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Apple Cider Vinegar Caused Severe Acid Reflux and Asthma Flared Up

Posted by Siram (India) on 11/10/2006

I consumed two teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in half glass of water for my colds and asthma. Soon after sipping this, my Acid Reflux problem skyrocketed and I was in great pain. My asthma which was under control for over 2 months (without using inhalers/ steroids/ drugs) suddenly flared up like nothing. I also felt a colicky kind of pain in my left lung (lower lobe). I had to immediately resort to the Rescue inhaler which eased up the lung pain and wheezing; but the acid reflux continues unabated. Can someone tell me what's really happening with me? Is Apple Cider Vinegar unsuitable for us as far as I am concerned?

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Some people will be bicarbonate deficient. So taking pure ACV is not going to help. The safest way is to just take 2 tablespoon of ACV and add about 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. The pH will be exactly 7. Add about 1/2 glass of water and take it.

I have seen people who were muscle builder with excessive protein supplements. Taking ACV would cause their tongue to burn. This is due to the body being excessively acid without sufficient bicarbonate to buffer.

In extreme cases, such as yours, I would use 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day or three times a day on an empty stomach to avoid diarrhea with salty foods and add this to 1/2 glass of water. If you can monitor your urinary pH this would be wonderful. The urinary pH should be between 6.5 to 7.0 pH. Take this for at least two weeks, afterwards you can then take ACV, but only with the modified ACV formula I have used many times, the ACV and baking soda as mentioned.

The acid reflux should be reduced within 2-3 days. It is important that you take some zinc supplements, preferably zinc acetate 25 mg. for about a week, then stop. Other conditions that exacerbate acid reflux includes bromine rich foods, e.g. chocolate, cocoa. Foods high in sugar, or high carbohydrate food which are acid forming. Foods which are high in thiocyanates such as cassava, certain fruit seeds. You can try taking some seaweed and kelp to reduce the condition, but the seaweed must never be fried, as iodine contents are completely depleted.