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Immune-Boosting Smoothie Recipe

All Ingredients in the Smoothie

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.

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!

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.

Happy Gut Smoothie Recipe

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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!

Holiday Detox Smoothie Recipe

Detox Smoothie Recipe with Aloe

 

The Holiday season is upon us, and with it comes wonderful time spent with friends and family, eating delicious foods and treats piled on top of each other in ginormous mounds, forcing us to loosen a few buttons on our pants.  We all do it, even though we know we shouldn’t and it is not good for us to pile on the calories like that, but it only comes a couple times a year, so we just let ourselves go.  But then the guilt comes; “Why did I have 3 helpings of stuffing ladled on top of mashed potatoes?!”.  But with all the goodies that come during a holiday meal, it is easy to get way off course. Our bodies are in overload, shocked that they could fit that much food into one meal.  You need to bring balance back your system so that it can go back to absorbing the necessary nutrients to keep you healthy.  Time to detox.

Toxins play a big role in keeping your cells from absorbing nutrients when they need them, causing your body to have oxidative stress and be more susceptible to illness.  And this time of year, with cooler temps and everyone else around us getting sick, we have to keep our health in check even more.

Here is a simple recipe for a detox smoothie that includes our Aloe Vera Juice made with Aloesorb that has been clinically proven to help reduce toxins in the body.

LILY DETOX SMOOTHIE

-1 apple, cored and roughly chopped

-1/2 of a cucumber

-3 stalks of celery

-1 slice of avocado

-1 cup of spinach or other leafy greens

-Squeeze of a Lemon

2 ounces of Lily of the Desert Preservative Free Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice

Add items to blender and blend until smooth.  Ice and cilantro optional.

 

FIND OUR ALOE VERA JUICE NEAR YOU!

 

 

Immune Health During Back-to-School Season

Beautiful young parents and their daughter are having common cold, wiping noses and looking at camera while lying on bed

It’s back to school season…hurray!  All parents are letting out an audible sigh of relief now because planning playdates, vacations, camps, etc. is over with the kids back in the classrooms.  But this also means they are back to germ city.  How many parents do you know with a kid already home sick…and it’s only the first week?!  So how do you keep yourself healthy with all the germs that kids bring home?

Having a healthy immune system means your body is defended against illness or infection.  Cells work together to combat any foreign pathogen that comes in contact with your body.  So what can you do to make sure that your immune system is in tip-top shape?

  1. Drink plenty of water- Water helps your body produce Lymph, which your immune system uses to circulate white blood cells and nutrients to the tissues in the body. It also helps to keep the body clear of toxins.
  2. Eat a balanced diet- Sugar-laden foods and those loaded in saturated fat only impede your immune system from working correctly. Load up on fruits, vegetables and whole grains to keep your body going.
  3. Get moving- Exercise helps your body rid itself of unwanted bacteria and helps increase the circulation of antibodies or white blood cells to help stave off infection.
  4. Add some supplements-Immune-boosting supplements can help the battle to keep you healthy. Aloe vera contains the polysaccharide called Acemannan that has many immune health benefits.  You can take 2 to 4 oz daily of Lily of the Desert Aloe vera juice or gel to help support your healthy immune system.  It’s great to add to your smoothie or juice.
  5. Wash your hands and get some rest- These may seem like the obvious, but they are something people often forget to do.  But you are always telling your kids to wash their hands and go to bed, so make sure you do the same!

All these steps can only help you to stay healthy during this time of sneezing, wheezing and coughing.   Good luck out there!

Aloe Vera:Safe Alternative for Your Occasional Heartburn

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Let’s face it: dealing with occasional heartburn stinks.  Whether it happens when you eat certain foods or it just comes up out of the blue, you are feeling the burn and want it to go away.  The key to helping ease your occasional heartburn starts in the stomach.  The health of your gut is vital to helping you stay healthy…period.  So what can you do to help?

A common practice is to use a proton pump inhibitor to stop acid production altogether, but recent studies have shown that these could lead to future heart attacks.  Yikes.  Who wants that to happen?  Aloe vera has been known for thousands of years as a digestive aide.  Our Aloe Herbal Stomach Formula contains our own aloe mixed with a variety of trusted digestive herbs like chamomile, ginger root, slippery elm and fennel seed.  This wondrous combination helps balance your stomach acid naturally, not stop its production.   You will benefit from healthy digestion and that will help your entire body stay happy and healthy.  Not a bad tradeoff, huh?

Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie

Forget a #PSL … make a pumpkin drink with a little more substance. In our Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie, pureed pumpkin and a banana blend together smoothly, and fresh ginger and cinnamon will really warm you up. Plus, pumpkins are loaded with beta-carotene, they’re low in calories, fat, and sodium, high in fiber, and they’re good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron. Enjoy all that this quintessential fall vegetable has to offer!

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Running low on your supply of Lily of the Desert products? Check out our store locator to find a retailer near you!

Find out more about how our patent-pending, all-aloe ingredient, Aloesorb™, naturally amplifies the health benefits of what you eat.

Cranberry Aloe Fizz

This beautiful Cranberry Aloe Fizz is one way to get festive for the upcoming holidays. The ginger ale and cranberry (make sure it’s 100% juice!) are a wonderful combination of tart and sweet, with a little ginger kick. The rosemary sprig adds a nice aromatic element, and bubbles in your drink always turns an ordinary day into a special occasion. Just add your daily serving of Aloe vera juice, and you’re good to go!

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Running low on your supply of Lily of the Desert products? Check out our store locator to find a retailer near you!

Find out more about how our patent-pending, all-aloe ingredient, Aloesorb™, naturally amplifies the health benefits of what you eat.

 

So Fresh and Green Smoothie (with Aloe H2O)

Unfortunately, many health drinks have high amounts of sugar in them. This is something we wanted to be mindful of (and avoid) when we created our newest beverage line — Aloe H2O. It has only 3g of sugar per serving … just enough to balance aloe vera’s naturally bitter flavor. And not only does Aloe H2O taste great on its own, but it also makes a great liquid base for smoothies, especially because it adds nutritional value without adding a lot of sugar to the usually-fruit-based recipes. For the So Fresh and Green Smoothie, we in particular liked using Pure Aloe H2O because of the subtle cucumber flavor that it contributes. Try it for yourself and see what you think!

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Running low on your supply of Lily of the Desert products? Check out our store locator to find a retailer near you!

Find out more about how our patent-pending, all-aloe ingredient, Aloesorb™, naturally amplifies the health benefits of what you eat.