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Side Effects of ACV and Baking Soda

Posted by Teresa on 07/18/2007

Hello. I was thinking about beginning the ACV with baking Soda, but I am scared to come off the Nexium, because I am finally feeling relief from the pain in my throat and the acid reflux. I am more afraid, however, of the long term effects and calcium depletion as a result of being on this drug. I am also concerned about the sodium. I am on high blood pressure medication as well. I am only 48 and have had hypertension since I gave birth to my children. Can you please tell me about the sodium issue, and tell me the exact recipe, and for how long and how many times a day am I to follow it? Thank you, and God be with you.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

It is the vitamin D and boron supplements which prevent calcium depletion. Taking calcium supplements directly is not helpful as they are often in the form of calcium carbonates and other things. Therefore, I tend to take plenty of vitamin D usually the amount needed is 10,000 to 20,000 i.u. of D3 taken for a month or two. Those can raise the blood serum calcium levels. Boron supplements often are added usually in the form of sodium tetraborate, or just a 1/16 teaspoon of borax taken weekly can help, or just I would just buy 25-50 mg of boron supplements, albeit less effective somewhat due to all the fillers like adding some waxy magnesium stearate and thus reducing the bioavailability of the boron.

I am on high blood pressure medication as well. I am only 48 and have had hypertension since I gave birth to my children.

Sodium retention is often confused with water retention and it is not a problem of baking soda, my experience is the body is acid (urine pH is always below 6, where it should have been around 7 being the bare minimum) which resulted sodium retention as the bodies tries to retain alkali metals (sodium, potassium, etc) to neutralize the excess acidity. I am not pro sodium,

I believe that a specific ratio of sodium:potassium is needed which is equal to the body's serum's sodium potassium ratio, is more ideal. Baking soda will often lead to a laxative, reducing the body's water retention via the intestines rather than the kidneys. The body retains more alkaline sodium AND water, whenever the body is regularly constipated. A generally optimum healthy person should have bowel movements equal to the number of meals he eats, which is technically 3 times a day. However, in practice most people have bowel movement about 2 times a day. If bowel movement is less than 3 or at least 2, then it spells problem for water retention, as being the most likely cause. The body can remove sodium rather well if the body acidity is reduced with baking soda.

Also the remedy of 8 teaspoon of lime juice and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda dealt with the critical sodium:potassium ratio the body deals with already. Therefore, the body should have neither too much sodium or too little potassium.

The most common deficiencies I have encountered with a woman who has given childbirths, are: vitamin D deficiency, magnesium deficiency, and acidosis. The other that I have seen, close to those, were vitamin B complex, vitamin C, manganese and molybdenum. Those three just mentioned often leads to hair loss and acid reflux, after bearing children.