Our body is predominantly made of water. Whether we consume water from food or beverages, it’s vital for optimal daily functioning.
Water is essential in every living cell in the body, and it provides a myriad of benefits ranging from metabolism and temperature regulation to digestion and joint lubrication.
Markets are filled with colorful juices, carbonated sodas, and energy drinks which are readily available to consumers, but many fail to realize those products contain sugars and salt in large amounts. So the benefit of hydration is outweighed by the risk of poor nutrition.
The Importance of Hydration for Digestion
For those on a balanced diet, more than 70 percent of fluid intake comes from beverages such as water, coffee, milk, juice, soda, and tea. Most people don’t realize that a significant amount of fluid is consumed through daily food intake. Almost all foods have some water, but fruits and vegetables are especially high in water content which makes them a wise choice to consume.
Water is involved in the entire digestive process from start to finish.
- It all begins with saliva, where your mouth begins the process of breaking down your food.
- The food reaches the stomach, and gastric juices are released. This highly acidic environment pulverizes your food into a paste which is further digested in the small intestine.
- In the large bowel, water helps dissolve soluble fibers, enabling them to swell and add bulk.
- Similarly, the insoluble fiber that you eat tends to trap and attract water rather than absorb it, which helps promote regular bowel movements.
So from start to finish, water is an integral part of the digestive process. We all know that sodas, energy drinks, and coffee blends can be high in sugar which significantly diminishes the purpose of consuming them.
The big question is, what healthy choices do consumers have in addition to plain water? There are plenty of healthy plant-based nutrients which can be added to plain water for a refreshingly delicious beverage. Aloe vera is a great example.
The Benefits of Aloe Juice
Aloe juice, made from the aloe vera plant, is a beverage that supports your hydration needs while providing digestive benefits. The natural aloe vera plant contains minerals, some proteins, and polysaccharides, among other substances called phytonutrients which are health-promoting compounds found in plants.
In addition to the nutrients found in aloe vera, it also contains a bitter component called aloin. Aloins act as a laxative and should not be ingested. To be safely consumed, scientists developed a purification process, known as decolorization, that removes the aloins from the aloe juice.
Believe it or not, charcoal as a substance is very effective at binding and removing aloin. By using decolorization, the pressed juice is passed through an activated charcoal filter to remove laxative components, such as aloins, to negligible levels while keeping the key compounds aloe vera has to offer.
Today, consumers can reap the benefits of aloe in many forms – juice, concentrate, or powdered extract – to be mixed with other drinks like tea or water. Adding it to your beverage of choice can help you stay better hydrated and also get the digestive support you need.
Herbalife Nutrition is a global industry leader in aloe vera quality and purity standards. Our Seed to Feed commitment guarantees a high standard of quality through rigorous processes that remove impurities, ensuring the safety of our finished products, including our bestselling premium-quality aloe vera juice.
A Spotlight on Our Herbal Aloe Concentrate
Made with premium-quality aloe, Herbal Aloe Concentrate is one of our flagship products that support digestive health.
To reap its benefits, you only need to mix 1/2 fl. oz. (3 capfuls) with 4 fl. oz. of water. It can also be mixed with other drinks, like tea, and even with a Formula 1 shake to increase your fluid intake.
Here are a few features and benefits of our Herbal Aloe Concentrate:
- It promotes healthy digestion.
- It supports nutrient absorption.
- It supports overall intestinal health.
- It’s available in multiple flavors, such as mango, grape, mandarin, and cranberry.
- When prepared as instructed on the label, it has zero calories.
- Quality Ingredients at Every Stage of the Process
Developing our premium-quality aloe involves several rigorous processes to ensure quality. These include:
- Sourcing aloe vera from expert farmers in Mexico. Aloe vera leaves are farmed and cultivated in wonderful growing conditions and then hand-picked to obtain only the best.
- The leaves are then washed, sanitized, and ground to produce the juice.
- The juice is filtered with food-grade activated charcoal to remove aloins.
- The juice is again passed through filters to remove any solid material.
- Finally, the juice is pH adjusted, filtered again, pasteurized, and condensed to a concentrate.
Our specialized scientists, such as Isabel Garcia Tornadu, have dedicated years of research in creating the best products and ingredients Herbalife Nutrition can offer. She, among others, worked on increasing knowledge of aloe vera. The results of their scientific work have been shared in many international congresses and have granted one of the highest achievements: a patent.
This patent includes a method that leads to a unique aloe juice that has a positive effect on humans without the laxative effects. Having a patented manufacturing process for our Herbal Aloe Concentrate validates our efforts to create innovative and healthy products.
Herbal Aloe Concentrate Recipes
Most of our customers combine Herbal Aloe Concentrate with water or tea, but did you know that it can also be used in cooking? Beyond a flavorful beverage, our aloe vera juice can also be used as a special ingredient in a variety of dishes and desserts.
Susan Bowerman, registered dietitian and Senior Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training, crafted the following nutritious recipes that feature our aloe concentrate product:
Mango Coconut-lime Protein Pudding Ingredients:
- 3 scoops Herbalife Nutrition Protein Drink Mix, Vanilla
- 1 cup water
- 1 ½ cups mango chunks
- 3 TBSP Herbalife Nutrition Herbal Aloe Concentrate, Mango flavor
- 2 TBSP lime juice
- 2 TBSP unsweetened coconut flakes
- 4 TBSP chia seeds
- Place all ingredients except chia seeds in the blender and blend until smooth.
- Stir in chia seeds.
- Pour into four single-serve pudding dishes, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Makes 4 servings. Per serving:
- Calories: 155
- Protein: 8g
- Carbohydrate: 14g
- Fat: 7.5g
- Fiber: 4.5g
Creamy Cranberry Aloe Salad Dressing Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup plain Greek-style nonfat yogurt
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- 2 TBSP Herbalife Nutrition Herbal Aloe Concentrate, Cranberry
- 1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground pepper
- ½ tsp dried tarragon
- Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl or combine in a shaker jar and shake until well-mixed.
Makes six 2-TBSP servings. Per serving (2 TBSP)
- Calories: 60
- Protein: 2g
- Carbohydrate: 1g
- Fat: 4g
- Fiber: 0g
Black Pepper Citrus-Glazed Chicken with Herbal Aloe Concentrate Ingredients:
- 2 TBSP light soy sauce
- 2 TBSP Herbalife Nutrition Herbal Aloe Concentrate, Mandarin
- 1 TBSP rice vinegar
- 3/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- 1¼ pounds (575g) chicken tenders (about 9-10 tenders)
- 1 TBSP canola oil
- In a large, flat baking dish, stir together soy sauce, Herbal Aloe Concentrate, vinegar, pepper, garlic powder, and ginger. Add chicken tenders to marinade; turn to coat on both sides, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
- When ready to cook, pour oil into a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat until oil is shimmering.
- Remove chicken from marinade and reserve marinade. Add chicken tenders in a single layer and cook 2-3 minutes until nicely browned on the bottom.
- Turn pieces over and continue cooking another 2-3 minutes until cooked through.
- Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.
- Pour marinade into skillet and cook, stirring until slightly thickened and reduced to a glaze, about 1-2 minutes.
- Return chicken pieces to the skillet and turn to coat with glaze.
Makes 3 servings. Per serving:
- Calories: 295
- Protein: 43g
- Carbohydrate: 2g
- Fat: 11g
- Fiber: 0g