Aloe vera extract has been used as a soothing balm for burns and to heal cuts and wounds. However, there are very few people who are aware of the fact that it can also be used to facilitate weight loss.
Aloe Vera Juice and Weight Loss
That aloe vera assists in weight loss was a relatively unknown fact. It stimulates the metabolic rate, due to which more energy is consumed. This helps in stabilizing and reducing the body mass index. The energy which is burned is taken from the fats and carbohydrates stored in the body. It is said that drinking aloe vera juice through the week is equivalent to multiple workouts done through the week.
Apart from stimulating your metabolic rate, the other reason why aloe vera juice aids in weight loss is that it contains high amounts of the protein, collagen. The body has to spend extra energy to assimilate the collagen protein in the body. The expenditure of extra energy helps in weight loss. At the same time, due to the collagen protein, it also promotes muscle development.
Aloe vera juice is also a laxative, due to which food is forced out of the colon faster. Hence, less energy is absorbed from the food. As there are so many benefits of aloe vera, it is not astonishing that it is called 'the dietary plant' and also the 'harmony remedy'.
Using Aloe Vera
Since aloe vera juice has a bitter taste, it is recommended that it be mixed with vegetable and fruit juice, which will make it palatable. However, if you want, you can also choose to have the juice plain on its own as well. In the initial days, one can choose to have about two ounces of aloe juice combined with vegetable or fruit juice. Gradually over a period, the quantity of the aloe juice can be increased to eight ounces.
Along with weight loss, to achieve greater benefits I would suggest you have a well chalked out exercise and diet program as well. A minimum of 30 minutes exercise for 3 to 5 days a week is recommended. You should adopt a low fat, low sugar and low calorie diet to keep the pounds at bay. At the same time increase the amount of fiber consumption, and say no to fast food.
Other Health Benefits of Aloe Vera
Aloe vera juice is an excellent natural nutritional supplement, which contains as many as twenty amino acids, twenty minerals and about twelve vitamins. Here are some of the health benefits of aloe vera.
- Improves blood circulation
- Regulation of blood pressure
- Strengthens the immune system and defends the body against bacterial and viral attack
- Promotes healing of bones, joints and internal tissue damage
- Heals ulcers
- Eliminates constipation
- Regulates the level of sugar in the blood
- Helps in dilating capillaries and supports cell growth, which in turn helps in improving circulation
To gain the benefits of the medicinal uses of aloe vera, you will have to consume two to four ounces of aloe vera juice a day. If consumed daily, it also aids in digestion, detoxifying the body, and cleansing the colon.
There are not too many known side effects of aloe vera juice, if taken in moderation. It is advisable to seek advice from your health care professional, if you suffer from colitis, appendicitis, intestinal problems or Crohn's disease. Even women with active menstrual cycle should have a word with their health care professional if they want to start consuming aloe vera juice for weight loss. At the same time, if you are on medication, then talk to your physician, as aloe vera can affect the effects of medication. Pregnant women should not consume aloe vera juice without medical advice.
Disclaimer: This article is meant for educational purposes only. It is recommended to consult the doctor before using aloe vera on a regular basis.