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Aloe Vera Water

We all know that aloe vera is wonderful to treat a sunburn but it's benefits run much deeper than that! Filled with antioxidants, immunity boosters (Vitamin C), calcium, magnesium, hydrating and healing properties. It's no wonder, all my research had experts going bonkers over aloe's super powers! My interest especially lies with its ability to heal and sooth the GI tract along with creating a protective coating. It also can minimize heartburn and relieve constipation. Too much of a good thing is pertinent in aloe's case and one shouldn't consume more than 8 oz per day.

Makes ~2 1/2 cups

2 large aloe vera leaves (10 oz gel)

2 cups water or coconut water (if you really want to pump up the hydration and electrolyte value) I recommend Zico brand, it's ingredients are only coconut and water and it's the best tasting one I've had!

Rinse your aloe leaves and trim ends. Then cut vertically down the sides to remove the spines. Filet the leaf, cutting the skin away from the flesh on one side. Let the yellow aloe latex drain from the leaf (it's bitter and GI distressing resulting in stomach pain and/or diarrhea). Then with a spoon, scrape the aloe vera gel from the bottom of the leaf. I measured with my scale to get 10 oz. Rinse thoroughly in water to ensure all the yellow ooze is removed. Add gel to blender with water and blend for 1-2 minutes. Place in sealed container. Good up to 5 days in refrigerator. May freeze for up to 6 months. You may also freeze the gel itself and make your aloe water at a later date or use in smoothies.

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