In this blog post you will find a recap of our fight with the flu this week, why garlic is such a powerful tool in your holistic toolbox, and a recipe for a wellness shot you can make next time you feel a cold coming on!
The flu hit our house HARD this week!
We have been down and out with the flu this week. It hit the girls HARD, and even though I tested negative for it, I have no doubt in my mind that I also had the flu.
My symptoms included extreme fatigue, all over body aches, and absolutely no appetite. My throat and nasal passages were so swollen, and I did not even realize I was so sick until the girls tested positive on Monday and I let myself actually feel it. The girls also both spiked fevers and had sore throats along with their fatigue and body aches. That night we came home all gave into the fact that we were in survival and recovery mode for the rest of the week. This virus was no joke, and really took the wind out of our sails this week.
We spent from Monday until Wednesday on the couch watching movies and barely moving. Only getting up to get more water, a little bit of food, and to take baths and go to sleep.
As kids do, the girls got better WAY faster than I did! Ella went back to school yesterday and seems 100% better, and Addy is back to being her super energetic self. I took a bit longer to bounce back, but today I am feeling all but 100% better. It actually feels like there is a light at the end of this flu tunnel!
The power of GARLIC!
In the holistic world we have so many tools at our disposal for fighting sickness. I am a firm believer in things like high quality fish oil and turmeric for their anti-inflammatory effects, oil of oregano for a strong anti fungal and anti viral fighter, and elderberry and colloidal silver for how they can support your immune system. I believe in the power of anti oxidant rich foods like wild blueberries and kale, and that you cannot fight infections without a strong amino acid profile in the protein you eat.
But there are few things that can come close to the infection fighting power of raw garlic. I ate several cloves this week (alongside some raw honey to make it more palatable) and I really believe it helped with my recovery.
Garlic, or more specifically the compound allicin that is found in garlic, has been found to be highly effective at killing a wide range of microorganisms. Allicin and other compounds in garlic “are thought to reduce the risk for cardiovascular diseases, have anti-tumor and anti-microbial effects, and show benefit on high blood glucose concentration” (1)
Garlic is best used as an ongoing preventative supplement, and not necessarily just when a cold or virus starts to display symptoms. In one study, subjects took either garlic supplements or a placebo for 12 weeks during cold season. The garlic takers were less likely to get a cold, and if they did get a cold, they recovered faster than the placebo group (2)
Throughout history you can find many references to the use of garlic in both the daily diet and for medicinal needs. In the bible, garlic was fed to workmen in Egypt along with other allium vegetables, apparently to give them strength and increase their productivity. In Greece, there is evidence that during the earliest Olympics garlic was fed to the athletes before they competed to give them strength and endurance. And there is evidence that Hippocrates made garlic a part of his therapeutic protocols for many ailments, including pulmonary complaints (3)
Whenever I feel a sniffle coming on I make a wellness shot that I originally found on The Fitnessista’s blog like a million years ago.
Juice of 1 lemon
1 garlic clove (minced)
1 shake of cayenne
Take it like a champ, it tastes like spicy pizza!
I hope you all have a wonderful and HEALTHY weekend!