Eat or drink first thing in the morning.
Aloe vera, is a pretty fabulous SUCCULENT plant packed with super-healing-powers and gooiness that you just have to swallow up, smear on your face and get used to.
It has: Vitamins A, C, E B1, B2, B3, B6, folic acid…Anything else? Yes. It is one of the few plants that contain B12.
It’s also high in minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, potassium, iron, sodium, copper and manganese.
As if that’s not enough: it has 20 of the 22 human required amino acids (building blocks of protein) and 7 of the 8 essential ones that the body has to get from food in order for you to have pretty hair and fabulous lean muscles, to say the least.
Ok, facts are getting extensive, but aloe also provides an impressive range of essential fatty acids (EFA’s) which as their name states it, are TRULY essential for the body, skin, and the brain.
How to use aloe:
Besides putting it on my face to hydrate my skin, I love to rub it on my hair to strengthen and make it shiny.
WHAT ALOE DOES INSIDE OF YOU WHEN YOU SWALLOW ITS GOOINESS:
- Detoxifies: its gelatinous-ness like that of chia and seaweed, swipes out toxins and left over waste residue in the GI tract. The gels move like little sweeping trucks through the intestinal tract absorbing all the stuff that shouldn’t be there clogging the pipes.
- Weight loss: Because aloe improves digestion and stimulates detoxification, it helps the body get rid of extra weight caused by a lack of, or slow movement in the gut. When things start to get moving in the gut, we naturally detoxify and get rid of fat deposits faster and easier. Good bowel movements also lighten the toxicity load which in turn unlocks more energy for the body.
- Aids in Digestion: it helps decongest and soothe the digestive tract and cleanses out (again) the toxins in it. It has a very powerful healing effect in the gut, relieving gastric reflux, irritable bowel syndrome and other chronic digestive problems. Because aloe is an adaptogen, it helps with either constipation or diarrhea, helping to regulate your elimination cycles in whatever way you need.. Aloe also helps to decrease the amount of unfriendly bacteria and in our gut keeping the healthy intestinal flora in balance.
- Alkalizes: Aloe makes your blood more alkaline. You want your internal environment to be more alkaline because diseases develop and proliferate when the body is too acidic. Alkalizing the system strengthens the immune system.
- Natural Antibiotic and Antiviral: It contains sulphur, salicylic acid, cinnamic acid, urea nitrogen, and phenol, which are substances that fight against bacteria and prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms. It also helps eliminate internal and external infections (both fungal and viral). Aloe also acts pretty fast and efficiently against the flu and fevers.
- Strengthens the immune system: Its high anti-oxidant content makes aloe a great immune enhancer as it fights against free radicals, preventing aging and chronic inflammation: the root cause for chronic disease. The polysaccharides in aloe also stimulate macrophages, which are the white blood cells of the immune system that fight against viruses, bacteria, or any other attackers to the body.
- Adaptogen: Helps you adapt (especially to cities like New York), meaning that it boosts the body’s natural ability to adapt to external changes, giving you an extra power to deal with physical, emotional and environmental stress (pollution…ahem, New Yorkers).
Aloe Vera Ceviche:
- Peel the aloe and separate the gel from the skin.
- Cut the aloe gel in cubes
- Add lime juice
- Add a tablespoon of honey or agave (optional)
It’s that simple: aloe, lime, and slurp up!
You can eat the aloe ceviche with with a spoon or you can turn it into an aloe smoothie by blending the gel cubes with a glass of water and a tbsp of honey, stevia or preferred sweetener.