For most people, it is safe to drink apple cider vinegar and baking soda. You may wonder – what would make people want to drink apple cider vinegar and baking soda? The answer may take you back to some basic chemistry fundamentals from high school.
Apple cider vinegar is acidic. The acid can harm your tooth enamel. It can also cause your teeth to become sensitive.
To put this in perspective, apple cider vinegar is normally between pH 4.25 and 5.0 if it is not diluted. Depending on the brand and type of vinegar, the acidity can change a little with some vinegar’s having a pH as low as 2.5. Coca cola, which can be used to dissolve away rust from old bolts and screws, is about pH 2.5.
Baking Soda is a Neutralizer
Adding baking soda to apple cider vinegar can neutralize the acid. This can make the mixture about pH 7. Water also has a pH of about 7, and is considered completely neutral.
You may be wondering if this changes apple cider vinegar chemically. The answer is – not really. Researchers believe that the malic acid becomes a malatate when the apple cider vinegar and baking soda combine. But, your body would have needed neutralize that acid anyway. So, by neutralizing it beforehand, you are saving your body from having to use it’s stockpile of bicarbonates.
How Much Baking Soda Should You Add to Apple Cider Vinegar?
It may take a little experimenting to find the right mixture of apple cider vinegar and baking soda. In general, you use about 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. After the fizzing stops, add water.
This ‘recipe’ really depends on the brand of apple cider vinegar that you use. Make sure to use a big enough container to mix it in – the bubbles will make the mixture fizz up quite a bit before it ‘settles down’ again.
How often do you take apple cider vinegar and baking soda cocktail?
It really depends on the condition that you are treating. But, it is a good idea to take it on an empty stomach. The alkaline mixture may stand in the way of digestion if you take it with food.
Is it safe for everyone to use?
One teaspoon of baking soda contains 1,259 milligrams of sodium. For people with sodium issues like high blood pressure, this could cause a problem.
It is always a good idea to talk with your doctor before you start new treatments.
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