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

Apple pectin a day will keep the Dr. away

Nutrition Tip Tuesday

Here’s a quick little tid-bit about why apples are awesome!

What is pectin? Pectin is a soluble fiber found in the skin, pulp, and rind of the apple  (so quit peeling your apples people).  It can also be found in the cell walls of plants but for now we will just talk about the crunchy, beautiful, delicious apple.

How does this benefit humans doing all of their humaning?

  • apples are high in fiber
  • apples are high in antioxidants
  • pectin is an anti-diarrheal agent
  • pectin helps alleviate constipation (such a multi-tasker)
  • improves digestion
  • enhances immune function
  • helps heal gut permeability
  • repopulates the gut after using antibiotics
  • pectin improves your body’s ability to absorb quercetin

What is quercetin?

Quercetin is an antioxidant found in plant food, and it’s a badass because it fights free radical damage in the body. And what does this mean? In a nutshell, free radicals harm the body causing inflammation, accelerated aging, and a greater chance of developing heart disease, cancer, and age related disease.

Eat your apples, because maybe an apple a day really will keep the Dr. away.

Don’t forget… apples can be “dirty”. They were on this year’s Dirty Dozen list so when buying apples go organic.