Baking Soda, also known as Sodium Bicarbonate, is used in many homes for baking or cleaning. It is derived from a natural occurring mineral and is one of the safest substances around.
Since baking soda is extremely alkaline it will alkalize the entire system, reducing acidosis systemically. It works to balance your body’s pH levels by neutralizing any acidity. This helps maintain the pH balance in your bloodstream.
In the early 1900’s, Dr. Volney Cheney found that baking soda helped reduce flu symptoms and greatly reduced the risk of contracting the flu, to begin with. He began using bicarbonate of soda to treat colds and flu and found that in many, many instances, within 36 hours the symptoms would have entirely abated.
Cheney also claimed that those who took daily doses of baking soda on his advisement reported that they were among the few that didn’t get the flu when it rampaged through their schools.
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 is linked to better health and disease prevention.
Moreover, according to some medical books, baking soda when is taken internally can soothe the membranes of your mucous and it can dissolve the thick mucus.
Although it has many supporters, this theory has not been scientifically proven. In today’s modern world of medicine, the FDA just will not let companies that sell products make medical claims about them unless they have been tested at great expense, and approved as a drug.
How to fight colds and the flu with baking soda
In 1922, people knew about this inexpensive way to avoid colds and flu but it’s been forgotten by our modern society.
The method is very easy and safe. You just need to dissolve the recommended amount of baking soda in a glass of cold water and drink it. Recommended dosages for colds and influenza back in 1900’s were:
- Day 1: Take six doses of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of cool water, at about two-hour intervals.
- Day 2: Take four doses of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of cool water, at about two-hour intervals
- Day 3: Take two doses of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of cool water morning and evening.
- After this initial period, take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of cool water every morning until your symptoms are gone.
Note: Do not exceed seven doses of 1/2 teaspoon per day, or three doses of 1/2 teaspoon daily if you’re over the age of 60. In addition, do not use the maximum dosage for more than two weeks.
Baking soda and its wide variety of helpful usages should remind us of something that we often overlook and we do not pay proper attention. Often the simplest solution is the best one in the battle against different illnesses.
Other natural cold and flu remedies
The best approach is always prevention. Keep your immune system strong, so that you don’t develop a health problem in the first place. However, If you do go down with a cold or flu, you can use some other remedies.
Vitamin C can boost the immune system and reduce the severity of cold and flu symptoms. Take 1 000mg of vitamin C daily to ward off a cold or the flu and up to 4 000mg daily when you are experiencing symptoms.
Vitamin D is produced in the body by sunlight and regulates the expression of over 2 000 genes, including those of the immune system. Recent research has found that low vitamin D levels are linked to higher rates of cold, flu and respiratory infections. To treat cold or flu, take 2 000 units per kilogram of body weight once a day for 3 days.
Garlic has antibiotic and antibacterial properties. In a recent research, people that used a garlic supplement for 12 weeks got about 60% fewer colds than those who didn’t and recovered faster if they did get cold.
The best way to take garlic, aside from adding it liberally to your dishes when you cook, is to swallow a raw clove. You might need to cut it in half if it is too large. Bite down once to release the allicin, then swallow with water like a pill.
Drink elderberry tea
Elderberry tea is said to boost the immune system, treat flu and relieve sinus pain. Elderberry does seem to attack flu viruses and reduce bronchial inflammation. A recent study found that Elderberry reduced severity and length of flu symptoms when given at the first signs of symptoms.
Echinacea acts as an anti-inflammatory, which can help reduce bronchial symptoms of cold and flu. Echinacea directly attacks yeast and other kinds of fungus.
Different preparations have different concentrations of Echinacea. Some common preparations and dosages include:
- Tablets containing 6.78 milligrams of Echinacea extract, two tablets 3 times a day.
- 900 milligrams of Echinacea root tincture daily.
- 5-6 cups of Echinacea tea on the first day of symptoms, and then 1 cup a day thereafter.