What garlic does to your body

A few days ago, I talked about spices and things you can add to your foods to give them a little nutritional punch-up.

As I said, garlic is a personal favorite. Great for your heart and so much more.

It’s so flavorful, and very healthy. And there’s no need to feast on raw cloves, just add some to your cooking and enjoy.

Still, as Karen is prone to pointing out sometimes, garlic does have a bit of a downside…

Garlic breath.

I don’t really mind it. And for me, the best way of dealing with it is to make sure Karen is eating it when I am.

That way, if I go in for a kiss, she can’t tell if that garlic breath is me… or her.

But I understand that nobody wants to smell like a stinky garlic clove. And we don’t always have a chance to brush or floss right after eating.

So what do we do to make sure we’re not leaving a fragrant vapor trail all around us?

Believe it or not, they’ve studied this. And in one study, researchers reported that eating a raw apple or raw lettuce significantly cuts the odor.

Another age-old remedy is parsley, though I usually don’t have that around. Maybe that’s why it’s so popular as a garnish?

There are also a couple things you can drink after a garlicky meal that will cut the smell. One is green tea, which a study suggested was even more effective than gum, mints or parsley oil.

Another stink-stopping drink is lemon water. About a tablespoon of lemon juice in a glass of water should neutralize the odor. And some people believe it has all kinds of magical properties besides odor prevention.

Lemon water likely helps in digestion, that much is true. As for the miraculous power of lemon water to make you lose weight… yeah, probably not.

Still, if all you need is a squeeze of lemon in a healthy glass of water to keep enjoying the benefits of garlic, drink up.

Or, you can go with my method. Make sure anyone on your kissing list is eating garlic too.

God Bless,

Jeff Reagan

Editor, Patriot Health Alliance

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