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10 Facts About Lily of the Desert’s Aloe Vera

The benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is known to be a powerhouse of good benefits, but did you know Lily of the Desert’s aloe is scientifically-boosted to go beyond that of other brands? Through independent Gold Standard studies and a dedication to high-quality growing, processing, and bottling, discover how we’ve stayed a cut above the rest. Our differences are what has helped us become the best-selling aloe brand in the past 50 years!

1. Lily’s Aloe Is Organically Grown

In order to maintain our organic status, Lily’s aloe fields are not genetically modified or sprayed with toxic pesticides. This greatly reduces the amount of toxins that are normally found in other nonorganic foods and products.

2. Harvested In Our Very Own Fields

How do we keep things so fresh? We have our own organic aloe fields, allowing us to supervise the entire process from growth to completion. This also ensures our plants are treated exactly how we’d like them to be.

3. Processed & Bottled In-House

It doesn’t matter if it’s our juices, gels, formulas, or sanitizers – each Lily of the Desert aloe product follows a high set of standards to provide our customers with an exceptional experience every time. We always strive to produce the best quality aloe vera products with safety in mind. 

4. G.R.A.S. Certified (Generally Recognized as Safe)

Our aloe has achieved the FDA’s Generally Recognized as Safe certification among a qualified panel of experts. You can consume our products confidently, knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested and regulated. 

5. Clinically Proven to Help Boost Health Benefits

Science is important to us. That’s why our products are clinically-tested through independent Gold Standard clinical studies that have proven our products can help strengthen immune support, help with detoxification, increase nutrient absorption rates, and more.

6. Lily’s Aloe Is Boosted with Aloesorb

As a patent-pending process unique to Lily, no other brand uses Aloesorb within their aloe products. We’ve taken all the goodness of aloe and enhanced it ten-fold to deliver even more effective benefits of aloe vera.

7. Aloesorb Utilizes High-Quality Aloe Polysaccharides

Made from the beneficial polysaccharides found within pure aloe vera, Aloesorb does not contain any preservatives, water, or additives. It is an isolate of the high molecular weight aloe polysaccharides obtained through a specific process and is included in our entire product line.

8. Aloesorb Is Clinically Proven to Help Support A Healthy Immune System

Immune health has never been more important and supporting it should be part of your daily routine. With Aloesorb, our aloe is clinically proven to help increase white blood cell counts and support healthy antioxidant support.

9. Aloesorb Is Clinically Proven to Help Boost Nutrient Absorption

Not only does Aloesorb boost aloe’s overall benefits, but it also increases nutrient absorption rates! Our studies proved Aloesorb helped the body naturally absorb nutrients better than aloe vera juice without it.  It is the ideal companion to your daily supplement routine.

10. Aloesorb Is Clinically Proven to Help Reduce Nitrates

Nitrates and ammonias are known as toxic byproducts that are commonly added to food to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Aloesorb works to help reduce those toxic levels to aid in better digestion and nutrient absorption.

How to Purchase Lily of the Desert Products

If you’re ready to boost your health through the amazing benefits of aloe vera, there’s no better supplement choice than Lily of the Desert. Our aloe is specially-enhanced with powerful Aloesorb to be more effective than ever before.

Find our aloe products in a store near you, or go online to Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins to get it delivered right to your door. 

Want to stay connected with us? Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages to leave a comment, ask questions, or give us a follow!

 

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Common Stressors That May Increase Gut Issues

Common stressors that may increase gut issues

Dealing with gut issues like constipation, bloating, and upset stomach is something countless people face everyday. Luckily, there are ways to help alleviate that discomfort. By identifying the stressors and supplementing with holistic ingredients, you can begin working towards understanding the root cause.

Food Allergies & Sensitivities

Unfortunately, food allergies can develop in people of all ages. Sensitivities like these can cause digestive problems. The most common food allergens are dairy, peanuts, wheat/gluten, shellfish, fish, soy, tree nuts, and egg. However, people can develop sensitivities to almost any food. Here, an “elimination diet” may be able to help. Go a few days without eating the food in question to discover exactly which ingredients your body is reacting to, and stop consuming them.

Bacterial Imbalance & Toxins

Many people have a damaged microbiome due to the toxicity found in the outside world. For example, our food, water, and air all contain contaminants that can affect our gut health. By choosing good quality organic food and supplements, we can help get that microbiome back in balance, which will positively affect our overall health and quality of life. 

Stress & Anxiety

Finally, too much stress can be a huge factor in stomach issues and abdominal discomfort. Our bodies tend to naturally tense up while we worry, which then affects the amount of time it takes food to make it to our bowels. This can cause bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. It is also true that stress can negatively impact our digestion, regularity, and amount of nutrients our intestines can absorb.

Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera juice is an unsung hero in aiding gut health. Not only does it help promote the growth of good bacteria, but it also helps balance our stomach’s acidity, improve daily nutrient absorption, and support a healthy immune system. It also helps that aloe vera’s neutral flavor makes it easy to consume or add to recipes like smoothies or mocktails

However, when you choose Lily, you’re guaranteed to get more out of your aloe than with any other brand. Our team has undergone several Gold Standard Clinical Studies to find a way to boost the natural benefits of aloe through a patent-pending infusion process called Aloesorb. Derived from pure aloe, Aloesorb is a non-additive that helps enhance our nutrient absorption rates while reducing ammonia and nitrates by tenfold.

Stomach Formula

If you have occasional indigestion or heartburn, you probably know the pain of not having help on hand. Thankfully, Lily’s stomach formula comes in two sizes; one to keep at home, and one for on-the-go travel. Specifically developed to work with your stomach acid, this stomach formula contains trusted ingredients like peppermint leaf, chamomile leaf, borage leaf, marshmallow root, ginger, fennel seed, and more. These provide essential minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and enzymes to help get your microbiome back to better functionality. When it comes to gut issues, soothing the digestive tract can be extremely helpful.

Detox Formula 

Everyone can benefit from a good detox, and utilizing a product that contains herbs and aloe vera can help your body reduce toxins naturally. Our aloe detox formula helps support a healthy gallbladder, liver, and urinary tract function to encourage better detoxification. Made with a trusted blend of green tea leaves, burdock root, spearmint, blue cohosh root, buckthorn bark, slippery elm bark, and – of course – aloe vera, it helps each system work in tandem during the body’s elimination processes. 

Try Lily of the Desert Products for Gut Health Support

If you’re ready to help your digestion stay balanced, let Lily’s aloe guide the way. We make a wide variety of aloe and natural health products to assist you on your health journey. 

Find our products in a store near you, or shop them online at Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins to get it delivered right to your door. 

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Orange & Aloe Moscow Mule Mocktail Recipe

Orange & Aloe Moscow Mule Recipe

Dazzle your senses and drink to your health with this simple yet sophisticated mocktail. We’ve taken fresh ingredients like orange, lemon, and organically-grown aloe juice to create a delicious take on whole-body wellness. Whether you’re sipping on the back patio or serving it up to friends, it’s never been easier to stay healthy and classy!

The Makings of A Healthy Mocktail

It should be no surprise that toxins can be generally found within our food and alcoholic beverages. As toxins can be a huge tax on the liver, they can greatly affect our body’s natural detoxification process. By choosing to forgo alcohol and add aloe vera in its place, you’re not only being gentle on your body, but you’re also flooding it with healthy nutrients.

Ingredients:

  • Ice Cubes
  • 1/2 Cup Non-Alcoholic Ginger Beer
  • 1/4 Cup Sparkling Orange or Club Soda 
  • 1/4 Cup Freshly-Squeezed Orange Juice 
  • 2 Tablespoons of Freshly-Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 4 Tablespoons of Lily of the Desert’s Inner Fillet Aloe Juice
  • Garnish with Orange Slice and Mint Sprig

Directions:

Gently pour ½ cup of non-alcoholic ginger beer into your glass of choice. Be sure to tilt the glass on the side to keep the effervescence of the carbonation. If you prefer, you can use a Moscow Mule mug for an even bigger visual impact. 

Next, pour ⅓ cup of sparkling orange or club soda into the glass the same way you added the ginger beer. As you pour, the two liquids should mix evenly. 

Peel your oranges before placing them in your juicer. You’ll want to make a ¼ cup of freshly squeezed orange juice. Next, juice one or two lemons to yield two tablespoons. Mix the juices together before adding 4 tablespoons of aloe juice into the mixture. Make sure the juices are incorporated well before adding to the carbonated mixture. 

The last step is to fill the glass with ice and garnish it with an orange slice and mint sprig. Enjoy!

The Health Benefits of Adding Aloe Vera

When your digestion is compromised, many of the vitamins and minerals found in food aren’t correctly absorbed into the body. Adding aloe vera juice can assist in aiding healthy digestion, immune support, and increased nutrient absorption. 

With over 200 naturally occurring components including enzymes, vitamins, and amino acids, aloe vera juice is a great addition to beverages as it has a neutral flavor profile, making it easy to add into drinks without affecting the flavor. If you have a very sensitive palate, the preservative-free juice products may be a better choice, as they have a milder taste. 

How to Buy Lily of the Desert Products

We offer a wide variety of amazing products to help support your body’s health from the inside out. From holistic aloe vera juices to moisturizing hand sanitizer, we’re ready to get you on the road to wellness. 

You can find our products in a store near you, or go online to Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson Vitamins to get it delivered right to your door. 

Want to stay connected with us? You can visit our Facebook and Instagram pages to leave a comment, ask questions, or give us a follow. We love interacting with our fans!

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5 Ways to Stay Healthy & Hydrated

Tips on fighting dehydration

5 Ways to Stay Healthy & Hydrated

Staying hydrated is a year-round priority, but the heat and humidity of summer can cause us to lose fluids more rapidly through sweating. Our bodies are made up of about 70 percent water, so losing large amounts of fluids can lead to dehydration and cause other health issues down the road. Making sure you stay healthy and hydrated is a wonderful way to ensure you enjoy your summer without any hiccups.

1. Know the Signs of Dehydration

When we aren’t getting our recommended fill of liquids, it causes us to develop symptoms of dehydration. This can include excessive thirst, extreme fatigue, lightheadedness or dizziness, infrequent urination, and more. Understanding the signs of dehydration is an important part of taking action to prevent it.

Of course, there are some additional risk factors for dehydration. If you’re consuming alcohol, a person with diabetes, spending too much time in the sun, or exercising excessively, you may find yourself suffering from dehydration if you aren’t too careful. Fortunately, most people don’t get to that point by consuming enough fluids and being aware of the activities they are performing. 

2. Calculate How Much Water Your Body Needs 

The general rule of thumb is to consume at least 64 ounces of water per day, but some doctors believe it’s better to drink half an ounce to an ounce of water per pound of body weight. For instance, if you weigh 150 pounds, it would be a good idea to consume 75 to 150 ounces of water. You actually can drink too much water and throw your body’s electrolyte balance out of whack, which can cause serious health issues. 

3. Set Reminders & Have a Special Water Bottle

Many people find it helpful to set reminders on their phones that go off every hour or so to remind them to drink water. There are actually hydration apps available now that can help calculate how much water your body needs as well as track your hydration intake. Having a special water bottle to form habits with or shows the ounces consumed in large numbers can be motivating as well. 

4. Eating Fruits and Veggies 

Consuming the right amount is an easy way to get nutrients, fiber, and fluids in. Making a fruit salad, specialty salad like caesar salad, or simply putting spring mix on a plate and then putting meat on top can help add to your fluid consumption. Additionally, many fruits and vegetables are composed of a high percentage of water, which can add up quickly.

5. Use EcoDrink Naturals 

It’s always good to drink plain water, but during the summer, many people become dehydrated due to the electrolytes lost through sweating. That’s why it’s vital to restore what you’ve lost to help get your body back in balance. EcoDrink Naturals is a great way to hydrate as you simply mix the packet with water, stir, and enjoy. Each packet contains vital electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals that can help keep your body hydrated and healthy all summer long. Made with great tasting natural flavors like strawberry lemonade, berry, peach mango and fruit punch. Plus, they are naturally sweetened with high-quality stevia so you don’t have to worry about a sugar rush! You can buy EcoDrink Naturals through Amazon, Pharmaca, or at your local health food store.

How to Purchase Lily Products 

Here at Lily of the Desert, we are proud to offer plenty of amazing natural products to help support your body from the inside out. From aloe vera juice to moisturizing hand sanitizer, we’ve got products that are safe and beneficial for your whole family.

Locate a store near you using our store locator, or go online to Amazon, Vitacost and Swanson’s Vitamins to get the products delivered right to your door. Want to connect with us online? Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages to leave a comment, ask questions, or give us a follow! We love interacting with our fans

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10 Facts About Aloe’s Health Benefits

health benefits of aloe

Aloe vera is highly regarded as a “super plant” for a variety of reasons, and is so impactful in the ways it can benefit our health. From hydrating our skin to boosting nutrient absorption, aloe is truly an incredible source of overall wellness. Here are 10 amazing facts about how a recommended supply of aloe vera can help maintain your good health!

1. Aloe Has Topical Benefits on the Skin 

Known as nature’s best moisturizer for thousands of years, the inner gel of the aloe plant helps replenish and moisturize our skin. As such, our own Aloe Vera Gelly can help soothe tender skin after sun & wind exposure, and promote an attractive and healthy appearance, and hydrate a minimum of 3 epidermal layers.

2. Aloe Has Natural Antioxidant Properties

Antioxidants can help protect your cells from free radical damage, which may have negative impacts on your health. Aloe vera offers enhanced antioxidant support to our bodies so we can maintain good health down to the cellular level.

3. Aloe Encourages Digestive Health Benefits 

Did you know aloe can help naturally balance your stomach’s acidity? Our Aloe Herbal Stomach Formula uses a combination of organically-grown aloe and trusted herbs to help maintain healthy digestion. Getting your stomach’s pH balance on track can also help with occasional acid reflux and heartburn. Aloe can also help create a helpful digestive environment to support healthy flora growth with the aid of probiotics.  Our digestive systems are the center of the body’s health systems so it is important to maintain healthy digestion.

4. Aloe is Rich in Amino Acids

Aloe contains over 200 nutrients that are required for human life. It has 20 out of 22 of the amino acids, 7 of which are essential for the human body. It also contains monosaccharides, mucilages, and polysaccharides – the basis for which we’ve created our patent-pending Aloesorb process

5. Aloe Helps Strengthen Immunity 

Consuming our aloe vera juice is clinically proven to positively impact your immune system due to all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it contains, but most importantly, the polysaccharides. You can drink it plain or add it to your favorite beverage – we prefer smoothies and mocktails!

6. Aloe Is An Adaptogen

Adaptogens help your body stay in homeostasis by improving your adaptability to physical and emotional stress. Aloe vera works as an adaptogen to help your body’s response to fatigue, stress, and anxiety. 

7. Aloe Offers Detoxification Benefits 

Detoxification is vital for everyday life, as it helps remove unwanted waste that prevent our body’s cells from absorbing essential nutrients. Using a specifically formulated detox product like our Aloe Herbal Detox Formula can support the body’s natural detoxification process and support healthy regularity.

8. Aloe Contains Natural Enzymes

Aloe contains 8 natural enzymes that can help your body naturally break down food to support a balanced digestive system.

9. Aloe Contains Essential Vitamins

Consuming foods that have vitamins is an excellent way to support the body naturally. Aloe naturally contains vitamins A, C, and E, which are great antioxidants. It also has vitamin B12, choline, and folic acid to help us stay healthy.

10. Aloe Contains Beneficial Polysaccharides That Enhance Nutrient Absorption

Aloe contains polysaccharides that help enhance nutrient absorption and support an increase of white blood cell counts. At Lily of the Desert, we’ve discovered a way to boost these natural benefits through our Aloesorb process. Our gold standard studies show that our aloe can help reduce toxic levels of nitrates, support immune health, and provide a valuable increase in nutrient absorption when compared to traditional aloe vera

Ready To Try Aloe?

If you are ready to try aloe vera to take your health to the next level, Lily of the Desert has got you covered. You can find our products in a store near you or go online to Amazon, Vitacost, and Lucky Vitamin to get it delivered right to your door. 

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Berry Green Layered Smoothie Recipe

berry green aloe smoothie illustration

Who doesn’t love a good smoothie? Not only are they great as a filling breakfast or snack, but they can even help sneak nutrition into normally picky eaters. This is especially true during the summer, when a cool and refreshing smoothie can provide good nutrients, fiber, vitamins, and more – all while helping prevent dehydration. 

However, even when smoothies are made with good nutrients, it’s important to make sure you’re properly absorbing them into your body. Adding a natural supplement like Lily of the Desert aloe vera can help increase those absorption levels, as well as encourage a healthy digestive and immune system.

Layers of Good Nutrients

It should be no surprise that using nutrient-dense foods is needed to support your body. Adding ingredients with many health benefits is a way to sneak in some extra nutrition. Each of the following ingredients can be found at your local grocery store and offer tons of great health benefits.

A summer favorite, juicy red strawberries contain an abundance of vitamin C, manganese, folate, and potassium. They pack a nutritional punch and can also help add a beautiful pink color to the smoothie. 

Putting in some yogurt adds in a nice amount of natural calcium, which is important for strong bones. It is high in B vitamins, phosphorous, magnesium, and potassium as well. 

Using a banana in your recipe will add a smooth texture to the smoothie while also adding important fiber, antioxidants, and potassium

Tossing in a handful of kale doesn’t add any flavor to the smoothie but adds in vitamin A, calcium, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin K, and phosphorus.

Honey is a great source of antioxidants, and is easier for the body to process than refined sugar. 

Finally, Lily of the Desert aloe vera juice provides an additional boost to overall good health. It works to support healthy digestion, strengthen the immune system, and help improve our natural rate of nutrient absorption. As the majority of vitamins and minerals are flushed in the digestive process, maintaining a high absorption rate can help retain what would otherwise be lost.

You can support your body and enhance your immune system by drinking smoothies bursting with healthful ingredients. 

berry green layered smoothie

Recipe

Berry Mixture:

Kale Mixture:

Directions

This delicious berry kale smoothie is made in two parts: the berry mixture and the kale mixture. First blend the ingredients for the kale mixture and place them in a glass. Clean the blender for round two. Next, blend the berry mixture ingredients and then layer on top of the kale mixture to end up with a beautifully layered smoothie. 

Don’t forget: it is easier to blend a smoothie if you put all the non-frozen ingredients in the blender first, and then add in the ice. If you don’t consume dairy-based products, swap out plain yogurt and milk with a non-dairy option like coconut or almond milk and yogurt. 

Adding Aloe Can Boost Health Benefits

When you enjoy healthy smoothies, it can help you feel full longer due to the high fiber content. It also aids in digestion and immunity, especially with the addition of aloe juice. Just as drinking a blended liquid is easily digestible for your gut, the ingredients also help to naturally detoxify your body at the same time. As a result, people who deal with digestive issues tend to find that easily-absorbed nutrients, fiber, and the aid of aloe juice can help keep their systems regular. 

Connect With Us 

During the month of June, you can get Lily of the Desert Inner Fillet Aloe Juice on major discount during our huge anniversary sale! You can find Lily of the Desert products on sale in a store near you or shop online at Amazon, Vitacost, and Lucky Vitamin to get it delivered directly to your door. 

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Easy Exercises For Better Gut Health

Easy exercises that help with gut health

When it comes to improving your gut health, your first thought is probably related to diet and digestive aids. While those are a great place to start, there are also other factors that can positively influence your stomach’s natural biome – the most natural of which being exercise. Not only can exercise help improve your gut health, but it can also have an impact on many other areas of your health as well.  So let’s get physical!

Brisk Walking 

Walking is generally safe for people of all ages, as it’s a gentle exercise that isn’t too strenuous. Thirty to forty minutes of brisk walking every day can get your lymphatic fluid moving, your heart pumping, and stimulate proper intestinal movement, which can help with waste elimination. Making sure to move your arms as you walk can help burn more calories and increase blood flow to your muscles as well. 

Crunches

Working your abdominal muscles can be beneficial in bringing the digestive system back on track. Crunches or sit-ups are known to be one of the most effective exercises to help with healthy digestion. Long arm crunches, reverse crunch, and vertical leg crunches are all variations that can help work more muscles in the body. Abdominal muscles help strengthen the intestines to promote healthy bowel movements, and also help prevent excess gas and bloating while giving you six-pack abs!

Yoga 

Want something a little less strenuous? There are strategic yoga positions like child’s pose, triangle pose, bow pose, downward-facing dog, boat pose, upward facing dog, and standing forward bend that can be very helpful for gut health. These poses can help relax and stretch the muscles, reduce stress, and stop acidity and bloating. From digestion to mindfulness, yoga is a very gentle exercise that can be helpful in the long run.

Breathing Exercises 

As it turns out, breathing impacts many of our bodily functions. Proper breathing can slow down your heart rate, oxidize your blood, and help with bloating and heartburn. It can also help get your body back into a “rest and digest mode”, which gives your body the chance to restore itself independently. Remember: correct posture is important when you’re doing deep breathing exercises, as it allows your abdomen to expand and contract the way it’s supposed to. Alternate nostril breathing can be a great technique to help with stress and impact gut health as well.

Supplement with Aloe Vera

If you’re doing your best to improve your microbiome and gut health but feel stuck, taking a supplement like a high-quality Aloe Vera Juice can be very beneficial. Aloe can help support the functioning of a healthy immune system, boost antioxidants, and support proper gut health by balancing your stomach’s pH and helping with proper digestion. You can even get additional help with digestion and detoxification through Lily’s own Aloe Herbal Stomach Formula and Detox Formula, as they both offer positive effects on your gut health, and thus directly impact good overall health.

Get Started In Healthy Living

Get ALL Lily of the Desert products on sale for the entire month of June to celebrate our 50th anniversary! Just visit a store near you to get these major discounts, or shop online at Amazon, Vitacost, and Lucky Vitamin to have it delivered directly to your door. 

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EcoDrink Naturals Summer Giveaway

EcoDrink Naturals Giveaway

It’s officially summer time! It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting at home or splashing around at the pool; staying hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. This is especially true during the warmer months, when we tend to lose our reserved water through sweat and physical activity.

With that in mind, we’re excited to help kick off the summer season by giving ONE lucky winner an exclusive EcoDrink Naturals swag bag! Enjoy some fun in the sun with a brand new beach towel, trendy tote bag, stylish sunglasses, custom water bottle, and a 3-month supply of EcoDrink Naturals!

If you’re looking to wake up your water with good nutrients and four fruity flavors, this is the prize for you! EcoDrink Naturals help deliver 28 absorbable vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to help maintain optimal health with each and every sip.

EcoDrink Naturals Giveaway Products 

  • 1 – Beach Towel
  • 1 – Tote Bag
  • 1 – Pair of Sunglasses 
  • 1 – EcoDrink Naturals Box
  • 1 – EcoDrink Water Bottle

How to Enter

Just react to EcoDrink Natural’s Facebook giveaway post and leave a comment. One winner will be announced on Thursday, July 8th!

Giveaway Terms & Conditions

  • One entry per person.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be a resident of the United States.  
  • Giveaway begins June 9th and ends Tuesday, July 6th.
  • Winners will be selected by Lily of the Desert and announced on our Facebook Page on Wednesday, July 7th.
  • If unclaimed after 24 hours from notification, the prize is forfeited and Lily of the Desert reserves the right to select another winner.
  • This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Facebook.

EcoDrink Giveaway Beach

Summer Hydration 

When it comes down to it, water is one of the most essential elements of the body (coming in second to oxygen in terms of importance). Taking kids to the pool, sweating due to the heat, and just living everyday life can cause us to lose water. As a result, drinking hydrating beverages can do more than just quench your thirst. It also supports many different bodily functions, including detoxification, metabolic processes, and hormone balance. 

EcoDrink Naturals covers all the bases by giving your body an essential assortment of vitamins and minerals, without any gluten, sugar, or caffeine. Instead, it uses all-natural stevia and energy-boosting electrolytes. Plus, with cravable flavors like berry, fruit punch, peach mango, and strawberry lemonade, it’s easier than ever to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Ready to get started? Simply open a packet, add it to 16 ounces of water, and shake or stir until completely dissolved in the water. EcoDrink Naturals are intended for ages four and up. Take half a stick for children ages 4-13, and a whole stick for those 14 years or older.

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We’re proud to have EcoDrink Naturals as part of the Lily family! You can find Lily of the Desert products on sale for our June Anniversary in a store near you, or shop online at Amazon, Vitacost, and Lucky Vitamin to get it delivered directly to your door. 

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Summer Skincare Tips

Summer is the best time for being outdoors, enjoying the warm weather, and soaking up the sun. However, when the sun beats down on our skin, it can tend to dry it out and cause damage if we aren’t careful. Now, with a few helpful tips and recommendations, we can do our best to avoid premature aging and permanent damage to our skin. 

Apply Sunscreen to Avoid Sun Damage 

Applying sunscreen to your skin is a great way to curb the probability of sun damage, but many people don’t apply enough or apply it frequently enough. For instance, a proper amount of sunscreen for a face is a little less than a teaspoon of product. Sunscreen should be reapplied at least every two hours, and staying out of the midday sun is also helpful in avoiding sun damage. 

There are many sunscreen products made these days that can benefit all the different skin types from oil-free, ones for people with sensitive skin, water-resistant sunscreen, and sunscreen specifically formulated for kids. When choosing the right sunscreen, it’s important to choose one that specifies broad-spectrum protection, has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, and is water-resistant. Applying early and often can help protect your skin.

Don’t Just Rely on Sunscreen Alone

In addition to using sunscreen appropriately, making sure you’re not exposed to the sun between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm can be crucial. This is when the sun’s UV rays are the most harmful. 

Additionally, wearing appropriate clothing can also be a wise choice. Luckily there are special clothing brands that make sun-protective garments for people of all ages. For example, applying a lip balm that contains sunscreen can protect the delicate skin of your lips. Wearing a large brimmed hat can also help keep the sun’s rays off your face. 

Routinely Exfoliate for Smooth Skin 

Regularly exfoliating your skin can help remove dead skin cells, which can work to aid your skin’s health and allow for improved absorption of skincare products. Making your own aloe vera skin scrub can be an economical way to help scrub the skin back to optimal health while also deeply moisturizing the skin. Remember: using a natural product limits your exposure to harmful chemicals while accomplishing your goal of soft and smooth skin. 

Keep Skin Properly Hydrated

It’s important to help keep your skin properly hydrated from the inside out. In the summer, more time outside and hotter temperatures can lead to dehydration. Our skin has the tendency to become dehydrated in the summer, due to increased sweating and the constant loss of water from sweating. Drinking the right amount of water can help hydrate your body, aid in detoxification, and maintain proper moisture balance to the skin.

Applying a product like Lily’s 99% aloe gelly can help with optimal hydration of the skin, as the gelly hydrates at least 3 epidermal layers of the skin. Since aloe vera is compatible with all skin types and ages, everyone in your family can benefit from using it. It’s also a very neutral product, so you can add it into some moisturizers for an added boost if you wish.

Cool Skin After Sun Exposure 

If you end up with too much sun, it can be a miserable experience. Tanning may be a popular look among people of all ages, but it is actually an indication of skin damage. If you find yourself experiencing the effects of too much time in the sun, the 99% aloe gelly can help calm and soothe the irritated skin. For an even more cooling sensation, put the gelly in the refrigerator first!

Prepare Your Skin for Summer

If you’re ready to prepare your skin for the summer season with Lily of the Desert aloe vera products, it’s never too early or late. Find our products in a store near you, or go online to Amazon, Vitacost, and Lucky Vitamin to get it delivered right to your door. 

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Interesting Facts About Aloe Plants

In our first fact installment in honor of Lily’s 50 years of aloe, we discovered how aloe vera benefited the lives of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, Native Americans, and more. Now, we’re turning the magnifying glass over to look at some interesting facts about the amazing plant itself!

1. Aloe Can Survive For Over 100 Years

With its hardy and resilient nature, it should be no surprise that wild species of aloe vera are known to live for over 100 years. Domesticated aloe can also make a great houseplant for those who have a green thumb. Aloe vera plants prefer to be grown in warm areas, and do best with soil on the dry side. Be careful, though – the high water content in the leaves can often subject them to freezing in colder temperatures.

2. Aloe Is Not A Cactus, But Its Own Species of Plant

Many people assume aloe is part of the cactus family due to its spiky exterior and familiar green color. However, the aloe plant is actually of its own genus simply called “Aloe”. The most widely recognized species is the “true aloe” or aloe vera, because it is grown as the standard source for various pharmaceutical purposes. 

3. There Are Over 500 Varieties of Aloe Plants

As it is its own species of plant, the Aloe genus contains over 500 flowering and succulent-based varieties. In addition to the hybrids and species within its genus, there have also been other genera created in cultivation, such as various plants like gasteria and astroloba. 

4. Aloe Is 95% Water, 5% Beneficial Solids

The most beneficial part of the aloe vera plant doesn’t come from the water, but from the 5% of working molecules. Aloe’s polysaccharides, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fatty acids, hormones, and anthraquinones are all the components that give the aloe vera products their high efficacy.

5. The Aloe Plant Has Self-Healing Properties

Not only does the aloe plant help our bodies maintain overall wellness, but it also can do the same for itself. Aloe plants have the ability to regenerate in dry, sunny areas. As a tip, if you’re watering your plant too much, simply cut the shrivelled leaf at the base and it will regrow at the stalk.

6. Aloe Juice Is A Key Ingredient In Healthy Smoothies

Smoothies are a great way to pack a quick and easy nutritional punch. Simply add in 4 ounces of aloe vera juice to your favorite recipes for added nutrient absorption and immune health benefits. Make an immunity-boosting Strawberry, Aloe & Ginger Smoothie or our Green Detox Blend for a delicious breakfast, snack, or dessert!

7. There Have Been 700+ Studies on the Benefits of Aloe

As there have been many scientific studies performed on aloe, the positive results are undisputable. At Lily of the Desert, we’re proud to be a leader in science-based research and ensure each of our aloe products are taken through independent “Gold Standard” clinical studies for the best benefits possible.

8. Aloe Gel Can Be Used In Natural Hair Regimens

Lily’s aloe vera gel can be a great source of hydration when used in hair. An aloe vera gel hair mask can strengthen hair strands, soothe the scalp, and act as a natural conditioner to leave your hair smooth and healthy. You can add aloe vera gel directly to your hair conditioner to get all the benefits!

9. Unfiltered Aloe Contains High Doses of Aloin 

Naturally found between the rind and inner gelly of the aloe plant, aloin (also known as anthraquinones) can be harmful when ingested in high doses. Lily of the Desert was one of the first companies to filter down aloin using a charcoal filtration process so the levels are well within the limits set by the International Aloe Science Council. 

10. Aloe Is An Adaptogen That Helps Naturally Balance the Body

Aloe is considered an adaptogen, or substance that stimulates or strengthens the body. Adaptogens work with the adrenal system because it controls hormones that manage the body’s response to stress, anxiety, and fatigue. Aloe has been shown to increase resistance and adaptability to stress as it has a direct effect on the immune system of the body. 

Add Some Aloe In Your Life

If you’re ready to positively influence your health with Lily’s aloe vera products, we can help get you started. Check out our products in a store near you, or go online to Amazon, Vitacost, and Lucky Vitamin to get it delivered right to your door. 

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