In these times, more than ever, we must protect our immune systems. With today’s new standard of social distancing, garlic is the answer.
Garlic offers health benefits — and people will keep their distance from you. Making good nutritional choices and exercising will go a long way on many levels of prevention, and garlic offers many benefits in addition to protecting your immune system. The list goes on: Garlic helps with managing blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
But let’s start with protecting your immune system. Did you know garlic is a natural antibiotic?
The health benefits are plentiful, including alleviating fatigue, according to Richard S. Rivlin, who wrote in the Journal of Nutrition that Hippocrates prescribed garlic to treat fatigue. In the life of a professional truck driver, fighting fatigue is constant. Long hours, poor nutrition, lack of exercise and an unrestful night’s sleep is a clear path to fatigue.
Unfortunately, drivers’ most common go-to for fatigue is caffeine, power drinks and high-sugar drinks, all of which provide only a temporary boost of energy and then leave you feeling “drained” even worse than before. And that’s not to mention the expense of those assorted beverages.
The original Olympic athletes in ancient Greece were given garlic to enhance their performance. If it’s good enough for Olympic athletes, just imagine what garlic can do for you, the true road athlete!
Taking garlic in its natural form is best, but if chewing garlic and dealing with the pungent odor and aftertaste is not convenient for you, make garlic “pills.” Simply cut a clove of garlic into small pieces, each the size of vitamin tablet. Then, after eating a meal, take a small handful the same way you would a pill. Another option, if you are one of the lucky drivers who is able to cook in your truck, is to add a clove of chopped garlic to the food you are cooking.
Small daily doses of garlic will equal big health benefits, all while practicing safe social-distancing guidelines.