Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda Tonic Health Benefits


6 User Reviews
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Posted by Mrscloud (Ohio) on 01/20/2015
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I have been taking 2 tablesoons of ACV (with mother) and 1/4 tsp of Baking soda with about 1/2 cup of warm water for about two weeks twice a day for general health reasons. This morning I woke up and was struck by how soft my skin felt. I also think I may be experiencing less water retention. I had what I think was AWFUL candida die off symptoms for about a week though, chills, mucus you name it it was AWFUL but it seems to be dying down.

Posted by Nickym2 (Wa, US) on 06/19/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I tried the baking soda and apple cider vinegar treatment and it is working great! I finally feel good about my skin, and can wear all my sun dresses again. I am so glad I found this site. THANK YOU!

Replied by Larry
(Fairfax, Va)

What specifically was the baking soda/ACV treatment that you used successfully for your skin?


Posted by Ed Davis (Wenatchee WA, USA) on 06/03/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Skin Care - Dry Scaly Patches: I had some dry scaly skin on my nose and about for an inch or so on either side of my nose. I have been using a mixture of ACV, Baking Soda, and Water for a about a week and a half. I use about 1/4 tablespoon of BS and ACV till the bubbling stops. then I add just enough water to complete filling a small cup About 3 inches high, 1/2 full. I wash my face with this and leave it on for about a minute and then rinse it off. My skin on my nose and by my nose is now very soft and is no longer dry. I also found that when shaving with a razor that this mixture lubricated my skin and I did not get any cuts. I pieced this mixture together from reading about several items from this site. I love

Posted by Joy (Dover, USA) on 05/22/2007
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Re: ACV and baking soda: I've lost track of exactly how long but it should be about 3weeks that I have been trying ACV...I first tried it w/water and Cayenne Pepper..thinking of reduction in weight loss and HBP, i can say that i feel better not as tired as usual (not running any marathons yet) and I do see a diffence in my skin. And to add to it i've begun to wash with backing soda and water, and i must say that my face does feel smoother and not as oily. My question is how do i figure the right recipe for me?...i see so many variations of it. I would like to work on my blood pressure, weight and blood suger levels.

Posted by Choua (Milwaukee, WI) on 12/19/2006
5 out of 5 stars

ACV cures my bloating and hunger pain. Baking soda did wonders for me cure my acid reflux, bad breath, and sinus. I also use ACV and baking soda for my face as others mentioned on this site. My face looks great without foundation. No dark circles and puffy eyes. The information on this website save me from many health problems. Thank you so much to all the people who contribute to this awesome site and a Big thanks goes to Ted in Bangkok who seems to have such wealth of knowledge.

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
383 posts

Blood pressure and most modern diseases is that more than 90% of the foods eaten are acid forming and this tends to cause the food to stay in our stomach much longer than it is needed. When eating alkaline forming foods or sodium bicarbonate, the foods simply stay in the stomach LESS longer, solves constipation and thereby reducing weight, puffy eyes, blood pressure and other common problems. The colder the weather the more important it is to alkalize, since cold pressure and high blood pressure occurs more often because tiny blood vessels constrict. Diuretics and blood lowering medicine works on the principle on being alkaline formers, therefore lowering blood pressure, but this can be done safely just giving a chance by taking alkaline forming foods. Ted

Posted by Peg (Medford, MA) on 12/08/2006
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Hi. Just felt compelled to write into the site and report on my ACV experience. I'm 42 and have suffered from a variety of ailments from the not too serious (acne) to the more serious (neurological). I started taking ACV "Ted's Way" with a bit of baking soda, 2TBS/serving, 2X a day (sorry, just can't do 3x a day due to my schedule). My skin is looking really wonderful, so much so that people have commented on how healthy and radiant I look! Since I was 9 I've had very oily skin, and now it seems to have normalized, neither oily nor dry. I'm pretty thin to start with, so weight loss was not really an issue for me. But I've noticed that I've definitely thinned out a bit more around the middle, and I feel more "lithe" than I've felt in awhile. My boyfriend thinks I"m nuts, but I think he's nuts with his stinky lecithin and yeast. : ) I enjoy making my fizzy "science experiment", and I make sure to brush my teeth afterwards, just to be on the safe side. I take it after meals so it's wise to brush my teeth then, anyway.

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Posted by Lin (Ottawa ) on 06/13/2018 4 posts
5 out of 5 stars

Hello, I was wondering when is the best time to take Apple Cider Vinegar with baking soda. First thing in the morning or before dinner?

I found this quote from Ted so was wondering what is everyone doing?

"A formula or any formulas can be stopped and started at any time. Often the best times to start can be in the morning, early afternoon, or late evening. However, the best times seems to be in the afternoon or evening because that is the time that the body's pH has the most problem. Morning is really never much a problem because the body had enough rest "

Thanks everyone.

Ted's Recipe
Posted by Janet (In) on 08/10/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I have noticed so many apple cider vinegar posts and many having trouble and bad reactions.

Our method has never caused a bad reaction or problems. Ted says if you are ill ACV would create a more acidic environment in a body. Using ACV with baking soda is a way to prevent problems and build a healthy alkaline environment..

2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar 1/2 tsp baking soda in a glass let fizz add 1/2 glass of water and drink 1/2 hour after food 2x a day. 5 days out of 7.

Purchase a pocket alkalinity meter about $50 online. Keep shooting for 7 to 7.2 on meter from morning urine. Safest way to ingest ACV plus the strong taste of vinegar is diminished greatly. I also use the ACV and baking soda for headaches and it can correct the runs and constipation both.

Here is where I learned. Teds remedies here on earth clinic. We have done this and other alkalinity drinks for more than 5 years. All to our benefit and health. Janet

Replied by Hisjewel
(America, New York)
5 out of 5 stars

Just jumping in all the talk about ACV. I don't do ACV very often, but when I do, I have to do it Ted"s remedy way, that is ACV and Baking Soda. Otherwise it is too much acidity on the way down for me. However, I noticed my daughter drinking ACV like she was drinking iced tea.

She would get a tall glass of Vinegar and water and return for another. So I asked, why are you drinking that like its a drink? She answered, "This has honey, it is so delicious."

I tasted it and sure enough it did not burn on the way down. It was organic Apple Cider vinegar with Honey. But I told her it was still vinegar, and she was not to take more than suggested.


Replied by Tim

"Ted says if you are ill ACV (apple cider vinegar) will create a more acidic environment in your body" o.k. I'm confused, isn't the goal to create a more alkaline environment?

Replied by Janet

Tim, Ted explains why drinking just Apple Cider Vinegar with water is counterproductive. Whereas the Apple Cider Vinegar and baking soda is alkaline.

In addition there is an entire chapter of alkalinity explanations on the remedy pages on earth clinic listed at the top of the page.

I recommend Teds excellent book to further study as it is amazing. It can be purchased on Amazon.


Here is Ted's page explaining his direction on Apple Cider Vinegar and baking soda. Janet

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Posted by Peter (Newcastle Upon Tyne) on 01/19/2014

Ted writes: "For me, I don't use ACV here in Bangkok that often because of the price. I just use simple vinegar, so I usually will not have the bubbling issues"

- See the treatment at:

My Question is: do you know which vinegar (after apple cider) would one choose as a second best and why? Thank you, Peter

Replied by Lucena
5 out of 5 stars

The other vinegar I used while I was in the Philippines was the native coconut vinegar. It is raw, unpasteurized, fermented naturally for weeks . It is absolutely home made. My mom made it from the sap of coconut flower from her coconut trees grown outside her house.

I used that vinegar with Baking soda first thing in the morning with good result. We used that too in cooking.

But sad thing, when I went to the Philippines last year, almost everyone was using the commercialized white vinegar, distilled. Maybe village people might be using the home made one but I got no time to visit the countryside.

Thirst Quencher

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Posted by Connie (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA) on 09/04/2009
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Apple Cider Vinegar Baking Soda Quenched My Thirst! This tastes way better than artesian well water. If you haven't tried the vinegar and baking soda you should. Not as good as rain water, though... This site is AWESOME!

Throat Issues

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Posted by Cindy (Salem, OR) on 12/14/2006
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Dear Ted, Thank you, thank you, thank you. I had wrote to you on 11/5/06 about my husband and his throat clearing. This was an problem he has dealt with for around 15 years. I had put him on your ACV/Baking Soda and he added the citric acid also as his ph seems to always be way too high alkaline. It really seems to have worked and after all these years of trying different things. We are still a bit afraid to claim victory. It has been almost 2 weeks of not one bit of problem. It took about 6 weeks for it to kick in and go away. Now I have to say he had days where he took the mixture 5 times and always at least 3 times a day. If he had bugs he wanted them gone !!!! Plus he really likes the taste of this stuff. I wish I could see you to shake your hand and say thanks. DON'T GIVE UP PEOPLE, THIS STUFF DOES WORK !

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
383 posts

This comes from certain minerals in the ACV that reduces the oiliness of skin, quite possibly the zinc content. Also, the baking soda will normalize most biological parameters by causing the body to be much more antioxidant, as evidenced by the negative ORP reading of the 2 tablespoon ACV 1/4 teaspoon, giving a rare reading -175 millivolts which is quite antioxidants. Most foods we eat are actually oxidants, which steals the body of electron, causing the aging process to accelerate. My own estimate of most of the foods we eat are between 200 to 500 millivolts which is quite oxidating. This even is also true for most mineral water we drink which are also typically over 100 millivolts. So the wisdom of drinking more water really doesn't apply. It only applies when we drink antioxidant water, and the only way this can be done is a small amount of lemon with baking soda added will allow the water we drink to be antioxidants, thus a simple fountain of youth.

Weight Loss

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Posted by Sara (Sacramento, Ca, Usa) on 04/27/2010
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Hello everyone!

I love this site very, and every day I am paying a visit here that is why I am behind of my studies at school.
I am 50 over weight and trying to get rid of these unwanted fat in my body. It was suggested through this website that taking ACV will help. I start drinking 2 ts of ACV in a glass of water, but my stomach did not like it and stated acting crazy; it was full of acid then I added a bit of Baking Soda; I felt pain in my stomach.

I have to say here that I did not use the organic brand. I bought ACV from Safeway. Is there anyone who have the same experience, or it is different for everyone?


Replied by Yogidz
(Santa Ana, Ca Usa)

In another website where sodium bicarbonate is used for cancer treatment, it pointed out to only use pure sodium bicarbonate which we also know as baking soda. The Arm & Hammer brand is not good for this purpose as it has aluminum. The baking soda to be added to ACV or any other substance to be consumed needs to be aluminum-free.

(Ontario, Canada)

I have heard this several times and I'd like to clear up confusion. Baking soda DOES NOT have aluminum. Baking POWDER does...

Replied by Coregon
(Medford, Or)

Yogidz: Regarding aluminum in baking soda, I believe you are confusing baking soda with baking POWDER. Baking powder has aluminum in it. Arm and Hammer states that they do not use aluminum in their baking soda. I found this article to confirm this:

"Arm & Hammer confirmed to me by phone that their baking soda does not contain aluminum. It is mined in Wyoming and comes from a mineral called trona. also the MSDS sheet
Doesn't show any aluminum. "

If you still have doubts about this, I've read that Bob's Red Mill baking soda is also confirmed aluminum free.

Replied by Bessie
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Hi Yogidz - I think you'll find that the Arm & Hammer brand of baking soda does not contain aluminum. I believe another contributor addressed this a little while ago, as well as pointing out that Mark Sircus informed people in his newsletter of the product's purity (no aluminum). The url for this information on Earth Clinic is: Cheers, B

Replied by Lis
(Ny, Ny, Usa)

Aluminum in Arm & Hammer (A&H) Baking Soda (BS) is a rumor. "Aluminum-free" on BS packages these days is kind of a marketing gimmick. If you check out this thread, a member of the EC community contacted an A&H rep and confirmed it is 100% sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3).

You might also want to read this by Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD (EC listed these links previously on this subject in another thread):

Replied by Chris
(Cincinnati, Oh)

Use Apple Cider Vinegar with the "mother" in it. Says right on the bottle. It's cloudy.

Weight Loss
Posted by J. (USA) on 01/19/2010


Thank you for the welcome. I was trying to find some do's and don't regarding eating/drinking while taking the ACV&BS for weight loss. I see a lot of people do not follow the directions and have not been receiving their desired results. I was interested in knowing if there are some foods or drinks (coffee) we should not indulge in or is it not a priority.

You hasten response is sincerely appreciated.



Weight Loss
Posted by Gg (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia) on 11/16/2009
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I thought it was time to share my positive feedback on weight loss through drinking Apple Cider Vinegar and Bicarb Soda (sodium bicarbonate).

I'm 28 and have been taking the pill for about 5 years and recently decided I should have a break. I had gained a couple of extra kilos over the years that became increasingly hard to shift. Every year it was only a little bit but it all adds up, and like my dad says, half a kilo a year = very overweight by the time you're in your 50's! I'd always been very slim and didn't tend to put on weight, despite the fact I used to "eat for Australia" -- much to most people's jealousy. I could basically eat whatever I liked at whatever time of day. I eventually just attributed the cellulite and extra "puppy fat" to getting older and gave up trying to get back to my late teenage size. We're only talking about a size and a half bigger here but it was the fact that I just COULDN'T get rid of the fat that got me down. I was also having major migraines around the time of menstruation and the pill I was taking was really expensive, so I decided to have a break, I figured it would do me good.

Immediately the fat started dropping off! This was bitter-sweet for me, as it confirmed my suspicions but it also meant I was always going to have to deal with the extra kilos if I wanted to avoid "oops" children (other contraception didn't work well for me).

Eventually I had such bad skin problems (I guess it was like a "withdrawal"?) that I started back on it. But I'd effortlessly dropped almost 2 sizes and was able to get back into old jeans I'd given up on, all whilst eating like I used to - it was so liberating! I was chuffed!

Before I started taking the BC pill again I started with a regimen of ACV twice a day. I've been using it on and off for about a year and found it kept colds and flu at bay, helped me get better quicker and relieved a lot of muscle cramps I get from sitting at a computer all day. NOT to mention the candida probs it helps fix! I am a chronic thrush sufferer and the best "help" I've been able to get from the medical community is "Oh well, some women are just prone to it". YAY! Coming from a male doctor. Ie. "Just deal with it". If you suffer this problem you will know what I mean when I say it can make you beside yourself, on an emotional level, when you can't stop it, get rid of it or even enjoy eating any of the foods you like. And the discomfort of being incredibly itchy ALL the time! Anyway that's a post for the "candida" part of this website. :-) Suffice it to say ACV keeps things in my digestive tract fairly under control, even when I eat known "aggravators".

So I started having 2 Tbsp with about a level tsp of bicarb each morning and evening (for thrush at that stage). I have been back on the pill for a month and a half AND I've been eating all the wrong foods (ie. Pasta, bread, some snacks, pastries and sugary treats at the movies) and my weight remains the same. I'm very surprised. I've found I have a lot more freedom in what I can eat without suffering weight-gain or side effects of digestive complaints. I've also started using it on my face as a toner at night after I cleanse - it was the only thing that helped clear up the massive acne outbreak I had when I went off the pill. I use it straight and apply with a cotton pad, then rinse off after about 20 seconds. Stings a bit but you know it's working!

I can't say enough good things about ACV!

Replied by Jae
(Baltimore, Md)

Apple cider vinegar is absolutely amazing. I can't say enough good things about it. I have lost weight, the spider veins on my legs are almost completely gone, and the cellulite on the back of my legs is like 80% gone. NO more acid reflux, regular bowel movements. i just started black strap molasses. God truly gave us everything we would need to live a healthy life on this earth.

Weight Loss
Posted by John (Manasquan, New Jersey) on 04/10/2009
5 out of 5 stars

2 tsp ACV & 1/4 tsp BS -2 times a day - with a little excercise (very slow jogging) has dropped my weight (12 lbs. so far) & dropped blood preasure down to 137/75 (was 156/95). I've been on this regiment for about 3 weeks and feel absolutely great. My doctor wanted to put me on blood preasure pills and cholesterol pills, it just scared the H--- out of me - I had to do something other than DRUGS. In my searching, I discovered a website that offered a FREE discount drug card because I can not afford medical coverage, if I had to do the drugs, this would have been an alternative. (you can Email me if you want the site). I also have gotten my wife started on this for her alergies (she likes the Claritin D, I gotta get her off that stuff! My son 21yo, who has this deep hacking cough (I believe is fungal), can not be diagnosed by the 4 doctors I've sent him to, guess what he's going to start doing - you got it, ACV & BS. I can't wait to see the look on my doctor's face when he sees the results - Thank you everyone for your comments and personal caring about other people, it's very refreshing to know others do care.

Replied by Sue
(Pleasant Prairie, Wi, Usa)

I would be VERY interested in getting the website you mentioned on Earth Clinic back on 4/10/2009 that offered a FREE discount drug card. I know that has been some time ago. However, if you could provide me with this information, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks! From one folk remedy healer to another...

Replied by Linda S
(Benton, Ky)

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Replied by Kat
(Albuq, Nm)

This may be a dumb question, but I got to ask anyway -- with the Apple cider vinegarcat 2 teaspoons and the baking soda at 1/4 teaspoon, how much water is to be used? should The water be cold water hot water or warm water? Thank you for the information