Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda Tonic Health Benefits - Ted's Q&A

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Sodium Issues

Posted by Anonymous on 09/28/2007

Hi Ted Hope you are doing well. I came upon the Apple Cider Vinegar website by chance. I was searching for natural cures to various ailments. My mother (who is in her 70s) is taking over 6 tabs daily for high blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar, arthritis, osteroprosis etc. I am getting concerned about their side effects. I want her to start taking some ACV instead and do away with the prescription pills. However I also read that ACV undiluted can acid tongue. Given that she cannot have baking soda due to her high blood pressure. Would drinking a diluted solution of only 2 tablespoons of ACV in a cup of water or juice, 3 times a day (without the baking soda) be Ok. Regarding myself I had a bit of eczema on my face so I have been presently applying ACV undiluted twice a day. Is this too strong or should it be diluted. Also, thankfully, I do not suffer from any serious ailments, but have been taking 2 table spoons of ACV and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day. Is this dosage too strong for just a health supplement. Should I take just l tablespoon of ACV instead and for how long. Please reply soon. Thanks also for all your great work.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

There is one way around people who have sodiumproblem, and another remedy still which should haveminimum problems:

2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon ofbaking soda plus 1/8 teaspoon of potassium citrate in1/2 glass of water, at least (or 1 glass of water).The addition of potassium will have a stronger portionin lowering blood pressure. This is taken twice a dayon an empty stomach. Another remedy may be more idealas lemon has potassium such as 2 tablespoon of lemonjuice plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass ofwater at least (1 is more ideal), taken twice a day.The content of the potassium in lemon juice and sodiumshould be within a general biological parameters thatis acceptable to the body without negatively affectingthe body and may help reduce some tightness.

The cholesterol and high blood pressure should betaken care of to some extent with one tablespoon ofgranulated lecithin with a meal. This should helpemulsify the fat and remove the cholesterol. Usuallymost of the cholesterol comes from clams and oysters,however it can also come from fried foods. In generalthe body simply can't metabolize the cholesterols intohormone and steroids. A vitamin B complex takengenerally every other day may help somewhat inreducing the cholesterol issue by metabolizin intouseful hormones that may help some blood pressure.However the one that has most benefit appears to bethe B1 thiamine and B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacinamide)B5 (panthenol), and B8 (inositol). The B1 thiamine andB3 niacinamide is most helpful in sugar problems and if sugar are controlled, a blood pressure is somewhatunder control. Heavy foods should be avoided duringdinner almost completely, especially worse is frenchfries, potato chips, balogna, salami, cheeze andpizza. Tuna fish, tuna sandwiches using whole wheatmay help the body have enough proteins needed to burnthe fat somewhat and rebuild damage cells. Taurineamino acids in fishes are also helpful for weightloss.

Replied by Anonymous
09/29/2007

Hi Ted Thanks for your email. I am sorry but I have further questions, which I do hope you would do me the favour of answering:

1) Can orange juice be had instead of lemon for potassium and also as she is taking other prescription medication like pressure first thing in the morning, how long before/after can the ACV be taken.

2) Does baking soda adversely affect the bones etc.

3) Regarding myself I took the 2 tablespoons ACV and mixed with 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and a glass of water twice a day, but found that I was feeling a weak/tired and my pressure is normally low. Also I rubbed some ACV neat on the rash on my face and it got worse. Although I read that ACV is an overall tonic, but am a bit cautious of taking it. What is the minimum amount one can have just for a supplement?

Thank you in advance for taking the time to reply"


Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Anonymous:
1. Lemon is better than orange due to its highervitamin C content, and higher citric acid, which is desireable.

2. Baking soda is actually good for the bones, pleasesee research abstract posted below this emal. The problem is the halogens, chlorides, bromines, fluorines, which cause high blood pressure.

3. The apple cider vinegar and baking soda reducesblood pressure. That's why. To normalize bloodpressure, some sea salt can be added such as 1/16teaspoon, and reduce the apple cider vinegar by 1/2 oruse only the baking soda. A newer remedy that has lesseffect on changes in blood pressure is just 1/4teaspoon of baking soda alone in 1/2 glass of water. I have a friend who has blood pressure something like90/60, which is quite low. The problem came from apersistently septicemia, which at the time I did notknow were from her cavities (she didn't tell me) but Irecognized it and killed the septicemia with a simpleaspirin and that raise blood pressure. Her septicemiawas characterized with high body temperature, someheadaches and dizziness. At other times of low bloodpressure, the 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt dissolved inone glass of water helped normalized the bloodpressure too. Of course raising blood pressure theeasy way is to use a common table salt, but myunwillingness came from the aluminum additives theyused here, but it does the job. A sea salt I think isa better one, while it won't exactly raise the blood pressure, it does normalize them.


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