Aloe vera: What was once thought of as merely a skin-soothing sunburn solution is now taking up shelf space at every Whole Foods and natural retailer, but not just in the first-aid aisle. Aloe vera juice is quickly becoming a staple of—get this—the beverage aisle. The medicinal plant is a well-known herbal remedy for external skin irritation, but sipping it also offers a slew of internal health and beauty benefits. Yes, sipping it. We have to be honest and say that the juice is very strong and bitter. But if you can get past that (or if that's what your taste buds are going for) the aloe vera juice benefits are really hard to pass up.
Keep reading to see what the aloe vera juice benefits are.
1. It Aids Digestion
Aloe vera is an anti-inflammatory that cleanses your digestive tract. Sipping on it in juice form can decrease irritation in the stomach and intestines, heal and repair the stomach lining, and decrease inflammatory disorders of the gut—all of which help to keep the entire length of your digestive tract running smoothly. Plus it increases the healthy bacteria in the intestines that aid digestion.
2. It Detoxifies
Thanks to its antiseptic properties and the fact the juice is a cocktail of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and trace elements our body needs, aloe vera juice purifies your entire body. It contains 20 of the 22 amino acids required to build protein, and seven of the eight essential amino acids. It’s also packed with vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, and folic acid, and rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, folate, copper, selenium, and potassium. When you drink the juice, it absorbs the toxins in your gastrointestinal tract and carries them out of your body, all the while replenishing your body’s vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
3. It Regulates Weight and Energy Levels
When you improve your digestion, you’re eliminating waste more efficiently, and through the process of detoxification, you’re helping all of your bodily functions operate at their highest level, including your metabolism. Plus, lightening the toxic load on your body gives you more energy. Every day, our bodies encounter substances that cause fatigue and exhaustion—aloe vera helps cleans those out, allowing your energy levels to soar.
4. It Reduces Stress
This one may sound crazy, but aloe vera is an adaptogen, which means it actually helps you adapt to changes in your environment. Because it’s able to stimulate the defense and adaptive mechanisms of the body, aloe vera juice affords you an increased ability to cope with all sorts of stress—physical, emotional, and environmental.
5. It Boosts Immunity
Aloe vera juice contains polysaccharides, which are an important component of a healthy immune system, because they stimulate your white blood cells to fight off viruses. The juice’s antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties don’t hurt either. And since aloe vera is a good source of vitamin C, drinking it helps protect your body from infection and aids in the healing of existing ailments.
6. It Promotes Hair Growth
Not only is aloe vera full of natural vitamins and enzymes that directly promote healthy hair, but it also helps alkalize your body, keeping your scalp in the optimum pH range to boost growth. Not surprisingly, drinking aloe vera moisturizes hair too, which supports hair health and growth.
7. It Promotes Skin Health
Aloe vera juice, being the rich cocktail of vitamins and nutrients that it is, provides a number of skin benefits. Apart from being an anti-inflammatory, a hydrator, and a healer, the juice contains natural hormones that have been shown to stimulate the growth of new cells and enhance collagen production. It also boasts a high level of antioxidants, which fight off age-accelerating free radicals, too.
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