5 Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice

A registered dietitian weighs in on this popular beverage.

5 Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice

There are many anecdotal benefits to aloe vera and aloe vera juice, and far fewer health advantages backed up by science. Registered dietitian Maya Feller has all the details on whether or not you should incorporate aloe vera juice into your diet and the right way to do it. As with most foods, it should be used in moderation, and you should consult your healthcare provider before starting a new diet plan. Additionally, don't make your own — you may put your health at risk instead of improving it, so if you do choose to drink aloe vera juice, choose ready-made juice, which is also fortified with vitamin C.

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Blood Sugar

There are many claims stating that eating aloe vera may reduce your blood sugar levels or cholesterol. Although the results are promising, they are still too inconsistent. For example, people with diabetes who participated in one study did experience lower blood sugar levels but scientists cannot confirm yet whether there were other factors involved or the good outcomes were the result of a placebo effect.

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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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