Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda Tonic Health Benefits

Multiple Cures

Posted by Victoria (Sydney, Australia) on 01/19/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I started using apple cider vinegar (approx 1-2 tablespoon) with baking soda (1 teaspoon) in 750ml of water, and 1/8 teaspoon in borax every morning, and the same mixture again at night (without the borax). It has only been about 10days since I started doing this.

It has reduced all of my bloating, increased my energy, my stomach is almost flat again! This is something that I couldn't even achieve as a personal trainer and working out 6 days a week. I think I'm even passing some parasites (or what looks like parasites- little white things). My body is getting back to what I looked like as a teenager. Its amazing!

Also it is keeping by bm's 'regular', which has been an issue for me in the past.

I have not changed my diet at all, but I now no longer take sugar in my coffee, as I don't like the sweet taste (since starting the remedy). Also I'm not hungry all the time like I used to be!

Thanks goodness for Earth Clinic!

Replied by Debora
Louisville, Ky, Usa

QUESTION: Victoria, are you still on here? I'd like to know how it's going & if you're still using your mixture.

Replied by Shelly

Borax?? As in mule team borax? and if so, measurements in ACV and BS mixture lady from Australia mentioned it in her post said it's helped her..

Thank you so much for this site..I have kept this to myself because of reactions I got when I discussed my issues, so happy to know I am not cracked and there are others willing to share and help with this stuff we have in common

Posted by Michael C (Hawthorne, Ca, USA) on 06/08/2009
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I am Male 36 old. very good health take regular Multi Vitamin, eat very well, drink mainlly spring or bottled water.
My Following symptoms are:
1.Constant Sore throat
2.No taste in my mouth,
3.Back of tongue swollen
4.Sometimes it is hard to breathe
5.Throat dries up & lump in back of throat
5.Sometimes hard to swallow large items
6.Constant swallowing all day long.
7.Chest area is sore when I flex or stick my chest out or sneeze really hard.

PLEASE HELP HORRIBLE. The breathing and dried out throat gave me anxiety a few times in the past 2-months scary. I went to the ENT doctor said I may have LPR, gave me both Prilosec and Kapidex made me sick so I stopped those on the 3rd day both of them this was about 1-month ago. I always have to carry bottled water with me or cough drops with MENTHOL/BENZOCAINE ORAL in it, or may have an dry throat attack.

I have recently staring taking June 2, 2009 the ACV 2 tbls & 1/2 baking soda 3 times daily, in addition I am taking probiotics + TEDS RECOMENDATION ON Vit E 200 i.u with the selinium, B-complex 100s, Changed My vitamtin c to the ascorbate version which I take ALL daily. I took the magnesium citrate 160mg once I think it made me really hot, not sure.

WOW I FEEL MUCH BETTER more energy, however I still have many of the symptoms like sore throat, No taste or Acid taste, constant swallowing all day, lump, acid shoots up after meals, sometimes mildly hard to breathe but 70% better.

I conserned about, Possible Pathogens, Candida, Acidosis, Fungus,Bacterica, Parasites pylori, high metals and other problems. I just ordered PH TESTERS waiting for UPS to deliver. I am lost on what to take, and or what possibilities I may have as far as my condition?
I love the ACV Please help.

Thanks, Michael C

Posted by Deha (Miami, Florida) on 03/24/2009

Hi, I came across your site and thought I now have the remedy for most of my aliments. I have a slight blood pressure, butterfly feelings in my stomach, like a constant sense of anxiety- maybe ulcers and a serious case of neurofibromatosis over my arms, legs, back and I am over weight. Tomorrow I am having an MRI to check for brain.tumor. I was told there is no cure. I tried the ACV and baking power. My pressure went down 6 pts from the very first day. However, my stomach began to burn even more so I stopped taking it. I would greatly appreciate any advice as to what to do about my aliments since ACV seems to be the solution but it causes my stomack to really burn. Also I was wondering how is it that an acid substance like ACV could help a too much acid aliment like an ulcer?

Replied by Mary

You mentioned you were using baking POWDER... baking SODA and baking powder are two completely different things. Baking powder also has aluminum in it... maybe this is the reason for bad reaction you had???

Posted by Todd (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 03/13/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have never really felt compelled enough to comment on a website about a subject until now.
I have been suffering from various skin ailments from some time, burning red dry palms, red pinkish face, extremely dry skin (face, palms, back of arms, legs, sides of trunk - all slightly red/pink), my skin really suffered, i was prone to infections (athletes foot etc) and i generally felt very run down. I had been to the doctors on several occasions and was prescribed nothing more than moisturiser which of course had no effect on my many ailments and to be honest i was getting quite fed up of it all. Despite having a balanced diet, taking plenty of exercise (5 times a week and quite intensive) and staying hydrated my skin condition did not improve and in fact was slowly deteriorating so much so that i thought antibiotics might be the only answer. I stumbled across the ACV and baking soda remedy (2tsp ACV and 1/2tsp baking soda in cup water, 3 times a day) and i must say all my ailments (which i have had for well over a year) have almost disappeared in less than 4 days!! I really can't believe it, i feel completely recharged, my skin is shining, the redness has faded substantially and my skin is starting to feel quite normal, if not softer and better than before. I would highly recommend this remedy and am extremely happy with the results already in such a short space of time. I feel really healthy now and am experiencing a constant 'buzz' of good energy/positivity throughout the day (sorry don't mean to sound new age there), i also feel considerably less stressed at work and am constantly in a good mood with lots of energy and feel mentally sharper. I appreciate this remedy might not work for everyone but i just wanted to share my experiences so someone else might see this and also benefit from it too. (for information i am in the UK and am using Aspall Organic Cyder Vinegar from Holland and Barratt and bicarbonate of soda (any supermarket)- I have yet to try an ACV with 'mother' but would like to as i wonder if the results will be even better)

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
384 posts

I am happy to hear of your improved skin condition.

Technically speaking, ACV and baking soda remedy suppose to normalize two specific parameters of the blood, namely to normalize ORP (oxidation reduction potential), and the pH buffering capacity of the blood. Bacteria growth are controlled by several parameters, namely ORP, pH, and salinity. Certain nutrients can also reduce bacteria growth namely chromium, manganese and zinc. Fungus issue is a very common skin problem in older people and are controlled by mostly pH, but is also effected by chromium, boron, and acetates (from vinegar) as well as ORP (measured in milliamps). Generally speaking a sacred healing water have similar ORP levels and pH as in an ordinary vinegar and baking soda, making them a good potential sources for healing various condition that can be one possible alternative to visiting a sacred healing spring water. While I can't add everything to have all the parameters, the apple cider vinegar and baking soda should be able to handle many of the issue..

The acetic portion of the vinegar, found in the apple cider vinegar and alkalinity suppose to have a sort of anti fungal properties, especially the acetic portion as well as reduction of excess tissue calcium from long term metabolic acidosis. The increase alkalization causes the cappilary to dilate and help with the circulation, and hence hydration. Supplenss of the skin is returned if tissue calcium is removed from the effects of the aceitc portion making them more supple. Reduce inflammation comes from increase alkalization which has an a natural antibiotic effects. Antibiotics basically are produced from a fungus. So a person with a fungal skin issue might not benefit from improve skin from antibiotic use due to possible presence of fungal toxins. I believe there's more future in vinegar, baking soda, borax, and my latest findings are ammonium compounds, such as ammonium chloride solution to help many fungal skin and skin inflammation issues also. The solution I used is a 10% solution to apply for the skin to resolved with problem pigmentation issues of the skin bought on by fungus (as in so called liver spots) which are actually fungus. Lately I have had hyperpigmentation of the face but was able to become normal with the application of an ammonium chloride solution, or even a vinegar solution is lso possible. They are both antifungal, but ammonium chloride is a stronger one for more aged spots and hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. Apple cider vinegar and baking soda usually can handle problem skin as well as glandular functions too. It works by normaling some of the blood parameters, which is why there is a general feeling of more energy.


Replied by Blessed
Harare, Zimbabwe

Hi Ted, i would like to apply this for skin spots on my back and shoulders. I discovered I have black spots which were never pimples. I am a black african

Can it be applied as a paste or it has to be drunk only?

"Apple cider vinegar and baking soda usually can handle problem skin as well as glandular functions too. It works by normaling some of the blood parameters, which is why there is a general feeling of more energy."

Replied by Layton
New Port Richey, Florida

Have you tried organic Apple cider vinegar with mother? It should be in the UK If not im sure you can get it from the Internet.. Good luck..

Posted by Josephine (Accra, Ghana) on 03/07/2009
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I have being using ACV+BS for almost a month now. My principal reason for taking it is to loose weight and stay trim and for all the other health benefits. My skin looks great, my mouth feels very clean, ACID REFLUX CURED but I seem to be gaining weight around exactly where I want to loose them. My breasts are heavy, my thighs looks big and my stomach; in fact I am just gaining weight! I take 2tablespoons ACV+1/4BS. It is a brand that is preserved by sulphar dioxide. Somebody help me undertsand this as I am still taking this remedy becuase I just love the health benefits but this weight troubling.

Posted by K.Lynn (Mt.Healthy, Ohio) on 12/19/2008
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hello everyone, I just wanted to say what a difference these health tips have made for me. this is the 1st fall season I have not come down with a head cold that went directly to my chest and lungs and I credit that to the acv,organic bs,and local raw honey. heat 4oz. of boiled water, and put bs,acv,and honey in that order(cuts down on fizz of bs). I've noticed some complaints from some about the acv's sour and burn, the bs and honey will change that (i'm diabetic and that tbsp does not raise my sugar either).It's 2or3 tbsp of acv, half or whole tsp of organic bs and tbspor half of raw (local) honey. This mixture has also helped my breathing (overweight and smoked for years) edema(swelling) in legs reduced to normal, acv w/diet has brought my sugar down 200pnts. go back and try the acv mix it can't hurt and will help. MANY BLESSINGS!

Replied by Jamie
Austin, Mn

K lynn, thank you for your post. I also have experienced head colds that turn to chest colds that would keep me in bed for 2 weeks at a time. I started taking baking soda with the honey and water also like you but havent added acv. How does Apple Cider Vinegar help more than bs alone?

Posted by Anna (Elkl Grove, California, USA) on 05/14/2008
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I'm 48 years old and took ACV and Baking soda for eczema and this is what happened.. Severe insomnia was cured after taking ambien for 3 more ambien! My blood pressure went to normal, cholestrol dropped 30 points and my borderlie sugar level (too high) went to normal. And a big thrill for me was that my thinning hair grew back after 20 years! My hair dresser noticed it first and now its normal. I do have to admit it didnt help eczema but Im so grateful that it worked on so much more. I mentioned it to my doctor a year ago and she has been watching my lab work and was impressed. She wrote down website and is going to recommend for acid reflux. (Oh yeah, it stopped that too!) Thank you Ted!!!!

Replied by Michelle
Kenosha, WI

Response to Anna from Elk Grove. You should try coconut oil exturnally and internally for your eczema. My nine year old daughter had a very severe case, I started the EVCO to help her allergies and asthma (which it did) but it also cured her eczema which has been an non issue ever since she started taking it. The skin on her face was always dry and dull even when she wasn't having an eczema breakout but now she just glows!!!!

Replied by Beth
Jemkintown, PA

Can you tell me what the coconut oil product was that you used for you daughter that wsas so successful with clearing up her eczema, I have severe exzema, chronic urticaria and now vasculitis. I'll try the coconut oil as well. Anyone have any experience with taking the ACV dring while on 200mgs of cyclosporine/day, 10 mgs of prednisone /day, 25 mgs of doxepin/day and 10 mgs of ambien tp sleep st night. So any experience anyone has would be great as I'm relly at the end of my line here.

Thanks - Beth

EC: Your local health food store will carry some very fine brands of coconut oil.

Replied by Mike G
Amherst, Ny

I'm a natural health practitioner and have also referenced this site for testimonials from others cause I do what works - not studies and theories! I do phone consults anywhere if anyone needs guidance and want to chime in to give back... those challenged with eczema may want to try ozonated Olive Oil!! I had a stubborn dollar size patch behind my thigh for well over 7 or 8 years and nothing touched it and I tried it all and even made my own concoctions, used infrared saunas, lasers, etc. and the ozonated olive oil did the trick within days!!

Also highly recommend this ACV and BS cause I believe one of it's greatest benefits is detoxing from heavy metals and just look up on the sky and see what trails the planes are leaving and that we are breathing... much higher levels of heavy metals are being found in our soil and water tables and they don't come out with normal food intake without reaction of binding to eliminate. Hope this helps as many people as possible!! Thank you EarthClinic!!

Posted by Tricia on 12/26/2007
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Hi Sandhi, I was taking ACV, baking soda, and water for a few weeks. I read baking soda supplies oxygen to the body, so I took it before I exercised. Worked well. Seeing I have weak knees, I thought my knees felt lubricated. (as i was reading on the earthclinic website about some guy taking it to cure his knee discomfort) but also felt later that my knees were feeling like they are all bone and no cushion.

I thought BS helped with my digestion as I was drinking it as a hot tea before bedtime w/ACV. I felt less constapated, which i liked. I noticed a slight weight drop too, I'm normal size so about 5 lbs. My relatives were saying I looked too skinny. I was thinking my body was missing some nutrients. But I was thinking calcium and not vitamin B. I also started to crave heavier foods and junk which is funny because I've always loved eating fruits and veggies, and I didn't want to turn back. I also developed a cough which lasted about 2 weeks, which i thought was unusual because I am type of person who never gets sick with coughs or colds. Was this baking soda getting to my me & my lungs? It gave me a good reason to suspect BS.

Have you ever noticed how BS has this calming effect on you? Then if you aren't taking it all the time, then your blood pressure seems to rise when stressed. I almost felt like i was taking a drug. I didn't have a problem with any vaginal side effects. Maybe because I was taking small doses 1/8 or less tsp BS a day. With all said, I was thinking these related symtoms were just my thinking. But maybe not. I'm beginning to think that BS is the main cause being that it is an unknown substance to the body if you think about it. I started doing some research to see if there were any negative feedback on the internet about baking soda and stumbled upon this website. This gave me good reason to stop taking it. I was surprised by some of the BS additions out there. Hope this helps and I hope you can share it with others looking for a BS cure. With best intentions, Tricia

Replied by Sandhi

Thanks Tricia, for sharing this information. I have tried and tested BS and am convinced that its bad for health and I will abstain from it totally. I like to brush my teeth with BS and 3% H2O2 mix. But injesting BS is no longer in my list. The negative things I noticed after ingesting BS were, Bacterial Vaginosis (vagina smelling really bad), hair loss and dry skin. Apple Cider Vinegar / Lime/Lemon juice MUST be ingested without reacting it with BS. Our stomach needs the acid and neutralizing the stomach acid it extremely hazardous to health. One more reason to avoid cakes, cookies, pastries is that they contain BS...

Replied by Andrew

With so many positive entries, why would you be determined to pour water on a drowning man? Have you ever spent any time in front of your local hospital or doctors office warning people who overpay for the poison they sell? My friend, if it didn't work out for you, dear friend don't create doubt in the minds of people who are trying desperately to help themselves.

Posted by Jarrod (Fillmore, CA) on 10/16/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I started taking two tablespoons of ACV with the veil of mother with a quarter teaspoon of baking soda twice a day about two months ago. I notice a better skin tone, better digestion, and really just an over all better sense of well being. My body is definitely thanking me for doing this!

Posted by Kimberly (Mineral, VA, USA) on 10/08/2007
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Hello, I've been using the ACV & Baking Soda since June and have been very please with the results. I went from having NO energy, chronic general joint pain all over, excessive weight and acid reflux to feeling about 75% better with a lot more energy, NO chronic general pain and I have lost 20lbs to date and although my acid reflux isn't gone, at least when it flairs up even with meds, I can now get it under control. I have about 60lbs I would like to still loose. I would like to stop taking my medication for acid reflux, but I think I need to loose some more weight to. I think that in conjunction with the ACV and baking soda would do the trick. I am also on blood pressure medication and would like to see what happens with that to. I have seen a decrease in my blood pressure since starting the ACV. It will be interesting to see if my dr removes me for this medication to. The one thing I was really hoping for with the ACV and baking soda that I haven't seen an improvement in yet is a reduction in my chronic back pain and pinched nerve. I still have to take something for these two when they flair up. I have scoliosis and I guess this will be something I will have to address differently. However, if anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to post or e-mail me. Over all I am very very please with the results I've had with the ACV and baking soda. Thanks!

Replied by Nef

Consider seeing a chiropractor and an acupuncturist for the back/nerve pain. They've really helped my roommate who had both for years. Just look for ones with good reviews.

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.

Posted by Ryan (Chicago, Illinois) on 10/03/2007
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I have had EXCELLENT success with ACV (2tbs) and Baking Soda (1/4 tsp or so) in a glass of water three times per day especially upon waking. I also mix a small thermos with another two doses and sip it during the afternoon. I definitely find it energizing and the psoriasis/eczema (whatever it is -- apples/oranges) I've had on my elbows ever since an extended fast is clearing up PRONTO. I'm very excited. I think I'll be a lifelong devotee. Ted -- you're awesome. I'm also taking a bit of borax occasionally and experimenting with the sodium thiowhateveritis. Best of luck to everyone.

Posted by Tina (Dumont, NJ) on 06/21/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Here is an update from when I recently wrote in about my experience of being "overly-energetic" after taking ACV. Upon further reading, I know now that ACV is a natural stimulant and the website for a popular brand of raw, organic, unrefined ACV 'with The Mother' actually recommends taking 1-2 teaspoons 3x/day, diluted with water (honey optional). OK, so now I understand why I've been bouncing off the walls the last week, feeling like I just downed coffee (very racing, manic feeling). Here's my new plan: 1 TEASPOON ACV with 7 oz. water and 1/4 tsp baking soda. I may take less or none with dinner because I'm not sleeping well. My husband is also sensitive to caffeine and he has had a similar experience to mine. I still love my ACV & what it's doing for my health - goodbye brain fog, depression, acid reflux & hopefully back pain!! Don't give up, folks, & God bless!

Posted by Tina (Dumont, NJ) on 06/20/2007
5 out of 5 stars

In previous post, I recommend starting slowly with ACV/baking soda. Another reason is that ACV left me feeling overly-energetic. Like I sprung out of bed the first few mornings at 4am (I usually drag out of bed at 8:30 or 9 & have always required lots of sleep). I have a tendency to get the jitters & be anxious- I'm no psych., but I would start w/ less than 3 tbsp/day of ACV if you have an anxiety, manic depression, etc. I love this stuff but it can give you the jitters. Anyone else had this problem?

Posted by Tina (Dumont, NJ) on 06/20/2007
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I have had bouts of acid reflux for about 20 years (I am 36 y.o.) Until the last few years, a Tums or Zantac or just time would resolve. I started taking painkillers for severe back pain, including ibuprofen, about 3 yrs ago. I was very careful not to take too much or too many consecutive doses. I'd skip days/wks/even months between doses as much as possible. The most I EVER took was 7 200mg tablets/day and would never do this for more than a couple of days a time. My dr. told me this should not be enough to cause AR, but it did. I treated bouts of AR w/ Nexium and other PPIs. Zantac and over-the-counter meds helped too. The last 9 months have been the worst. Even with no pain meds, no coffee, tea, or other offending foods, it just kept coming back. I took 20, then 40 mg Nexium for 4 months. I even took 40 mg twice a day (double the max dosage, but dr. suggested for short-term) in desperation, I took over-the-counter stuff too. I haven't slept flat for months. I finally discontinued the Nexium when my stools turned light and blood was present. For about 2 weeks, I was controlling AR by sleeping upright and eating much less. I was truly desparate... My mother had mentioned ACV, but I dismissed as crazy - treating acid with more acid!?! In desperation, I searched for info. on the web & how thankful I am!! I have so much to say after only 6 days - AR has made drastic improvement. I have energy like I've never had. My severe allergies are better. I could go on and on. But I really want to help others avoid my initial problems, so here's my advice/experience:

Use baking soda!

Dose #1 - 2 tbsp ACV honey warm water aggravated my AR a lot.

Dose #2 - 2 tbsp ACV 1/4 tsp baking soda water aggravated AR a little & left me nauseous.

Dose #3 - 1 tbsp ACV 1/2 tsp baking soda 7 oz. water, sipping slowly before & after meals (3x/day); 1/4 tsp baking soda in 8 oz. water before bed... This has helped tremendously. If this gives you stomach pain, then try just baking soda (1/4-1/2 tsp in water) with no ACV. Take before meals and bedtime for a few days or so. Gradually add in a little ACV, testing to see if pain results. If no pain, gradually increase ACV. Lastly, decrease baking soda to 1/4 tsp. Note: I'm taking probiotics now because several readers said they got yeast infections from baking soda (& the only yogurt I like is full of artificial sweeteners and sugar).

My husband, who had digestive problems and intermittent IBS, said 1 tbsp ACV 1/2 tsp baking soda gave him a stomach ache, so he's now taking just baking soda first & doing fine (already less gas, indigestion) after 1 day. Also started probiotic.

In retrospect, I'd start with just baking soda for a few days, & then gradually add ACV. Start slowly & don't give up - it's worth it!! What a blessing from God.