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How to Tell If the Body Is Not Neutralizing Acid From ACV?

Posted by S. on 06/05/2008

I noticed in a recent Earthclinic post (June 4th), that you indicated that taking ACV could cause problems in the long-term because the body may not be able to neutralise the acid. I've been taking ACV (two teaspoons in a large cup of water twice a day) for about ten years, with no obvious ill-effects. I take it because of the supposed health benefits - I am female, 62 years old with normal blood pressure and cholesterol, and no symptoms of arthritis or other joint pain. In fact, as far as I am aware, I am in excellent health. I notice that some correspondents take much larger quantities of ACV than I do, but I prefer to stick to Jarvis' recommendation of two teaspoons of ACV per dose. I had hoped to carry on with the ACV for the rest of my life, but your comments have got me worried now. How would I know if my body is not neutralizing the acid? Do I have to get a testing kit, or would I notice symptoms? I would appreciate your advice. I don't mind if you email me personally with your reply, or on Earthclinic. With thanks.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Some people do have problems regarding taking apple cider vinegar which resulted in burning tongue, acid tongue, burning urine sensation, worsening of acid reflux or kidney pain and other conditions, such as skin complaints. While this doesn't happen often I got enough email complaints (actually many email scattered throughout various ailments where ACV was used) that I decided to use the baking soda added, that from a biochemical point of view made sense and the complaints went away, nearly completely that the apple cider vinegar with baking soda, was the best. It should be noted that while acid reflux were helped with just purely ACV, I got enough complaints from people enough that I had to start mentioning the use of ACV with baking soda, that no one had any problems with worsening of acid reflux and got better.

Biochemically as I mentioned before, an ideal food should have a low negative ORP, the better, such as negative ORP in millivolts, such as -100 millvolts to -500 millivolts. This is because negative millivolts are what is called antioxidant, in which the liquid becomes an electron donor instead of an electron stealer.

It should also be noted that healing water, sacred healing water has the same characteristics as the apple cider vinegar. The ORP in millivolts can be anywhere from ORP -100 to -1000 millivolts. Now, I am not the type of healing researcher who travelled all over the world and measure them, but there is enough information to know that one property of healing water was the negative ORP that were found, either from certain elements in the water, or certain gaseous compounds such as negative Hydrogen, or even the Japanese Kangen water, or microwater, or many other names promoted that costs thousands of dollars can be done with just apple cider vinegar and water. The last measurement I took of apple cider vinegar with baking soda, which is the standard 2 tablespoon with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water (preferably 1 glass of water) has an approximate pH of between 7 - 7.5, depending on completeness of the reaction. 7 if not complete, and 7.5 if it is complete, were within the parameter of blood pH of 7.35, making it more biologically compatible.

In my own findings, the urine pH goes acid with apple cider vinegar after the first dose or within hours of taking them which can cause problems in sensitive individuals. Now this remedy was not dreamed up from the thin air and I HAD to mix an addition of 1/2 glass of water to 1 glass of water to dilute it still, due to its concentration. Now the preferable dilution that I have received 0 complaints is whenever ACV and baking soda was diluted to 1 glass of water, but in most cases people prefer 1/2 glass of water at least. I actually got one complaint telling me 1/2 glass made the sicker and when it was diluted to 1 glass was that person happy with the remedy. It is a tried and true remedy that I received 0 complaints so far, which therefore the apple cider vinegar with baking soda in 1/2 glass, preferably 1 glass of water was the best choice.

Therefore, there is not reason why I should push for ACV alone, unless the person is happy with it, it is the remedy with a good record. It should noted that the single most common complaints I have received from ACV use is the burning tongue problem and this happened more than I care to remember.

This problem stopped with either cases remedy were use:

1/4- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water, taken for about at least a week.

Thereafter, the apple cider vinegar with baking soda is used.

Either formula I think is o.k. by my observations:

ACV 2 tablespoon + 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 - 1 glass of water 2 times a day, preferably 3 times a day or ACV 2 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 - 1 glass of water 2 times a day.


Apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoon with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2-1 glass of water twice a day.

The first one is generally the best, if burning tongue WERE experienced. I tend to call it acid tongue condition. Now the cure for acid tongue, I haven't quite resolve because most people DON'T HAVE pH meters and hence it's difficult to know whether burning tongue was the condition of lack of potassium bicarbonates, sodium bicarbonate or both. So if i go through the nitty gritty details, then people get confused. Therefore I decided to make it simple enough for people to do it.

While I think monitoring pH urine and saliva is a good to monitoring overall health, there are a lot of errors over the internet, because websites are notoriously interbreeding. They copy each other's information without checking and only something as simple as an electronic pH meter would settle a LOT of matters regarding whether aspartame is good for you or is it bad for you, and other "controversy" . I have found aspartame to cause pH of urine to be consistently and dangerously acid that it is no surprise why animal laboratory studies showed brain tumor and other neurological disorders. For example my urine pH went haywire for an entire month being acid after accidentaly TAKING supplements that contained aspartame that was not LABELED TO CONTAIN ASPARTAME! I went so far as to spend a days calling factories and manufacturers to find this elusive ingredient and found they add them in vitamin C (to make it taste sweet) or even in N Acetyl Cysteine. It is this reason why whenever I took supplements that I got sick and that is reflected in very acid urine. It took me more than a month to get pH normal that the body can take care of itself after taking vitamin B complex and lecithin as well as hydergine and piracetam so that the body can control pH normally.

It is a long long story, but the gist of everything is what the tibetan medicine and even traditional Chinese Medicine has told me for a long time...when you are sick avoid SOUR and SWEET food. It's a 2000 year old wisdom but I have upgraded it to specifically mention pH measurement and it's a young science, in terms of measurements that it's only about 100 years old.