Its cold and flu season ... just in case you hadn’t heard about it in the news ... and I’m surrounded by people in various stages of sniffles and coughs, and plenty of people who have been down a few days and recovered. With all this going on I’ve been thinking about how to fortify my immune system the low crap way.
So I started blending up a small clove of garlic with my morning smoothie. I don’t do it every day ... just the days that I wake up with a little tickle in my throat (which is a sure sign my immune system is under serious strain.)
I’ve discovered over the years that when my body needs a garlic boost I am not bothered by the unpleasant smell normally associated with eating raw garlic. When I start to smell garlic coming through my skin, then I know that the garlic has done its job in fortifying my immune function and I won't eat it for a few days.
If you really don’t like the taste of garlic in your smoothie (its actually quite subtle) then you can take deodorized garlic tablets (1 or 2 per day is plenty) and achieve the same results. Remember though, processed garlic tablets are not low crap ... what with all the packaging and processing that goes on to make them.
Garlic is worthy food medicine to keep on hand. It has antibiotic and antiviral properties and it is excellent for both preventing and treating respiratory conditions such as colds and flu. While you are keeping away colds and flus you will also be doing your heart good as garlic will lower cholesterol. Be aware though that garlic is a natural blood thinner; so use caution if you have a bleeding disorder or are using pharmaceutical blood thinners.
Fresh raw garlic is truly low crap, self-packaged goodness.