How To Fight Cold and Flu With Baking Soda
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, has been known for centuries as a versatile substance with many different uses (and you can refer to my previous article about 7 uses for baking soda as a kitchen medicine, as well as my article about the healing power combination of lemon and baking soda).
As the name suggests, it’s most famous for its role in baking and cooking. There are numerous medicinal and household purposes attributed to this humble white powder and we’ll describe one of them in this article.
Baking soda can be found in nature as a part of the mineral natron, which contains large amounts of sodium bicarbonate. This mineral was used already in ancient times as a cleaning substance.
Baking soda, as we know it today, has been manufactured since 1846 and its popularity soon reached iconic status. Almost every home features a box of sodium bicarbonate. Cheap, safe and simple to use, it became a part of the solution for many ailments and troubles.
Baking soda for colds and flu
In 1924, Dr. Volney S. Cheney published a book called Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Medical Uses, in which he recorded his experience with treating flu. He observed that people who were treated with baking soda either remained healthy or they developed a milder version of the disease.
Dr. Cheney reported giving generous doses of sodium bicarbonate for influenza and in many cases the symptoms disappeared within 36 hours. He also suggested taking baking soda as a preventive measure.
The general belief is that when taken internally, baking soda helps to maintain the pH balance in your bloodstream. The substance has an alkalizing effect on the body, which
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