Superfood: Aloe Vera Juice, And A Simple And Effective Health Elixir (No Blending Required)
|March 16, 2012||Posted by Christina under Nutrition, Recipes|
Raw, organic aloe vera juice from the aloe vera plant promotes optimal functioning especially for:
- digestion and the overall gastrointestinal tract
- elimination/purification/detoxification, particularly of the liver, skin, and colon
- the immune system
Though not a laxative, aloe vera juice naturally promotes healthy bowel functioning. Since the majority of the population is chronically constipated, aloe vera juice can help people become more regular by lubricating and cleansing the colon. Moreover, aloe vera juice is a gentle and effective way to stop candida (a bad bacteria in the gut) overgrowth and restore a healthy good bacteria-to-bad bacteria ratio in the gut. People with all sorts of stomach issues find that aloe vera juice is extremely helpful, and people with acid reflux find that it greatly reduces their symptoms.
Because it is so wonderful for the GI tract, and because the health of the GI tract is often very closely related to the skin’s appearance, drinking aloe vera juice often greatly improves the appearance of skin. I hear this regularly from people to whom I have introduced aloe vera juice, and from others who found it on their own. People suffering from acne often find that regularly drinking aloe vera juice results in their having much clearer skin.
Many people in the holistic health world also claim that aloe vera juice lowers cholesterol, though I have not studied this information myself.
Let me caveat here that I am talking only about raw, organic aloe vera juice. This means that it has NOT been pasteurized or exposed to any damaging heat, that it does NOT have any added colors or flavors, and that it does NOT come from concentrated, diluted, or dried aloe. Raw, organic aloe vera juice can only be found, as of yet, in health food stores and likely Whole Foods.
Pure aloe vera gel, directly from the plant, can be applied topically with impressive results, but I will leave that for another post.
General Health Elixir
large glass of filtered water
1 to 4 oz of organic, raw aloe vera juice
juice of 1/2 a lemon
Pour the aloe vera juice and lemon juice into the glass of water and enjoy!
If having aloe vera juice for the first time, I would suggest starting with the lower amount (1 oz) and then gradually increasing. It’s completely safe to take, and I know people who drink four ounces five times per day, but it’s best to introduce it’s wonderful effects to your body gradually and then building up to four or so ounces. (I blind pour, so I’m not exactly sure how many ounces I use, though I know it’s closer to the 3 or 4 ounce mark, and I’m sure it changes on a daily basis.) Personally, I like to have this first thing in the morning when I wake up, but it’s great to have at any point in the day. Raw, organic aloe vera juice can be taken alone on an empty stomach as well, but I have grown to enjoy the taste and the variety it lends to the large amounts of water I drink per day.