WELL BEING: Garlic

20 Oct

“Cold and Flu Season” is upon us but I think it would be more appropriate to call it “Sweet Season.”

From October 31st, all the way through the end of the year, sugar is readily available.  Starting with bags of sweet “treats” from Halloween, sugar-laden pies and cakes shared during Autumn meals and Fall Festivals, all the way through the Thanksgiving that keeps on giving with traditional recipe’s featuring maximum sweetness to visions of “sugar plums” and every kind of splendidly sweet indulgence through Christmas.

Some of us with big families get double or triple the opportunity to accept or resist the sugary treats as we party-hop from relative’s homes to friend’s gatherings.

Adults sometimes find it difficult to turn down sweet gifts in the form of meals and desserts, especially when made with love, so imagine how much greater the temptation is for kids.  Not to mention, even if we have the will-power to resist the sweet delectables, we often have a tendency to over-eat as the year winds down and festive cooking kicks off.

With all that sugar so easily available, it’s no wonder our immune systems get tired and worn out this time of year!  Imagine our poor pancreas’ doing a balancing act with excess insulin and our adrenals over-stimulated to the point of exhaustion.  “Sweet Season” is not so sweet when we’ve worn down all our defenses against viral and bacterial infections.  Thus.. “Cold and Flu Season.”

I don’t expect to give up all the goodies so I make sure to add my secret weapon this time of year.  GARLIC.

Since being noted for its medicinal use in 4000 BCE, Garlic has been widely respected and used through-out the world.  Besides being anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitical and high in antioxidants (vitamins A, C and E) Garlic is also a natural broad spectrum antibiotic.  Even as late as WW II, Garlic was used as an effective replacement for antibiotics.

Yes!  Garlic has been proven to kill 14 bacteria that standard antibiotics can’t touch.

With the recent report of “Superbugs” found in 3 States, certain bacteria has become resistant to nearly all antibiotics, creating “an infectious-disease nightmare” spreading easily from person-to-person.  – September 14, 2010 FoxNews.com

Now might be the absolute best time to add Garlic to your diet.  If you’re like me and work in close proximity with others, instead of eating raw Garlic, you can always take Garlic in capsule form.  “Kyolic”, for example, is scentless while still providing the healthy benefits of this super-charged immunity building herb.

More Benefits of Garlic:

  • Suppresses the growth of tumors.
  • Decreases levels of LDL or “bad cholesterol”.
  • Stimulates the immune system by increasing blood cell count.
  • Increases blood circulation and thins the blood, lowering the risk of blood clots, heart attack and stroke.
  • Kills some intestinal parasites.  (This may be related to its potency as a cancer treatment, as some Naturopaths consider intestinal parasites to be directly linked to cancer.)
  • Repels insects.
  • Balances blood pressure.
  • Soothes coughs and colds.
  • Supports recovery from cancer.

Send questions and comments to lynnvannoy@gmail.com or visit http://www.lynnvannoy.com

The information in this column is not intended as medical advice. Its intention is solely informational and educational.

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