The sodium bicarbonate was popularized by Arm & Hammer over 150 years and although many are aware of their versatile qualities for cooking and for domestic use, few people realize that e l sodium bicarbonate also has medicinal properties potent as for example for the cold or flu.

Baking soda as a remedy for the flu

Some people know that when taken internally, baking soda can help maintain pH balance in the bloodstream. This is probably the basic premise behind its recommended uses against both colds and flu symptoms. In his book “Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Medical Use,” published in 1924, Dr. Volney S. Cheney recounts his clinical successes with baking soda in treating colds and flu.

He says that during the years 1918 and 1919, while working with the United States Public Health Service fighting the flu , it struck him that someone who had been carefully alkalized with baking soda rarely he contracted the flu, and those who did, if they became alkaline early, invariably had mild attacks.

He mentions in his book too, that from there, he treated all flu cases, giving generous doses of baking soda, and in many cases within 36 hours the flu or cold symptoms would have completely subsided.

History of baking soda as a remedy and other uses

In its natural form, baking soda is known as nahcolite, which is part of the natural mineral natron. Natron, which contains large amounts of baking soda, has been used since ancient times.

For example, the Egyptians used natron as a cleaning soap. Anecdotal reports throughout history suggest that many civilizations used forms of baking soda when making bread and other foods that required it. Later, baking soda was used as a remedy for the flu.

However, it was not until 1846 that Dr. Austin Church and John Dwight began to manufacture and sell the compound that we know as sodium bicarbonate today. By the 1860s, baking soda was featured in published cookbooks, and in the 1930s it was widely advertised as a “proven medical agent.”

Come 1972, the idea of ​​keeping a box of baking soda in the refrigerator to keep food fresh was born, and this really worked: who doesn’t have a box of baking soda in their fridge right now.

Baking Soda Flu Remedy

The administration baking flu is fairly easy , and relatively harmless, even if you do not experience relief of symptoms of colds. Simply dissolve the recommended amount of baking soda in a glass of cold water and drink. The Arm & Hammer Company recommended doses for colds and flu in 1925 were:

Sodium bicarbonate dosage for the flu

  • Day 1 – Take six doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of fresh water, at intervals of about two hours.
  • Day 2 – Take four doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of cold water, at the same intervals.
  • Day 3 – Take two doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of fresh water in the morning and evening, and then ½ teaspoon in a glass of fresh water each morning until flu symptoms have subsided. gone.

For some special cases it will be necessary to consult a certified specialist.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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