Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda Tonic Health Benefits

Blood Pressure

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

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

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

Replied by Joy
Crossville, Tn

Could be you have parasites under the skin. After two years of the torture of horrible itching all over his body, we discovered it was parasites just under the skin. Taking herbs like wormwood for parasites, completely solved the problem.


Posted by Jim (Old Chatham, NY) on 05/16/2007
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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 (USA) on 04/18/2007
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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.

Replied by Mphoshomali Hellen Lufuno
Louis Trichardt, South Africa

Please clarify me, this mixture of olive oil, Apple Cider Vinegar and baking soda I have to use it separately or add into decaf tea. please am having a serious sinus infection for 5 yrs, is so embarrassing and painful. I 'll realy appreciate your quickest response.

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

Posted by Deidre (Ca, US) on 02/08/2015
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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!


Posted by Diane (Magnolia Springs, Alabama) on 03/07/2007
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Ted I want to thank you for your remedy with vinegar and baking soda. I used it about 2 months ago with very slow results. I thought about it and came up with this remedy I detox my body. I realize that my colon and liver were so full of food that I did a colon cleanse, liver cleanse and kidney cleanse for 30 days in combination I lost 22 lbs. My food consist of only from the ground food that was organic. I have had so many comments at how great I look on the outside but I have been taking the Vinegar and baking soda now and I feel absolutely wonderful on the inside. I can actually make the comment that there is nothing that hurts on my body inside and out. Thank you...

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
384 posts

Dear Diane: Detoxing your body and improving your eliminations is very important towards recovery and if you can do that, it is good. Most of the reason people get sick is the problem of eliminations and acidosis. Those are two primary reasons.

Usually an apple cider vinegar and baking soda improves both elimination with regular bowel movements, as well as normalizing the pH. It does two things in just one shot, but it is not perfect. Apple cider vinegar will work better than a vinegar with baking soda, in case you are wondering, as it have potassium, minerals and many others. Also to use apple cider vinegar and baking soda with detoxing also helps.


Posted by Courtney (Toronto) on 05/19/2018 2 posts

Hi all.

I am wondering how many times a day you can drink 2 tspns of Apple Cider Vinegar, mixed with 1/2 tspsn of baking soda, and 8oz water, and if it is ok to add a 1/2 tspn of cayenne pepper to it as well?

I will assume that it depends on how much you weigh.

Will this mixture get rid of belly bloating, with/without the cayenne pepper?

Lastly-woud it also be a good idea to drink this mix while working out, excluding adding the cayenne pepper?


Posted by Courtney (Toronto) on 05/19/2018 2 posts

Hi all.

I am wondering how many times a day you can drink 2 tspns of Apple Cider Vinegar, mixed with 1/2 tspsn of baking soda, and 8oz water, and if it is ok to add a 1/2 tspn of cayenne pepper to it as well?

I will assume that it depends on how much you weigh.

Will this mixture get rid of belly bloating, with/without the cayenne pepper?

Lastly-woud it also be a good idea to drink this mix while working out, excluding adding the cayenne pepper?


Electrolytes Instead of Baking Soda

Posted by Kurt (Riverview, Fl) on 06/25/2017
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ACV for alkalizing w/ neutral electrolyte

I've been using ACV with baking soda to alkalize my body (started out at 5.5, now usually 8), but recently I've become aware of the impact the sodium has on my electrolyte balance. Reading around I found that potassium bicarbonate is also a leavening agent like baking soda, and another good reference said that the ideal ratio is K/Na 3:1. I found a reseller for it and ordered a pound. I then mixed up a batch of the powders 3:1 and used that in place of baking soda in a cup of water (plus a dash of sea salt for flavor) in my ACV.

Now the ACV mixture has the same alkalizing, and bicarb effects, keeps my potassium / sodium balance, is neutral going down, and is a vehicle for taking my Lugol's iodine in the morning.


Posted by Angie (Sparta, MO) on 04/24/2007
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I started taking 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with baking soda once a day. This has helped so much with the fatigue that I was having and has given me more energy.

Posted by Sassfire (Milwaukie, OR) on 02/13/2007
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Thank you for this site. I have a very high insurance deductible and going to the doctor cuts into my food bill! I have been sick for three weeks and the quality of my life has suffered. I went to the doctor who told me take sudafed. I did and it helped very little. Today I woke up from a nap and just started crying. I just couldn't stand the pain and how tired I feel constantly. I tried the ACV and it worked at first then stopped. I then tried it by adding baking soda and it was amazing. I hope it continues to work. For now at least I can get some sleep. I love this site.

Posted by Anthony (Cary, NC) on 02/12/2007
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Hey guys. First off, I've been following this site for some time now. It's great -- I recommend it to everyone. My grandmother used to take ACV years ago and I'd try it and it was horrible to the taste. So since i have been really getting in to natural medicine. I started taking acv in a pill form. and it gave me a yeast infection. YES, I'm a man with a yeast infection. It's horrible and my pH is always acidic. I'm also a vegan. no meat whatsoever.. I have been like this for 10 yrs, so I read about Ted's baking soda trick. I tried and threw up. I'm a wimp. so what i did was open up the acv pill, empty half of the powder out, and put baking soda in its place. I take two a day every other day.. OMG I tell I woke up this morning and shot outta bed and ran around the house. my wife thought I was nuts.. I told her I have so much energy. I always wake up tired. and aches. TED I LOVE U!!!!!! Wish there were more people in the world like you. Thanks for helping us. Anthony


Posted by Sharon (St Maarten ) on 03/30/2018
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The ACV with Baking soda is really a good tonic

I took it for Gas In The stomach, for years I was using doctors medicine for stomach gas aches, but a lady told me about this recipes 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 glass water and 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar and this works.

I am off doctors medication for 9 yrs now. Also I used it for alkalizing and weight loss purposes.... I am having an excellent result.