Whenever I’m dealing with an upset stomach, this aloe vera cucumber digestive drink is my go-to remedy. It provides fast acting relief as well because it’s fortified with both fresh ginger and mint. Here’s the recipe.
How to Make an Aloe Vera Cucumber Digestive Drink
- Prepare the ingredients. Peel your lemon and fresh ginger. You don’t want any of the rind or peeling in this drink.
- Blend the ingredients. Add your choice of either edible aloe vera cubes or gel, cucumber, fresh mint, cold water, and the peeled lemon and ginger to your blender and blend everything until smooth.
- (Optional) Strain. This part is optional, but I always do this to ensure a smoother texture to the drink. Put it through a fine mesh sieve or nutbag before serving.
- Serve. Pour the drink mixture in a glass and add a few ice cubes if you would like. Serve immediately.
What is a Digestive Drink?
Digestive drinks are simply drinks that are typically enjoyed after a meal to assist with digestion. They’re traditionally made with alcohol and served neat but they can be made with a variety of different ingredients as well, such as aloe vera.
What Are the Ingredients (and Their Benefits) That Go into a Digestive Drink?
While the specific ingredients used in digestive drink recipes can vary wildly, I thought it would be a good idea to focus on this specific recipe and really highlight exactly how everything works in tandem to help improve digestion:
- Edible aloe vera cubes or gel – Aloe vera has been shown to help increase the water content in your intestines. This in turn helps with keeping bowel movements more regular. (1)
- Cucumbers – This green veggie is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, which help to fortify your body against disease. It’s also an excellent source of soluble fiber, which helps with reducing both cholesterol and blood sugar levels. (2)
- Lemon – Lemons are rich in vitamin C, which not only acts as a potent antioxidant in its own right, but it also helps to pull water into your gut, which helps to soften stools and stimulate regular bowel movements.
- Fresh ginger – Studies have found that ginger can help with emptying your stomach, which is beneficial due to the fact that it’s believed that delayed stomach emptying is a major contributing factor of indigestion. (3)
- Fresh mint – Mint leaves have shown an ability to help with relaxing the digestive system, which may help with relieving the pain caused by indigestion and stomach spasms. (4)
- Water – Far too many people don’t drink the recommended 8 glasses of water per day and they’re dehydrated without even realizing it. If you find yourself a little short on water for the day, drinks like this really help keep you hydrated.
Can I Drink This Aloe Vera Drink Everyday?
If you regularly experience digestive issues, then you’ll be happy to know that not only does this aloe vera drink provide effective relief, but it’s also safe to drink on a daily basis as well.
It’s a pretty potent blend of ingredients though, so I wouldn’t recommend drinking more than one or two servings per day.
If you want to make a bigger batch of this drink to use for a few days at a time, you can safely keep it stored inside of a jug or similar container for 3-4 days inside the fridge.
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Aloe Vera Cucumber Digestive Drink with Ginger and Mint
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2 1x
- 2 tbsp edible aloe vera cubes or edible aloe vera gel
- 2 medium cucumbers
- 1 medium lemon, peeled
- 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
- ¼ cup fresh mint
- 1 cup cold water
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour in a glasses.
- Add a few ice cubes (optional) and serve.
- If you want, you can strain the drink through a fine mesh sieve or nutbag and then serve.