Harness the Power of Aloe Vera Juice for Weight Loss!
Aloe Vera, or aloe barbadensis miller, has been given the badge of ‘miracle plant’ and with good reason too. Filled with vitamins C, D, E and folic acid, aloe has is usually great for healing injuries such as cuts, bites and burns. It also contains 20 types of amino acids needed by the human body along with other enzymes and phytochemicals. Usually only the inner clear fleshy parts of the leaves of the aloe vera are consumed. The rest, including the roots and skin of the leaves, are discarded.
Preparing aloe vera juice is one way to consume this food in a natural way. Drinking this juice is a refreshing experience and a very easy habit to start on a daily basis to kick start weight loss efforts. Some benefits are as follows:
- It supports a higher rate of metabolism.
Aloe vera contains a type of plant sterol that can improve body composition. The plant sterols increase the body’s metabolism which in turn leads to increased fat-burning and energy use. Coupled with a sensible diet and exercise which ensures that your body uses more energy and it is consuming, aloe vera juice is sure to get a leaner body sooner.
- It provides an increase in fibre intake for a healthy bowel movement.
The flesh of aloe vera contains fibre, and consuming it as a juice means an increased consumption of fibre which can aid waste removal from the body as well as regulate the digestive system. If the whole aloe vera leaf including the skin is used to make the juice, a laxative effect will also be present due to a certain chemical underneath the plant’s skin.
- It helps to cleanse the body of toxins & be primed for weight loss.
Aside from better bowel regularity, aloe vera can also help to flush out toxins like free radicals, which play a part in causing harm to the body. Aloe in fact contains a good amount of anti-oxidants that can help to counter the free radicals. Consumption of aloe vera juice also calms inflammations within the body, and creates a healthier ground for your body to be ready for weight loss.
It is not recommended for pregnant and/or breast-feeding women to orally consume aloe vera as it may overstimulate the uterus and cause bowel distress among breast-feeding infants. If preparing aloe vera at home, it is good to note that between the green skin and the clear juicy flesh inside, there is a yellow liquid substance which is essentially the latex of the plant. This latex should not be consumed, as the body might have a difficult time processing it – especially so for the kidneys.
One method of preparation that helps remove the yellow latex is to firstly skin the Aloe vera leaves, and then soak them in room temperature water for up to 10 minutes to separate the edible flesh from the latex. Using this method will help to ensure a more enjoyable experience of consuming aloe vera and reap the maximum benefits from it.