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Give Oregano a Go for Better Health

By Diane Irving

Like many herbs, oregano has a long list of health benefits that can transform negative health problems into positive solutions. For centuries, it was used as a remedy for its multi-purpose healing properties and to mend bacterial infections. These days, it’s believed to help with many other conditions including heart disease or as a cancer deterrent. As well as being great for our heatlh, the herb has remained a popular flavor enhancer. Some chefs use it in Italian, Hispanic, and other nationality dishes. With a great reputation, herb users shouldn’t hesitate to give oregano a go. It may provide better flavor and health.
OrganicFacts.com suggests it can protect against diabetes and increase energy levels. They also declare it has good fiber components for digestion and can help speed up metabolism, “By improving the functionality of the metabolism, thanks to B-vitamins and its unique organic composition, the body is rejuvenated and energized.” OrganicFacts.com also noted, “The increase in circulation, due to the presence of iron and increased levels of hemoglobin, helps to fully oxygenate the cells and muscles of the body, thereby increasing energy and strength.” Muscles aren’t the only physical benefit; joint pain can also be alleviated.

This versatile herb is filled with antioxidants and other healing factors. MedicalNewsToday.com writes that Oregano provides an ample amount of Vitamin K, which aids in bone density and blood flow. They also state, “Antioxidants help protect your cells against the effects of free radicals and improve your ability to fight infection.” It appears the herb can help with almost anything and should be present on every spice rack for its resourcefulness. Potential benefits are seemingly endless, and   MedicalNewsToday.com states that oregano can also help with these issues: inflammation, allergies, skin conditions, common cold, headaches, intestinal/digestion problems, and fatigue.

Though it isn’t a typical allergen for people, it can cause an allergic reaction. So, use caution when consuming. Also, a doctor should advise women who are pregnant before using large amounts of oregano. Safe herbs aren’t always good for everyone and amounts of consumption should be monitored.

Oregano as a Flavor Enhancer

The dry spice grew in popularity from Southwest Eurasia and the Mediterranean area. Surprisingly, the herb belongs to the mint family. Though it doesn’t have the same flavor, it can have a strong presence in food. OrganicFacts.com mentions that “it is used to flavor everything from soups, sauces, and curries to meat dishes, pizza, pasta, vegetables, and even salads.” It’s also a nice herb to add to the garden. Growers should let it sprout for four weeks or until leaves have grown about 4 inches. Then, clip the stem; hang upside down to dry it out, dice and use in desired food.

Flavor enhancers are great, but the real prize is the health benefits that can arise from consuming oregano. Consult Dr. Marone for more information on appropriate daily intake. With the possibility of increased blood flow, increased antioxidants, reduced inflammation, hindered infections, improved health conditions, and a recipe enhancer, it may be time to give oregano a go. It’s a spice that’s hard to beat with potential better health solutions and tastier meal outcomes.

You may also enjoy:

http://maronewellness.com/holy-basil-well-rounded-herb/

http://maronewellness.com/healthy-benefits-turmeric-curative-spice/

http://maronewellness.com/sage-herbal-superhero-holistic-healing/

SOURCES:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266259.php

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/

 

 

 

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Healthy Benefits of Turmeric–A Curative Spice

By Diane Irving

Anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer are pro-health when it comes to turmeric benefactors to the human body. Healthy benefits of this spice have been seen for thousands of years in Asian recipes and Indian dishes including curry. Curcumin is a component in turmeric that gives it a bright yellow color, which seems to cheer the body up. Origins of the spice come from the ginger family and can help the immune system strengthen. The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) states that the spice may fight unhealthy disruptions or diseases.

According to the UMMC, a few diseases turmeric can help include osteoarthritis, stomach ulcers, indigestion, heart disease, bacterial or viral infections, cancer, and neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. Cancer is a worldwide worry, and turmeric has shown to reduce tumor growth. Just a little bit goes a long way–even a teaspoon serving can have positive affects.

Turmeric as an Anti-Inflammatory

Anti-inflammatory proponents of turmeric are high. They’ve been known to help reduce arthritis, swelling of muscles, and any other problems associated with inflammation. Many with autoimmune diseases might find it as a helpful tool when inflammation flares up in the body.

Turmeric as an Anti-Cancer Herb/Spice

Anti-cancer is a hot issue in the 21st century with so many people being diagnosed. Anything that can aid in the cancer fight is a daily must. It can suppress the growth of a tumor, particularly in colon cancer cells, breast cancer, and more.

Turmeric as an Anti-Oxidant

Anti-oxidants are important in detoxifying the body of poisons. Curcumin is rich in anti-oxidants and can prevent liver malfunction. Given the amount of chemicals we ingest through food and personal care products, it is necessary to flush out toxins. Poisonous waste can stay trapped between muscles and organs, which can block healing.

Turmeric has also shown to boost heart function, gut health, and cognition, help cystic fibrosis, decrease stress, depression, nausea, cramps, and more. It can be taken in pill form or with powder while cooking. Too much of the spice can be harmful, so consult Dr. Marone before seeking the health benefits of turmeric. Instead of reaching for a medical antibiotic for any disease listed, try turmeric as a helpful curative.

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

 

Sources:

Worlds Healthiest Foods: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=78

Organic Facts: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/turmeric.html

The University of Maryland Medical Center: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/turmeric

 

 

 

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Unlock the Detox Box with a 10-Day Purification

By Diane Irving

An alarming amount of poisonous pollutants enter the human body on a daily basis. From personal care products to contaminated foods, unwanted chemicals and toxins flood our systems with harmful results. FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology Obstetrics) is a worldwide organization with health professionals from 125 countries. They discern that chemical toxins connected to pesticides, air, plastics, solvents, and others can cause “[m]iscarriage and still birth, impaired fetal growth, congenital malformations, impaired or reduced neurodevelopment and cognitive function, and an increase in cancer, attention problems, ADHD behaviors, and hyperactivity.” However, with the help of a 10-day purification cleanse and organic practices, you can turn an internal toxic wasteland into a pure body wonderland.

 

Cause for Chemical Concern

 

Toxins are found in almost everything: bathroom products, cleaners, chemically sprayed foods, and pollution in the air and water. Many household items we use everyday disturb our health. Even some unexpected products are included in health concerns, the Global Health Center warns. Among these are air fresheners, dishwasher soap, laundry detergents, and treated furniture or carpets.

ABCNews.com released a study: “According to the Environmental Working Group, women use an average of 12 products a day containing 168 different chemicals. Men use fewer products, but still put 85 chemicals on their bodies.” When we give our body a break from these pollutants, cells can rejuvenate some damage that has been done by these harmful chemicals.

 

One-way Ticket to Toxic-Free

 

It is important for us to work toward a toxic-free lifestyle since chemicals seep in from a wide variety of sources. However, there is only one way to reduce the amount of exposure: buy cleaner products. Non-organic foods have been treated with pesticides that transfer to our bodies. When we ingest unnatural invaders, our bodies are forced to sort out the good from the bad. An overwhelmed body is too busy sorting to heal damaged cells. Therefore, the body needs cleaner water, air, foods, and products to ensure less contamination. Consumers can buy indoor air purifiers, invest in water filters, certified organic foods, organic household products, and body care.

Other natural ways to purify the body include drinking lemon water, eating rice bran, consuming dark veggies, sipping green tea, and doing a purification program. Sweating also helps rid trapped toxins in our bodies. Besides decreasing the chance for disease, other benefits include healthier looking skin, smoother function in the body, and what most people highly covet–weight loss.

Toxic stress on the body can manifest into physical illness and cloud the mind. Blockages may form internally from pollutants and cause stagnation or inspire diseases. Much like what happens in a clogged toilet, bodily sewage backs up until it overflows and causes more serious problems.

Purification is good for us – mentally and physically. Organic greens can help us think clearer and give us more energy to handle life’s ups and downs. Natural products can prevent inflammation and reduce damage done by our polluted world. Dr. Marone’s 10-Day Purification Cleanse, coupled with clean eating and natural supplements, is a great way to reduce the harm done. It’s a great start to a healthier lifestyle and can unlock the body’s fullest potential. Afterwards, relief comes from knowing whatever is left is what nature intended.

See also: http://maronewellness.com/just-for-women-help-with-your-most-common-complaints/

http://maronewellness.com/services/10-day-purification-programs/

http://maronewellness.com/21-days-to-a-clearer-mind-and-increased-energy/

http://maronewellness.com/21-days-to-a-clearer-mind-and-increased-energy/

http://maronewellness.com/inflammation-some-solutions/

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

Sources:

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/most-common-hazardous-household-chemicals/

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9818/5-unexpected-awesome-benefits-of-doing-a-cleanse.html

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151001100058.htm

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/women-put-average-168-chemicals-bodies-day-consumer/story?id=30615324

 

 

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Can You Stomach a Ginger Binge-r?

By Diane Irving

Studies show that ginger can be an effective treatment for ovarian cancer cells, stomach issues, and other serious health problems. After eras of use, it has become a trusted go-to for its healthful properties. MedicalNewsToday.com states that “natural ginger is safe for most people and causes little to no known side effects.” However, Organicfacts.net warns, “If you have a history of gallbladder conditions, it is best to consult a doctor before consuming ginger.” Otherwise, herb lovers can use this herb frequently without worry.

Savor the Flavor of Ginger

Anyone looking to enhance mealtime tastes can add fresh ginger in different kinds of dishes. It can be eaten raw, put in herbal tea, turned into oil, drunk as a juice, or crushed into a powered spice for Asian and Indian cuisine. MedicalNewsToday.com mentions, “Ginger pairs well with many different types of seafood, oranges, pork, pumpkin, and apples.” A garden-fresh slice is great in a hot cup of water with lemon or honey additives. One of the most interesting tidbits of information is how ginger became an ingredient in a favorite holiday treat. Organicfacts.net shares, “Queen Elizabeth I of England, a fan herself, was the one to invent the gingerbread man in the 16th century.”

Proof of Positivity

Prevention.com sites a few studies about ginger’s positive health contributions. “In one study of cruise ship passengers traveling on rough seas, 500 mg of ginger every 4 hours was as effective as Dramamine.” For some, it has helped stabilize blood pressure and acted as an anti-inflammatory reducing arthritis pain. The site refers to a study done by The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Those same anti-inflammatory powers help powdered ginger kill ovarian cancer cells as well as – or better than – traditional chemotherapy, at least in the test tube.” Detoxification is another helpful advantage of ginger ingestion because it can cause consumers to sweat and release toxins in the body. Other positive benefits include a reduction in many painful issues such as menstrual cramps, upset stomach (including morning sickness), digestion problems, diarrhea cramping, bone and workout-induced muscle pain. Ginger can also help fight the flu by alleviating fever and headache.

Peace of mind comes from knowing this healthy remedy can be all-natural and beneficial. MedicalNewsToday.com reaffirms that “ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness, and pain.” Dr. Marone can provide guidance for those seeking healthy alternatives to prescribed medications. Though it is considered safe, it is always best to consult your doctor before going on a ginger binge-r.

Sage Plants

Sage: The Herbal Superhero for Holistic Healing

 By Diane Irving

Ancient use of sage travels back further than almost any other herb in history and with an astounding array of bodily benefits. Some consider it an age-old herb of wisdom for its mental and physical holistic healing abilities. The potential of sage has shown positive contributions to health such as these:

  • anti-septic
  • anti-bacterial
  • reduces muscle tension
  • relieves indigestion or stomach issues
  • helps with mental relaxation
  • relieves menopausal symptoms
  • improves memory.

It’s no wonder NaturalNews.com mentions sage won “Herb of the Year” in 2011 by the International Herb Association!

This herb has helped people heal in many ways for centuries. Motherearthliving.com suggests “ancient Babylonians, ancient Greeks, the Chinese, and a host of Native North and South American tribes used white sage in their healing and prayer rituals.” They used it to improve headaches, sores, and detour bad spirits. These days, some stressed individuals’ burn the leaves to decrease anxiety and deplete negative energy.

More Health Benefits

NaturalNews.com states that, “sage is anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial; plus it helps cleanse your blood and may even prevent Alzheimer’s disease.” For many, it has become an herbal superhero for its wide range of holistic healing applications. Motherearthliving.com also mentions that it is “scientifically proven to help treat strep throat, reduce mucus secretion in the respiratory system, inhibit coughing, and generally boost the immune system. The USDA has even approved white sage as a legitimate treatment for eczema and other skin afflictions.”

Sage is an Easy Herb to Consume

Sage can be ingested several different ways. It can be burned, used on meats as a dry rub, and utilized as a tea. It can be boiled in water or sprinkled over any food to enhance taste. It’s no surprise Dr. Marone encourages the use of special herbs like sage to help save our bodies and minds from harm. With all the helpful benefits, fans may even say that sage has saved the day.

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

SOURCES:

  1. http://www.naturalnews.com/027520 sage herb.html
  2. http://www.motherearthliving.com/In-the-Garden/
  3. http://www.naturalnews.com/031898_safe_oral_health.html

 

Good Foods Bad Foods

Good Foods Bad Foods

By Diane Irving

Several foods once considered good for us have been found to be bad foods for some people. Not everyone’s body reacts negatively to these products, but damaging reactions can occur. Researchers from Food Allergy Research and Education (F.A.R.E,) estimate 15 million Americans have food allergies. They suggest the most widespread disturbances are: milk, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, fish, and shellfish. While most of these cause severe immediate responses, some reactions to these foods and others can’t be seen or will take time to develop. It’s up to us to uncover nutritional disguises and their potential hidden harmful affects.

 

Don’t Toy With Soy

At one time, soy was considered a super health food. Many vegetarians use soy as a protein in their daily diet including tofu, soymilk, and veggie burgers. However, Dr. Steven Gundry, former surgeon and medical research expert, has reviewed hundreds of studies that point to problems for some individuals. He noticed a probable relationship between soy and digestive issues, disrupted thyroid health, infertility, cancer cell creation, heart disease, cognitive fog, and immune problems. If one of these diagnoses sounds familiar, try to cut soy out completely or reduce daily intake. Then, monitor what happens next. If a symptom goes away, soy may have been the problem’s source.

 

Deplete The Amount Of Wheat

Although for most, wheat isn’t a problem, it can cause an array of autoimmune diseases to sensitive consumers. On a typical nutrition scale, wheat grains are a part of a balanced diet. However, too much of anything can send our bodies in a tizzy. Autoimmune expert and well-known Functional Medicine leader, Dr. Amy Myers explains, “If you’ve been diagnosed with Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimoto’s, Multiple Sclerosis, or any other autoimmune disease, I can say without a doubt that gluten sparked the flame of your disease, and continuing to eat it is simply adding fuel to the fire.”

 

However, a gluten-free diet isn’t always the right answer. Whether we’re wheat eaters (grains, barley, rye) or gluten-free dieters with a high intake of starch and corn – beware of negative reactions. Gluten free products can increase the amount of starch and sugar in our diets, resulting in weight gain and ultimately lower energy levels.

 

Lectin, Lectin, Possibly A Wrong Selection

Beans (kidney, navy, pinto, lima, sweet green peas, lentils), grains (wheat, barley, corn, rice, oats, rye) and nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, goji berries) are a part of the food pyramid. However, all of these grocery items contain a high amount of lectins – a certain type of protein that attaches to cell membranes.

 

Dr. Gundry’s extensive research has led him to believe lectins have powerful toxic allergens.  After observation, Dr. Gundry concluded that lectins could prevent healing and cause leaky gut. Toxic bacteria gets through the digestive tract, which may result in inflammation, skin disorders, heart disease, diabetes, thyroid distress, immune diseases, and weak blood vessels. Dr. Gundry also suggests that cooking the vegetables helps reduce the amount of lectins. Groceries low in lectins are select fruits and vegetables, seafood, eggs, and meat such as poultry. Better choices for fats include olive oil, avocado, butter, cream and lard, all of which have lower levels of lectins.

 

It’s not always realistic – a strict all fruit, lean protein, and leafy green diet. However, if health problems persist, it may be worth a try. Though these foods aren’t bad for everyone, it is important to decipher which innocent foods are guilty of health issues inside our bodies. The process of elimination or an allergen test can be helpful tools in discovering the truth. Dr. Marone can provide Nutrition Response Testing for those who want answers to food allergy questions. The test also helps identify immune challenges, chemical and metal toxicity levels, and scarring. Call today for more information and to set an appointment.

 

See Also: Gluten Intolerance: Not Sure If You Have It?

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

 

 

Sources

  1. List Of Foods That Contain Lectins by Jessica Bruso: http://www.livestrong.com/article/305368-list-of-foods-that-contain-lectin/
  1. Fact Sheet from F. A. R. E.: https://www.foodallergy.org/facts-and-stats
  1. Video from Dr. Steven Gundry: http://drgundrymd.com/170207A.php?n=tab
  1. Dr. Amy Myers: http://www.amymyersmd.com/2017/02/3-important-reasons-give-gluten-autoimmune-disease/

 

 

 

 

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Have You Herb? Natural Herbal Remedies For Chronic Sinusitis

By Diane Irving

Sneezing, coughing, and congestion can wreak havoc in the lives of people who suffer from chronic sinusitis. It can prevent focus at work, cause an inability to enjoy the outdoors or seasonal activities, and create a general sick feeling. Sinusitis is an agitation of the sinus tissue, which can cause swelling of the nasal cavities. A cold can bring it on or an allergic reaction to indoor and outdoor irritants. The good news: Earth can provide herbal remedies to relieve chronic sinusitis.

 

Allergic rhinitis is a reaction to pollen or other irritants that causes itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and other symptoms. Hay fever is a seasonal form of allergic rhinitis, which causes the same symptoms. When our body reacts to an allergen, clear fluid fills the nasal cavities and can get infected. Common infections stem from bacteria or a virus of the upper respiratory system. If facial pain or pressure, stuffy or runny nose, cough, congestion, headache, pain in teeth, fatigue, or fever are present and bothersome, certain herbs can come to the rescue. It’s important to treat symptoms before they get worse. Chronic sinusitis can become a serious problem down the road, especially if symptoms persist for 12 weeks or more.

 

Herbs That Are Here To Help Chronic Sinusitis

 

There are several herbs that can act as natural remedies and help relieve symptoms of sinusitis. For some, herbs have even cleared or improved acute sinusitis, seasonal allergies, or chronic sinus infections. Any consumption of herbs needs to be done under the supervision of Dr. Marone or other trained professionals. The following herbs are used to treat sinusitis:

 

Echinacea Root – Helps the immune system.

Cayenne – Activates circulation and assists with absorption of other herbs.

Holy Basil – Is a plant in India that supports the immune response and adaptogenic activity.

Garlic – Improves swelling and upper respiratory infections.

Licorice and Elder Flower – Calms irritation and inflammation.

Ginger – Shapes the circulatory system and helps with herbal immersion.

Poke Root – Benefits the lymphatic system and potentially drains congestion from sinuses. Helps with inflammation and respiratory infections.

Eyebright and Golden Rod – Reinforces mucous membranes.

Golden Seal – Relieves mucous tissues and inhibits microorganism movement.

 

Many of these natural herbs are combined in tablets so they can work together to fight allergies and infections. Herbal supplements are useful alternatives to treat sinusitis. Sometimes our bodies can become resistant to antibiotics if they are taken too often. Resistance may cause an inability to fight more serious infections in the future. Dr. Marone can help guide patients to natural relief for sinusitis. In the past, these combination tablets have benefited sinus sufferers:

Euphrasia Complex Tablets – Treats nasal catarrh, sinusitis, and conjunctivitis. (Eyebright, Golden Rod, Golden Seal, Echinacea root, and Cayenne)

Andrographis Complex Tablets – For colds, flu, and fever. (Holy Basil, Echinacea root).

DiaCo Phytosynergist liquid – Protect against acute sinusitis conditions. (Elder Flower, Yarrow, Lime Flowers, Echinacea, Licorice, Ginger)

 

Other Natural Remedies for Chronic Sinusitis

 

NaturalNews.com suggest different forms of water as a huge helper. Therapy includes hydrotherapy (steam), moist heat, and cold compresses. Neti-pot is another solution during the early stages of sinusitis. The kettle-like container should be filled with warm salt-water and can clean out nasal cavities. Water must be boiled and then cooled prior to sinus rinse. In order to avoid nerve damage, the water temperature should not be too hot or too cold. A humidifier is another great way to gain sinus relief. It may help in keeping mucous flowing in and out of nasal passages. That way, it doesn’t dry up and cause further infection.

 

Spring is coming soon. Now is the perfect time to stop sinusitis from disrupting your enjoyment of the warmer weather. Find a natural way to heal allergies with herbal remedies for chronic sinusitis. See Dr. Marone for more information about plant-based options.

 

**All herbs need to be taken 6 weeks before the occurrence of pollen and continue during the season.

 

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

 

  1. “Why do 38 Million Americans Have Chronic Sinus Infections.” By Julie Wilson. http://www.naturalnews.com/053183_sinus_infections_natural_cures_diet_and_lifestyle.html
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Gluten Intolerance: Not Sure If You Have It?

Gluten intolerance is difficult to diagnose because several other issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome or celiac disease, may cause many of the same symptoms. There is no definitive test to tell a doctor that someone specifically has gluten intolerance, so doctors are often hesitant to attribute symptoms to it.

Self-Testing for Gluten Intolerance

If you suspect that you may have gluten intolerance, you can do some testing of your own. The first step is an elimination diet. For 1-3 months, remove all gluten from your diet. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley. This means eliminating most pizza, pasta, breads, cereals, cakes, cookies, etc. Watch food labels, as gluten is hidden in many of the processed foods we eat.

Instead, replace these foods with ones that have anti-inflammatory benefits such as fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, organic meats and raw dairy products. Also use alternative grains such as quinoa, amaranth, brown rice, almond flour, coconut flour, chickpea flour, millet, buckwheat, teff, or sorghum. At the end of this period, re-introduce gluten. If you felt better when gluten was out of your diet and worse when it returned, you probably have a gluten intolerance.

Muscle Testing to Determine Gluten Intolerance

Muscle testing is another way to determine if you are experiencing an allergic reaction to gluten. (This testing is done without penetrating the skin or using any invasive procedures.) Once the gluten intolerance is confirmed, we can modify the way the body responds to it. This is not necessarily a life-long issue. Once the body is desensitized and then when the proper digestive enzymes are added, gluten can be broken down by the body again without symptoms. If you are interested in muscle testing to determine your body’s reaction to gluten, give us a call at 864-963-9304 for a free consultation.

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

Garlic: A Healer for Centuries

Garlic comes with a lot of emotion. Some love it; others are repulsed by the smell—or at least don’t like “wearing” the smell if they eat too much! However, garlic was used for centuries as a natural healer and preventative. The ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, and Chinese all used this herb as a medicine. Before Olympic events, the ancient Greeks gave garlic to their athletes to help reduce fatigue and improve athletic performance.

 

The offensive odor of garlic comes from a sulphur compound called allicin. That compound, however, is loaded with potential health benefits. Garlic contains at least a little bit of almost any nutrient we need. Most nutritionists recommend taking 900 – 1500 mg./day.

 

Health Benefits of Garlic

  • Lowers LDL cholesterol levels
  • Lowers blood pressure (High doses are needed, but sometimes they have been found to be as effective as blood pressure medications.)
  • Improves circulation
  • Strengthens the heart
  • Thins the blood
  • Antibiotic
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Relieves symptoms of arthritis
  • Helps with  blood sugar disorders, allergies, bronchitis, asthma, and yeast infections
  • May prevent viral infections
  • Protects against microbes such as herpes and candida
  • Can detoxify heavy metals in the body (In one study, garlic reduced lead levels in employees in a car battery plant by 19%)
  • Shown to decrease incidence of colon cancer by 35% (in a study of 41,000 women taking 1 or more servings daily)
  • May reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia

 

Incorporating Garlic Into Your Nutritional Plan

When you read a recipe, it may talk about “bulbs” or “cloves” of garlic. An entire head of garlic is called a bulb. Within a bulb, there are sections called “cloves.” (Each bulb may contain 10-20 cloves.) These cloves need to be crushed to release their full health benefits. The best way to prepare garlic for a recipe is to crush it and then let it stand for 10 minutes. This keeps the maximum nutritional value intact. Cooking garlic, as with most foods, does reduce its benefits.

If you would like to add more garlic into the foods you prepare, these are some delicious ideas: Rosemary Garlic Hasselback Potatoes, Oven Roasted Garlic, Roasted Garlic Soup with Olive Oil Croutons, Linguini with Arugula, Garlic, and Parmesan, or Thai Style Green Beans. Another good way to get more garlic in your diet is to add in a high-quality capsule as a supplement.

 

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.