Winter is upon us and for many, that’s the flu season. Why is that? What makes the cold, and rain, and snowy time of year, the time to get sinus infections, head colds, and the flu? It brings an old question to mind, “We can put a man on the moon, but we can’t cure the common cold.”
Instead of focusing on “curing” the common cold and since that is most likely out of the control of you and me, how about we seek out ways to prevent the common cold, or protect ourselves from those things that would invite a common cold in to our bodies. Anything that prevents me from getting out and riding my bike is an enemy of the state (of well being!).
H2O2 is nothing more than Hydrogen Peroxide, and the first thing your gonna imagine is that brown plastic bottle you got stashed in the back of your medicine cabinet that you pull out only when you have a cut or scrape that you are either trying to prevent from getting infected, or is infected. Your remembering dabbing it on with a Q-tip, or cotton ball and watching it fizzle, and bubble, and burn, right?
Well, there is also a food grade hydrogen peroxide that is a specifically purified form of H2O2 that is completely safe to consume. Although the stuff at your local Walgreen’s is safe as well, it most likely will not be as purified as the food grade is. The shelved drugstore product is more intended for external applications, such as cuts and scrapes. Hydrogen Peroxide is nothing more than H2O with two additional molecules of Oxygen (sounding more and more harmless, isn’t it?).
Those two extra molecules of oxygen can “oxidize” a lot of bad guys, those bad guys being viruses, parasites, bacteria, and fungi. As well, it’s recorded to reduce foreign proteins, as well as diseased tissue! Say what? Hydrogen peroxide is an agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. If that’s the case, then why are we not utilizing its potential more?
The many health benefits to using hydrogen peroxide include some of which are well known, and others that are not so known, and even controversial. It is established that hydrogen peroxide is best known for infection prevention on external scrapes and cuts, but our focus here is the benefits of internal use. Hydrogen peroxide is thought of as a singlet oxygen therapy. What this means is that it releases a single atom of oxygen once it comes into contact with other substances. This is known as an oxidation reaction. It pounces on harmful organisms like bacteria, viruses; the stuff flu’s are made of, and even used on cancer patients because it has been established that cancer cells do not thrive in an oxygen rich environment! By taking Hydrogen Peroxide you are oxidizing or weakening the molecular structure of unwanted organisms in your body.
You can purchase 35% hydrogen peroxide, however 35 percent H2O2 is 700 times more concentrated than the amount that is considered safe.
Always dilute your 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide in distilled water. Tap or mineral water contains dissolved minerals that will react with the extra oxygen, wasting it. In most cases, diluting food grade H2O2 hydrogen peroxide to less than 10 percent in purified water reduces throat irritation when ingesting.
Never take hydrogen peroxide with food in your stomach. For most people this means an hour and a half either side of food. However if you feel a little nauseous after taking the H2O2 it could be because you haven’t left it long enough. Vitamin C, iron and fats in the stomach change hydrogen peroxide into super-oxide free radicals. This can severely damage the lining of your stomach. The same is true of iron, copper, silver or manganese so if you are supplementing these minerals DO NOT TAKE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE INTERNALLY.
In regards to what amount is right for you, there is plenty of recommendations online. The sole purpose of this article is to make you aware of the benefits of hydrogen peroxide.
It is important to remember that unwanted microorganism’s like bacteria, viruses, and the like prefer low-oxygen and acidic environments, and so it would make sense that utilizing hydrogen peroxide to oxygenate our bodies, and to establish an alkalized diet. In addition, it is important to reduce simple sugars like glucose, a known false or temporary energy source as a pick me up while cycling, or for snacks.