say aloha to aloe
I spend a few weeks each year on an island.
The skies are fickle, the land is lush and the sea and sand are sweet as can be.
Chickens run wild and every so often you hit a patch of road that smells of aromatic, rotting fruit.
Can you guess where I just returned from?
It’s my yearly working vacation on my favorite Hawaiian island, Kauai—taking the time to cleanse my body and soul. Sigh.
And hey, I aim to provide you with an opportunity to cleanse, too!
Even if a trip to Hawaii isn’t in your plans, you can join me for my signature Summer Cleanse that begins August 7th.
I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for lounging in the water, getting smacked by waves, treading water, and getting gritty with sand as I dive into a book of fiction (for a change!).
While that’s all good (hello vitamin D), it does mean I need to take extra care to protect my skin as I hope you do too during your time in the sun. Your skin is your largest organ of detoxification and it certainly deserves your care and attention!
Did you know, you’ve got a second skin that needs your tender loving care too?
That second skin is the tube that runs from your mouth to your anus—it’s your inside skin, your digestive system!
When we turn our attention to digestion, I like to consider all aspects that might be affected—from top to bottom. That includes the brain (yes, your thoughts kick-start the whole process), the teeth, the mouth, the stomach, the small intestine and the colon (this is where we get to indulge in poop talk).
And, while you’re at it, you might find that our featured gut lovin’ ingredient this week might be just what your skin (inside and out) needs!
This week’s gut lovin’ ingredient provides soothing support:
and it helps you say aloha to easeful elimination
You’re likely familiar with the idea of putting aloe on your outer skin to soothe either a sunburn or an inopportune encounter with some fire—from the stovetop, the fireplace or your campground dinner. (I’ve always got a bottle in our house in both Portland and Hawaii.)
But can aloe actually provide some benefits for that internal skin as well?
It can! I’m a big fan of the internal use of aloe.
It was over 3,500 years ago that the health benefits of aloe were first documented, but the research didn’t stop there. There’s now a body of contemporary research that contributes to the reasons that fuel my aloe enthusiasm.
I like to incorporate aloe vera juice into particular clients’ daily protocols and smoothies to help address specific digestive disturbances from heartburn to ulcers to intestinal or bowel inflammation to diarrhea. But why?
aloe and digestion
I want to be clear here that when I’m talking about consuming aloe internally, I’m referring to the juice, not the gel. I prefer the Lily of the Dessert brand—either the whole leaf or inner fillet. You can find it organic and in glass bottles at most health food stores.
As I noted above, aloe vera juice soothes the lining of the intestines just as it soothes burns and wounds on your skin. By doing so, aloe can have the following positive benefits on your digestive processes:
- balancing acid and alkaline levels in the stomach, helping to ease gastric irritation
- promoting proliferation of good bacteria in the gut
- improving bowel regularity without causing diarrhea
- slowing transit time to allow for optimal protein digestion and nutrient absorption
- helping to ameliorate yeast in the alimentary canal (that’s your digestive system)
- quelling internal systemic inflammation due to specific anti-inflammatory enzymes included right in your aloe juice
If you’re going it alone, I recommend starting slowly, with just 1 ounce in your morning water or smoothie.
Try this aloe-inspired digestive superfood smoothie recipe. It’s a long-time favorite of many of our Counseling Services clients.
Digestive Health-Foodie Smoothie
- 4 raw Brazil nuts
- 1 whole cucumber, peeled
- 1 large celery stalk
- small handful spinach
- 1/2 cup organic aloe vera juice
- 1 scoop protein powder (pea protein, collagen or whey if tolerated)
- 1 heaping TBSP ground flax seeds
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 15-20 drops vanilla stevia (or to taste)
- 3 cups water
- 1 tsp maca (optional)
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger (optional)
Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Serves 2
your gut lovin’ homework?
Look for some aloe and start low, with just one ounce in water, your favorite smoothie, or our aloe loving option above.
(The work it’s doing is internal, but it will also help elimination flow more easily. Watch your bowel tolerance and adjust quantity accordingly. You can slowly increase to up to 4 ounces of aloe juice.)
And if you’d like to love your gut a little more, you’re just in time. Your opportunity to cleanse your body and mind with my signature Summer Cleanse is just around the corner.
And hey, you might know the Summer Cleanse by a different name!
During the coming months, you’ll see a new name and fresh look at Replenish and we’re kicking off our rebrand with the Summer Cleanse. Formerly known as Refresh, my signature summer cleanse is now called the Functional Nutritional Alliance Summer Cleanse: Truly Food Ways to Nurture Your Intestinal Health.
Summer Cleanse for short!
It’s the same high-level content and Message Board support you’ve come to expect from me with an all new look that you’ll begin to see across all our materials.
Registration for the Summer Cleanse is open now and there’s Special Discount Pricing available through the weekend that you don’t want to miss (it’s just $67 for this one week program until Sunday night!).
Join me for a delicious blend of smoothies, juices, warm and cold soups plus other nourishing recipes to give your digestive system a much-needed summer vacation and restoration.
We all need a little of that!
P.S. We have exciting news to share! We’re rebranding to FXNA and want to tell you why. Click here to learn more about our rebrand.
P.P.S. Are you ready for a targeted and supported summer cleanse? Grab the Special Discount Pricing for the Summer Cleanse (through Sunday night!)
cleanse duration: one week
cleanse dates: August 7th – August 13th
- 90 minute class with teachings about cleansing, the body’s systems, and navigating the week and the protocol
- daily protocol for the entire week
- a variety of delicious recipes to choose from
- options for ease and intensity
- handouts to help guide you through the cleanse
- list of supplies to assist you with the protocol
- instructions for purchase of any recommended supplements
- daily, live support through our signature message board support