Health & Fitness: The Hidden Benefits of Drinking Aloe Vera
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With so much going on around us, we all need to use our time better and look after ourselves in the best way possible. Throughout my time in the first lockdown, I found myself experimenting on various flavours and ingredients of healthy smoothies. By following several recipes on social media to imitating ideas found on Google, I could not help but get excited at the ingredients. How they blend so well together such as strawberries, mangoes, kiwis, kale, spinach, celery, oat milk, coconut water and let us not forget flax seeds and chia seeds. From then on, I decided to turn to Aloe Vera juice as I have heard so many great benefits it has on the body.
What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera juice originally comes from the Aloe plant leaf which grows mostly in tropical climates. This juice that keeps you healthy and ready for the day ahead and perfectly refined in vitamins and minerals, everything the body needs to stay fit, run smoothly and healthy in a positive way. Can we just a take a minute and cast a spotlight on this astonishing juice that can do so much to our system?
What are the health benefits of drinking Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera has various medicinal and nutritious benefits which are rich in Vitamin C that helps boost the functionality of the immune system. It works as an antioxidant to fight any inflammation that arises around the body as well as treating constipation and maintaining a healthy gut. At the same time be aware if ingested too much can cause a laxative effect, due to the compound anthraquinone which is part of the outer layer of the Aloe Vera plant. As you are aware, there is always an advantage and disadvantage, but the best advice is to drink in moderation.
Aloe Vera juice contains various nutrients such as calcium, zinc, magnesium, potassium and Vitamins like B, C, E, folic acid, salicylic acids and Vitamin B-12. It is very imperative and maintains the body’s health and function. However, this juice is exceptionally good at keeping the body hydrated and helps the system to detox and remove any leftover impurities in the body.
If you have a sweet tooth like me but feel ready to reduce the number of calories in your sugary drinks, I reckon the Aloe Vera juice is the right drink for you as it is low in calories and acts as a great alternative in reducing your drink calorie intake. However, it can also help control the body’s blood sugar levels which is greatly beneficial for people who go through Type 2 Diabetes.
“Aloe Vera is an important ingredient for food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry. Recent studies published in various scientific journals have shown that oral consumption of Aloe Vera juice can facilitate controlling blood sugar and lowering lipids in diabetics Hyperlipidemia patients”, explains Dr Rupali Datta
What are the skincare and beauty benefits of drinking Aloe Vera?
At a young age, Aloe Vera was something my mother told me to rub on my skin to help with the cluster of eczema on my body. The thought never crossed my mind to drink it as a liquid form. But once I did my research and read about all the health benefits that it can do for your body; my initial thought was this is something I must try.
By drinking Aloe Vera, it paves the way for achieving a well-kept healthy body, useful for inside the body as well as the beauty outside on the skin. For example, combining the Aloe Vera juice can be used to treat irritated scalp which I have experienced in the past and can be used in many beauty products such as makeup remover, sunburn soother, or a light moisturiser to nourish the skin.
The Aloe Vera juice can also improve skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and dermatitis. Due to its contents of rich antioxidants, vitamins and healing properties that protect and rejuvenates the skin as well as containing compounds known to reduce UV damage, prevent wrinkles and ageing lines.
How do you use Aloe Vera juice?
From my personal experience, it has a bitter taste if you like that sort of thing, but if you are feeling creative, why not try and make this juice yourself at home. You can add it to smoothies and health shakes which I have taken the liberty of experimenting in my spare-time. When preparing your Aloe Vera juice, the Aloe Vera gel in the middle of the plant is the most edible whereas the other parts of the plant can be highly toxic.
Once you have removed the gel from the leaf, you can dilute the gel with coconut water, plain water, or even lemon juice which I have tried and is very satisfying. Do not be afraid to add a little sweetness. The results can make quite a refreshing beverage for you to enjoy. This juice is also available to buy either online or in your local health shops such as Holland and Barrett. I believe this is a great place to start and remember if your keen to try out this great juice and add it into your daily routine, it is essential to drink in moderation. Any issues, please do consult your physician or health practitioner.
Are there any other benefits of drinking Aloe Vera?
As we get older, we want to ensure we are providing the body with the right tools to help it run well as it should. Aloe Vera plays a vital role in the liver and kidneys by detoxifying the blood and producing urine. Not only does it continuously keep the body hydrated, but it is also rich in phytonutrients, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It encourages a healthy function of these organs to do their job and do it exceptionally well, including the liver as it works well when the body is fully hydrated and nourished.
Additionally, there is also the digestive system, which I am sure you can agree with me that we all love our food and want to ensure everything is runs perfectly in that department. Drinking this juice includes enzymes which breakdown the sugars and fats in the digestion process and helps the system run evenly like clockwork.
Any irritation or inflammation, you have experienced with regards to the nature of the digestive system, the Aloe Vera will help improve these issues like diverticulitis (small pockets or inflammation that can appear in the lining of the intestines) and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). As well as controlling the acids in the stomach, it can minimise gastric reflux and mildly discomfort in heartburn which sometimes can be a pain.
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