Garlic is popular around the world as a superb spice for adding flavor to many dishes. But aside from its use in the kitchen, garlic is also famous for its medicinal properties that prevent and treat a large number of diseases.
While its aroma and flavor are not exactly pleasant, eating garlic has many benefits that make it worth including more often in your diet.
What’s the source of garlic’s benefits?
Garlic is originally from Central Asia, but its use in alternative medicine can be traced to the third millennium B.C in India and Ancient Egypt. Century after century, garlic has been used around the world as a health aid to cure different diseases.
The different cultures of the world made garlic popular as a highly medicinal food, able to treat hundreds of health problems, both internally and externally. Recommended for generation after generation, it’s been the subject of many scientific studies that prove its medicinal properties.
For example, it’s known that garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic, able to fight and eliminate hundreds of microorganisms that cause infection and disease.
It’s also been shown to have a positive effect on blood pressure, treat rheumatoid arthritis, stomach ailments, skin problems, nervous disorders and loss of vitality, among others.
In addition, it stimulates the circulatory system and improves liver and gallbladder function.
Why eat garlic on an empty stomach?
Although garlic can be eaten at any time of day, several studies have determind that the best time to take advantage of its benefits is on an empty stomach (after waking up).
The main benefit of eating garlic on an empty stomach is its cleansing and detoxifying properties, which stimulate the elimination of toxins and wastes from the body. It also helps the body expel parasites and prevents typhus.
Eating garlic every day on an empty stomach can, in the long term, protect the body against health problems like certain types of cancer, diabetes and depression.
Garlic is rich in antioxidants and nutrients that help strengthen the immune system to prevent infection and disease. Eating it on an empty stomach guarantees you’ll have the defenses to fight off viruses, bacteria, fungi and any other type of microorganism that tries to attack your body.
Remember that in order to take advantage of 100% of its benefits, it must be raw. While it’s not bad to eat it cooked, it’s thought that cooking can destroy up to 90% of its potential health benefits.
Its flavor when raw might not be pleasant, but when you think about the benefits, it’s worth it.
How can I detoxify my body by eating garlic on an empty stomach?
To be clear, the main benefit of eating garlic on an empty stomach is its detoxifying power. Now you can start by developing the good habit of eating raw garlic every day on an empty stomach to cleanse your body. Some people suggest eating up to two cloves, but it’s not a rule.
In order to increase its effects and better detoxify the body in a shorter amount of time, we recommend starting your day with two tablespoons of finely chopped or crushed garlic.
Then you can drink a natural detoxifying juice of your choice. Wait 45 minutes before eating breakfast.
- If you can’t stand the smell or taste, you can take natural garlic supplements in capsule form which can be found in health food stores and pharmacies.
- If you would rather eat it raw in its natural state, try covering the taste and smell with a little lemon juice or chew on a mint leaf. You’ll still get all the benefits without the bad breath or bad aftertaste.
- To enjoy all its benefits, you can also start adding it to salads, smoothies, meat dishes and other recipes.