Metallic Taste in Mouth and Burning on Tongue

Posted by Pat (Cambridge Ohio) on 05/19/2006

I am experiencing a metallic taste in my mouth and a burning on my tongue. I tried the 1/2 tsp of baking soda in 8 oz of distilled water upon rising and at bedtime. I have been doing this for 1 week. The metallic taste is gone but now I have a sour, poison-like taste and the burning still exists. Testing saliva with ph strips measures about 6.-6.2 now. I cut back on baking soda to once per day due to tingling lips. Am I doing something wrong since this is not working well? Should I be taking Vitamin C or something else? My doctor told me to eliminate tomatoes for one month. I really don't have heartburn or stomach problems. Please respond. Thanks.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

There are two possibilities, first the sodium bicarbonate is not pure. Get a good quality baking soda (the purest ones you can find), I got mine from a drug store grade or USP grade is o.k.

The second is your body is still very acidic. I have this case before, and continued taking of baking soda for about 3-4 days the problems should disappear. Apparently your saliva is extremely acid the body is very depleted of bicarbonates. Lowering dosages helps for the body to tolerate it better. My guess is you get sick very easily, have allergies all the time or have skin problems. In this case you need to take some chitosan and some zinc supplements such as zinc acetate. It takes about a month for your general health to return and about 2-3 weeks for the bicarbonates in your body to be normal. If the conditions get worse on continued bicarbonate, which is unlikely. Then simply do it on alternate days and see what happens.