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The Benefits of Aloe Vera, A Love Story

       You will hear (or see) us all the time talking about how much #weLOVEaloe, and it's true. We really do! But I bet the first thing that comes to your mind is, "Why?". What's so special about allow vera, you ask? Well, let us just tell ya!

Aloe vera has MANY benefits. You're probably most familiar with aloe vera gel and it's assistance with sun burn. While that's one of the great benefits aloe vera provides, it certainly does not even scratch the surface.

Also, what we're talking about today is aloe vera juice. Yeah, you didn't know that was a thing did you? [Unless you've been in and had one of our fabulous shots of Mango Aloe ;)] It most definitely is a thing and it is most definitely, awesome.

Here's why:

Alkalinity

A body that is either too alkaline or too acidic is no bueno. Although we don't require a perfectly balanced pH an extreme on either end is harmful to our system. Too alkaline = body chemistry moving too slow (think constipation and digestive issues). Too acidic = body chemistry moving too fast (you're unable to assimilate the nutrients your body requires from the foods and/or supplements you're consuming).

Hydration

The aloe plant is very water-dense, great for preventing or treating dehydration. It is also loaded with nutrients.

Liver Health

Your liver takes a beating when it comes to keeping your body detoxified so it's essential to keep your liver healthy and functioning properly. Since you're liver functions best when it's adequately nourished and hydrated, aloe vera is a perfect supporter being that it's rich in phytonutrients.

Constipation

Drinking allow vera juice assists with increasing the water content in your intestines. This stimulates peristalsis which allows you to have regular bowel movements.

Clear Skin

Aloe vera is rich in antioxidants and vitamins which can protect your skin and may reduce the frequency and appearance of acne. The beneficial compounds found in aloe vera have been shown to repair skin from previous UV damage, prevent fine lines/wrinkles, and neutralize the effects of UV radiation.

Nutrient Dense

The aloe vera is packed with nutrients. Check out this amazing list:

  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Folic Acid
  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Chromium
  • Selenium
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B-12 (aloe is one of the only plant sources of B-12!)

Heartburn Relief

Drinking aloe vera when heartburn attacks helps with the secretion of acid in the stomach. It also has been shown to fight gastric ulcers and prevent them from getting larger.

Digestive Support

Aloe vera contains several enzymes shown to assist in the break down of sugars and fats. It will also assist in maintaining or creating smooth digestion. If your digestive system is out of balance your body will be unable to absorb the nutrients necessary for optimal function.

Aloe vera may also assist in decreasing intestinal upset associated with IBS and ulcerative colitis.

 

Now, you see why we love it so? I'm sure after reading this, you'll love it too! But, don't go getting all crazy. You need no more than 2-4 ounces a day to reap the benefits.

Enjoy!

Tamra Graves, CNHP