Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda Tonic Health Benefits

Side Effects

Posted by Vancie (Lusaka, Zambia) on 03/03/2013

hi, am on Bicarbonate of soda and ACV but my joints are feeling funny. Is it because I am also taking a slimming tea? Please advise. Also is Bicarbonate of Soda the same as Baking Soda? Am I taking the right type of soda, I want to reduce my weight.

EC: Hi Vancie. Yes, Bicarbonate of Soda is Baking Soda.

Replied by Kojo
London, United Kongdom

No EC... Bicarbonate of Soda is not the same as Baking Soda. Baking Soda has additives like Aluminium in them.

Hi Vancie I read that Bicarbonate of Soda depletes Potassium in the body... Fruits like banana could help replenish it.

EC: Hi Kojo, This is a common confusion. Bicarbonate of Soda and Baking Soda are without question the same product, and under neither name does it contain aluminum. Whether mined or chemically produced, sodium bicarbonate is composed of nothing more than sodium, carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen.

For no very good reason, one small brand of baking soda decided to declare itself aluminum-free and succeeded in confusing all of us. Truth is, Baking Powder may and very often does contain aluminum. Baking soda never does.

Replied by Leslie

Baking powder and baking soda are two different things.

Baking powder is to help things rise in baking. It contains cornstarch, sodium bicarbonate, sodium aluminum sulfate, monocalcium phosphate. But baking soda is just sodium bicarbonate.

Posted by Lorica (New Albany, Indiana) on 02/27/2013
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I am puzzled as to why one needs to use baking soda with apple cider vinegar in order to bring up the ph levels to more alkaline. For me personally the baking soda, even at what seems like a small level, often causes me a concerning, though slight, pain in one kidney. In addition, if taken with food, baking soda can interfere with good digestion.

I have found that taking 1-2 tbsp ACV in a quart of water, sipped throughout the day, keeps me perfectly alkaline. I do take extra potassium as I know it can cause a deficit there, & I use a brand that seems to work well for me personally, for that, namely Twinlab.

For times when I am away from home I have ACV capsules, one brand that smells especially strongly of vinegar so I know it's the real deal.

Posted by Sandy (Kolkata) on 02/20/2013

Hi, I am following this site from a 15 days and have question about one of the TED's remedy ACV + Baking soda to alkalize the body.

As per TED, one should drink 2 tablespoon ACV + 1/4 tablespoon of baking soda + 1 cup of water to prevent from tooth enamel and throat problem on empty stomach for 5 days and the discontinue for 2 days and then start again the same routine.

Is it safe to adapt this remedy? Are there any sideeffects? I have gone through this post and have found several negative comments using the combination of ACV + baking soda.

Few of them are dryness etc, hairfall etc.

Posted by Caterpillergirl (Wonderland) on 10/14/2012

I have just finished a course of antibiotics for a sinus infection. I have been plagued with sinus problems since my early twenties (I am now 62) and when I was younger the infections seemed to take care of themselves but as I have grown older they have gotten worse and have needed medical intervention. Two and a half years ago I ended up with bronchitis for 18 months due to an untreated sinus infection. I am determined not to be a senior with COPD and am doing all that I can to defeat this recurring ailment. Over the past several months I also developed a minor candida fungal infection which seems to be under control now, but of course from a medical point of view, only the symptoms have been treated, not the underlying cause, which is lying in wait inside my body for the right circumstances to flare up again. I do take a powerful probiotic and I believe that has significantly contributed to my recovery, and going to the bathroom is a pleasure now. I have never been so consistently normal in my entire life! I have slowly over the past ten years been taking more responsibility for caring for myself holistically and nutritionally and am really grateful to have found this site. I have begun using the ACV and oil pulling treatments and just have a couple of questions. I have been advised to drink the ACV and water through a straw so as to protect the teeth, but worry about ending up with an acid stomach as a result of the vinegar. Is this likely? Are the ACV and oil pulling cures recommended to do everyday for the rest of our life, or just until whatever ails us is cured? I've always had a fascination for the art and science of natural cures but have never had enough knowledge or courage to try them. I am an otherwise very healthy person and want to stay that way. Thanks to Earth Clinic for providing a safe forum to share information and experiences.

Replied by Kennywally
49 posts

Caterpillargirl, one cannot constantly take antibiotics...they are over prescribed. And they'll kill off the good gut bacteria. I had a quack prescribe broad spectrum antibiotics and I blew up like a loaf of bread and could not firgure it out for many years. As for the COPD, I personally helped a senior improve her COPD....she was on an inhaler/concentrator and nebulizer, could barely make it from bed past the door to her room at the nursing home, she was a roomate of moms. I asked if she would like to try something, she agreed and I gifted her a baggy of apple cider vinegar capsules, to take 3,3 times a day, within 10 days, she was up and out of bed, hardly on the oxygen concentrator or nebulizer, she was much improved and never complained about the ACV, which I credited to Earth Clinic and told her too, she knows and said she'd tell her daughter where to look and what to get for her.

Posted by Rina (Phalaborwa, Limpopo, South Africa) on 02/26/2012
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Apple Cider Vinegar for Acid Reflux: Dear TED, I went to my pharmacy for a blood test to see what my acid count was. 5.9 it is very high. Today I bought a swimmingpool test kit, to test my urine and it was 7.6 the acid count. My friend told me about your Apv and bp drink, I've been taking it for 4 days now. Yesterday my legs and fingers was swollen. I take 2 tbsp acv, 1/4 tsp bp in a 1/2 glass of water. Why the swollen legs an fingers. Can you please advice me. My fingers are very stiff in the mornings.

I had a operation 3 years ago my small intestine died 10cm. I am fine after the operation.

Replied by Deborah
Chino Valley, Az

Hi Rina, try the ACV with water by itself and see if that helps. Sometimes the addition of the BP can cause stiffness and swelling for some people. You'll still get a lovely alkalizing effect from just ACV with water. 1 TBSP in 8 oz. of water goes a long way toward alkalizing the body.

Good luck ~

Posted by Lt (Boston, Ma) on 09/20/2011
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I've been taking apple cider vinegar (2 TBlspns) along with 1/4 tsp baking soda in 8 oz of water. I seem to be having diarrhea and stomach cramping. Is this normal? I've taken it for once a day for two days on an empty stomach in the morning. Should I stop taking this or am I doing something wrong?

Please help! Thanks!

Posted by Ella (Edgbaston, Uk) on 04/03/2011
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Hi Ted,

I started taking ACV with BS a couple months ago and I feel I have seen some positive results ie: my skin etc. The problem is I noticed since I started this regime I feel like something is crawling under the skin on my upper back. This doesn't happen everyday, but enough for me to notice it.

Have you heard of this before? What kind of reaction is this? I am anxious to hear your opinion and advice.



Posted by Emarie (Indianola, Wa, Usa) on 11/23/2009
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I get a constant headache when I use the ACV. I lowered the dosage to 1t ACV with Baking soda but still get the headache. Is anyone else having this problem? Is it a normal temporary side effect? I am trying to get rid of candida.

Replied by Sunshine
Pasadena, Nfld. Canada
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Well I have tried this as well, and I find it makes my face twitchy and red and I just do not feel good when I take it. Also, I have tried the baking soda and water with lemon juice as well as just with water, but it still seems to give me a headache and yes, somehow I suspect its because of Candida.

Posted by Golditoo (Rockport, Mass., Usa) on 08/19/2009
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I wonder if someone could shed some light on this: I've been taking the ACV and baking soda together: (1 tbl and 1/4 tsp) and actually enjoy the taste. Ironically, my father, who lived to be 100 and took no medications but baking soda for upset stomach his whole life, lived independently until his late 90s. I never suspected a connection between his health and longevity until I started reading all the posts on this site.

Anyway, since taking the ACV and BS, I suspect it has an affect upon my thyroid. I've been taking thyroid meds for hypothyroidism for decades. Lately I've had a terrible problem with sleep; I'm awake the whole night. And I'm sweating a lot. IN the past this was a sign that my thyroid meds were too strong. I've lowered the dosed (my endocrinologist thinks I'm wacky, doing this on my own) because this wakefulness is a torment, night after night.

What I would like to know--from Ted, if he is available, or others--is if anyone has experienced this situation. I suspect the ACV has increased my metabolism.
I hope to hear from someone re this situation. I'll add my praise to this site: there's nothing else like it.

All best,


Posted by Carol (Kimper, KY) on 04/07/2009
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Dear EarthClinic-

I am so confused about what this is. I started taking baking soda(1/4 tsp.) mixed in 2 tblsp of ACV. I let it set about 30 minutes and then add about 4-5ounces of orange juice and drink. I have done this for about 7 days 2 times a day. Lately I am having big time JOINT PAIN. Today I had pains so sharp in my knees that I couldn't stand on them until it quit.When I wake in the a.m. my fingers are very stiff and my knuckles hurt. Is this a possible side effect of the Baking soda and acv? I have been using it to try and balance my ph as i have candida (mouth,scalp and vaginal). Any suggestions?

Replied by Alicia
Madrid, Spain

I'm sorry you are feeling the joint, knockles, stifness program. It is not going to make you happier but... I also have those and it is horrible, it is like your bones are suffering from a major disease, your mind goes through arthritis, arthrosis, weird flu, etc- Now; I'm not taking the BS and my question is: Are we cleaning our system in such a manner that this detoxing our bodies has to be suffered or are we ill? Please someone tell us about it. I'll be checking up on you to know how you are doing and if we found something out, meanwhile let's hope for the best. we'll find out don't worry- Best wishes, Alicia.

Replied by Pat
Ktown, WI

Posted by Josephine (Accra, Ghana) on 02/25/2009
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I have being very thrilled with the ACV/BS feedback on this site. I am trying the coconut oil as well. Since, I started the ACV/BS, I have seen a lot of changes for good but it appears to be I am gaining weight. Can any one help me? I take 2tablespoon ACV + 1/4 teaspoon of BS twice daily. I have been taking it for 3weeks now and I experienced terrible menstrual pains this month. I do not want to give the ACV/BS but somebody tell me if I am doing something wrong. I want to loose weight not gain. thanks

Posted by Elaine (Chicago, IL) on 01/06/2009
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I added Baking Soda to my ACV treatment and had many of the side effects others mention on this site. Baking Soda lowers Vitamin C levels and this can lead to symptoms of scurvy. I had to do a lot of research to find this out. I woke up with a purple spot/bruise on my leg and that convinced me, as I had not bumped into anything to bruise myself. The purple bruise looking spot is a sign of scurvy. Luckily, it was recommened to me to take Vitamin C for Constipation. I was sooo sick (my asthma was out of control) last night and the night before. I did not know that Vitamin C actually helps Astmatics.

I took 6 mgs of Vitamin C last night in error. I picked up the wrong size of measuring spoon!!..luckily! I had been up the prior two nights coughing up mucus, but last night I slept through the night. I couldn't figure it out since I needed to take bendryl the other nights just to not choke on the mucus. It appears that the 6 mg of Vitamin C did it's job to replenish my Vitamin C and to help with my asthma.

I woke up with the usual morning junk to cough up and spit out. I took 1000 mg of vitamin C and it stopped this problem dead in it's tracks. People need to read about what vitamin C does, especially for people with Asthma and food allergies. Also, the baking soda should NOT be recommended on this site.

It depletes the Vitamin C. If someone is already low in Vitamin C it can cause Survy Symptoms as it did in me.

I love this site, but I think promoting Baking Soda that depletes Vitamin C is wrong. Also, I love Apple Cider Vinegar and it is promoted here as the top natural relief, but I never hear any talk of vitamin C. It works wonders for Asthma, Hay fever and a load of Respiratory illnesses and other illnesses.

Replied by Jody
Fredericton, Nb, Canada

well, first of all baking soda DOES NOT deplete vitamin C and is even chemically combined with it to make sodium ascorbate. Your side effects were likely caused by something else. Stop your last 2 supplements and see if they go away.

Posted by Mary (Regina, Canada) on 09/16/2008

Hi: Ted could you (or anyone) tell me why some people gain weight from the ACV/ Baking Soda remedy?
Thanks, Mary

Posted by Soraya (Al Ain, UAE) on 08/14/2008
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Hello, am breastfeeding woman, age 35, am taking since a week acv + b.soda + honey and water and I've noticed that my milk production is almost gone. Please clarify.

Posted by Kristin (Los Angeles, CA) on 06/12/2008
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I had really acidic urine (pH less than 6) and tried Ted's ACV + baking soda remedy. I started with 2 TBS ACV + 1/4 tsp baking soda 2X daily and reduced it to 1TB AVC + 1/8 tsp baking soda when my pH went way too high.

During this time, I developed severe UTI problems -- I hit them hard with things like Candex, probiotics and monistat, H2O2 gargling, swallowing, etc because I was determined to see the pH balancing through to the end. Four weeks ago I dropped the baking soda all together and am drinking 1TBS ACv per day with water and apple juice which gives me just a slightly acidic urine pH (around 6.8).

Today, partially due to a complication with being allergic to the new HFA asthma inhalers, I now have the fungus pretty much invading my entire GI tract at this point, and it is in my lungs. I am really ill, needing tons of Sporanox to begin to get better. Most of all, I am very confused. It seems candida and relatives are absolutely LOVING my higher pH and taking big advantage of it.

Ted, what is going on here? Please help.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
384 posts

If you know about fungus growing on cement walls, those are calcium carbonates which are alkaline in nature. It appears that the blood calcium is very high in the case where the body responds favorably to apple cider vinegar to remove calcium buildup in the body and thus reducing the candida that way. Candida usually grows well in calcium rich blood where blood calcium is high. In most cases people respond to baking soda alone high because of acidity in the blood.

Apple cider vinegar often causes urinary pH to be acid in most people with normal blood calcium and below normal bicarbonates, which is often the physiological parameter of most people. However, in some people, which can exist where blood calcium is high, bicarbonates is high, causing the effect of ACV to be slightly acid at 6.8. The interesting thing is to consider ACV is good is a relativistic term. Continued taking long term of ACV can backfire, by lowering bicarbonates level and calcium levels, resulting again in an acid urine below 6.

The optimum pH can be anywhere from 6.5 to 7.0, but usually it is 7.0, because people's demand for alkalinity tend to be in that region needed fight the sickness. However, another criteria I used is some people will feel well at certain urinary pH, but the single most important issue is probably not the ACV or the baking soda.

The most IMPORTANT issue was the salivary pH was not considered. This is because the alkalinity of the body is determined by two factors, the pH of the urine and the pH of the saliva. The urinary pH is governed by the sodium bicarbonate and the salivary pH is governed by the potassium bicarbonate or potassium citrate. The single most important issue where ACV has responded well is that the potassium level is low to begin with and the salivary pH was acid, that was below 7 and hence, candida.

Now a candida can exist in various parts of the body depending on the sodium and potassium balance. A lack of potassium bicarbonate (or a better potassium citrate) causing acid saliva will promote candida growth along the mouth, throat and esophagus region. A candida growth in other areas such as gut, urinary tract, are usually governed by the sodium bicarbonate.

Therefore in event the baking soda and ACV was non responsive, but ACV had better result, it means the person was taking a low sea salt diet and drinking too much water which resulted in UTI. Therefore 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt should be added per one liter of drinking water. While another remedy of alkalizing is used, in which case, a candida in the mouth and esophagus region, where salivary pH is acid, is as follows:

1/4 teaspoon of potassium citrate plus 1/4 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in 1/2 glass of water twice a day.

or a stronger remedy:

1/2 teaspoon potassium citrate plus 1/8 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in 1/2 glass of water twice a day. Plus 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in 1 liter of drinking water throughout the day.

It's difficult to cover all the nuances of a candida issue, however, one important guideline is always measure the urinary and salivary pH, if possible. But in most instance, while it is true that baking soda will usually work, certain dietary issues comes to play, such as high fruit consumption, which contains fructose and worsen the candida issues, drinking water and low sodium diet, potassium deficiency from doctor's med, which can also play into the equation.