Garlic!

Nutrition Tip Tuesday

Here’s a little tid-bit on the small but mighty garlic!

Back-in-the-day garlic was called “the poor person’s antibiotic” because it was readily available, cheap, and could treat all the things.

Here are all the things:

Garlic as an antimicrobial

  • garlic fights the nasty’s in the gut such as bacteria (the bad ones), candida, yeast, and worms (gross)

Garlic as an antibiotic

  • for centuries is has been used to treat common cold and flu symptoms
  • eliminates mucus

Garlic as an energy booster

  • garlic increases the availability of insulin for better blood sugar regulation

Garlic as a detoxifier

  • digestive cleanser, it fights toxic bacteria in the digestive tract – hiy-ya!
  • cleanses the blood
  • increases the body’s ability to flush toxins from the lymph

Improves circulation

  • lowers blood pressure

Garlic reduces your risk of cancer

  • garlic fights bacteria, lowers blood pressure, increases the immune response, and aids in detoxification…. yeah, I’d say all of that helps!

Next time you have garlic breath, wear it like a badge of honor and breathe these garlicy tid-bits on anyone that will listen.  Your aggressive breath might just save a life!

Garlic Soup Recipe

Dry Brushing, everyone’s doing it

Come on, you know you want to.

Dry brushing is hands down the easiest detoxification technique you could ever learn and incorporate into your daily routine no matter where you are. I always travel with my dry brush especially when I’m working as a flight attendant because taking care of the largest organ on my body and removing toxins is of huge importance.  Your skin is the first line of defense against invaders therefore dry brushing is a way to keep this organ working efficiently and effectively…. plus it feels really good y’all!

Why?

Our lymphatic system works to flush cellular waste out of our body and when the lymphatic system becomes clogged it can cause inflammation and lower the immune response.  By dry brushing you are stimulating the lymphatic flow under the skin and also detoxifying the body making your defenses stronger against all the muck.

Other benefits:

Exfoliation: This is a wonderful way to remove dead skin cells and encourage the growth of new ones. Younger looking skin…. yes please!

Increased circulation:  After traveling or sitting for long periods of time dry brushing will increase blood flow and reduce swelling in the ankles and limbs, the increased circulation will also give ya a little boost after being stagnant….and we all love to feel all the fancy feels.

Inflammation support: With your vascular circulation increased and the lymphatic system flushing toxins from the body, one can expect increase support in the inflammation response.  If you would like to read about the hormones involved in inflammation click here.

It just feels really good, it’s waaaay better than the pat downs you get at security.

What kind of brush to use:drybrush

A brush with firm natural bristles is best.

How to dry brush:

Always brush towards your heart on dry skin and use a firm circular motion when doing so. I like to start with the bottoms of my feet, work my way up to my heart and then move on to my hands and work towards my heart again.

Who should dry brush?

If you are reading this, you should dry brush.  Our daily lives are full of stress and toxins from the foods we eat and the environments we are in. All of the little things add up, and by adding this to the “little things” your life can become just a little bit healthier.

This can be a  beneficial therapy for athletes or anyone who struggles with chronic pain.  Combining dry brushing with a nutrient dense diet will support the inflammation response which is always crucial in injury recovery.

Aah brush it. Brush it real good!

Sorry I pictured my dry brush next to a cactus, it looks pretty and does not imply dry brushing feels like cuddling my little cactus friend.