Garlic is one of the most widely used flavorings for foods and also has many other applications, ranging from protection against insects to protect against vampires. Of course, you do not really encounter vampires (do not say it to your pre-teens), but you can still benefit from the integration of garlic into your daily routine.
One of the most surprising uses of garlic is a sleep aid. But before you understand why it works, consider all the benefits of garlic for health. It is actually relatively high in calories, with 100 per 100 grams. However, the flavor of garlic is such that no one ever eats as much in one serving. Garlic contains complex carbohydrates and proteins, as well as essential minerals and vitamins such as vitamin B, sodium, potassium, and magnesium.
It also contains some of the allicin, a sulfur compound that gives garlic its remarkable odor. This is why garlic is so effective for treating infections and can kill certain viruses better than antibiotics. In addition, garlic contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that improve the functioning of almost all body systems.
Eating garlic regularly promotes cardiovascular health by improving blood flow. It can reduce bad cholesterol and regulate blood pressure. It has been recommended for metabolic disorders and respiratory problems. It is even thought that garlic prevents premature aging by inhibiting the activity of free radicals, preventing the development of wrinkles and fine lines.
With all the benefits of eating garlic, why would you put it under your pillow?
It turns out that this practice is an old folk remedy against insomnia. Feel allicin, a sulfur compound can have a calming effect that helps you move away and stay asleep all night. This seems a little strange that such a powerful and distinct smell can calm down, but many people swear it works.
One way to help is the smell clears clogged nasal passages and improves breathing. Anyone who has tried to fall asleep with a cool head and pesky knows how uncomfortable it is not able to breathe properly. But you may find that you get sick less often when you sleep with garlic under your pillow because we think that allicin blocks two groups of enzymes responsible for the ability of infectious microbes to invade and survive in your body.
If the mere smell the garlic does not suit you, try to eat before going to bed – only if your spouse agrees. (You can try to tell him that the smell helps repel insects, the last thing anyone wants in bed) There has not been much scientific research on the subject of garlic and sleep but we know that it contains enough magnesium and potassium, two minerals that play a key role in quality sleep.
Magnesium promotes deep sleep by helping to maintain healthy levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that reduces the activity of neurons in the brain and central nervous system, increasing relaxation and reduces stress. It is believed that potassium increases sleep efficiency and reduced waking after episodes drift. If you consume enough of these nutrients in your daily diet, you will probably not need to take garlic before bed. However, if you want to try, there is also a traditional remedy.
Basically, we are talking of warm milk and drink garlic. Boil a clove of milk in about a cup of milk for about 3 minutes. Nothing in the recipe is written in stone, so if you want to play with the garlic/milk report, go ahead. Let the concoction to cool, remove the cloves and add a teaspoon of honey. Drink your sleep aid home about 30 minutes before bedtime to get the best effect.
Now, if your nose has become an idea of what you want to drink, know that there are extra charges to avoid the pungent. They are not as good as fresh, but they are better than nothing do not really care about the taste, but they still want the benefits. Note that high doses may interfere with certain medications and supplements that contain variables. It is best to consult your doctor if you are considering using a supplement.
A word of caution if you have pets who love to read and/or food: garlic is toxic to dogs and cats. You probably do not want to leave cloves under your pillow when you’re not in bed, just in case. A small amount of garlic in the food slipped your plate is probably not a problem, but an entire pod could make your four legs very sick. In all cases, it is best to sleep each night a clove of fresh garlic under your pillow.
Garlic has a ton of health benefits, whether you eat or sleeping with the. Maybe you want to do both. Whether or not a big fan of folk remedies, many people struggling against sleep were able to use garlic. They say that once you’re used to having the smell of garlic in your bedroom, it becomes very soothing. We recommend that you wrap your pod in a paper towel because garlic releases oil when crushed and can number your sheets.
Good luck and sweet dreams to you!