Organic Aloe Vera Juice

A month ago, I discovered I could drink Aloe Vera juice — surprise!

Thanks to my friend Sara who has been drinking aloe for over 4 years. She has not fallen sick with anything so far and she attributes her good health to aloe juice. In addition to aloe might have stainless steel genes. In any case, she introduced me to Aloe Vera juice for a healthier living. Preventative medicine is the best kind of medicine.

I use the Aloe Vera gels and creams for skin health, and now I drink the juice. Every morning on an empty stomach I mix it with a glass of room temperature water. Also I drink it every night before bed. You can also mix it into fruit juices and blends. For 4 weeks that I have been following this regimen I have a much better digestive system, soothed intestines, less bloating, and an overall well being. This is what led me to write about this experience and share it with more people.

Like I did, you can easily google organic pure aloe juice and health benefits to learn a ton. Please don’t fall for the sugared fancy drinks that contain aloe. For health benefits I recommend the real deal. Don’t drink aloe that is not made for intake. There are two brands that make organic aloe juice for consumption that I can recommend:

Pharm-Aloe: 99.7%, no color, slight taste

Holistic: 100% aloe, no color, no taste

Research published in the “Journal of Environmental Science and Health” notes that aloe vera contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that aid the immune system to cleanse the body of toxins and invading pathogens. Additionally, aloe vera helps to balance the immune system to reduce the effects of seasonal allergies, rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory immune disorders. As in many herbal remedies, truth be told there is other research that is also inconclusive about aloe juice, so you can make your own personal decision after you research it for yourself.

I am a firm believer in checking with your doctor and holistic medicine practitioner before taking supplements, especially if you are on various medications. Last thing you need is a negative interaction with your medication.

Thank you Sara for turning me to a healthier living. Raising my glass of aloe juice and water mix to good health for all of us!

Thai Massage Guide

20130130-135400.jpgAmong top 5 things we will miss from Thailand is the massages we had almost daily. We tried various types and places. Given how cheap it is compared to USA/Europe, it would be a shame to come here and not indulge fully. We have not encountered male massage therapist in this area, they are all female. Here is our take on what we have tried…

Beach Massage:
500 baht for 1hour massage for two people. This is the cheapest option, done by locals on roofed platforms. Outdoors by the beach; nice to hear the soothing ocean, but passerby traffic could be distracting. Also products they use are not the best, but still great technique and you leave refreshed and feeling better.

Silk Spa:
600 baht per person for 1hour body and half an hour head massage. Indoors, slightly upper scale than a complete dive. I had a near medical experience during my coconut head and body massage; think she almost cured my back problems. G’s shoulder and neck felt better than ever. J was regretful that she did not try Silk Spa. We just need to go again!

Sukko Spa:
4,800 baht for an hour and fifty minute package of body wrap, aromatherapy massage, and a facial. We think it is a great deal. Tried Aloe, Spirulina, and Coconut variety; all great. They had a buy 1 get 1 free — needless to say we have been great customers. J had an after sun package today; it was so good, she is still in trans — we like her even more like that. A Spa though pricier than the other options will guarantee higher quality and cleanliness, quiet contemplative atmosphere.

We feel lucky to have tried them all and can now testify to the medical and psychological benefits of Thai massage techniques. Our thighs also agree… Only problem is that our vacation is nearing the end and we are not sure how we will cope with not doing this almost every day.

Herbal Steam:
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