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5 Ways Exercising Can Help Your Digestion

At the beginning of a new year, many of us vow to exercise more and establish healthier habits. While the main goal is usually losing weight, a fitness routine can also deliver significant digestive benefits. The ongoing trend towards sedentary lifestyles contributes to various digestive conditions, including constipation, heartburn, and bloating. Let’s look at five ways you can improve digestive health with exercise.

1. Keep Gut Flora In Balance

The gut is a critical ecosystem that supports healthy digestion. Scientists estimate that there are trillions of good bacterial microbes living in the human gut. They are vital to the immune system’s strength, helping it fight off toxins and viruses. They also ensure that the body can absorb nutrients from foods and supplements. Regular exercise promotes the growth of healthy and diverse bacteria, ensuring that the intestinal climate stays in balance.

2. Improve Elimination

One of the primary causes of constipation is a lack of physical activity. In other words… you have to move to keep things moving! The digestive process, known as peristalsis, begins when food is swallowed and continues as muscle contractions move it through the digestive tract. The overall process is easier and faster when supported by moderate exercise because the muscles function more efficiently. Using natural supplements and health aids, such as a daily dose of organic aloe vera juice, can also help support good nutrient absorption and gut health.

3. Lower Stress Levels  

Stress has a direct effect on digestive performance. When anxiety levels increase, energy levels can drop, and the stomach can become irritated due to muscle spasms and higher acid levels. Excess acid can lead to heartburn, pain, bloating, and inflammation, compromising the digestive process. Routine exercise can help keep stress levels in check while reducing acid and relaxing muscles.

4. Manage Weight

It’s no secret that maintaining a healthy weight is essential. But what you may not realize is the effects that being overweight can have on digestion. Excessive weight can slow metabolism rates and makes the digestive process more difficult. Coupled with a healthy eating plan, exercising consistently will help you shed pounds while supporting your digestive system.

5. Increase Beneficial Enzymes

Digestive enzymes work to break down the foods we eat. These proteins are found naturally in many fruits and vegetables and several organs, including the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. When you exercise, blood flow increases throughout the body, including the digestive system. As a result, digestive enzymes ramp up to meet the demand.  

Workouts That Keep Things Moving

Exercises that promote deep breathing, abdominal muscle stimulation, and blood flow can provide tremendous benefits. Low and moderate-intensity workouts performed several times a week yield the best results.

Maintaining hydration, even when performing low-intensity exercises, is vital. Adding our EcoDrink Naturals supplement to your water bottle is a great way to nourish your body with vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes as you hydrate.

Consider adding one or more of these pro-digestion exercises to your routine:

  • Yoga
  • Cycling
  • Crunches
  • Brisk Walking
  • Breathing Exercises
  • Light Resistance Training

And if your exercise plan has you heading to the gym, don’t forget the hand sanitizer!

Keep Digestion Healthy With Lily of the Desert Products!

We’re happy to partner with you on your health and fitness journey! Our aloe products are ideal to help you maintain healthy digestion in conjunction with exercise.  Search our store locator to find a nearby retailer, or shop online from the comfort of home at Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins.

Are you following us on Facebook and Instagram? Stop by to leave a comment, ask questions, and learn more about our special promotions and the latest product news. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

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How to Naturally Soothe Occasional Inflammation

inflammation reducing plantsWhen stressors, viruses, bacteria, or other foreign irritants attack the human body, it quickly mounts a defensive response. As part of the reaction cycle, occasional internal or external inflammation may result. Let’s learn more about how we can help the body respond to these stressors using natural products and wellness techniques.

The Immune Response

As the body organizes its resources to defend itself, it sends out inflammatory cells and cytokines (a type of protein), which activate the immune system. The immune response works to trap antigens (molecules on the surface of germs, bacteria, and toxins) and initiate the healing process. Redness, swelling, pain, or heat may be observed during the cycle as blood and fluid move throughout the affected tissues. You may also feel fatigued or have a fever while your immune system is working overtime.

Aloe Vera: Helps Maintain Balance

Aloe vera can potentially help with the effects of occasional inflammation. External inflammation resulting from a sudden burn or scrape, or even prolonged sun exposure can generally be easily helped. The topical application of aloe vera gelly can quickly cool, soothe, and relieve skin as it works to help maintain the balance.

Occasional internal inflammation of bones, tissues, or muscles can also cause pain, redness, or swelling. This may result from an active toxin, infection, or virus. Our Detox Formula includes aloe and herbs that help reduce toxins that can cause occasional inflammation. It also promotes nutrient absorption, healthy digestion, and overall wellness while being safe to use daily.

Dietary Changes that Help Manage Occasional Inflammation

Consuming foods that have naturally occurring anti-inflammatory properties helps your body handle inflammation. Update your meal plans to include oily fish that are high in omega-three fatty acids like cod, salmon or tuna, tomatoes, leafy greens, and extra virgin olive oil. Many of these items are included in the Mediterranean Diet, which has been shown to reduce occasional inflammation.  

Predominantly plant-based diets featuring an assortment of fruits and vegetables can also promote healthy digestion. For additional digestive support, your daily routine should include four ounces of aloe vera juice (easily added to a glass of water!). It works to balance stomach acid and also stimulates nutrient absorption naturally.

Try to avoid foods that cause occasional inflammation like bread, pastries, margarine, fried foods, sodas, and processed meats.  

Adding Hacks To Your Routine

Introducing easy life hacks makes our busy lives more manageable. Hacks explicitly geared towards health and wellness can also help you reduce occasional inflammation. Focus on self-care and mindfulness activities that lift your spirits, reduce stress, and energize you.

Try stretching, a brisk walk, a soothing bath, deep breathing, going to bed an hour earlier, or listening to calming music to feel relaxed and refreshed. Simple lifestyle modifications like setting your clothes out the night before, leaving a few minutes earlier, getting regular exercise, decluttering your home, or journaling can also positively impact your overall health outlook.

Where Can I Find Lily of the Desert Products?

Lily of The Desert is proud to be a part of your wellness strategy! Browse our handy store locator to find a nearby retailer, or shop online from the comfort of home at Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins.

Our virtual door is always open on Facebook or Instagram! Stop by to leave a comment, ask questions, and learn more about our special promotions and the latest product updates. We look forward to connecting with you!

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Aloe & Apple Cider Immunity Sparkler Recipe

aloe and apple sparkler imageNow that holiday celebrations have concluded, it’s a good idea to start the new year by hitting the reset button. If you overindulged in eggnog, champagne, or other alcoholic libations, your immune system, and energy levels have likely taken a hit.

Why not allow your body to recover by declaring a “Dry January”? Eliminating alcohol for at least 30 days can deliver numerous health advantages, including better sleep quality, losing weight, a brighter complexion, and improving your overall mood. Not to mention, continued avoidance can promote significant benefits as well, including improved liver function and mental clarity. It can even lower your risk of cardiovascular issues.

A refreshing and nutrient-rich mocktail is a perfect alternative to an alcoholic beverage. Our newest recipe features three game-changing ingredients!

  •  Elderberry Extract High in vital antioxidants and vitamins C and A, Elderberry is a proven immunity booster. It also possesses anti-viral properties that can help diminish the common cold and flu symptoms.
  • Apple Cider Rich in an antioxidant known as polyphenol, apple cider can help the body fight off free radicals and reduce inflammation.
  • Organic Aloe Vera – Rounding out the three is aloe vera juice, which helps stimulate the body’s nutrient absorption process to make sure we utilize the vitamins and minerals we ingest. Finally, aloe also works to help improve digestion and boost immune support, so you can take advantage of its whole body health benefits.

Aloe & Apple Cider Immunity Sparkler Recipe

  • 1 Tbsp Elderberry Extract
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider
  • 1 Tbsp Lily of the Desert Aloe Juice
  • Sparkling Water
  • Cinnamon Stick, Apple Slices, or Pomegranate Seeds for Garnish (optional)
  • Cinnamon Sugar to Rim the Glass (optional)

Easy Directions

Note: Pre-chill the cider and water. If you plan to rim your glasses with cinnamon sugar, moisten them with apple cider and dip them in sugar before filling.

  1. Start with a 12-ounce glass.
  2. Add the Apple Cider, Elderberry Extract, and Aloe Juice.
  3. Stir and mix well.
  4. Top off with Sparkling Water.
  5. If desired, garnish with a Cinnamon Stick, Apple Slices, or Pomegranate Seeds.
  6. Relax and enjoy!

Purchasing Lily of the Desert Products

Keeping your immune system strong is a constant fight, and Lily has a full assortment of products to help you win the battle. You can access our handy store locator to find a store near you or shop online at Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins

We’d love to hear your feedback on the new recipe, so please visit us on Facebook or Instagram! You can also ask questions and learn more about our special promotions, health tips, and the latest product news. We look forward to connecting with you!

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Making Resolutions You Can Keep

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Welcoming a new year is exciting! It’s an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned during the previous twelve months while moving forward with a clean slate. Many of us have already selected New Year’s resolutions and are gearing up to work on our goals. 

The most popular resolutions continue to be health-related, including exercising more, eating better, getting more sleep, quitting smoking, and losing weight. The importance of these goals is understood, so their appearance on annual surveys is not surprising. 

Unfortunately, even though we start with our best intentions, most resolutions have been abandoned by February. And sadly, only 10% of American adults stay the course and realize their goals! 

Achieving actual change requires thoughtful planning. Let’s look at some ideas to help you attain your health and wellness goals in 2022! 

  • Be Specific. Goals are easier to reach when they have a narrow focus. Instead of resolving to “eat better, “…zero in on a definitive target. For example, “switching to a plant-based diet by June 1st” is much easier to visualize, making success more likely.
  • Create a Plan. Once you identify your goal, you will need to make an action plan to accomplish it. Before you get started, create a basic outline of the steps, general timeline, and necessary resources. You’ll stay on track, be able to measure your progress, and course-correct if needed.
  • Get Support. We know that keeping resolutions is difficult! Having a support system in place can be the game-changer you need to stay motivated. A regular checkpoint with an accountability partner will keep you engaged, and they can provide encouragement if you hit a rough spot along the way.
  • Start Small. One of the biggest mistakes people make is taking on a resolution that is too complex. Unrealistic expectations can leave you feeling overwhelmed and on a sure path to disappointment.
    Break significant goals down into smaller, manageable tasks. Create a shortlist of the highest priority items and select one or two to pursue. Even small changes like going to bed an hour earlier, walking your dog, or increasing your daily water intake can yield tremendous benefits!
  • Maintain Digestive Health. Did you know that 70% of your immune system resides in your gut? Keeping your digestive system healthy will positively impact your immunity and help your body perform at optimal levels. Lily’s Aloe Herbal Stomach Formula reduces acidity, supports a healthy appetite, and assists with occasional stomach upset. 
  • Eat Well & Take Supplements. Eating a balanced diet that features fruits, vegetables, proteins, and water is essential to good health. It can also help you maintain a healthy body weight, sleep better, and slow the effects of aging.  

If you aren’t taking advantage of dietary supplements, now is the perfect time to start. Additional essential vitamins and minerals can help increase energy, support immunity, protect bones, and defend cells against free radicals. 
To ensure you receive all of the benefits your diet and supplements provide, add organic aloe vera juice, which naturally promotes nutrient absorption, to your nutrition plan.  

These simple tips can help you choose and implement essential lifestyle changes that promote better health. Focus on creating practical resolutions, and you’ll be part of the 10% in 2022!  

Start The New Year With Lily of The Desert Products!

Your friends at Lily of The Desert are here to support your wellness efforts! You can order our Aloe Hand Sanitizer and other products online at Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins, or you can access our convenient Store Locator to find a nearby retailer. Don’t forget to visit and connect with us on Facebook or Instagram! Feel free to share a comment, ask a question, or check out our tasty recipes, health tips, and the latest product news! Happy New Year!!

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Here’s to 50 More Years!

50 years of lily

2021 has been quite a year! Not only did we share our products and their amazing benefits worldwide, but we proudly celebrated 50 years of quality and leadership in the natural products industry. Established on the principle of “Retaining the Quality that Nature Created,” Lily of the Desert is honored to be the largest grower and manufacturer of organic aloe vera products in the US. Here’s how we did it!

The Journey Begins

We are a family-owned and operated company founded back in 1971. Early in his career, our visionary owner and CEO, Don Lovelace, realized he had a passion for sharing the holistic benefits of aloe vera with consumers. His commitment to wellness has also translated into building a company synonymous with excellence, innovation, and integrity.

It’s All About The Process

Every aspect of the production cycle has been specifically designed to deliver exceptional products to our customers. From our organic farms in the fertile soils of South Texas and Mexico, to our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility north of Dallas, no detail has been overlooked.

Thanks to our vertically integrated processing model, we are also able to control every aspect of the process from field to bottle. Additionally, this method ensures that we deliver products that you and your family can use with confidence.

Setting the Standard Through Innovation

Lily of the Desert prides itself in being a science-driven company. Our significant investment in advanced research, product development, and strategic technology resulted in the introduction of Aloesorb™ in 2007. This patent-pending technique isolates the higher molecular weight aloe polysaccharides within the aloe plant. These have the most significant impact on the natural benefits found in aloe. We infuse the power of Aloesorb™ back into all of our aloe products which optimizes their effectiveness.

Multiple clinical studies have confirmed that the infusion of Aloesorb™ supports healthy digestion, improves immune and antioxidant support, reduces nitrates, and also increases nutrient absorption. These rigorous “Gold Standard” reviews, combined with our commitments to safety, defining best practices, and independent product testing, are also some of the reasons why Lily remains at the forefront of our industry.  

Focused On the Future

Lily has accomplished numerous achievements throughout our company history. We remain dedicated to our founding principle and intently focused on the road ahead. Rest assured that we are committed to continuing to bring you the aloe vera products you know and love! We will also be expanding our products and formulations to better experience the benefits of aloe vera.

It has been a privilege to be your partner in health and wellness for the last 50 years. Your continued loyalty to our brand has helped make Lily of The Desert number 1 in the aloe vera market! And for that, we are incredibly proud and truly grateful.

Thank you for being a part of our Aloe-versary celebration, and here’s to the next 50 years! We wish you and your family a healthy and Happy New Year!

Ring In the New Year With Lily

Is 2022 your year to pursue a healthier lifestyle? We want to help you reach your wellness goals! You can order our juices, gelly, and other products online at Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins, or you can access our convenient Store Locator to find a nearby retailer. 

You can also reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram! Feel free to share a comment or ask a question! Or, check out our delicious recipes, health tips, and the latest product news!

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Lily’s Kick Off the New Year Giveaway

The excitement of the holidays is certainly in the air! Bright lights, special meals, festive music, and hectic schedules all remind us that it’s that time of year. But before we know it, we’ll be putting away the decorations and turning the page on the calendar.

If you haven’t had the chance to start planning your resolutions for the new year, we’d like to encourage you to put health and wellness at the top of your list. And, to help you start the new year off right, we’ve created a New Year giveaway featuring a tote bag full of our best-selling products!

Kick off the New Year Giveaway Items

How to Enter

Look for our giveaway post on either Facebook or Instagram and leave us a comment by January 2, 2022. We will select one winner on each social platform on January 3, 2022! Good luck, be well, and happy holidays!

Terms & Conditions

  • Only one entry per person per platform.
  • No purchase is necessary to win.
  • Must be 18 years old or older to win.
  • Must be a resident of the United States.
  • This giveaway is not endorsed, sponsored, or administered by Facebook.
  • The winner will be selected by Lily of the Desert and announced on the Facebook page on Monday, January 3, 2022.
  • If the prize is unclaimed after 24 hours from notification, the prize will be forfeited, and Lily of the Desert can pick a new winner.

Aloe: Your Winter Wellness Solution

The colder weather typically means putting exercise routines on pause, eating more, and drinking less water. These changes can cause energy levels to drop, making it harder to stay healthy. Now that the cold and flu season has officially arrived, you can count on Lily of The Desert products to help strengthen your immune system, promote healthy digestion, and support muscles and joints.

Do your body a favor by giving it the tools it needs to stay well! Start by consuming up to 4 ounces of our aloe vera juice every day. It is the perfect addition to your daily health regimen since it helps naturally balance digestion, reduces toxins, increases nutrient absorption of your supplements, and boosts immunity.  Plus, our juice is great in recipes! Why not ring in the new year with this delicious mocktail? It’s a healthy twist on a popular favorite that we know you’ll enjoy!

Give the Gift of Lily of The Desert

Are you still working on your holiday shopping list? Well, our products make fabulous gifts for your family and friends! Curl up in your favorite chair and shop online at Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins, or use our handy Store Locator if you’re venturing out. 

And while you’re entering the year-end giveaway on our Facebook or Instagram pages, don’t forget to check out our other recipes, health tips, and product updates!

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DIY Aloe Mask Skincare Recipe

Why use an aloe mask? Well, winter weather can be brutal on your skin. Even brief contact with snow, ice, and cold wind can leave us feeling dry, tight, and irritated… and that goes double for our exposed faces. Luckily, there’s an easy way to soothe and avoid that harsh winter itch: good moisturization!

Follow our DIY aloe mask recipe below for the hydrating benefits dry winter skin craves!

Making Your Aloe Mask

When it comes to your face, it’s best to use gentle ingredients you can trust. We’ve gathered four simple yet rejuvenating components to defend your skin against seasonal weather.

Aloe Vera

Every good mask needs a good foundation. Lily’s 99% Aloe Vera Gelly is great at replenishing lost moisture by hydrating at least three epidermal layers. Winter dryness and itching are quickly relieved thanks to our patent-pending Aloesorb™ formula, leaving skin feeling renewed and hydrated. And it’s now available in a convenient 16-ounce pump bottle to handle all of your daily skincare needs!

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil, famous for its culinary versatility, also provides many skincare benefits that can help during the changing weather. Tropical Plantation’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil has a variety of antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties that offer holistic balance to the mask and can help cleanse and nourish any patches of dry, rough skin.

Vitamin E Oil

Many people ingest vitamins, but some can be used topically for amazing results. Vitamin E oil is a good example of this, as it has plenty of restorative qualities. It helps soothe and mend any damage caused by cold weather, and even offers anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and emollient benefits. Not to mention, Vitamin E oil naturally makes skin appear firmer and more youthful, making it a perfect addition to this formula.

Raw Honey

Finally, raw honey has a natural ability to reduce inflammation caused by winter wear-and-tear. This makes it an ideal helper for acne, eczema, psoriasis, and balanced skin bacteria. And, if your complexion has lost its natural glow, honey’s gentle exfoliating properties also help brighten and revive skin. Of course, due to honey’s sticky nature, it’s important to gently and thoroughly scrub the mixture off several times to ensure it’s off completely.

This combination of skincare favorites results in a rich mask that moisturizes, nourishes, exfoliates, and restores weather-worn skin when you need it most. In addition to your face, you can safely use this recipe on hands or other dry, irritated, or acne-prone areas of the body as well. 

What You’ll Need

Prepare the Ingredients

In a bowl, add the 99% Aloe Vera Gelly, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E Oil, and Honey. Remember, if your coconut oil is solid, warm it over low heat until it melts. Stir and mix everything well to combine all the ingredients. Once complete, your aloe mask is ready to use!

DIY Aloe Mask Directions

  1. Apply an even layer of the mask on clean skin. 
  2. Wait 10-15 minutes, then wipe the mask off with a clean and damp washcloth several times with warm water.
  3. Enjoy the look and feel of your renewed skin!

Where Can You Find Lily of the Desert?

You can find all our products online at Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins. Going on a grocery run soon? Use our Store Locator to find a nearby retailer near your house. Both raw honey and coconut oil are available at your local grocery store, so be sure to add them to your shopping list. Vitamin E Oil can also be purchased online or at your favorite health food store.

After you try the mask, we would love to hear your feedback. Please visit our Lily of the Desert Facebook or Instagram page and share your results! You can also post questions, comments, or share your own DIY recipes with us!

 

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Your Cold Weather Checklist

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Depending on your zip code, leaves and temperatures have already begun to fall. Although it’s a great time to spend with loved ones, the cold weather can actually make our bodies more susceptible to health risks.

Even though the official first day of winter is still a few weeks away, now is an excellent time to prepare yourself for seasonal health challenges. Here’s why you need a winter wellness strategy!

Enhance Your Immunity

Maintaining good immune health is one of the most important things you can do to avoid illness. Germs are relentless in their mission to spread colds, flu, bacteria, and viruses. And these risks increase even more so during the winter months! 

To combat these risks, make sure you and the family are frequently…

  • Washing Hands: Remember to wash your hands before meals, after using the restroom, and out in public settings. If soap and water aren’t readily available, a soothing hand sanitizer can help eliminate germs while on the go.
  • Increasing Fruit & Veggie Intake: Forget traditional comfort foods! Why not try savory recipes that feature seasonal root vegetables and fruits instead? For example, a hot soup made with golden beets and apples is delicious and satisfying on a cold evening. 
  • Promoting Nutrient Absorption: Your body depends on the vitamins and minerals found in a balanced diet. But if your nutrient absorption level is low, you’re actually missing out on those benefits. Drinking just four ounces of aloe vera juice daily can help your body fully access vital nutrients and retain them properly!
  • Boosting White Blood Cell Counts: White blood cells are the primary defenders that fight against infection. Cell counts can fall when your immune system is compromised, putting you at risk. Clinical studies show that ingesting aloe, when infused with our patent-pending Aloesorb, can help increase your white blood cell counts for a stronger immune system.

Avoid Dehydration & Inactivity

Let’s face it: most of us hibernate during cold weather. Unfortunately, prolonged periods spent indoors usually result in reduced physical activity. And when we’re inactive, we don’t drink as much water. Sure, it’s natural to grab a cold drink during hot weather – but winter hydration is equally important!  Water helps regulate body temperature, protects organs,  and supports your immune system.

Try adding EcoDrink Naturals to your water bottle this winter. It’s a delicious way to manage the effects of winter downtime with extra vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes. Plus, it comes in 4 natural flavors without any artificial colors or sweeteners.

Keep Skin Feeling Nourished

The impact of wintry weather on our skin can be downright painful! Frigid temperatures, high winds, indoor heating, and low humidity can dry the surrounding air and steal its moisture. The result? Dry skin that can itch, flake, crack, and bleed. 

Now’s the time to create a winter skincare routine that includes the hydrating effects of aloe gelly. It works quickly to moisturize and soothe skin irritations and promote healing. Use it in a DIY face mask, body scrub, or winter exfoliant for even more topical benefits.

How to Buy Lily of the Desert Products

Stock up your winter survival kit with moisturizing aloe vera hand sanitizer, natural beverage mixes, and skincare support! Browse our handy store locator to find a store near you, or stay warm and shop online at Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins.

Are you following us on Facebook or Instagram yet? You can leave a comment, ask questions, and learn more about our special promotions and the latest product news. We look forward to connecting with you!

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Planning A Healthier Thanksgiving

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Like many of us, it can be easy to fall back on bad habits over Thanksgiving break. And if we’re not careful, it can carry over into Christmas, New Years, and beyond. Between our weakened immune systems and a tendency for overeating, now’s the time to begin thinking about good alternatives for a healthier Thanksgiving.

Consider Healthy Recipe Alternatives

When preparing for your family’s festivities, there are a few substitutions you can do to make your side dishes more filling, nutritious, and delicious. This could be as simple as swapping your white rice out for brown rice, using more fresh vegetables in your casseroles, or making a healthy green salad in place of other sides. A few of our favorites include roasted carrots, roasted brussel sprouts, and cranberry-maple cornbread.

We also tend to eat more sugar than normal during the holiday season. Thankfully, there are a few healthy sugar substitutes that offer a tasty alternative to refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. Some healthy sugar substitutes include raw honey, coconut sugar, and maple syrup. Coconut sugar is used much like refined sugar as it measures the same, while honey can be drizzled over your favorite cereal or bread for added sweetness. 

If you are looking for a tasty alternative to the sweets at the dessert table, then check out the recipe for our Immune-Boosting Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl or this delicious sugar-free pecan pie. Natural sweeteners provide good nutrients and boost your health by increasing your antioxidant intake. Going sugar-free at your family get-together may seem hard, but we assure you that it is possible with a few simple substitutions. These recipes are exactly what you need to bring to the table for guests on a diet, have allergies, or are making lifestyle changes. 

Eat Meals Outside

Over the last few years, it’s become a tradition to social distance for large gatherings. This means many are taking their holiday festivities outdoors! Creating a covered outdoor seating area for you and your family to gather around the table together is easier to do than one would think. 

You also may consider renting a tent or temporary covering if you do not have a porch. Using simple lights or candles to decorate the table creates a warm and welcoming space. Some people include fire pits or outdoor heaters if they live in colder areas. 

Set Out Hand Sanitizer

As you set up your home to welcome all of your guests, you have cleaned and straightened and made sure everything was perfect. You may not have thought about one thing though: hand sanitizer. 

In an ideal world, guests would wash their hands as soon as they step into your house. But, to make it easier on them, consider adding a bottle of hand sanitizer in the entryway where everyone has access to it. Our hand sanitizer has 70% ethyl alcohol base, plus soothing aloe vera, which keeps you and your guests clean, safe, germ-free, and soothes your skin.

You can also add a bottle in the restroom for kids who have difficulty washing hands properly. Another great place is near the table for guests to access before they grab their plates and head to fill them up.

Improve Your Digestion Ahead of Time

Eating a large meal can put a strain on your digestive system, especially if you are already dealing with occasional indigestion. There are several things you can do before the big day that can help optimize your digestion.

Before chowing down, consider taking a product that aids with digestion, like Lily of the Desert’s Aloe Herbal Stomach Formula. This formula works with your stomach acid to maintain a healthy pH balance and offer better regularity. Another tip to do before eating your big meal is to try bitter foods as an appetizer, such as salad, broccoli sprouts, or collard wraps.

Remember to use fresh herbs and spices during your meal, eat cultured foods, raw salads, and try your best not to overeat. It is also important to drink plenty of liquids with your meal to aid in digestion. Once you’re done eating, try a glass of not-too-hot peppermint tea with a dash of aloe juice to help support digestion and cut down on the gas.

How to Purchase Lily of the Desert  

Let’s be thankful for good health this year. If you’d like to give aloe a try, use our store locator to find the right Lily products for you. You can also order online through Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins. As always, you can connect with us on Facebook and Instagram. We’d love to hear from you! 

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday!

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Immune-Boosting Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl

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Nothing says the holidays like a pumpkin pie, but they can be loaded with sugar. Get the flavors you love without the extra sugar with our very first smoothie bowl recipe! This Immune-Boosting Pumpkin Pie Bowl is packed with helpful nutrients, antioxidants, and essential vitamins. Plus, when you add a dash of aloe, you’re in for an even healthier treat.

Added Immunity For The Holidays

Smoothie bowls are beautiful and a great meal alternative. You can start the day out with a healthy meal or use this as a mid-afternoon snack. It’s also the perfect way to get picky eaters to enjoy more fruits and healthy ingredients that help with good immunity.

Here is what you will need for the Immune-Boosting Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl:

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • Dash cinnamon and turmeric
  • About 8 pecans
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 1 can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 3 ripe, frozen bananas
  • 1 cup ice (optional, for added thickness)
  • 4 tablespoons Aloe Juice

Directions:

You will need about 10 minutes to make your healthy smoothie bowl and this recipe will make enough for two servings. 

  1. Cut up the frozen banana pieces and set them aside. 
  2. Add pumpkin puree, almond milk, ice, aloe juice, cinnamon, and turmeric to your blender and blend until smooth. 
  3. Place the blended smoothie in a bowl. 
  4. Top smoothie with the dates, pecans, and sliced bananas. 
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

How This Healthy Smoothie Bowl Can Help You

Did you know around 70% of our immune system is located in the gut? By supporting your stomach’s biome with the right vitamins and minerals, you’re also buffing up your immunity against bad germs. Fuel and nourish your body with ingredients that support overall good health.

Pumpkin

Our star of the show would have to be the pumpkin. High in antioxidants, eating pumpkin can help support our immune systems while fighting disease. Plus, since it’s chock full of vitamins and minerals, its high levels of beta-carotene can also help with your eye health and inflammation.

Pecans

Now, pecans are a great source of healthy fats, but also contain a variety of vitamins that can help boost our immunity. They are high in protein and contain thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin E. Their antioxidant-rich content provides the body with antioxidants that help fight free radicals.

Dates

Dates are an excellent source of fiber and contain a high concentration of potassium, vitamin A, vitamin c, and many more. These also do wonders for improving your daily immunity! Regular consumption of dates helps with constipation and energy levels, just to name a few! They can also help lower cholesterol levels, anemia, and inflammation. 

Bananas

Most of us know bananas are high in potassium. This helps to lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart disease. However, we need to give bananas more credit: they’re also high in magnesium, B6, fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and much more to help with immunity.

Almond Milk

Dairy can be hard on our bodies. Almond milk is derived from almonds and delivers vital nutrients and vitamins, which offer many health benefits to you. Almond milk provides the body with fiber as well as Vitamin E, zinc, selenium, manganese, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, and more. Unsweetened almond milk is the best choice to avoid excess sugar!

Cinnamon & Turmeric

Cinnamon has antioxidant properties that help to fight off disease and reduce the risk of inflammation. Likewise, turmeric is very commonly known for its anti-inflammatory attributes but also helps fight off bacteria and relieve occasional pain.

Aloe Juice

What better way to boost your smoothie than with a splash of aloe? Lily of the Desert aloe juice has a mild flavor, helping mask it with just about any smoothie or drink. High in vitamins C, A, and E, aloe is clinically proven to help encourage overall health. From supporting a healthy digestive system to enhancing our white blood counts for better immunity, aloe is a great addition to any DIY health recipe.

How to Purchase Lily of the Desert  

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