We have all read articles about the benefits of Aloe Vera and Apple Cider Vinegar. From many articles, doctors, friends and blogs that I have read, I have learned, there are not only external benefits but also internal benefits. If you are anything like me, herbs and too many vitamins tend to upset my stomach and make me nauseous. In many cases, I still follow doctor recommendations but to replace many of the herbs and vitamins I prefer to add whole food, juices and tonics to my diet. I feel better and truly believe they contribute to better absorption by my body.
For my body, the main benefits of aloe vera includes the detoxifying effects while aiding digestion (especially when taken on an empty stomach), helping with hair growth and hair health, and supporting the immune system. Also, I have found its extremely helpful for blemishes or cystic acne.
Some additional health benefits of apple cider vinegar for me have to do with its ability to regulate blood sugar levels, calm an upset tummy, help with indigestion (when ingested before a meal. I also believe apple cider vinegar can help aid in weight loss/weight management by suppressing appetite and helping with water retention. I believe it also helps with my energy levels. I enjoy it in the afternoon for an extra pep to my step! And, supposedly it helps with bad breath or after eating garlic and onions. (I don’t think I have a problem with bad breath but this certainly helps give me extra confidence!) A few holistic doctors have also mentioned the benefits apple cider vinegar as a face tonic to help clear up blemishes and cystic acne.
So, considering all these amazing benefits, I like to make an afternoon mixture that I call my afternoon Pick-Me-Up. I like to refer to it as, “Alocider-Tini.” I use cold water, a few ice cubes, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of aloe vera. If I am in a huge rush, I just “take shots” of them but I prefer to mix it in water. Together, the flavors seem to balance each other out. When I have tried them separately in water, the taste can be a bit bitter and a little hard to get down. But, together I actually really enjoy it. It’s also a great way to get in that additional glass of water. Try mixing it in the morning with enough cold water so it will stay decently chilled and bringing it to work in a Bkr Bottle or Nalgene and before I reach for that afternoon cup of coffee or bag of chips, drink this! I promise you will not be sorry and your body will thank you!