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  • Aloe Vera gel for youthful skin

     

    Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Skin Gel by Aloe Life is like a facelift in a bottle! For a woman in her late 30's this is music to my ears ! There is no reason why skin has to rapidly age when the right nutrients are taken enternally and combined with Aloe Vera's  skin support used by Cleopatra herself! Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice when used in its whole form can support collagen production! It also has great carrying abilities to help draw in the nutrients deeper down into the skin's layers. It is great as an after shave or morning and night after washing face.

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  • Recipe: White Bean Chicken Chili

    This Recipe is from our Beyond Gluten Intolerance  Book. Warm up this fall with this comforting Classic! It's nutritious and delicious!

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    White Bean Chicken Chili

    1 1/2 cups dried white beans of choice or may use 6 cups of cooked

    canned beans reducing chicken stock to 2-3 cups as desired

    5 cups of chicken stock

    2 Tbs Butter

    2 Tbs Olive Oil

    2 Cloves Fresh Garlic, minced

    1 onion , 3/4 cups, diced

    2 stalks celery, sliced

    1 medium carrot, chopped

    1 1/2 cups green chilies, canned

    1 pound of cooked chicken, chopped

    1 Tbs of Cumin Powder

    1 Tablespoon Oregano

    1-2 tsp each salt and pepper

    1 tsp chili powder

    Pinch of red pepper flakes

    3/4 cups chopped cilatro leaves

    Directions:

    If cooking beans from dried rinse well and cover with water in a large pot with lid for two hours. Drain water and add chicken broth.

    Bring beans to a boil and turn down to simmer for about 2 1/2 hours until tender.

    While the beans are cooking take a medium skillet add olive oil, onions and chilies and saute for 5 minutes.

    Add Chili mixture to the pot of beans along with the rest of the spices and chicken.

    Lower the heat to a constant boil simmering the beans until done.

    Top with Shredded Jack Cheese or sour cream and cilantro as desired.

  • Gluten Free to the Rescue for Families!

    The results of reducing gluten for my family with aloe vera and diet changes were dramatic! This included improvement of allergies, lung and asthma symptoms, skin issues, behavior, attention span, less frequent colds, and it gave constipation relief.

    Lower Gluten Foods or Omit 

    * Whole grains including oatmeal and brown rice.

    * Reduce Cane Sugar.

    * Reduce Cow's Milk, soft cheese and yogurt.

    When Karen Masterson Koch Clinical Nutritionist at Aloe Life wrote her book, "Beyond Gluten Intolerance", in 2012 I have to be honest I knew nothing about gluten besides that its found in bread! My youngest son at the time had just turned 2 and my older two children were 7 and 5. I had been raised eating and enjoying vegetables but we also ate brown rice and whole grains. I remember a birthday when my mom baked me a whole wheat birthday cake to squeeze in her healthful influences for the neighborhood children!

    As a young adult I swayed away from Whole Grains because my husband and  I prefer the taste of White Bread and Bleached Pasta and White rice. Little did we know - that was a better choice verses the Whole Grains which were being promoted as  healthier!

    My husband and I enjoyed a variety of proteins which is still a very important food group for every family. Yet the biggest hurdle was trying to get in enough fruits and vegetables we thought! It wasn't until we had our own kids that I realized how much of a big impact food choices make on one's health including GLUTEN! What I soon began to learn from reading Karen's book about Gluten and Health, turned my mind upside down on how I was to feed my family!

    Healthy Foods Include; 

    * Eggs (whites and or yolk), beans, fish and a variety of meats.

    * All Vegetabes, potatoes and tolerated fruits in season.

    * Healthy Fats and oils, butter, nuts and seeds as tolerated.

    I started inroducing cherrios and little crackers at about 8 months to my children. Companies love to include whole Grains snacks in Kids snacks to increase the "health content". We started noticing that before my 2nd and 3rd child were done eating their snacks their eyes were slowly getting more squinty.. My 1st child would beg me at the store for goldfish. Soon after I purchased the goldfish his lower lip got exremely red and a dry rash would begin to develop taking up half of his chin. We would ease off of the snacks and miraculously these strange skin symptoms would dissapear. I remember taking a couple of my kids to the doctors  for a full body rash.  It was diagnosed as a viral rash and Benadryll was prescribed.  Deep down I knew it was the foods they were eating. We changed the types of snacks to gluten free and made sure to also give them the Whole Leaf Juice Concentrate, Arctic D Cod Liver Oil, and Probiotics for Natural Skin Support and no more rashes. Aloe vera, for my children has been such a blessing.

    Gluten Sensitivites manifest themselfs in different reactions because of the inflammation that sets up in the body.  As you can see my 1st child developed skin rashes and my 2nd child's eyes reacted to the gluten and also wet her bed until she was 7.   My 3rd child also has a sensitivity to dairy and yogurt which manifested as lung congestion (asthma symptoms) and constipation from the gluten.  I would give him prune baby food and 1 tablespoon of Aloe Vera Juice to help him eliminate if he got backed up.  I recently learned that an  old herbal remedy for lung issues is Aloe Vera yet important to use the whole leaf aloe vera juice concentrate that contains the dark yellow color - rich in actives.

    It was difficult for me to diagnose my 3rd child's gluten intollerance because he was attending daycare and I had no idea that his constipation problems were as severe as they were. It wasn't until he was 5 1/2 years old and getting ready to start Kindergarten that I began to realize what he was going through all along! He was home with me for 2 months after his preschool graduation before starting kindergarten and I started to notice he would go 4 days without having a bowel movement!.  I later learned this is due to the nervous system short circuting. The Gluten has been affecting not only my kids but also my husband. He has been battling with his weight for well over 15 years and has experimented with multiple diets;  low carb, no carb atkins diets, etc. He noticed when he was on one of his low carb diets(no gluten) his psoriasis on his elbows and shin  completely disappeared! He was also drinking the Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice for psoriasis!

    Two years ago we heard about the Whole 30 eating diet (gluten free) as well as Paleo (gluten free with beans) and decided we needed to jump in and see for ourselves if going gluten free really worked.

    Our 4th child was only a few months old and I was still breastfeeding yet the 6 of us  did the Whole 30 for a entire month  and what a success it was! I must admit it was a little challenging but we all enjoyed eggs and fruit for breakfast, salads for lunch, and soup for dinner.  I lost 9 pounds including a lot of cellulite and my husband lost 18. Our skin looked great, and we had plenty of energy.  The best part, everyone was using the bathroom daily! We were also drinking the Aloe Life Aloe Vera Juice for digestion and energy!

    There was alot of prepwork involved with such a healthy eating routine so we have relaxed the guidelines a bit. However, my 3rd child who has the greatest gluten sensitivies has continued gluten free eating and reaping the benefits. His behavior had improved dramatically,  much calmer, better following directions and not so argumenative. Also, no longer biting his nails and most days he does not ask for the foods he shouldn't have. His meals are very similar to the rest of the families with just a little tweeking! I follow the guidlines in Karen Masterson Koch's Beyond Gluten Intollerance book and family life is much more fun!

    Gluten free Tweeks-

    -Corn instead of Flour tortillas

    -Birch Benders Paleo Pancakes which contains nuts and eggs instead of traditional Pancakes

    -Corn Gluten Free Pasta or Spaghetti Squash or Zucchini Noodles  instead of traditional Pasta

    -Corn Tortilla Chips

    -Non GMO Corn is best!

    -OATS are NOT gluten FREE they may be labeled Gluten Free this means free of wheat gluten not OAT gluten!  Oats are naturally sticky!

    - Not every product labeled gluten free actually is! Read the labels of everything! Some people may be more sensitive that others. Keep a diary or mental note of how you feel after eating something and let your symptoms dictate if a food agrees with you!

    Keep Sugar as an occassional indulgence! Sugar is a major cause of inflammation in the body. It is shocking when looking at labels of packaged foods and finding out how many mg they actually contain! In my home if anyone in the house has a cold the rest of the family does not get any special treats to keep our immune systems strong enough to fight off the cold. Its amazing how one trip out to ice cream or a sweet cake can cause a family member to wake up with a sore throat or coughing. It has been proven that just 30 minutes after ingesting sugar the immune system takes a dive.

    Great alternatives to cane sugar -

    -Cononut sugar

    -Maple Sugar

    -Dates and Fruits

    -Maple Syrup

    -Agave Nectar

    -Honey

    -Stevia

    Read labels: it is amazing once you pay attention the amount of store bought items including spices that contain sugar!

    Some more names for Sugar-

    -Dextrose

    -Fructose

    -Glucose

    -Maltodextrin

    -Maltose

    -Sucrose

     

    My resources included:

    Beyond Gluten Intollerance by Karen Masterson - Koch available on www.aloelife.com,

     The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food        Freedom Book by Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig
    available on amazon and etc. 

    Paleo Perfected: A Revolution in Eating Well with 150 Kitchen-Tested Recipes by America's Test Kitchen (Editor)

    The supplements that have greatly helped me and my family  through this digestive health process are the Aloe Life Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice Concentrate, Arctic D Cod Liver oil, Fiber Mate by Aloe Life,  Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics, Healthy and Slim Multiple and Mineral by Aloe Life, and Daily Greens by Aloe Life.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Aloe Vera Juice Benefits for Immunity - Fall to Winter

    Aloe Vera Juice is a work horse that helps in so many ways to increase immunity in the immune system. The Immune System is the system of specialized cells and organs that protects  people from outside biological influences. When the immune system is functioning properly, it protects the body against bacteria and viral infections, destroying cancer cells and foreign substances. If the Immune System weakens, its ability to defend the body also weakens, allowing pathogens, including viruses that cause common colds and flu, to grow and flourish in the body.

    As a working mother of four children I am shocked to hear that Pediatrician's state that it is common for children to get colds every six weeks! Frequent colds can be very disruptive to your routine and lifestyle. I am relieved to have found natural remedies to help boost immunity.

    Drinking Organic Aloe Vera Juice stimulates part of the Immune System called macrophage.  These macrophages are powerful cells that demonstrate phagocytosis by gobbling up invaders in the blood stream.  The research about drinking Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice shows the polysaccharides in Aloe Vera to be the number one reason for the primary response! Imagine having these silent packmen on your side to gobble up the bad guys during an attack by drinking Aloe Life!

    Keep in mind, I have tasted many other products and there is a BIG difference in Aloe Products on the market today! Especially with support for immunity! Third Party testing shows Aloe Life to be  #1!

    So how much of this amazing Aloe drink do people need to drink daily? The Aloe Life Aloe Vera Juice is an Aloe Vera concentrate so 1oz per day is all that is needed. It is available in Aloe Gold Natural Flavor, Cherry Berry, Orange Papaya, and Super Fruit.  These are not just Aloe Vera  for kids these are all therapeutic concentrated Aloe Vera Juice. Each quart bottle contains one gallon of Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice Leaves, never heated and contains the highest allowable levels of the beneficial Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Sap, which is necessary for immune system support with Aloe Vera.

    Aloe Gold Tablets by Aloe Life  International are also available for adults who prefer tablets or are busy and traveling. 3 Tablets equal 1oz of the concentrate WL Aloe Vera Juice!

    Additional  Immune System Support Nutrients

    Besides the Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice I add in the following Support Nutrients for Immune System: Arctic D Cod Liver Oil by Nordic Naturals, Sovereign Silver Liquid, Solgar B Complex in liquid or Tablet, Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics, Aloe Life Multi Vitamin and Mineral or Solgar U cubes for Kids, and Source Naturals Vit E.

    Support Nutrients For Existing Colds

    Source Naturals Wellness Tablets and Chewables for kids, Herb Pharm Golden Echinacea Tincture, Herb Pharm Echinacea Propolis Throat Spray, Source Naturals Cough Syrup, and Solgar Vitamin C Chewables. These products are all available in the Special Picks section of this website.

     

  • Aloe Vera Home Remedy

    Aloe Vera Home Remedy

    Aloe Life Aloe Vera products should be in every home.  Organic Aloe Vera is the perfect all natural go to ingredient whether you have a home with small children or not. Once you have it you will be amazed at the limitless applications for a topical Aloe Vera Skin Gel. With a handy husband who loves the out-of-doors and carpentry, 3 boys and a daughter who plays side by side her brothers - our active family's aloe vera life applications include;

    * Aloe Vera for Burns, Rashes & Scratches

    * Topical Aloe Vera for Skin Care after Gardening

    * Aloe Vera for Injuries, Bee Stings & Sunburns

    * Aloe for Skin & Hair Care

    *  Pure Aloe Vera Juice for Family Pets

    * Health & Digestion Support with Aloe Vera Supplements

    For burns in the kitchen or my 6 year old's attempt at using a hot glue gun, I reach for Skin Gel and it works fast to soothe the pain. Made from the whole leaf Aloe Vera juice and contains the yellow sap, it is the best for deeper injuries.  Also, being concentrated and it keeps the skin moistened - so often the skin will not even blister. 

    The Spray Aloe Life SG Aloe Mist is my personal favorite for easing and soothing any surface scratches or painful sunburns especially while cooking, gardening and to protect from the suns damage.  An important highlight of Aloe Life's topical aloe vera products, as I mentioned they are concentrated aloe vera products (not diluted) so they get to work fast, in just seconds giving support and relief. Great when you have a fussy crying child - right?

    My 1 year old toddler developed a mysterious rash on his head and neck  that he scratches. I haven't quite figured it out yet until I do - Aloe Life Skin Gel topical or the Aloe Life  Aloe Mist Spray to the rescue. Both of these two products helped support the fast resolution of wounds from my 11 year old's bicycle accident. He applied them twice a day and he barely has any scar left on his elbow from a previous scooter accident.

    Traveling with Aloe based Skin Care Products

    My tip is to bring the topical Aloe Vera to all outdoor trips whether it be to the store shopping or the "beach or lakefront" outings. You will be very happy you did - for the unexpected accidents that seem to just happen regularly with healthy active kids. To my amazement my daughter has been stung by a bee - at both the lake and the beach and I now make sure to bring not only the Aloe Vera but tweezers too for the stinger removal!

    Aloe Vera Products in Every Room

    At home you will find so many great uses especially for personal care including; hair, troubled skin, teeth and gums and more.  Skin Gel - Aloe Vera Gel even makes an excellent natural face lift in a bottle.  Truly after weaning my children my skin was looking pretty scary. My hair needed help too. 

    Eating healthy is definitely important for skin, hair and health. I love taking Aloe Life Daily Greens in my morning protein shake.  I found the First Aid with Aloe Vera I needed from Aloe Life using the products both for inside and personal care to include; Aloe Life Daily Greens, Aloe Life Multivitamin and minerals plus the Whole Leaf Aloe Vera juice for detoxing helped - along with daily aloe skin care products. 

    Aloe Vera Skin Care 

    Aloe Life Skin Gel for night time then the Face and Body aloe vera lotion after a mild cleansing to protect. Mornings, I look forward to the refresh from the Aloe Life SG Aloe Mist spray, its an astringent to close pores (after light washing) and then the Face & Body Lotion, I am ready to face the day.  That is after I brush my teeth with an extra squirt of Skin Gel - almost forget because it supports the gums to be healthy during my very busy day. 

    Hair Care with Aloe Vera

    Hair care is also enhanced with a small dab of Aloe vera gel on scalp and combed through ones hair. It helps with healthy styling especially if coloring your hair. Solids build up from many other products that can cause the natural dyes to not be absorbed. Also, traditionally Aloe Vera supports hair loss and thicker hair and daily my husband loves the soothing and sometimes using aloe vera for First Aid for shaving as well as the topical aloe for razor burn.

    Using  Aloe Life Aloe Vera products for Pets 

    Pets can also benefit from eating Aloe Vera Gel with Animal Aloe for pets and for any topical wound. It is completely edible so no fear of accidental ingestion due to licking. It will also provide pets with digestive support and allergies when applied to pets food with Animal Aloe or the Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice by Aloe Life.

    Health & Digestive Support

    Lastly, I had to share how much Aloe Life Whole Leaf Aloe Vera juices and Aloe Vera tablets have helped the whole family. Taken internally Aloe Vera is safe for kids and adults plus our Beagle dog Ruby too.

    Mealtimes can quickly become dramatic with hungry mouths eating steaming foods. The Aloe Life juice soothes a burnt tongue and mouth.  As mentioned Aloe Vera is completely edible and Aloe Life  has Aloe Vera for Children too with delicious flavors!

    We drink Aloe Life Aloe Gold, Cherry Berry, or Orange Papaya daily to support digestion and help ease a tummy ache with Aloe Vera Juice or ease the bloated overfull feeling. Pour it up Aloe for the whole family in the morning and you might even add another favorite of ours - Omega 3 fish oil.  We have found the Arctic D Cod Liver oil by Nordic Naturals to taste the best and when you combine them - what a wonderful world it is. It seems to turn on and support the brain, calm the kids energy, help concentration and mood plus helping with daily regularity. My energy really kicks up too - so important for a mother of four, husband and dog Ruby!

    Hope I have given you some good family tips on Aloe Vera for kids and adults and what an amazing herb it truly is. I honestly do not want to ever be without it  - especially using the best Organic Aloe Vera in my opinion, quality products by Aloe Life International!

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