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Calcium Carbonate to Replace Bs?

Posted by Dusteen (Hurst, TX) on 02/27/2007

I'm concerned about all of the sodium in Baking Soda. If it's the bicarbonate that's needed to react with the ACV, have you tried using Calcium Carbonate instead of Sodium Bi-Carbonate (Baking Soda)? It would take 2x the Calcium Carbonate as it would Baking Soda to neutralize the same amount of ACV but it would be worth it to have Calcium rather than Sodium left over.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Dusteen: Calcium carbonate is not reactive to ACV at room temperatures and will form a precipitate. Most of the body's extracellular fluids is controlled mostly by sodium bicarbonate. The general optimum makeup of calcium extracellular fluids are very small and cannot be used as it would go against normal cellular fluid makeup. Study Ringer's Mammalian solution, which is a similar component of cellular fluids you need to keep tissues alive in a petri dishes, for example. Or organ transplants which is bathed in those solutions.

The issue of too much sodium can be handled with adding some potassium bicarbonate. But you have to be careful. The body's extracellular fluids is about 90% sodium and about less than or equal to 10% potassium.

The issue of sodium retention has very much to do with other issues, the lack of nitric oxide production, the lack of alkalinity. The older you get the more calcium is circulated in your serum and this tends to clog the system more than anything else, causing calcification of the tissues as you age while the bones don't have enough calcium. THis is due to acid blood as it dissolves bones very much like acid rain. You don't need that much acidity to do the job like the acid rain dissolving Greek statues and monuments. It does the same thing in your body. A potassium will displace sodium, but people can have real issues (side effects) if potassium is given too much in relation to sodium, because the body's cellular fluids are very much sodium anyway, however I am not trying to push sodium, but more like sodium and potassium.