9 Reasons You Need More Garlic In Your Life (Antibacterial, Antiviral, and Antifungal)

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9 Reasons You Need More Garlic In Your Life (Antibacterial, Antiviral, and Antifungal)

Written by: Lindsay Sibson

I’m willing to bet that I have absolutely ZERO percent chance of ever dating Edward Cullen…

You know… that Twilight vampire dude that sparkles in the sunshine (which no doubt is quite suspicious in and of itself).

WHY, you might ask?

Because I LOVE GARLIC.

Ain’t no vampire ever going to come my way – I can guarantee that.

Those little delicious cloves of tasty goodness are a MUST-have in your daily diet if you want to consistently renew and invigorate your health.

Here is what you need to know about GARLIC:

What Is GARLIC?

  • A perennial herbaceous plant, which is part of the onion family
  • Grows from an underground bulb
    • Called a head, consisting of clustered cloves
  • Has beneficial phytonutrients and minerals
  • Loaded with antioxidants

Why Eat Garlic?

Garlic contains a rockstar compound called allicin, which is known for having the following properties:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Antifungal

The key to unlocking the power of allicin is that it is ONLY activated when the garlic is cut or crushed! It is not directly present in the whole garlic bulb or clove itself.

To receive the benefits, it is best to cut or crush garlic and let is sit before using it. This allows the creation of the beneficial enzyme, allicin, to be triggered.

Benefits Of Garlic

Eases Inflammation
  • When consumed raw, it can help reduce inflammation
  • Improves circulation
Fights The Common Cold
  • Helps fortify your immune system
  • Antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties
  • Can be used to relieve earaches, sore throats and coughing
Reduces Your Risk Of Cancer
  • Can help to prevent the growth and spreading of tumors
  • Has been linked to reducing:
    • Lung cancer
    • Breast cancer
    • Stomach cancer
    • Colon cancer
    • Prostate cancer
Supports Heart Health
  • Reduces total serum cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Increases good cholesterol (HDL)
  • Natural blood thinner
  • Has the ability to relax blood vessels
    • Effective in lowering blood pressure
  • Helps prevent clotting
Helps Clear Acne
  • Contains the organic compound allicin
  • Stops the damaging effects of radicals and kills bacteria
Strengthens Hair Growth
  • High keratin content
    • Keratin is the protein that hair is made of
  • Stimulates fortification and growth
Enhances Physical Performance
  • Increases your endurance during exercising
  • Helps reduce fatigue
  • Keeps vampires away (are you still with me here?)
Works As A Natural Antibiotic
  • Allicin is responsible for the antibacterial properties of garlic
  • Enhances the ability of your white blood cells to help fight off infections
  • Stimulates other immune cells to help them fight bacterial and viral infections
Improves Bone Health
  • Packed with manganese, zinc, vitamin C and vitamin B6
    • Facilitates the formation of bones and connective tissue
    • Aids with bone metabolism and calcium absorption

How To Instantly Renew Your Health With Garlic

1. Cook With It

If chomping on garlic isn’t “your thing,” there are many of other methods to GET MORE garlic into your daily diet. Try out one of these ways today:

2. Ferment It

A delicious and nutritious way to enjoy garlic is to ferment it! Using THIS simple DIY fermentation method, you can create a gut remedying and mood boosting super food. Fermented foods have incredible health boosting benefits, such as:

  • Provides a huge dose of probiotics
  • Balances your inner ecosystem
  • Gives your body enzymes that help with breaking down food, ensuring proper digestion

3. Roast It To Make Garlic “Candy”

Okay, okay, okay… so calling roasted garlic “candy” is a bit of a stretch – BUT it does taste freaking delicious and turns down the burn that eating raw garlic often has.

Follow these simple directions to get perfectly roasted garlic – EVERY TIME!

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut the whole head of garlic in half.
  • Rub olive oil on the exposed ends of the garlic.
  • Cover the bulb with foil and place in the oven for 30 minutes.

4. Make Superpower Garlic Goo

  • Raw honey + crushed garlic = superpower garlic goo!
  • What super powers will you get when you regularly consume this goo? Eating 1 teaspoon of raw honey with 1 clove of crushed garlic DAILY:
    • Gives you natural antioxidants, enzymes and minerals needed for a healthy digestive system.
    • Provides nutraceuticals that help neutralize damaging free radical activity.
    • Is loaded with an abundance of immune boosting vitamins!

5. Drink It (Yes, Really!)

Don’t go fretting just yet – you won’t have to straight up drink garlic juice… but you can flood your body with the power of garlic by making a garlic infused hot lemonade drink. This drink has a cleansing and renewing effect for your body and is also helpful in fighting off illnesses!

 

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Garlic Lemonade
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Prepare: Boil the water, mince and grate the garlic and ginger.
  2. In glass jar, add the garlic and ginger.
  3. Pour the boiling water into the jar and cover with a lid.
  4. Seep for 30 minutes.
  5. Strain this mixture with a fine mesh strainer into another jar.
  6. Add the lemon juice and honey to the mixture.
  7. Drink up immediately!

What is your FAVORITE way to use garlic? Share with us BELOW!

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Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.

Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).

Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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