Sometimes it can seem that information about foods that hurt and foods that heal is like reading piglatin! It can get complicated and contradictory… so here are two simple foods, easy to incorporate with both with the ability to boost your health.
GARLIC and LEMONS
While we are fighting off those seasonal colds we may as well take care of our heart while we are at it. We all know that lemons are packed with vitamin C, which is an immune booster same goes for the allicin in garlic! I think the saying goes “heal 2 birds with one stone” 😉 Cardiovascular Disease is the leading cause of death in the world so we should get on top of this statistic so that we don’t contribute to these disturbingly high numbers. If you are eating saturated fats (animal products) and are over 10 years old, your arteries will show the beginning stages of arteriosclerosis, sad but true 😦
The combination of garlic and lemon juice has been proven to not only reduce inflammation but also lower the fat levels and lipoprotein or LDL (bad cholesterol) in your blood. To over simplify, a heart attack is caused by trying to push thick liquid through constricted tubes. So if we can relax those arteries and blood vessels and at the same time keep the liquid (blood) running through them clean, we can lower the chance that we will suffer the fate of most.
How much garlic and lemon juice do you need?
… about 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 20 grams of garlic (3-4 cloves). Pretty easy to include in your salad dressing, cup of tea, mashed potatoes, stir fried veggies, soup… you should be consuming them in the same meal but they don’t need to be in the same dish …but in case you’d like to consolidate, it makes a delicious guacamole!