During ancient Egyptian times, garlic was used to help heal infections and wounds. Since then, science has shown that garlic’s sulfur compounds increase the production of virus-killing antibodies by 40% – often within 48 hours. Getting the benefit is as simple as adding a clove or two of garlic to your favorite dressings and dishes, say scientists reporting in the Journal of Immunology Research. Hint: Letting chopped garlic rest for 10 minutes before cooking enhances its potency.
Happy news: Getting out and about for a stroll in this beautiful weather can whittle your middle. The trick that speeds results? Enjoying a walk before breakfast instead of after. Investigators reporting in the British Journal of Nutrition found that this simple timing shift supercharges your body’s ability to burn belly fat. That’s because when you exercise before a meal on an empty stomach, your body burns off stored fats for fuel (which powers off pounds) instead of tapping into energy stored in muscle cells. Bye-bye, belly fat!