So this morning I decided to have a green juice. I’m not really a fan of vegetable juices; because of my sweet tooth I usually opt fruit smoothies.
However during my retreat in Noosa, I learnt a lot about the link between the gut and mental health (Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s book talks about Gut And Psychology Syndrome, or GAPS, where you can read up on it).
Healing the gut goes a long way to helping the mind and the body’s well-being in general, and one of the ways in doing that is providing the body with nutritious and alkalizing foods.
Drinking a green-juice full of alkalizing veggies once a day is a good way to accomplish this.
So this morning I went with what I had in the fridge (my ideal concoction would have included avocado, kiwi fruit, celery and ginger too):
- Baby chard leaves
- Red cabbage
- Baby red beet leaves
- Lemon juice
- Aloe vera juice
Why aloe vera juice?
Along with adding more nutritionally dense and alkalizing foods into your diet, another factor in healing the gut involves providing a protective and soothing element to help mend the gut lining that regular eating habits have threatened – such as eating processed foods, high amounts of sugar, and non-organic fresh foods that are laden with chemicals and preservatives.
What I have started taking is Slippery Elm bark and Aloe Vera juice. Slippery Elm has been used for centuries as a way to soothe ailments in the body. On contact with water, slippery elm powder becomes mucilaginous (slimey, gel-like) in texture which accounts for the majority of its medicinal properties. It is known to soothe mucous membranes, including those of the digestive tract, urinary and respiratory tract and also soothes the skin on contact.
Aloe Vera juice provides a kick to this healing process by:
- Supporting the immune system
- Aids digestion
- Provides a multitude of vitamins and minerals
- Helps to soothe inflamation
It has also been known to help promote healthy hair growth and rejuvenate the skin by enhancing collagen and hyaluronic acid.
How to add aloe vera juice into your everyday diet?
Aloe vera juice has a faint citrus-like taste, so you can add it to:
- Water – add 50ml to your water bottle and sip on it throughout the day at work or when you’re exercising
- Juices – some cranberry juice for detoxing the kidneys, or you can add some into your morning orange juice, or you can try a green juice!
- Smoothies – a berry smoothie, or any sort of citrus-based smoothie would suit
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