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Medication Interactions?

Posted by Rich (Los Angeles, CA) on 11/01/2007

The article doesn't mention ACVs effect on medication. A lot of medications should not be taken with vitamin C tablets because like ACV it raises the ph levels in the blood and the kidneys flush the medication out of the blood too quickly. Does ACV have the same effect?

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Actually, ACV mixed with baking soda has relatively neutral pH of 7 using the two tablespoons of ACV with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water. While most people's pH is relatively acid anyway or suffers acidosis, the contracted capillaries without such remedy will prevent the medication from being accessible in the body.

The body responds better if the capillaries is not constricted and the body is within an optimum pH level. Hence, while many people might believe that ACV raises the pH, if you bother to check your urinary pH on your after the ACV is taken within the hour or so, most of the people's urine will show acid urine rather than an alkaline urine. However, if the person has sufficient alkalinity, especiallly carbonates in the body, than it tends to raise the urinary pH.

However not everyone has sufficient alkalinity necessary to raise the urinary pH. While the old definition of ACV is based on burned ashes, after it is acid, a newer definition of whether foods are alkaline or acid depends on whether or not the urinary pH becomes an acid or an alkaline. Hence, everyone's body' chemistry is different. It is the same with vitamin C. There are actually two kinds of vitamin C, the ascorbic acid and the sodium ascorbate. The ascorbic acid lowers the urinary pH to become more acid, while the sodium ascorbate raises the urinary pH to become more alkaline. The problem that I worry about medications being flushed out is from diuretics which tends to cause the people to urinate more, thus flushing out the medicine. One simple illustration will answer it all, in a Kangen water, where its alkalinity is relatively high, such as between pH 9-11, such high pH is relatively alkaline, causing the body to be much more responsive to medication such that the the individual is discourage from taking more medication and the medicaton may be taken on 1/2 or 1/4 of the original doctors medication as it causes the body to absorb the medicine relatively quickly. A Kangen water of an alkaline water, dissolved in a small amount of sesame oil or any other vegetable oil will be soluble, while a plain water of relatively neutral pH will cause the oils and the water to separate. Hence, because oils and medicine mixed is much more apparent with alkalinity the effects of the medicine is seen to be much stronger. Therefore in general, the opposite is true. The more alkaline the body the more responsive is the body and hence, the less the dosage is actually required.