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

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Causes Loose Bowels?

Posted by Angy (Beachwood, NJ) on 02/26/2007

Has anyone that has taken the acv cure with baking soda experienced loose bowels or diarrhea? i started last night with 2 tbsp acv and 1/2-3/4 tsp baking soda and no diarrhea..then this morning i did it again but with 1/2 tsp of baking soda and 2tbsp acv and like 12-15 mins later it was like water...is that ok?

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Quite often diarrhea occurs when this is taken along with food or you took this almost at the same time or within 30 minutes of eating food.

In some cases, the reason for this is the salt and the baking soda have an effect of causing the body to give up water and sodium retention via diarrhea. It has the same effect as diuretics, only this is directed at the bowels instead of the kidney, which is safer, but less socially acceptable.

If you don't want to experience this, the remedy is best taken on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before meals. This means one hour or more before meals or after meals should not cause the diarrhea or loose stools. The effect of loose stools is reduced blood pressure as the water retention and sodium retention is reduced. Of course if you want a remedy for constipation you will in effect do the opposite, which means take this along with your food, especially salty foods, preferably the use of sea salt to your food as sea salt is alkaline forming as opposed to common table salt, which is acid forming. Alkaline forming sea salts reduce constipation while acid forming common table salt does the opposite. Baking soda merely causes the sea salt to have a stronger loose stool effects, which is at least for me, on many occasions have a detoxification effect by cleaning out the intestines.


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