There is a new trend rising on social media. People are using aloe vera extract with coffee in the morning. The main idea is losing weight, similar to many other trends, but they also aim to eliminate bloating. In this article, we will focus on this trend from a scientific perspective. Read to learn what science says…
Aloe vera has therapeutic potential for oral use besides its well-known cosmetic or skin health effects. It is used for various digestive tract issues, such as constipation, ulcers, and inflammations.
Even though no scientific study has been done yet, it is claimed that aloe vera combined with coffee can affect your digestive system and may aid weight loss.
Both aloe vera and coffee are beneficial products for health, but there should be some considerations for potential side effects, such as diarrhea, vomiting, or allergic reactions.
First of all, it should be mentioned that no scientific study has examined such a combination before. Therefore, all of our research depends on the separate effects of aloe vera and coffee on physiology. So, if you want to try this trend, please consider this fact, as sometimes, foods or nutrients can show different effects — positive or negative — when consumed together.
Health effects of aloe vera
Aloe vera is an established ancient medicine plant that was mainly used for topical use, such as skin health, wound healing, or cosmetic purposes. However, aloe vera extract is also suitable for oral applications.
Therapeutic use of aloe vera orally includes digestive problems like constipation, ulcers and inflammations in the digestive tract, and diabetes mellitus.
But, it is obvious that people are using aloe vera for its laxative effects in the Morning Duo trend. If you increase your bowel movements, it will help you empty your bowels and may help you reduce bloating in the abdominal area.
The numbers on the scale will probably decrease by using this application. However, it might not be related to fat loss if you don't decrease your calorie consumption.
The only way for your body to lose weight is by creating a calorie deficit; otherwise, these kinds of applications can only help you increase the frequency of your bathroom visits.
However, this doesn't mean it won't benefit your health. Studies have shown that aloe vera consumption improves glucose metabolism and blood lipid profiles, such as cholesterol. It is also used for cancer prevention and anti-inflammatory effects.
How to use aloe vera
There are various studies that include different amounts or dosages of aloe vera, but in general, 100 milliliters of aloe vera gel consumption were tested in the studies. It seems it is generally safe, but there are several adverse events that may occur:
Diarrhea and vomiting. The most expected side effects of aloe vera are diarrhea and vomiting.
Allergies. Some people may be allergic to both topical and oral application of aloe vera. If you are allergic to garlic, onion, and tulips (Liliacceae family), you should avoid using aloe vera.
The Duo Drink: aloe vera with coffee
We all love coffee. It offers many health benefits besides its good taste. The main active component in coffee is caffeine. It works as a stimulator in general, which means it can make you more energetic, but it can also stimulate your digestive system.
That's why it is a kind of tradition for some countries to drink coffee after meals.
But when coffee is combined with another product like aloe vera, the results can be unexpected, too. There is no study in literature examining their effects when consumed together.
If we try to figure out how they work together from what we already know, we can say that it can be a strong stimulator for the digestive tract. It is true that if you have constipation, it might work, but it can also be a bit dangerous for diarrhea side effects. Severe diarrhea can be a dangerous health condition because you may lose too much electrolytes and water all of a sudden.
The last words
If you want to consume these two products together, you may start with small portions to see your body's reactions. Also, if any side effects occur, or you don't feel comfortable, it is better to consult your healthcare provider.
Both aloe vera and coffee are marvelous products that have had a place in our daily lives for centuries. However, it is always beneficial to start using different active components together with some considerations. Also, these kinds of trends sometimes lead to disappointment because people proclaim a drink or a product to be magical for any kind of health issue. In this case, some people try to promote Duo Drinks as a miracle product for weight loss. But you already know that there is no such product, drink, supplement, or herb that can provide weight loss if you don't put yourself in a calorie deficit.
This combination may aid your bloating or constipation and support you in your weight loss journey, but you should always keep the potential side effects and individual considerations in mind.
What is Morning Duo for weight loss?
Morning Duo is a beverage trend that involves the combined consumption of aloe vera and coffee, claimed to aid digestion and weight loss.
How much aloe vera juice should I drink for digestion?
Some studies indicate that 100–200 ml of aloe vera extract a day is beneficial for the digestive system and constipation.
Can I drink aloe vera juice every day?
Aloe vera juice is safe to drink every day. However, drinking too much can cause cramps or diarrhea. Severe diarrhea can lead to large amounts of water and electrolyte loss.
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