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Berry Delicious Smoothie Recipe

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Ready for another delicious Lily recipe? Our new Berry Delicious Smoothie is loaded with great flavors and essential nutrients to help support your immune system. Time to fire up the blender!

Key Ingredients for Improved Immunity

Fruits like Blueberries, Strawberries, and Raspberries are great sources of Vitamin C and antioxidants. As many natural cellular processes in our body create waste in the form of free radicals, antioxidants work to clear these issues and reduce any inflammation that may arise.

Oranges also have high Vitamin C content, which is thought to help white blood cell production. Plus, they’re perfect for peeling and dividing directly into the mix.

Almond Milk contains Vitamins A, D, and E. These three ingredients will give your immune system a big push for enhanced protection. Try for the unsweetened version, since the fruit used here will provide all the sweetness you crave.

Chia Seeds aren’t just a fun way to add texture to your smoothie. They’re known to be rich in antioxidants and can help balance your gut health, and thus naturally improving the strength of your immune system.

Finally, Lily’s Aloe Vera Juice has over 200 biologically-active components like vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and polysaccharides. Each of these elements offer great benefits like better digestion, increased nutrient absorption, and, of course, heightened immunity. Plus, with the addition of Aloesorb, our products are clinically proven to help increase immune support, nutrient absorption, antioxidant support and detoxification even more!

Our Berry Delicious Smoothie Recipe

 1 Cup Blueberries

1/2 Cup Strawberries

1/2 Cup Raspberries

1/4 Cup Almond Milk (Unsweetened Vanilla)

4 Tbsp Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

1 Orange (Divided)

During these summer months, we suggest using frozen berries or previously freezing the fresh ingredients overnight. Frozen berries make for a frosty and refreshing smoothie!

How to Prepare

  • Combine your Blueberries, Strawberries, and Raspberries into the blender
  • Peel and half the Orange, putting both sides in
  • Pour a ¼ cup of Almond Milk (or whatever milk substitute you enjoy)
  • Add 1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds
  • Add 4 tablespoons of Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice
  • Blend and enjoy!

Why Add Aloe Vera?

While you might not think of aloe as a great addition to a smoothie, it’s an excellent choice when it comes to supplementing your delicious creation. Aloe contains many vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin B, C, and E, which are great for boosting immune support. It’s also one of the few plant sources of Vitamin B-12.

With any recipe, it’s important to make sure the things you’re putting into your body are nutritious, and not relying on unnecessary empty calories. Aloe vera juice is perfect to add in to give your drink a much-needed infusion of essential nutrients.

Want Some Aloe Vera Juice?

Take a look at our Aloe Vera Juices under our products section on the website. You can use our store locator to find the nearest location with our products or visit Amazon for shipping options.

We hope you like this recipe and share it with your friends. Any questions about aloe vera juice or the smoothie in general? Ask us your questions on our Facebook.

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5 Healthy Habits You Can Do at Home

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We are all feeling the pressure of living life right now in “not-so-normal” ways, especially when spending so much more time at home than what we normally do. The stress of this new situation can affect more than your mind; it’s a physiological process that can wreak havoc on your body as well. Having a good handle on anxiety allows you to maintain good mental and physical health. That’s why it’s important to focus on healthy habits at home to decrease your stress level so you can live a happy, healthy life.

Here is a list of 5 simple tips that can help benefit a more sound mind and body.

Tip #1: Focus on Mindfulness

This does not mean you should quit your job, move to a monastery and become a monk. We can only begin to improve our mindsets once we notice their state in the first place. Becoming aware of when you are experiencing stress is the first step to mitigating that feeling.

Stretching

Stretching is an excellent way to stay in tune with your body and its needs. Stretching helps improve flexibility and posture while lowering the risk of physical injury. But did you know it helps your body absorb more nutrients, too?

When you stretch, blood flow is increased throughout the body. This improved circulation allows your blood, which carries nutrients, to reach more muscle groups and provide them with much-needed nutrient support. It also acts as a way to make your muscles to relax, in turn calming the mind. You will feel more refreshed, calm and relaxed. Here are some ideas on stretching during the day.

Breathing Exercises

Focusing on your breath is a common theme in meditation practices. If you can slow your thoughts and focus on something as simple as breathing in and out, other worries will tend to fade for the time being.

Physical benefits of proper breathing can include increased blood flow, lessened inflammation, and improved digestion. Naturally, our bodies need oxygen to perform. The rising oxygen levels can help support essential bodily functions. Here are some ideas on focusing your breathing during the day.

Meditation

Much like breathing exercises and stretching, meditation helps to focus and calm the mind. You don’t need to go to a retreat to learn the power of meditation. The goal is simply to notice your thoughts and recenter them when your mind wanders to stressful situations. You can meditate for 30 seconds or 30 hours. Just employ this strategy when you can feel yourself getting worked up.

In an eight-week study, a meditation style called “mindfulness meditation” reduced the inflammation response caused by stress (ie. increased cortisol levels).

Tip #2: No Electronics Before Bed

Do you ever find yourself mindlessly scrolling through your social media feed? Do you open an app on your phone out of boredom without ever consciously deciding to go there? Us too. Here’s some benefits to limiting your screen time.

First off, the physical act of staring at a bright screen can cause issues. Eye strain is common and can often result in headaches. Less time staring at a screen will reduce these results.

The blue light emitted from the screen has been shown to decrease melatonin levels and interfere with the body’s day/night cycle. It is recommended that you do not watch TV, use your phone, or scroll through your iPad in the hour before you plan to sleep.

Another bonus to limiting screen time has to do with what you see on your phone. Often you will come into contact with negative news when scrolling through your feed. This can upset you and therefore cause an increase in cortisol, as known as the stress hormone.

Tip #3: No Stress Eating

You can’t talk about improving the mind without an effort to improve the body, since the body ultimately controls your mental state. It’s easy to default to comfort foods and junk food when feeling stressed. Proper nutrition to ensure you receive proper quantities of essential vitamins and nutrients is key.

Make sure you are giving the body what it needs by eating whole foods and adding proper supplementation so you can maintain a healthy immune system. Check out our latest smoothie recipe to make an immune-boosting beverage that’s packed with vitamins and nutrients.

Lily of the Desert’s Aloe vera Juices, Gels, and Formulas have over 200 biologically-active components that are naturally found in aloe vera and offer great health benefits. Plus, with the addition of Aloesorb, our products are clinically proven to help boost immune support, improve nutrient absorption, help detox the body of unwanted toxins and increase antioxidant support. They also help maintain healthy digestion and regularity, which is where 70% of immune health lies.

Tip #4: Get Outdoors!

We’ve done plenty of talking about both enhancing your mental state and enhancing the internal functions of the body. Now it’s time to take care of the outside.

Most people stay indoors quite often due to office work or hanging out at the house. These habits can result in a Vitamin D deficiency from a lack of sunlight. Get outdoors and enjoy some wonderful Vitamin D the sun rays give off each day. Whether you choose to meditate outdoors or get some exercise, it’s a double win for mental and physical health.

You can help keep your skin healthy and moisturized by using Lily of the Desert’s 99% Aloe Gelly. This topical moisturizer reduces the appearance of dry and damaged skin, promotes an attractive appearance, and hydrates up to 3 epidermal layers.

Tip #5: Your Health Matters

Life can throw a lot of factors your way that you have to deal with. Sometimes we can lose focus on what is really important. Taking care of both your body and mind will have tremendous results and improve your overall quality of life.

Have any questions about Lily of the Desert’s products or just wondering something about this blog post? Feel free to message us on Facebook and we will help you out!

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Lily of the Desert’s Immune Health Giveaway Package

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The Giveaway That Keeps On Giving

As a strong immune system becomes more and more important, it’s only natural we gather some of our most powerful supplements to armor up against potential threat. From classic Aloe vera juices to travel-sized herbal stomach shots, we can’t wait to deliver the ultimate immunity care package right to your doorstep.

And that’s not all we’re also throwing in a 30 pack of Lifestix E.N.T. Care to maintain daily immune health for the whole family. Every sweet-tasting packet of Lifestix contains good probiotics that you sprinkle on your tongue for good ear, nose, and throat health. They’re even safe for ages 2 and up!

Like and comment on this Facebook Post between Monday, June 15th, 2020 at 3:00 PM CST to Sunday, June 21st, 2020 at 3PM CST to receive this special gift tote and enjoy all the amazing benefits these natural products have to offer!

Immune Health Giveaway Items

How to Enter

  • Visit our Facebook Page.
  • React to this blog post [linked].
  • Comment with your favorite Lily of the Desert product!

We will choose three winners and announce them on Facebook at 3PM on Monday, June 22nd, 2020 at 3PM CST. Make sure to check our page and claim your prize!

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 Monday, June 15th at 3:00 PM CST and ends Sunday, June 21st, 2020 at 3PM CST.
  • Winners will be selected by Lily of the Desert and announced on our Facebook Page on 3PM on Monday, June 22nd, 2020 at 3PM CST.
  • 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.

What Makes Our Aloe Unique?

As a leader in the natural products industry, Lily of the Desert is globally recognized for our organically-grown aloe vera. We raise, harvest, and process each aloe plant within our own facility to ensure you’re getting the absolute best from field to bottle. After all, our motto has been “Retaining the Quality that Nature Created” since 1971.

Aloe vera naturally works to help maintain everyday digestion, nutrition, and immune health. It contains over 200 active components and has shown to be incredibly beneficial when safely ingested in 2 to 3 ounces at a time. 

In its natural state, aloe is a great source of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and polysaccharides. But our team of experts have taken it a step further for even more effective benefits.

Each aloe product in the Immune Health Giveaway is enhanced with our very own patent-pending Aloesorb™ infusion. This nutrient-rich delivery system is scientifically proven to increase white blood cell counts by 16%, bolstering their numbers and better protecting of your immune system from harmful pathogens.

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Aloe Vera for Internal Use & Application

With almost 50 years as a leader in the Aloe vera industry, we’ve learned and discovered so much about what makes aloe beneficial for good health. As an extremely versatile plant, its benefits can be seen not only in its topical applications, but also when ingested as a juice or gel. Let’s discuss the many reasons why you should use Aloe vera in your daily health regimen!

About Aloe Vera

Let’s start by breaking down what you will find inside the aloe plant. There are 200 active components working harmoniously together inside Aloe vera: vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and perhaps most importantly, polysaccharides.  

In simple terms, polysaccharides are molecule chains that help transport nutrients in the body in an efficient manner. This allows nutrients to be more bioavailable, which plays a huge role in helping improve the body’s overall condition.

A study conducted by the University of Mississippi discovered that specific higher molecular weight polysaccharides yielded greater benefit. At Lily of the Desert, we decided to investigate further and made an extract that contained only those higher weight polysaccharides found in our aloe. The result was our patent-pending ingredient, Aloesorb™, that is added to all of our products. Gold standard clinical studies found that Aloesorb™ had positive effects in nutrient absorption, immune health, detoxification and antioxidant support.  

Let’s take a look at the ways drinking aloe can benefit your overall health. 

Immune Support

Immune support is an exciting topic in Aloe vera research, especially when it comes to the production of white blood cells.

White blood cells act as the initial defense system of the body. By actively finding and fighting off issues caused by foreign contaminants, these cells are crucial in helping your body stay healthy. Our gold standard study found that our aloe with Aloesorb™ increased white blood cell count by 16%, giving your body’s immune system an extra boost!

Another exciting benefit that Aloesorb offers is a significant increase in nutrient absorption. A gold standard clinical study verified that, when taken with water-soluble supplements like Vitamin C, there was a 2000% increase in absorption levels. This makes nutrients more bioavailable for your body to use.

We recommend 2 ounces of Lily of the Desert’s Aloe Juice a day to help support your immune system all year long. It can be added to your favorite juice or smoothie with ease, and of course, used with your daily supplements.

Digestion

We’ve covered that Lily of the Desert’s Aloe vera can increase nutrient absorption by 2000%, but what is the benefit of better absorption rates? Well, when your body is able to take in more nutrients, it is able to function at a higher level. This in turn helps your stomach and its ability to digest foods normally.  

Aloe’s various active components are able to help remove waste from the body and lower toxins that prevent cells absorbing necessary nutrients. This helps balance the pH of the stomach and overall digestion.

Through a special blend of Aloe vera juice and trusted herbs, our Lily of the Desert Stomach Formula is designed to balance stomach acidity, improve digestion, and support gut health naturally.

Detoxification

A good way to keep your body in tip-top shape is to rid it of unnecessary or potentially harmful toxins. Aloe does this in a couple of ways. As a very water-dense plant, Aloe vera naturally helps with hydration. When a body is properly hydrated, it can flush out toxins more effectively while keeping the system moving. 

It also helps support our liver and kidney function through the 200 vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in aloe. These two organs are essential for ridding the body of impurities.  Lily of the Desert with Aloesorb™ is clinically proven to help reduce toxic levels of nitrates in the body by 11%.

Whole Leaf vs. Inner Fillet Aloe Vera Juice

Though we have talked about the fantastic world of Aloe vera as a supplement, you might have noticed Lily of the Desert sells two different types of juices. These juices are called Whole Leaf Aloe Juice and Inner Fillet Aloe Juice

When you open up an aloe leaf, you will find clear gel inside. Whole Leaf juice includes the inside gel of the leaf as well as the outer shell or rind. Inner Fillet juice just contains that inner gel without the rind. So, why would I choose one over the other?

The answer is really just based on your preference. Some people prefer the taste of the Inner Fillet or the taste of the Whole Leaf version. It’s really up to you, as you won’t receive any more major physiological benefits from choosing one over the other. 

(Tip: Adding Lily of the Desert’s Aloe Juice to your favorite smoothies makes healthy ingredients even more beneficial! Need some inspiration? We have a few recipes for you to try out here.)

Aloe Vera Juice VS Aloe Vera Gel

You can also decide if the juice or gel better fits your preference. Aloe Vera Gel, which differs from our 99% Aloe Vera Gelly used for topical application, contains the same 200 biologically-active components as our juices. The gel is thicker that some find to have a “soothing” effect on the throat, whereas our aloe juice has a thinner consistency. Both are meant to be ingested for internal usejust pick a consistency that you like best!

Ask Us About Aloe Vera

As you can see, Aloe vera is a complex plant that can do awesome things to help your body be its best. Have any questions about aloe, our products, or potential benefits? Ask us your questions on our official Facebook page.

Don’t forget to hop over to the Lily of the Desert Store Locator so you can track down our aloe products at your nearest retailer. 

Watch our recent interview with Naturally Savvy discussing all things aloe!

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Aloe Vera’s Natural Digestive Benefits

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Did you know the digestive system plays a crucial role in maintaining overall good health? Your gut, made up of our stomach and intestines, can have a major effect on whether our bodies are functioning properly. Poor gut health can cause a multitude of issues including: a weakened immune system (over 70% of your immune health is located in the gut!), occasional heartburn and indigestion, poor metabolism, sleeplessness, and more. But you can help balance your digestion, and in turn, your whole body, much more easily with Aloe Vera.

Aloe has been used as a digestive aid for several thousands of years. It’s even appeared on 4,000 year-old Sumerian clay tablets and in Egyptian records extolling its digestive benefits! Across the centuries, aloe’s natural qualities have  been celebrated by many cultures around the globe that use it on a daily basis to help maintain good health.

Let’s look at how aloe actually works in your digestive system, and the positive impact it has on the rest of your body.

Aloe naturally contains over 200 biologically-active components like vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, minerals, and perhaps most importantly: polysaccharides. These components all work together harmoniously and actually create an adaptogenic effect that work to balance your body’s system and reduce stressors.

Digestion

Aloe Vera is known to help act as a detox for our digestive system, helping to clean the system of excess built-up waste and toxins. It maintains a balanced pH in the stomach and keeps acid in check. Other products that are meant to help with stomach acid can either end up blocking it or eradicating it entirely, which does not allow your body to digest naturally and absorb vital nutrients.

Aloe works with your own stomach acid to bring balance and create a healthy environment for digestion, probiotics with beneficial bacteria, and more. This balance helps to maintain healthy regularity and reduce the likelihood of stomach upset and occasional heartburn or acid indigestion.

The polysaccharides found in aloe not only help to reduce toxins but by doing so, assist in increasing nutrient absorption by transporting nutrients from your foods and supplements to the body. Lily of the Desert aloe is clinically proven to increase nutrient absorption up to 2000%

By having your digestion balanced, your body is also able to enjoy more fringe benefits from Aloe vera.

Immune Support

As aloe is a great source of support for good digestion, it is also true for immune health. Aloe is able to stimulate the white blood cells in your body that act as your natural defense system against stressors like seasonal allergies. Our own brand of Aloe vera is clinically proven to increase white blood cell counts by 16%, allowing for more protection when it comes to outside contaminants. Adding aloe to your daily regimen can have a positive impact on your overall immune health throughout the year.

Antioxidant Support

Aloe Vera contains antioxidants that belong to a family of substances called polyphenols. Antioxidants help protect the lining of the gut by supporting the cells in the stomach. They also help produce good bacteria and limit inflammation. Additionally, if you’re taking supplements with probiotics and prebiotics, the antioxidants in Aloe Vera can magnify the effect and improve your gut health regiment. Lily of the Desert aloe brand is clinically proven to increase antioxidant support by 40%!

Getting Better Gut Health

Lily of the Desert’s Aloe Herbal Stomach Formula is a special blend of certified organic aloe vera and trusted herbs like peppermint, chamomile, ginger, and blessed thistle that have been known to help maintain overall healthy digestion. It works with your own stomach acid to maintain a healthy pH balance while offering relief from occasional heartburn and acid indigestion. It is the ideal natural alternative to the beta-blockers and acid blockers available.

You can take 2 ounces by itself or mix it with a juice you enjoy. We recommend taking it 15-30 minutes prior to your meal.

With different sizes available for everyday use, it’s never been more convenient to soothe your occasional upset stomach. Choose from our 32 fl oz bottle of Stomach Formula, or the smaller 2 fl oz shot of Stomach Formula for when you’re on the go.

Want to find the closest store with Lily of the Desert aloe vera products? Hop over to our store locator and find your nearest retailer!

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Green Juice Immune Booster Recipe

 

 

Strengthening our immune systems has become one of our top priorities for 2020.  When we eat nutrient-rich foods and utilize supplements to help fill in the gaps, we are giving our natural defenses a boost that can help lessen the chances of becoming sick. 

This simple and delicious smoothie recipe contains vital nutrients that can help give your immune system the extra boost it may need to help stay healthy. 

Why This Smoothie Is Oh-So Good

Fruits like lemons, kiwis, pineapple, and mango are packed with Vitamin C. This essential nutrient is known for its antioxidant properties that both enhances immune health and aids in antiviral and antibacterial protection. 

Spinach is also rich in Vitamin C, numerous antioxidants, and beta carotene— which your body turns into Vitamin A in order to keep your eyes and skin healthy. This special combination of antioxidant and beta carotene helps the body ward off any potential invaders.

Those aren’t the only antioxidants here. The grated ginger offers strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that helps to support a healthy immune system while adding a kick to your smoothie. It’s also a natural way to sooth an upset stomach and help in occasional digestion troubles. And don’t forget, over 70% of immune health starts in the gut!

Almond Milk contains important vitamins like A, D, and E, and gives your body the other recommended nutrients it needs to function properly. Additionally, it provides vitamin B and iron, which increases muscle strength and recovery.

Last but not least, Aloe vera juice is a great source for strengthened immune health. Lily of the Desert’s aloe juice contains 200 biologically active compounds, meaning it works to give your body everything it needs to thrive in only a few ounces at a time. Our aloe helps increase nutrient levels by increasing the rate of absorption your body naturally undergoes by over 2000%

And that’s not even the half of it! When enhanced with our patent-pending Aloesorb, taking Lily of the Desert aloe juice daily is clinically proven to increase to your white blood cell counts by 16%. That allows for even more protection for a strong and healthy immune system.

Our Immune-Boosting Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Spinach (Tightly-Packed)
  • 1 ½ Cup Almond Milk 
  • 1 ½ Cup Kiwi, Pineapple, and Mango Chunk Mix
  • 2 Tablespoons Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice
  • ½ Teaspoon Grated Ginger
  • ½ Lemon (Juiced)

Frozen fruits can be a great alternative to fresh produce. Not only is does it make storage easy, but it also helps keep your drink cold and refreshing. Feel free to use other dairy substitutes like cashew, coconut, or oat if you prefer as well.

Here’s What You Do

  • Peel and cut your kiwi, pineapple, and mango into smaller pieces
  • Peel and grate the ginger
  • Cut your lemon in half and juice
  • Combine your fruit mix, ginger, and spinach into the blender
  • Add lemon juice and almond milk
  • Add 2 tablespoons of Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice
  • Blend until smooth, and enjoy!

Additional Benefits of Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice

Without a doubt, Aloe Vera is a powerful plant with many powerful properties. Of course, Lily’s Aloe Vera juice gives your immune system what it requires, but there are many more benefits to have! Aloe Vera also supports a healthy digestion system, reduces harmful toxins, balances stomach acidity naturally, and can even soothe occasional muscle and joint discomfort.

Learn more about what makes Lily of the Desert the #1 seller of aloe products or find a retailer near you to pick up your own bottle.

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Immune-Boosting Smoothie Recipe

All of us could use a boost to our immune systems right now and with this simple and delicious smoothie recipe, Lily’s got you covered. Each valuable ingredient helps to give your body the proper nutrients and minerals it needs to function at its best.

Here’s what you’ll need:

· 1 Peeled Orange

· 1 Peeled Large Carrot

· 1 Peeled Banana

· ½ Peeled Lemon

· 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

· ½ Cup Chopped Pineapple

· 1 Inch Slice Ginger

· ¼ Teaspoon Turmeric

· ¼ Teaspoon Cinnamon

· ⅛ Teaspoon Ground Pepper (optional)

· 2 Tablespoons Whole Leaf Aloe Juice

If you aren’t able to find these ingredients fresh, you can always use their frozen substitute. Missing something from the list? Throw in your favorite fruits or veggies and experiment with your own taste by following the instructions below. Feel free to add ice too, if you like.

How To Make:

1. Peel and cut the pineapple, banana, orange, and carrot into small pieces.

2. Slice the ginger and lemon.

3. Place your fruits, carrot, and ginger into the blender.

4. Add ¼ teaspoon of turmeric, cinnamon and ⅛ teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper.

5. Pour 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk into the blender.

6. Add 2 tablespoons of Lily’s Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice to the mix for added nutrient absorption.

7. Blend for a couple of minutes, or until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

8. Enjoy!

Health Benefits of Lily’s Immune-Boosting Smoothie:

Not only does this smoothie taste great, but it helps us feel great, too.

Oranges and lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C to help naturally strengthen your immune system. Bananas also contain vitamin C, along with potassium and magnesium. Almond milk provides micronutrients like zinc, iron, and calcium.

Carrots are rich in the antioxidants that combat free radicals in the body. Likewise, pineapple does the same to enhance immunity, help lower inflammation, and encourage antioxidants to bolster the body against toxins.

Finally, ginger and turmeric contain many health benefits, including lowering blood sugar, increasing digestive support, and reducing inflammation. Cinnamon is also anti-inflammatory and helps the black pepper fight against potential toxins and help to prevent bacterial growth in the intestinal tract.

The Benefits of Adding Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice To Your Smoothie:

Aloe Vera is a versatile plant with several health benefits. Adding our aloe juice to your smoothies can help support healthy digestion, increase absorption of nutrients, and balance stomach acidity naturally. By increasing the antioxidants in your system, you can more easily and efficiently reduce harmful toxins in the body. Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice has been clinically proven to increase white blood cells by 16% giving your immune system an important boost!

See where to find Lily of the Desert’s Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice here.

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Ways to Keep Your Immune System Healthy During COVID-19

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By now, we have all familiarized ourselves with two effective ways to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus: washing your hands thoroughly and avoiding high-risk points like your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Washing with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds helps eliminate what may be already on your hands. If you don’t wash your hands, the virus can be transferred to the respiratory system by touching your face.

In addition to the above precautions, here are some important steps you can take to try to ensure you stay feeling well in both body and environment.

 

Eat Right 

Fruits and vegetables should be your best friend right now! Choosing prebiotic and probiotic foods will help your body produce healthy gut flora for better digestion and regularity. Eating foods rich in micronutrients (particularly Vitamin A, C and E) and zinc will also help keep the immune system functioning properly.

 

Get Proper Rest

Did you know sleep is crucial in fighting off infectious diseases? It can also help quicken the recovery process if you were to become infected. Your immune system releases proteins, known as cytokines, while you sleep. Cytokines must increase while you are sick to fight infections and inflammation. 

During periods of inadequate sleeping, those antibodies are reduced in the body. Make sure to get your required sleep to keep your immune system prepared to face an attack.

 

Exercise Regularly 

A healthy immune system often relies on a healthy amount of exercise. When you move your body, it allows bacteria to be flushed from your lungs and airways. Antibodies and white blood cells circulate more rapidly during times of exercise and could potentially cause a faster discovery of the bacteria. Additionally, the brief rise in temperature during a workout could help kill bacteria (similar to the effect of having a fever).  Maybe give some of these a try.  

 

Stay Hydrated

Ensuring your body is properly hydrated is good for more than just battling dehydration symptoms. Hydration helps the mucus membrane and reduces irritation from coughing, sneezing, and breathing. Help your body flush out toxins and perform at peak shape by drinking lots of water throughout the day. Learn how you can get your vitamins while staying hydrated.

 

Use Proper Hygiene

Washing your hands is key, but there are other hygiene measures to employ. Make sure to shower regularly and scrub your skin, as the virus could be on other parts of the body. Wash your clothes often to keep them clean as well. Sneeze and cough into your elbow to avoid air droplets containing the virus to spread more easily.

 

Utilize Social Distancing

Avoid large gatherings and crowds during this period of time. If you do have to leave your home for work, grocery shopping, or a doctor’s appointment, please maintain a safe distance of six feet from other people. Social distancing allows us to “flatten the curve” and cut down on potential exposure.

 

How To Make Hand Sanitizer At Home

It’s no secret the spread of COVID-19 has caused a serious strain on the availability of hand sanitizer. Fortunately, there are safe and effective ways to make your own with just a few simple ingredients. Before you stress about those empty shelves, see below for our method of making your own personal-use hand sanitizer for times of need.

 

Important Safety Tips

As a reminder, washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds is the most effective way to rid your hands of germs. Hand sanitizer is primarily meant to be to be used when you do not have access to soap and water.

Make sure you are following the recipe exactly. Improper balances could result in injury. All tools used to make the sanitizer must be properly sanitized or you risk contaminating the gel.

Hand sanitizer requires a minimum of 60% alcohol to be effective. 

 

How to Make Hand Sanitizer Gelly

You need three ingredients to make your hand sanitizer. These items are found at your local store or through online ordering.

The isopropyl or rubbing alcohol will be one of the key ingredients. The 99% alcohol ensures germs and viruses are killed when applied to your hands. Aloe vera gel is an emollient that keeps your hands moisturized in order for the alcohol not to dry out your skin. Essential oils (ie. tea tree, lavender, etc.) provide a nice bit of fragrance and potential anti-microbial benefits to the sanitizer. 

To create the mixture, grab these items out of your cupboard.

  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Liquid Measuring Cup
  • Funnel
  • Bottle (To place mixture into when done)

Please make sure all items used to create the gel are sanitized. Contaminating your mixture will render it ineffective.

 

7 Simple Steps

  1. Take your liquid measuring cup and pour a 3/4 cup of 99% Isopropyl Alcohol into your mixing bowl.
  2. Measure 1/4 cup of 99% Aloe Gelly and combine with the alcohol in the mixing bowl. 
  3. Whisk the alcohol-aloe mixture for at least a minute, making sure to combine the gelly and alcohol thoroughly.
  4. Add a few drops of your tea tree or lavender essential oil to the mixture.
  5. Take your funnel, place it into your bottle, then pour the sanitizer inside.
  6. Make sure to label your bottle as hand sanitizer so no one mistakes it as something else.
  7. Let your bottles rest for 72 hours

 

After you are finished creating the sanitizer, it is important to let the bottles rest. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends you “place the bottles in quarantine for 72 hours before use. This allows time for any spores present in the alcohol or the new/reused bottles to be destroyed.”

 

At-Home Health

Once your bottles have rested for 72 hours, you are free to use your new hand sanitizer! 

Lily of the Desert is the #1 seller of aloe vera products in the natural products industry. All of our products feature Aloesorb™, our patent-pending nutrient delivery system that gives a bigger boost to the naturally-derived benefits of aloe vera.

Use our 99% Aloe Vera Gelly for your next batch of homemade hand sanitizer and take care of yourself over the coming weeks!

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Aloesorb: Enhanced Immune Health

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From washing our hands to staying home from work, we’re all doing our part in preventing the potential spread of COVID-19. But as we continue to take precaution against the concern of contagion, it’s crucial to maintain a healthy immune system throughout the process. If your body’s defenses aren’t at their strongest, you can be left with a vulnerability that causes those preventative measures to fall flat.

So, what makes for a strong immune system? And how can Lily of the Desert aloe help?

Immune Health (In A Nutshell)

The key to boosting our immune system lies in the production of white blood cells. These specialized soldiers exist to find and eliminate unhealthy pathogens before they can spread infection within the body. By boosting production of white blood cells, you are adding to the ranks of your first line of defense.

Unfortunately, their good fight can only last so long. White blood cells become overworked, leaving us to fall victim to infection and illness much more easily. This allows pathogens (AKA the disease-causing foreign microbes we encounter daily) to make us sick and spread onto others around us.

How Our Aloe Can Help Immune Health

Did you know drinking Lily’s aloe juice daily is clinically proven to increase white blood cell counts by 16%? That’s a hefty improvement that bolsters their numbers and makes for a stronger, more effective immune system.

Our aloe also encourages increased nutrient absorption, giving you more of the essential immunity-boosting components you need from the food you already eat throughout the day. Maximizing the vitamins and minerals normally flushed out of your system can help your body function at its best.

If you’re a fan of the Lily brand, you’ve likely heard or seen the word “Aloesorb”. It’s on all the packaging of our aloe-based products, and it’s something we get a lot of questions about.

Aloesorb is our patent-pending process that’s entirely unique in the aloe vera industry. It isn’t an additive or preservative. It’s simply pure, 100% aloe vera, cultivated right at the source.

We’ve extracted high molecular weight polysaccharides (naturally found inside the aloe plant) and infused a more effective version back into our products. The higher the weight, the better the overall quality— resulting in chart-busting benefits throughout multiple “Gold Standard” clinical studies.

In fact, it’s scientifically proven that products with Aloesorb have a 2000% increase in nutrient absorption rates, as well as contributing to our juice’s 16% white blood cell improvement study. It can also offer assistance in balanced digestion, reduced nitrate levels, and increased antioxidant support.

Whether you’re braving the unknown or practicing social distancing at home, it’s more important than ever to keep your immune system functioning at its full potential. Learn more about our aloe products and where to find them by visiting our store locator.

From all of us at Lily of the Desert, we appreciate your patronage and hope you remain safe and well during this trying time.

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Happy Gut Smoothie Recipe

GUT HEALTHHappy Gut Smoothie Recipe

Good health starts in your gut.  If your digestion is out of whack because of over indulging during the holidays, then this smoothie recipe will help get you back on track.  This recipe contains key ingredients (found in your local market) that will make your gut happy.

Spinach: while we all know that spinach is full of good stuff for our body, most don’t know that it also helps with your digestion by warding off constipation and soothing mucus membranes of your digestive tract.

Raspberries: packed with fiber, raspberries are an excellent in season fruit that you can add to help keep your stomach at full power.  They also have low natural sugar content keep your waistline happy.

Apples: also full of fiber, apples have a great natural grit as well that is great for cleaning out your digestive tract.

Ginger: this spice packs a powerful punch when it comes to good health.  Ginger is great for nausea, indigestion, morning sickness and more.

Flaxseed: full of gut-helping fiber, flaxseed is such a great multi-purpose ingredient to help keep your good health on track.

Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice: aloe works naturally to balance your stomach’s pH.  This helps keep your digestion healthy and avoid occasional heartburn, indigestion or stomach upset.  Try our best-selling USDA Organic Preservative Free Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice for this recipe.

LILY’S HAPPY GUT SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

-1 cup of spinach

-1/2 cup raspberrries

-One apple, cored and diced

-1 inch piece of peeled ginger

-1 TBSP of Flaxseed

-1/4 cup of Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice

Directions:

Place all of your ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.   Add some mint to garnish and give your digestion an extra boost.

Find a store near you that sells Lily of the Desert!

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