Garlic is everything. Not only does it make every taste amazing, but it’s also packed with vitamins such as manganese and vitamins B and C, is an anti-inflammatory food, and has cancer-protective properties. However, it is possible to eat too much garlic, particularly in raw form. Some people might even have a garlic intolerance (sorry). As with many foods, moderation is key.
Consuming too much garlic can cause cramping or a sour stomach. Stomach acids mix with the strong compounds and can have a burning effect in the stomach. In some cases, garlic can cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. When first introducing garlic into your diet, stick to half a clove daily and increase slowly to one to three cloves; this helps prevent an upset stomach.
Garlic Body Odor
Eating large amounts or garlic often creates bad breath and body odor. Garlic breath is a result of the sulfur from the garlic being released into the lungs. There’s no “cure” for this, but it’s temporary. Toothpastes or mouthwashes might mask it, but not really. The smell of garlic can also seep through the pores of the skin. The only way to really lose these smells is to wait it out, or don’t eat garlic at all. Some people take garlic supplements to avoid garlic breath and body odor, though the benefits of some supplements are debated.
If you experience a rash, headache, bloating, diarrhea, gas, or fever after eating garlic, determine if you have an allergy by getting an allergy test. If you have a sensitivity or allergy, it’s best to avoid garlic, unfortunately. A strong allergy can cause chronic fatigue, swelling of the tongue, or even anaphylactic shock.
In severe cases of garlic overdose, the strong juices from the garlic can cause gastrointestinal bleeding or bleeding in the brain. These typically happen in people with underlying conditions or who take medications that thin the blood. If experiencing serious symptoms, seek medical assistance immediately.