Garlic Tea

By: Dorine Lam, RDN, MS, MPH


Ingredients:

  • 4 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • Honey to taste

Method:

  1. Steep garlic cloves in boiling water for a few minutes.
  2. Add lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and honey.
  3. Stir and sip slowly.

Note: Chew on the garlic to further boost your immune system. If you are going to be around people, you may want to chew some parsley to reduce garlic breath.

Garlic TeaRelated to such vegetables as onions, shallots, and leeks, the humble garlic clove is loaded with health-boosting nutrition. Ounce for ounce, garlic contains twice the vitamin C as is found in tomatoes, as well as plenty of zinc, selenium, and antioxidants. The most notable of these is allicin, a sulfur-based compound with antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. This nutrient combination helps ward off all manner of illness and infection, making garlic especially good during the cold and flu season. Studies show that garlic can reduce the incidence of colds, flu, and other viral illnesses by more than half, and can reduce the duration of symptoms from an average of five days to just a day and a half. Its illness busting properties also have the knock-on effect of helping support adrenal fatigue recovery, when warding off infection or illness is important to prevent stress on the body that can trigger an upswell of symptoms.

The medicinal uses of garlic have been well known for millennia. Evidence suggests that garlic was one of the first plants used intentionally for the purpose of treating disease and maintaining health. Ancient medical texts from cultures all over the world, including China, Greece, Rome, and Egypt include information on garlic use. One of the earliest of these was to improve performance and reduce fatigue in laborers. Modern studies in rodents support this information. Although human studies are limited, the best results thus far are in those with heart disease.

These nutrients can also help your skin look younger, especially if you spend a lot of time in the sun. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun stimulates the body to produce enzymes. It is these enzymes that break down collagen and other connective tissue, causing the appearance of wrinkles. The antioxidants in garlic block these enzymes, while vitamin C helps rebuild collagen.

Garlic is also a known chelator, meaning that it can help remove heavy metals from the body. One study conducted on employees at a car battery factory found that those who ate garlic regularly for four weeks reduced levels of lead in their blood by almost 20%. The same study also found a significant reduction in clinical symptoms of lead exposure and toxicity. Included in an adrenal fatigue diet, garlic’s detoxification properties may be a gentle and consistent means of extracting toxins and unwanted metabolites from clogging up the body and decreasing toxic load.

This slow and gentle method is especially helpful for adrenal fatigue sufferers because it avoids what is called a retoxification reaction. Retoxification reactions occur when a detoxification protocol is too acutely or aggressively pursued, leading to a cavalcade of toxins being liberated and floating freely in the bloodstream to await processing and excretion. This sudden toxic miasma invariably triggers symptoms of toxic overload and an acute stress response, known as retoxification reaction. Detoxing the body by including garlic in the diet creates a gentle detoxing effect that increases the efficacy of toxin removal from the body without subjecting it to the potential risk of retoxification.

These are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of garlic’s nutritional value. A single ounce of garlic also contains almost a quarter of your daily manganese need, along with significant amounts of vitamin B6 and smaller amounts of calcium, potassium, copper, iron, phosphorus, iron, and vitamin B1. As a bonus, it contains trace amounts of nearly every other nutrient your body needs. An ounce of garlic contains a gram of fiber, almost two grams of protein, and only 42 calories.

Warning: Use caution when consuming garlic if you have ulcers or are on certain medications, including blood thinners, insulin, certain contraceptives, antivirals, or anti-inflammatories.


Garlic Tea