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Posted by Julie (Reading, PA) on 05/10/2007

I have been doing 2TBLs of ACV with 1/4tsp of baking soda in water 1-2 times a day for the past week, while taking my 20mg of omeprazale (ppi). My symptom of GERD is a burning sore throat. After a week I stopped the meds and took the "formula" first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, and then brewed my normal 2 mugs of 'low-acid' coffee (which i buy on-line). About an hour later, I had a whey protein shake, and about an hour later, I had horrible watery diarrhea!! This continued throughout the day; all I ate was chicken. WHY?? I was doing so good with the ACV and baking soda, why would stopping my meds cause this? I stupidly drank it again before bed last night, and had the same watery diarrhea this morning...I also took my ppi because I was afraid of symptoms coming back. Anyone else have diarrhea caused by ACV/baking soda? Love this website!

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

It is a well known fact that whey protein even if taken alone can bring on diarrhea, bloating, etc. However, even if they don't, they also run into conflict with the ACV and baking soda. I don't recommend whey protein for people with acid reflux because of its tendency to cause a watery stool. There may be problems whenever people eat a high salt diet that does not go together well with the ACV and baking soda also. The reason is simple, my personal remedy for a diarrhea is to add sea salt and baking soda. Another experimental remedy I am doing for diarrhea is whey protein and baking soda. It must be remembered that whey protein is NOT a remedy for acid reflux and may not help. However, the worse diarrhea problems I found for some people is to mix milk and whey protein. Apparently you also got unlucky by also adding low acid coffee which also also cause a diarrhea in many people I know. Basically apple cider vinegar and baking soda alone doesn't cause diarrhea, but do not take whey protein and low acid coffee. They tend to cause a diarrhea, especially for the people with lactose intolerance. Not mentioned in your problems that you need to be careful are milk, epsom salt, and gluten rich foods that may cause other problems too. One additional info is the most common problems I had with ACV and baking soda is to take it along with food. Those can result in diarrhea. This is why the remedies call for taking it twice a day in the morning and before bedtime, just to make sure you take it on an empty stomach. However, do have people who mix the remedies along with the other foods, such as sea salt remedies, add some milk and other things to my remedy that caused diarrhea. Therefore, make sure you don't mix them with other remedies, unless I have posted that to be o.k., also you should take this on an empty stomach by at least more than 1 hour after or before eating, just to make sure it IS empty!