Aloe, Ginger & Mint Digestive Elixir


Depending on which definition you reference, an elixir can be a number of things; a liquid that converts lead to gold, a magical potion or a solution of alcohol and water serving as a vehicle for medicine.  

While I wouldn’t consider this drink magical in the mystical sense and it certainly doesn’t contain alcohol, it is a mixture or concoction rather of several ingredients that are known to have digestive healing “powers”. 

Aloe Vera, Ginger & Mint Digestive Elixir {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}

Disclaimer: I am not a Registered Dietician or health professional, this is just simply what has worked for me.

Ever since posting about my recent medical escapade on Friday, I’ve had readers and friends messaging me telling me that they have gone through something similar and suggesting what food that they were able to tolerate or were helpful in digestion. 

Funny enough, more than one person suggested that I try drinking aloe vera juice.  While I have certainly heard of it before and have even given it a try, I never really considered drinking it regularly. 

Typically, I don’t like to ingest liquid calories unless I am refueling after a workout with a smoothie or relaxing on the weekend with a glass or two of wine.  BUT given the fact that I am really only capable of ingesting clear liquids at this point, I decided to give it a try again along with some other ingredients that also help to aid in digestion. 

Aloe Vera: supports healthy digestion & immune system, increases absorption of nutrients, balances stomach acidity naturally, treats constipation (natural laxative), reduces inflammation.

Ginger: digestive aid and natural remedy for nausea. A recent study also found that ginger can actually help stimulate gastric emptying in patients with functional dyspepsia.

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Mint: activates salivary glands which promotes digestion and can help to soothe symptoms of indigestion and nausea.

Naked Nutrition Brown Rice Protein: While this doesn’t necessary aid in digestion, it is vegan, gluten free, soy free and contains only one ingredient – organic sprouted whole grain brown rice protein.  The reason I included it in this “elixir” is for some added nutrition since my protein intake has been quite low lately.  Also, it is tasteless so it mixes in perfectly without altering the flavor at all. 

Digestive Elixir with Naked Nutrition Vegan Protein Powder

Aloe Vera, Ginger & Mint Digestive Elixir {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}

Aloe Vera, Ginger & Mint Digestive Elixir {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}

Aloe, Ginger & Mint Digestive Elixir


RECIPE 

Ingredients: 

 

 

Directions: 

  1. Add all the ingredients in a large shaker bottle and shake until well combined. 
  2. Pour over ice in a glass and garnish with more mint leaves, if desired. 

*Using aloe vera filet is idea but is often hard to find in store.  If using juice, be sure to use an unflavored, whole leaf juice.


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This post is also linked up with Confessions of a Mother Runner & A Whisk and Two Wands for Meatless Monday.


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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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