Garlic can be a tool used to help with social distancing and boosting health

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Garlic offers health benefits — and people will keep their distance from you.

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.

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Bob Perry
Bob Perry has spent nearly the past four decades on a mission to educate professional drivers and share life-changing products and services to help them live healthier lives while on the road. Recognized throughout the transportation industry, from bus drivers to over-the-road professional drivers, Bob Perry has played an important role in creating a paradigm shift helping regulatory agencies, private and public sector entities, and consumers understand the current health challenges of the professional driver. He has participated as a wellness advocate in several roundtable discussions, large audience groups and small forums as well as going "curbside" through a national truck stop tour. Bob’s articles have been featured in The Trucker and a number of other national transportation industry publications and is the host of a weekly wellness call produced by Rolling Strong. Bob has been a regular guest on RedEye Radio and Land-Line Radio, and is often an invited guest on Sirius radio shows. He has been featured in the New York Times, Men's Health Magazine, Drug Store News, American Road Magazine, WSJ, NPR, ABC National Radio, as well as hundreds of daily newspapers. He has appeared on television news shows across the nation, including a featured TV segment on ABC NightLine News.
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