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How garlic can help shake off festive excesses

Falling prey to the multiple viruses (and bacteria) doing the rounds during this changing season? Have some garlic.

 |  Hello, Health  |  3-minute read |   04-11-2018
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Everyone is very worried about the toxic effects of the double jeopardy of rising pollution and excessive (wrong) eating during this time of the year on our already tired and worn out bodies. And rightly so! The effects are all too apparent – instead of feeling joyous and full of energy, during this festive time, we are feeling fatigued, moody, and overwhelmed instead. And falling prey to the multiple viruses (and bacteria) doing the rounds during this changing season. Familiar!

Well, I don’t have any magical solutions for this relentless onslaught that we just have to face, but I do have a simple suggestion to make. You may find it difficult to believe but those who love garlic stay healthier, happier, more energetic, disease-free (and thinner too). Really!

Don't like it? Never had it? Well, if you face for your self, you just have to remedy that. And trust me it is not that difficult.

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Because there is lots to love about garlic; it is our heart’s best friend, helps lower bad cholesterol, is a cancer slayer, immunity booster, mind fog lifter, inflammation cutter, detoxer, and (this will probably interest you the most) it is a great weight loss food too! Not only is garlic extremely low calorie (3-4 cloves will give you only 13 calories), it works on multiple levels:

It is a great detoxifier - helps get rid of toxins from the body. A detoxed body functions more efficiently and is thus naturally healthier, full of energy and thinner. Also delivers great looking skin. 

It is a diuretic, so helps get rid of excess, unwanted water from the body (read no more bloated tummy) and the associated symptoms like uneasiness, nausea, overweight and low self-esteem. It is thus a perfect antidote to all the junk you willingly (or forcefully) eat during the festive season.

It boosts the metabolism by stimulating the nervous system to release the adrenalin hormone, thus helps the body burns more calories efficiently and also keeps you feeling buoyant and happier.

Helps control cravings by regulating blood sugar levels, so checks unnecessary grazing - and thus helps keep diabetes at bay and also unnecessary pecking on sweets and snacks as you go on your Diwali wishing spree. It has bene known to suppress the appetite a bit too.

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The anti-inflammatory properties of garlic not just aid in weight loss by helping regulate the number of fat cells that get formed in our body but also help prevent most gen-now diseases (read lifestyle diseases).

Best news, of course, is that you only need 1-2 medium cloves every day to score the benefits. All it takes is getting used to its pungent taste and smell. Not such a tall order I think (considering the benefits)!

Here’s another tip: To max the benefits crush it and let it sit in the open air for a couple of minutes before using it. That’s because when raw garlic interacts with oxygen it forms allicin, the active ingredient that helps the most with your health.

Also, remember this – generally, the stronger the taste, the higher the health benefits of garlic. So don’t try to cheat. Go on swallow a clove in the morning, slather some crushed on your toast, add to salads, soups, stir fry’s and curries.

Become a garlic lover from today!

Also Read: Not just the rasgulla. Here are other food items we Indians love to fight over

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Kavita Devgan Kavita Devgan @kavitadevgan

The writer is a nutritionist, weight management consultant and health writer based in Delhi. She is the author of Don't Diet! 50 Habits of Thin People (Jaico) and Ultimate Grandmother Hacks: 50 Kickass Traditional Habits for a Fitter You (Rupa).

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