am interested in becoming a Naturopath and would like to know what resources you can provide. Like yourself, I do not take any medications, and I do not go to conventional doctors. I want to maintain my great health, and I want to help others. I thank you in advance for your feedback.

Baking Soda for Blood pH
Posted by Msria (Canada) on 06/13/2022 12 posts

Does anyone have any idea how long it takes to see results?

Side Effects
Posted by Rs (SF, Calif.) on 01/20/2015

I am sure someone can help me with this issue. I recently decided to work on alkalizing my body because I know it is way too acidic. I have pH test strips for urine and saliva and I am eating much better food that is higher in alkaline and also putting alkaline drops in my beverages and H20 daily. About 2 days after starting my new regimen, I noticed that I had bloating and nagging abdominal pain......some tenderness, but mainly uncomfortable bloating. I get much fuller on less food, which is fabulous, but my abdomen gets very distended quickly but goes back to normal pretty much after a bowel movement, which has also slowed down a bit (frequency that is). Is this just my body adjusting to becoming more alkaline or should I stop my regimen or do something different? I read all the symptoms listed for chronic acid pH and I had every single symptom on the list. I have been doing this routine for about 2 weeks now. I think I feel better but its hard to tell sometimes. Maybe I am doing it wrong.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Goran (Serbia) on 01/16/2015
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Hi! I am 31yo and have bad case of acidosis. Too many prescribed drugs and my urin is very acidic! After taking ACV with water I still get it as acidic as 5.5 in morning urine (tested in lab). I cannot take Baking Soda since I have high blood pressure. My blood results are also vary bad. Everything is out of rage. Like my body is attacked by this acidity! I need tips fast! Please!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mary (Usa) on 01/17/2015

Are you taking Metformin for diabetes? Side effects, it raises blood sugar and raises acid.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 01/17/2015

Goran, google lists of acid/alkaline foods and start from there with increasing the alkaline and reducing the acid foods you eat.

Alkalizing and the Body Electric
Posted by Prioris (Fl) on 09/29/2014

I had a morgellons fiber. In my research of Morgellons, I noticed two most common things.

a) Many people were swimming prior to getting it.

b) They live in warmer climate

I match up with these. I used citric acid and dmso. The fiber fell out in 2 days, never to be seen again.

General Feedback
Posted by Jrich (Greensboro, NC) on 08/11/2014
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Thank you guys for all the great information. I do need to work on my pH balance.. Going to the health store today to get some alkaline water, acidopholis, folic acid, apple cider vinegar. The works.. I know what I need to do, I just need to be consistant with it.

Accurate pH Reading
Posted by Designergirl (British Columbia, Canada) on 01/05/2014

Hi, I'm very interested in knowing if testing the urine or saliva for the PH of the body is more accurate. In the past, I only tested the urine, but recently began testing both and find that often they don't match with the saliva often being far more alkaline. Isn't it normal for the urine to be slightly acidic to avoid UT infections too?

Accurate pH Reading
Posted by Cheryl (Malaysia) on 05/06/2014

Ted, where can I get the digital pH meter in BBK? Thank you.

Accurate pH Reading
Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 05/15/2014 383 posts

Suksapan Panich at Rajadamnern Road. Most taxis would know where. Ted

Sodium Bicarbonate Tablets
Posted by Marie (Anonymous, Pa) on 04/15/2013

I just starting taking sodium bicarbinate tablets instead of drinking baking soda with water to raise my ph levels within normal ranges. The bottle states that they can be diluted in water and then you can drink the solution or you can just swallow the pills with water. If I do not dilute the solution, will it be as effective. Also, can I take this indefinitely as long as I am monitoring my PH levels? Should I be taking them for a couple days on and then off?

Plastic Vs Paper pH Testing Strips
Posted by Double D (Bfe, Ok, Usa) on 03/10/2013

pH strips vs. pH litmus paper: I have plastic strips and paper pH testing strips. I used both during same urine test and the plastic strip read 6.5 and the paper read 8. Huh?

Lemons and Limes
Posted by Dee (Melbourne, Australia) on 11/21/2012

Hi am confused about using lime or lemon with baking soda.. We get both here in Melbourne but which one is more beneficial. Please solve my confusion. Thank you earth clinic for such a wonderful site.

Reader Feedback
Posted by Marty (Sacramento, California) on 07/30/2012

I tried the lemon bicarbonate formula for 2 days now and my daily urine and salive ph test strips taken in the morning came out more acid than usual. Is this a normal temporary reaction? Does it lower only cellular ph and not blood or urine.

Reader Feedback
Posted by Citygirl27 (Richardson, Tx, Usa) on 07/30/2012

Two days is not long enough to claim a result. It takes time to work and is still balancing your system, which means you will get rid of (expel) extra acid for quite a while before it will show balanced urine pH. Give it a week or two. A week if you generally are active and otherwise healthy and eat whole foods regularly, 2 weeks if you eat more fast food, dairy and sugar.

General Feedback
Posted by Robyn (Melbourne, Australia) on 07/15/2012

Whilst living in a car due to being so allergic I tried to practice this alkalising with bicarb in apple cider vinegar and bicarb just in water. It made me very nauseas and heightened the already severe pain.

I am confused. Saliva on litmus paper first thing in the morning shows I am the most acidic you can be. My GP thinks the body is getting rid of extra acidity through the saliva..... That this litmus paper test is not accurate. Other GPs have commented on how alkaline I am - high sodium and calcium readings on blood tests. Also the bicarb reading is OK.
And high calcium in my tissues.

I have low stomach acid so if I take bicarb I cant digest anything. I understand I could take it away from food times.

I have a high metal and viral count so I must be acidic.

Many years ago someone suggested bicarb (taken in pure water), I did it for awhile till another GP did a litmus test (middle of the day - not acidic) but I have only got much worse, not better.

The GP must be wrong. I assume I would be acidic. What would you suggest? Taking away from food times and slowly - last week Bill was talking about taking hcl before meals and alkalising some time after. Or maybe alkalinity is too hard to achieve whilst the viral and metals are still there?

General Feedback
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 07/17/2012 2077 posts

Robyn, try supplementing the amino acid Taurine, as it helps the body regulate minerals.

General Feedback
Posted by Robyn (Melbourne, Australia) on 07/17/2012

Timh, thanks. I take taurine. I do have addisons disease which could make my sodium levels higher and Im just very very sensitive because ?? Ive tried the alkalising again and just cannot tolerate the extra pain!! , migraines and nausea. I can take acv, bs small amount in 1 litre of water, wheat grass, lemon juice by themselves - all alkalising. I dont know if addisons causing higher sodium levels is because sodium is in my blood ready to leave my body or my blood is alkaline. But I must be acidic if I have metal and viral toxicity. No doc can answer my questions. I dont know how to get well, 20 yrs on & Im still trying to get the metal count down. The viruses & candida?? I take lysine, zinc, olive leaf extract, plenty of antioxidants, immune boosters. Some people with fms, cfs and mcs have been getting better with NLP but apart from it not working on me I just dont get that the brain controls all your organs, the oxygen & nutrition to them.

General Feedback
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 07/18/2012 2077 posts

Robyn, I feel much like yourself w/ advanced stages of chronic parasitism, heavy metals, and all the pathogens that go w/ it. Have you tried Kidney support regimens? I require daily either D-Mannose or Cranberry for the infection. The kidneys are so important in regulating mineral balance and detoxification that one must support them; Raw Kidney Glandular and Allantoin are good for rebuilding. Have you tried Raw Pituitary Glandular for hormonal boost? It's all complicated and much help is needed so I hope you can get the upper on your condition.

General Feedback
Posted by Latonia (Marshallville, Ga, United States) on 07/18/2012

I recommend trying the Transfer Factor Plus and Riovida Juice to lower your acidic levels. Transfer Factor Plus will empower your immune system and that will help to fight other issues going on in the body. Also try using the Alkaline water and it can be found at most health food stores. Drink that instead of adding the alkaline to your regular water. It will be worth it. You will see!

General Feedback
Posted by Robyn (Melbourne, Australia) on 07/19/2012

Timh thanks, I used to get utis every 2nd day (20 yrs), that pain on top of this other thats unbearable but since olive leaf extract I havent had one. Tried glandular extracts, severe reaction! But I have severe reactions to most things, not surprising, just another horrifying day. Yes, kidneys cant be good. The egrf on the blood tests which is to do with kidneys is way too high so they must be stressed. I try to help my organs. I wish they could talk so I really knew what needs the most help rather than taking all these supplements and home remedies for me to react to, just throwing a lot of mud hoping that some of it will stick.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemons
Posted by Cannies (St Pete, Fl) on 03/02/2012

From all that I have been reading in researching how to alkalize your body PH, although lemons (citrus) and apple cider vinegar are Acid in their raw form, when the body processes them they both have an alkalizing effect.

Saliva pH
Posted by Annu (Kolkata, India) on 01/15/2012

Hi.... My saliva ph is 8 throughout the day. Can anybody could explain it and tell me how to bring it to 7.


Baking Soda
Posted by Anon (Anon) on 11/25/2011

Hey Bill; I forgot to ask if the sodium bicarbonate enough or should we take a drop of ST before showering or rinse off in some ST after bathing? Or is drinking ST in regular water throughout the day good enough? Do you think the anti-chlorine faucet & shower filters are any good? I removed my shower one cuz I didn't know what kind of stuff was in the filter. It looked like some orange brown tinsel to something. Many thanks mate!

Baking Soda
Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 11/25/2011

Hi Anon... Sodium Thiosulfate will also neutralize chlorine in water, but its always best to by a dechlorinator for the shower. You can test how good the shower water is by using the Sodium Bicarb test and/or litmus paper. I live in the Philippines and I'm lucky enough to have my own well-water now because I live in the semi-provinces and don't have this problem anymore really.

Baking Soda
Posted by rebekah (South of Oregon) on 06/03/2022

Adjusting pH for a well-

This is a question that may be off topic and I apologize, if so- We had our pump replaced a year or so ago since our water has tasted off. A powdered "purifying" agent that seemed like chlorine was added to the well after the installation to insure our water wasn't sanitized from potential contamination. Since then our water has not tasted right, tests acidic and we both experienced symptoms of acidic pH. It has been a year and we have drained the well down and it still has not corrected. The only other change is the pump type we installed- an all metal pump with no plastic parts.

We would like to add Borax &/or baking soda to our well to adjust the pH- Seeking guidance from anyone experienced in using this method or any ideas that could help correct this issue.

Thank you!

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