Allow me to take some attention off coconut water for a moment, and shed light on another beverage growing in popularity — aloe vera juice. Growing up, we used aloe vera leaves on burns since the sap acts as a pain reliever and reduced inflammation. But drinking actual aloe vera juice? I had noticed it in health food stores, but had never actually tried it before.After reading about aloe vera's healing benefits, I decided to pick up a bottle. Forewarning: aloe vera juice has a strong pungent taste, so if you can't cope with taking it straight, mix it in your morning smoothie or add it to a fruit drink. The recommended serving of this non-toxic beverage is one teaspoon after meals.
Although the juice is reputed to help with asthma and boost immune system, keep reading to see what it has been proven helpful for.
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Houseplants can be very beneficial in our lives. They purify and renew our stale indoor air by filtering out toxins, pollutants, and the carbon dioxide we exhale - replacing them with life sustaining oxygen. However, many of our most popular houseplants come from tropical climates where the highest percentage of poisonous plants live.
Toxic houseplants are a problem if you have young kids or pets in the house. Some toxic plants will only cause an annoying skin rash, but others, if ingested, could be deadly. It's best to know which ones you should avoid (before buying one for your friend who just had a baby). Stick to African Violets, Ferns, Gardenia, Jades, or a nice Rubber Tree.
Aloe vera - It's true that the clear gel from this plant is great for soothing burns. However, ingestion of the latex (yellow juice) just under the skin of the stalk can cause a cathartic (purging) reaction by irritating the large intestine.
Amaryllis - The main irritant is present in small amounts so large quantities of the bulb must be eaten to cause symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, vomiting).
Angel's Wings (Caladium) - Ingestion can cause severe irritation to the mouth and throat, and may also be an irritant to the G.I. tract.
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