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Question About Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda

Posted by Raymond on 04/10/2007

I was reading alot regarding the cure for acid reflux. ACV with baking soda, how long will I use this before I noticed improvement with my acid reflux??? I'm 40 yrs old and I'm overwieght. how many times do I need to take in a day??? Should it be with empty stomach??? An hour before each meal???? What else can you recommend. I bought already a organic ACV and Arm and hammer baking soda (powder form). Is this the right stuff??? Pls. let me know, your assistance is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Raymond

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For ACV with baking soda for acid reflux, it takes about 2-3 weeks for improvement. For an overweight male, a larger dose is required. The minimum dose for this is about 2 tablespoon of ACV plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda taken twice or three times a day in 1/2 glass of water. Allow reaction to proceed 5 minutes then take it. If it is too acid for you or you feel a heartburn, then you need to take instead just 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda three times a day (this is due to your being overweight and with acid reflux, and being a male).

Empty stomach with plenty of water is preferable to avoid loose stools. But loose stools is o.k. as it clears the body of toxins, at least initially. But once the body achieves a new equilibrum the loose stools should generally not occur thereafter.

In practice any apple cider vinegar works, a more organic one is preferable, as it has more minerals and vitamins. All brands generally work the same to achieve the required target. I tend to avoid any specific brands because of this, however what you bought is generally used by most people treating acid reflux, at least in the U.S.

For overweight and stubborn acid reflux, if conditions don't improve after 3 weeks, then just take 1/8 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water, in divided dose throughout the day. This is taken only once a week at the very least. They tend to initiate loss of weight by raising testosterone level (pseudoestrogen pollution from plastics, insecticides, etc) are one of the cause in male overweight) and I have noticed it helped with acid reflux for the more stubborn kind. The borax remedy is optional only, but not critical. Ted