You’re Not A Vampire, So Enjoy The Benefits Of Garlic

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Is it because it tastes funny? Or, is it because it makes your breath smell bad? Whatever the reason, there is no good excuse to avoid eating garlic. For one thing, it brightens the flavors in every meal. More importantly, though, it has medicinal properties which are great for the body. Yep, if you aren’t already aware, eating more garlic can help regulate the immune system as well as tackling diseases. And, you don’t even  need a prescription from a doctor.

Here, then, are the ways garlic can help keep you fit and healthy. Eating more of it might be one of the best decisions you make regarding your well-being.

7 Benefits Of Garlic

1. It Contains Allicin

In simple terms, allicin is the reason for the pungent smell. When you chop or crush garlic, it combines with alliinase and develops a strong odor. The reason this is important is that allicin has lots of medicinal qualities, too. Because it is an antibacterial, viral, and fungal chemical, it can treat a broad range of illnesses. In fact, throughout history, garlic was used as a form of medicine rather than a cooking ingredient. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, it can help everything from nausea to a common cold. There are other foods which contain this element, but garlic has the highest concentration. So, eating more can help battle sickness and regulate your health.

2. It Tackles STDs

One fact which you may or may not be glad to hear is that garlic tackles STDs. Sexually transmitted diseases can be difficult to talk about. But, the health risks are pretty severe too, with some leading to infertility. Let’s face it – sometimes people make mistakes when it comes to sex. And, that can leave you in a quite vulnerable spot. Obviously, an industry professional such as Safer STD Testing might appeal as a safer option. However, for those who want to tackle the topic discreetly, garlic is a reliable option. Thanks to the allicin, it helps fight viral or bacterial infections which may spread as a result of sexual activity.

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Garlic gives a delicious boost of flavor to a variety of recipes.

3. It’s Tasty And Low In Calories

Moving away from bacteria and viruses for a minute, let’s focus on weight. It isn’t a secret that lots of guys and girls want to shed a few pounds. And, less surprising is that it sometimes isn’t an easy goal to achieve. Simply put, there is too much temptation from a food point of view. No one wants to eat to live, and enjoying a meal isn’t an unreasonable request.

Of course, the problem is tasty food contains lots of calories, except garlic. Per clove, there are only five calories according to the USDASo, putting two to three cloves into a dish will only result in ten to fifteen calories. But, because of its flavorsome taste, one usually does the trick. Also, it’s easy to incorporate into a diet as it tastes so good.

4. It Can Reduce Blood Pressure

It’s easy to assume that cigarettes and alcohol are the world’s biggest killers, but this isn’t true. In reality, it’s heart disease and strokes which top the list. Now, they might seem like issues you can’t combat, yet you can by reducing your blood pressure. Too much tension in the veins, arteries and capillaries can lead to blockages and ruptures. When this happens, the heart works overtime and pushes itself to a breaking point.

Of course, lowering cortisol levels and eating a healthy diet will do the trick. And, this is where garlic comes into play. Because of its nutritional value, there are no unhealthy saturated fats and fatty acids. Plus, a study found that 600 mg of garlic was effective at lowering cortisol and blood pressure levels. You have to eat up to four cloves a day, but it isn’t as hard as it sounds.

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Consuming 4 cloves of garlic per day can lower your blood pressure.

5. It’s Good For The Mind, Too

The above tips have focused on the physical benefits of garlic. Well, let’s take a look at the impact it has on the mind. Remember that a healthy body needs a healthy mind as one affects the other. Thankfully, there is no reason to worry about your mental state when you get a daily dose of allicin. The antioxidants in garlic combine to protect against oxidative damage. Also, there is an increase in antioxidant enzymes. What does this mean? The Journal Of Nutrition reports that the antioxidants protect against cell damage and prevent the onset of mental aging. Regarding brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, they reduce the risk of contracting the illness.

6. It Boosts Life Expectancy

It’s worth noting that studies to prove this theory don’t exist, at least not human studies. Still, it doesn’t stop the experts from confidently predicting longer life expectancy to be a benefit. It isn’t hard to see why when you look at the facts. For one thing, the physical benefits of eating garlic are wide-ranging. From lowering stress to reducing the risk of heart disease, it tackles the main health threats in life. There aren’t many foods which can boast the same. Plus, garlic helps to regulate the mind as well as the body. With a healthy brain and body, it isn’t unreasonable to assume life expectancy will be higher thanks to a garlic-allicin combination. The fact it aids athletic performance is just another string to its bow.

7. It’s A Natural Detoxifier

The body regulates itself, but it needs help from time to time. Take metals as an example. Although the majority of people don’t eat metals, they still occur naturally in the body. Heavy metals can be a health risk. When the metals become toxic, they can begin to attack the vital organs. The solution is to detoxify the body, and garlic is a perfect answer. Why? It’s because it contains sulfur, and sulfur protects organs from toxic metals. Another study found that garlic reduced lead levels in the blood by nearly 20%.

As you can see, garlic has an array of health benefits. So, if you don’t already include it in your diet, you might want to change your approach.

Can you think of any other health benefits of garlic you’d like to add? Do you have a favorite garlic recipe you want to share?

Leave your comments below in the comment section. 

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22 Amazing Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar

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There are so many uses for apple cider vinegar (ACV)! This “do-it-all” product is incredibly healthy, and affordable.

This common kitchen staple is antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. It’s also easy to find in most grocery stores.

And best of all, it’s all natural!

When shopping for ACV, look for one that is raw, unfiltered, and organic, such as Bragg’s.

22 Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

1. Sore Throat

You can make an elixir by combining 1 teaspoon ACV with 2 to 3 teaspoons clover honey. Simply swallow.

Or, you can mix 1/4 cup ACV with 1/4 cup water and gargle.

2. Dandruff

Mix equal parts water and ACV in a spray bottle. After shampooing spray the mixture on the scalp to get rid of dandruff. Doing this 2 to 3 times per week should keep dandruff at bay.

3. Hair Rinse

ACV helps remove product build up and unveil shiny hair. (My Mom taught me this trick as a girl, and it really works!) First, make a rinse with 1/3 cup ACV and 4 cups of water. After washing your hair, apply the rinse. Leave it on for a few seconds, then rinse it out.

4. Deodorant

Dab a bit of ACV under your arms to kill odor-causing bacteria.

5. Bruises

Apply ACV to bruises to relieve the swelling and discoloration faster.

6. Foot Odor

Wipe smelly feet with ACV to kill odor-causing bacteria, which cause stinky feet.

7. Facial Toner

Mix 1 part ACV with 3 to 4 parts water. Apply with a cotton ball after washing your face. This can help eliminate and prevent acne by killing bacteria.

8. Remove Warts

Soak a cotton ball in ACV. Apply a bandage to hold the cotton in place. Wear it overnight and remove it in the morning. Apply this each night until the wart disappears.

9. Sunburn

Soothe a sunburn by gently applying ACV to the affected area. Or, add 1 or 2 cups ACV to your bath water. (And next time you’re in the sun, you might want to try using coconut oil as a low SPF sunscreen.)

10. Acid Reflux

To alleviate digestive problems, drink 1 tablespoon ACV in a large glass of water, tea or juice daily. If the taste is too tart, simply add a little clover honey. (For a video about  the drink, please see item number 19 below.)

Acid reflux is cause by having too little acid in your stomach. Drinking ACV helps raise the acid level and relieve the symptoms of acid reflux.

11. Whiten Teeth

To eliminate stains and whiten teeth simply rub ACV directly on your teeth. Rinse with water. Or, you can swish a dilution of ACV and water, then rinse with water.

Because ACV is highly acidic it’s best to do this only occasionally. If done too much, the ACV can eat away at the enamel of your teeth.

12. Use In Cooking

Due to its numerous health benefits, ACV is a great addition to tangy marinades, sauces, and salad dressings. Just keep in mind that a little goes a long way.

One of my favorite ways to include ACV in my diet in the summer is by making a cucumber salad:

First, chop a cucumber and an onion. Then, mix equal parts ACV and olive oil.  Add Himalayan pink salt, pepper and Stevia (optional) to taste. This is best if chilled in the fridge for a couple of hours.

13. Weed Killer

According to The Dirt Doctor the this recipe is super effective at killing weeds in your garden:

Herbicide Formula:
1 gallon of 10% vinegar
1 ounce orange oil or d-limonene
1 teaspoon liquid soap or other surfactant such as Bio Wash
Add molasses at 1 tablespoon per gallon to the vinegar formula
Do not add water

Just be sure to only apply the solution to vegetation you want to get rid of. It will damage whatever it comes into contact with!

14. Cleaner

Mix equal parts ACV and water and it to clean almost any surface in your house. The vinegar smell goes away after the solution dries.

15. Neutralize Odors

Put some ACV in a small bowl close to the offending odor. This works just as well as Febreze at neutralizing odors (without the cost and chemicals).

16. Bad Breath

To eliminate bad breath mix equal parts ACV and water, swish and spit out. The ACV works to kill the bacteria that cause bad breath.

17. Fruit And Veggie Wash

ACV is excellent at removing bacteria and harmful pesticides from your fresh fruits and vegetables. Briefly soak your produce in a solution of 10 percent ACV to 90 percent water. Rinse.

Please note that this solution is not intended for use with berries because the ACV can soak into their delicate skin.

18. Diabetes Prevention

Drink a tablespoon of ACV in a large glass of water before bed to lower blood sugar.

19. ACV Drink

Due to its many health benefits, drinking a tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water each day is good for you. Plus, it cleanses and detoxifies the body.

It does have a strong taste, but if this bothers you feel free to add some honey or hold your nose like I do ;).

Here’s a video tutorial on how to do it:

20. Congestion

Apple cider vinegar helps break up and rid the body of mucus to relieve congestion.

21. Baking

Using a bit of ACV in recipes for baked goods makes them light and fluffy.

22. Improve pH

Many health conditions and diseases thrive in an acidic environment:

  • cavities
  • cancer
  • allergies
  • acne
  • weight gain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • joint pain
  • lactic acid buildup
  • immune deficiency
  • chronic fatigue
  • shortness of breath
  • heart problems
  • free radical damage
  • osteoporosis

Drinking diluted ACV daily causes the body’s pH balance to become more alkaline. Being in this alkaline state is essential to health and can prevent disease.

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Can you think of more uses for apple cider vinegar? Were there any that were surprising to you?

Please share in the comment section below.

You may want to watch the short video below with more uses for apple cider vinegar for more information.


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