There was once a time when I openly shunned garlic for fear of being the ‘stinky’ chick. The chick who everyone talked about and openly laughed at for having garlic breath, and the person alienated from Friday Night Drinks at the office in case I suddenly became a close talker and killed them with my KB. Or, Killer Breath for those wondering.
Alright, overreaction noted and of course my fear never got to that level, but I did shun garlic, and I was worried about talking to anyone in the aftermath.
These days, however, I have come to appreciate garlic for the hugely beneficial bulb that it is. Sure, when eaten in its most healthy state (i.e RAW) it might make you stink, and yep, you’re probably going to experience the odd gaseous exchange from time to time, but when you weigh up these somewhat small, inconsequential cons, and throw them against the enormously obvious pros, they seem totally insignificant. Seriously!
Garlic is an extremely powerful healer, Happies. It is brilliant for anyone who has any inflammation in their gut, as well as anyone with a tendency to get Candida. The Candida fighting agents come due to garlic being an antibacterial powerhouse. And, just in case you thought garlic could only fight bacteria, it’s also an antiviral powerhouse, too. Yep, it’s the Superman of the bulbs – able to fight off pretty much anything that comes its way.
Garlic is also known for its cancer-fighting phytonutrients, with studies suggesting that garlic may not only help prevent cancer, but may also inhibit the growth and development of cancerous cells.
We all have cancerous cells in our bodies. This is a known fact. They float around in there all of the time, and what determines if they ever become an aggressive disease is genes, and diet. Other factors have been linked to cancer as well, but essentially these two factors are the most important pieces of the puzzle.
While we can’t control our genes, we can control our diet, and our bodies natural defence system – our immune system – is the armed forces of our bodies. If you want to be strong, healthy, and fighting fit, you need to nourish your immune system by feeding it what it craves. Lots of antioxidants, micronutrients, and phytonutrients.
When there is inflammation in your body, or your immune system is weakened, it’s quite obvious that your body would be more susceptible to cancer and other disease. Hence, why I bang on so much about eating your greens, alkalizing your system, and munching on as many berries, and other foods high in antioxidants, as possible. All these things are going to help keep your body in good health.
Which brings me back to garlic. Old mate garlic is packed with enzymes and phytonutrients that help reduce inflammation, fight bacteria, and fight viruses. All things that your immune system would LOVE to be fed. Winner!
So, next time you’re making a salad, or a stir-fry, or your favourite pasta, why not pop some raw garlic on top. Go on, you’re immune system will thank you for it. Even if your work colleagues will not.