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Microblog: Should You Eat Garlic? – A Closer Look at Garlic

Microblog: Should You Eat Garlic? – A Closer Look at Garlic

Should you eat garlic?

It depends.

🧄Many can tolerate garlic with their meats and feel fine. But if you limit FODMAPs in your diet, then stay away.

⛔️The FODMAP diet is a type of gut-healing diet. I talk about it in @CarnivoreCure (elimination diet section). FODMAP is an acronym for “Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides And Polyols”.

💦FODMAPs are short-chain carbs that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and prone to absorb water and ferment in the colon.

⚠️Yes, FODMAP foods tend to retain water and cause more bloat, especially if you suffer from gut disease such as SIBO-H, -M, and SIFO.

🍌Many fruits are considered high FODMAP.

📚In 2021, I will release the @CarnivoreCure food database so you can finally find the perfect foods for your needs. This is personalizing a meat-based diet to help you find optimal health while balancing real life.

🍅Garlic may also trigger a histamine response and all alliums (including onions) can cause similar reactions as nightshades (if you react to tomatoes or peppers, you may want to hold off on garlic).

🤺Some people don’t have issues with higher FODMAP foods, histamines or nightshades. If this is you, then garlic can work as it is very low in oxalates. It is also considered a protease inhibitor, meaning it blocks protein synthesis for viruses to spread. Hence the anti-viral.

🚨But protease inhibitors can cause gastrointestinal issues and even metabolic complications (insulin resistance, dyslipidemia). In fact, dyslipidemia develops in 70% of patients and they have to then use lipid-lowering therapies.

💡Maybe strengthen the immune system in order to fight viral infections.

🦠It’s ironic because garlic can harm the small intestine, where most of our immune system is housed. Yet we use garlic as an anti-viral herbal. Yes, we are fighting the virus with a band-aid.

💡Maybe if we just stop eating garlic and high FODMAP foods, our gut will be healthier, and in turn, our immune system will have a better chance at fighting any virus in the first place.

⛑I hope that @CarnivoreCure will help you finally find your personalized list of foods that will help you to thrive.

Nutrition with Judy

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