Normally my colds last almost two weeks. This one lasted five days.
What made the difference?
I don't know. There were two things I did differently.
- I took Vitamin C and zinc
- I also took baking soda
"This advice comes an Arm&Hammer Co. published an article in 1925 about using sodium bicarbonate as a remedy for colds and flu. They recommended the following dosage:
"*Day 1 -- Take six doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water, at about two hour intervals.
"*Day 2 -- Take four doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water, at the same intervals.
"*Day 3 -- Take two doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter ½ teaspoon in glass of cool water each morning until cold symptoms are gone.
"According to Arm&Hammer’s dosing instructions, do not exceed seven doses of ½ teaspoon per day, or three doses of ½ teaspoon daily if you’re over the age of 60. In addition, do not use the maximum dosage for more than two weeks.
"I found this interesting because it make sense! Having your bodies ph balanced has many benefits and since baking soda is alkaline it would neutralize any acidity. Has anyone tried this?
"PS: This is not for people on a salt restricted diet!"
I really don't know. I just know it was the shortest cold I've ever had.
I am not recommending it. All I know I'll try it again next cold.