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Long-term Adverse Effects?

Posted by Joe (Peoriz, AZ) on 09/14/2006

Hi. I recently started taking apple cider vinegar for my health. When I first starting taking it, it hurt my tongue and caused my teeth to become very sensitive. After searching the internet for a solution, I came upon this site which instructed me to first mix the apple cider vinegar with baking soda to help neutralize it. I tried it and not only did it help with my tongue and teeth, but it also made it taste much better. Since that time, I mix 1 level teaspoon of baking soda with 1 liter of water and 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and drink it throughout the day every day. I was wondering if there might be any adverse effects to taking 1 teaspoon of baking soda as described above over a long period of time? I've read this site many times and just can't seem to find the exact answers I'm looking for. I've been drinking this mix for about two weeks now and haven't noticed anything bad. I do, however, feel more energized and it seems to be easier to eat healthier without giving in to temptations. Anyway, I'd like to continue taking ACV this way, but don't want to jeopardize my health. Thanks for your help, -Joe

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

If you consider taking it for a long time, consider that sometimes your body just need a rest period where it just doesn't want to take anything at all. What traditionally referred to as, fasting. This is the day you just drink water. Ideally a weekly fast where you don't eat all day is ones of the best form of detoxification. Apple cider vinegar has ideally potassium and other minerals anyway, along with baking soda, which has some sodium. So if taking for a long time worries you, the only problem I can see doing this is the imbalance this is having on your body. However, at the moment I see no imbalance produced by this except that you may occasionally need vitamin C now and then since I believe vitamin C to be very important form of antioxidant which both ACV and baking soda lack. I frequently add citric acid and vitamin C to the fray also because of this suspicion. Citric acid is a fairly good chelator of heavy metals from your body, which I think is important if you plan to do it now and then. Lemon juice can be added to your apple cider vinegar as a substitute for citric acid, of course.