TikTok users claim that regular Tot helps rid the body of toxins if left overnight in a sock.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As of Friday, Mecklenburg County is in the high category for COVID-19 prevalence. Flu also remains a very high category of these ailments, with the common cold so prevalent that many are turning to home remedies. I’ve seen stories from one particular wife who suggest that if you put potatoes in it overnight, it will cure the disease and flush out toxins from your body.
Tiktok users claim that a regular Tot helps rid the body of toxins if left in a sock overnight. It is said.
Can sleeping with potatoes in your socks kill the virus?
No, sleeping with a potato in your socks won’t kill the virus.
What we found:
After searching the medical literature online on this topic, I found no clear evidence that putting sliced potatoes in a sock would cure the virus.
Dr. Karla Robinson said it was because there was nothing.
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“There isn’t much evidence that potatoes are effective at expelling toxins or helping you get over a cold faster,” Dr. Robinson said.
TikTok users claim that potatoes turn black in the morning, indicating that the body is releasing toxins. It’s supposed to turn black. That’s because it goes through a process called oxidation.
“It’s not an indication that the toxin is being removed from the body, it’s a reaction that’s taking place inside the potato,” Dr. Robinson said.
Despite the TikTok connection, this isn’t a new cure, but rather the story of an old woman dating back to the Middle Ages who many believed could help protect you from the bubonic plague. It is said that it may also be traced back to ancient Chinese medicine.
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“I don’t think it will do you any harm, but it probably won’t add much benefit,” said Dr. Robinson.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the best home remedies when sick are to drink plenty of fluids, rest, and have soup. You can also eat potato soup.
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