May 8, 2014

Aloe Vera Juice: 1 Solution for Many Problems. ~ Surela Mukherjee

Aloe Vera Plant

My mother started drinking aloe vera juice daily, I thought it was just a health fad—I was proved wrong.

I have seen an Aloe Vera plant several times on my grandfather’s terrace garden thinking it just to be an ordinary ornamental plant. I have also used Aloe Vera shampoos and soothing gels, but I never imagined the juice of the plant was meant for drinking.

My mother started the aloe vera drinking habit at home, and after a week, her complexion was glowing. My curiosity was piqued, and I started following her regimen.

Trust me, the results were simply mind blowing.

Get familiar with Aloe Vera:

Aloe barbadensis Mill is a succulent plant with serrated leaves, and its scientific epithet ‘Vera’ means true and genuine. This plant species belongs to the lily family and is native to Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. It thrives well in Tropical climate (however aloe vera is cultivated globally these days).

Ancient Egyptians called Aloe Vera the plant of “immortality.”

Is Aloe Vera juice an elixir?

Aloe Vera is rich in calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, zinc, folic acid, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E and essential amino acids.

Do you suffer from chronic digestive troubles?

Aloe Vera juice with its laxative properties helps to relieve constipation. It cures bowel problems, reduces heart reflux and maintains the alkaline levels in the body. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, aloe juice helps to ease muscle and joint pain if applied externally.

It maintains the cholesterol levels in the blood by reducing the triglycerides and increases the level of good cholesterol. Aloe juice helps to stabilize the metabolic rate, reduce lipid levels and burn fat naturally.

No need to hit the gym regularly for this magic potion has cut down my weight miraculously, giving me a beautiful figure. Like obesity diabetes is also a killer disease so drink aloe juice to keep your blood sugar levels in check!

Aloe Vera juice every day keeps dentists at bay.

Yes, drink aloe juice to have sparkling clean oral hygiene, because it prevents gingivitis and plaque. It also provides relief for mouth ulcers and cold sores. Topical application results in healthy gums.

Suffering from sinus and chest inflammation?

Just sip aloe juice to feel relaxed. It contains magnesium lactate, which works as antihistamine and reduces sinus and chest inflammation due to allergies. Vitamin C in aloe juice also helps you fight colds and flu and ensures a healthy respiratory tract.

Build the biggest self defense mechanism:

Aloe juice is rich in vitamin C , and that boosts the immune system and also cures amino acid deficiencies in your body. Polysaccharides in aloe juice generate macrophages, or white blood cells, that fight viruses.

You can also replace your regular eye drops with aloe vera eyewash. Blend two teaspoon of aloe vera gel in water, add boric acid and store the solution in a vial to soothe red and irritated eyes.

Stay Young with Aloe.

Do you want to look beautiful like your favorite celebrity? It’s possible. You can get a blemish free skin and lustrous hair like them just by drinking aloe juice every morning! Check the process of making fresh aloe juice.

Aloe acts like a natural anti-ageing serum which helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes and stretch marks.

Antimicrobial properties of aloe fights bacteria that help reduce acne and exfoliates the skin by removing dead cells. You can use it as a sun block, balm for cuts, burns, abrasions, insect bites, for patchy skin and as an easy cure for psoriasis.

Men can use aloe vera gel as an aftershave.

Aloe Vera is used widely in mild herbal shampoos and conditioners which help prevent seborrhea, dandruff and hair loss. It also maintains the pH balance of the hair and scalp.

Too much of everything is not good.

You should limit your intake of aloe vera juice to just four ounces a day to maintain overall good health. Going overboard could result in liver dysfunction and nausea.

Make sure that the natural aloe supplements and capsules you consume don’t contain unhealthy fillers. Study the chemical composition printed on the labels of aloe vera juice bottles to see the percentage of aloe vera.

It is always better to ask your physician before consuming Aloe Vera.


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