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Natural Methods to Health: The Wisdom of Old Wives

Updated on October 25, 2015

Chicken Soup


What is an Old Wives Tale?

This all started the other day when I had an upset stomach and my bowels were a little loose and I put a small amount of baking soda in a glass of water and drank it. My husband was shocked and asked why on earth I would do something like that.

"It's not healthy! It's just an old wives tale that it works to make you feel better!"

Well. It seemed to make me feel better and baking soda is supposed to help settle your stomach and reset something in your digestive system. I don't resort to baking soda very often but it seems to help out. Maybe I'll be an old wife someday soon and I'll need to maintain my body health by using baking soda. Food for thought, I suppose.

Apparently There Are a Few Others

If you are sick, make chicken soup and eat it with crackers and you'll get better.

My assumption is that the steam will loosen up your sinuses. The salt will settle down what bugs are in your system and the soup is usually filled with all four food groups so it makes sense that it would be good to eat.

Plus, it tastes good and the warmth makes you feel less cold. Plus, the chicken probably has the same chemical as turkey and will make you sleep, which will also make you feel better faster. tryptophan - which affects your serotonin, which adds to the amount of melatonin your body has. So - your mood is better and you fall asleep.

A Co-Worker Told Me This One

If you have a cold, he said, you're supposed to drink a half cup of whiskey, and eat an onion slice that has been coated with mustard.

He said that the whiskey helps you sleep and the onion keeps your spouse from keeping you awake and the mustard will kill any bugs that are still in your system. And, he added:

"anything that lives through all of that, has earned the right to be in your system!"

According to MD Health

There are several strong reasons for using baking soda occasionally. On the other hand, if you have severe health issues, you should consult your doctor before self medicating with something that could put your health in jeopardy.

The following are uses for some form of baking soda:

  • antacid
  • antiseptic
  • alkalinity
  • kidney stone
  • gout
  • urinary tract infection
  • muscle pain and fatigue

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How About You

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      I know a lot of "old wives' tales", and under investigation, most of them make scientific sense; emphasis on "most"!