Lab Rats R Us: Vinegar and baking soda challenges

Somebody asked:  what do you tell your clients to do about that 2-4 PM energy slump?

I ask them to challenge their blood pH with baking soda or vinegar so see if their symptom is caused by a pH imbalance.

The vinegar challenge is one tablespoon (if you are sensitive) or one ounce (if you want a stronger test) of apple-cider vinegar or white “distilled” vinegar in a glass of water.  See if it counteracts the afternoon slump.  I suggest gradually increasing the challenge:  start with a sip and take a few minutes to see what happens.  Notice the taste on your tongue and your body’s reaction.  Then escalate the dose by a swallow.  Is the effect stronger?  Did it change?  Can you tell anything?  Then graduate to a gulp.  Is your mental clarity improving?  Do you feel differently?  The chug the remainder of the glass.  and take up to 30 minutes to note any effects.  If nothing has happened by 30 minutes, nothing will.

The vinegar is a remedy for an alkaline tide.  Apple cider vinegar is a natural vinegar that is comparatively clean.  White vinegar is the cleanest from a food allergy or fungal toxin perspective.  Don’t use dark wine vinegars or balsamic vinegars.  They have way to much other stuff in them that you might react to.

The opposite pH influence can be induced by baking soda, which is a mild alkalinizing influence in the blood.  Dissolve a half teaspoon (if you are sensitive) or a full teaspoon or more of baking soda in a glass of water and so the sip-pause-swallow-pause-gulp-pause-chug thing, paying attention to your body and mind.  What happens to your cravings?  Your alertness?  Your heart-rate variability?

If you experience opposite reactions, then blood pH stresses may be an influence in your symptoms.  If nothing happens either way, then your blood may be well balanced.

If the baking soda produces a reaction without an opposite reaction from the vinegar, you can try carbonated water is an alternative to vinegar.  It has shallow acidifying effects and contains CO2, like the baking soda, and unlike the vinegar.

Then check out the hyperventilation and hypoventilation challenges.

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