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Can Aloe Vera Really Help You Lose Weight?
If you are looking to lose a few pounds in order to get your best beach-ready body, then perhaps you should consider adding some aloe vera gel to your diet. Aloe vera juice is not often advertised as a weight loss aid, but it should.
Native to Africa, India, and Central Asia, aloe vera has made its way to all parts of the world. In fact, chances are excellent that you have one of these plants in your garden or on your kitchen windowsill for burns. However, aloe vera has so much more offer than a quick remedy for burns and cuts.
Aloe vera juice is simply chock full of antioxidants. These can fight free radicals, which cause many problems for your body, including early aging and chronic disease. When you stop free radicals from damaging your cells, your immune system works much better. Aloe vera is also highly anti-inflammatory, soothing your digestive system so that it works better. Read more about wonders of aloe vera.
Speaking of you digestive system, aloe vera is also a natural detoxifying agent. When you reduce the number of toxins and waste in your body, you can lose weight more easily.
With more than 75 active compounds, such as enzymes, amino acids, phytochemicals, and salicylic acids, the gel from aloe vera plants can be used for a wide variety of purposes.
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Probably the best kept secret about aloe vera, however, is that it increases your metabolism when consumed on a regular basis. When you metabolism is operating on high, like a furnace in your house, you burn more calories. The more calories you burn, the more weight you lose, without even trying!
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Aloe vera also has high amounts of collagen, which help your body spend extra energy trying to assimilate this protein. Collagen also reduces the amount of time that food spends in the intestines, so your body does not have time to absorb as many calories. This doesn’t mean that you won’t get the nutrition your body needs, however. Aloe vera juice contains folic acid, niacin, and vitamins A, the B complex vitamins, E, and C.
Ayurvedic medicine says that drinking aloe vera juice during the week is the same as working out several times per week. Although aloe vera juice won’t help you build muscle the way working out will, it does have properties that will help you lose weight more easily.
The juice from this plant also helps to reduce blood sugar levels as it releases sugar more slowly into the cells. It also encourages your body to burn glucose as energy, rather than store it as fat.
You should be able to buy aloe vera juice at your local health food store. Or, if you prefer, you can make your own at home. With just a few plants, you can make your own healthy, preservative free juice. Remove one or two leaves from your aloe vera plant. Wash them well, and then strip off the outer green part of the leaf. Place the leaves in your blender, juicer, or food processor to get the juice. Filter the mixture through a strainer, squeezing it to get the most juice out of the pulp. Place this mixture in a glass container with a lid and store it in the fridge. Take one teaspoon each day just before you eat. If you find the juice is too bitter for your taste, you can mix it with some water, or add a half a teaspoon of raw honey to make it more palatable.
Some people do have a reaction to aloe vera juice so if you have low blood pressure, Crohn’s diseases, colitis, or other intestinal problems, you should consult your doctor before consuming aloe vera. Also, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should avoid taking aloe vera juice.
For most people, aloe vera juice is a healthy and easy way to control your weight with no side effects. It does contain laxative type qualities so it’s normal for some people to have more frequent bowel movements when you first begin consuming this healthy juice. This just means aloe vera is doing its job, cleaning out excess waste and toxins from your body. As your body becomes accustomed to the juice, it will stabilize and your bowel movements will become more normal.