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Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda Question

Posted by Tim (Blenheim, NJ) on 10/24/2006

I am taking 1 tbls of ACV & 1/4 tsp of baking soda with 8 oz. of apple juice twice a day. I was taking 2 tbls of ACV with 8 oz. of water 3 times a day but that was too much. My reflux has been reduced drastically. I feel much better with this dosage. Should I take this every day or take a break once a week? Is the apple juice and ACV combination alright?

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Acid reflux condition is due to bicarbonates problems and a bug problems (e.g. helicobacter pylori, fungus, bacteria, etc.)

You are perhaps taking too much ACV when you take it three times a day, although the improvement should be drastic, but the problems could be too much as a result.

*** The ideal dose at least for me is twice a day. For most people, I prefer to let them take on alternate weeks being the for the health. As to the reason why, it seems the body needs a rest period of about a week for some people.***

I am a little old fashioned, a more ideal mix would be to use apple cider vinegar and add some lemon juice especially the lemon oils, if you squeeze hard enough. For some reason or another lemon have some phosphates, vitamin C and the oils do have some powers in killing the bugs responsible for the acid reflux too. However to do this effectively you need to add more than usual the baking soda needed to neutralized the acid until the fizz stops. Whenever the fizz stops, the pH is usually around 7.3 - 7.4. This seems to have less adverse reaction than just taking the ACV and baking soda together and it seems people (so far) who took 3 times a day report not adverse effect as far as I know. Besides the good news is that the vitamin C component in the lemon juice seems to normalize the body's oxidation reduction potential to near optimum negative millivolt charge that I desired too. I therefore would prefer to replace the apple juice and use one whole freshly squeezed lemon (in Thailand I used lime, but we call them lemon too) instead. SO if you want to be close to what I am doing, then just use lime, since my measurements for ORP were based on lime rather than lemon. For some reason, they do not sell lemon where I live, but I have always assumed lemon and lime to be the same, but I haven't as yet gotten a lemon to do the comparison.